C09
Bio-objectification: meetings and new thresholds across the bio-social

Convenors:
Andrew Webster (University of York)
Conor Douglas (Maastricht University)
Bettina Bock von Wülfingen (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Chair:
Conor Douglas, Bettina Bock von Wülfingen, Andrew Webster
Stream:
Confluence, collaboration and intersection
Location:
Cavendish Colloquim (Faraday Complex)
Start time:
27 July, 2018 at 14:00
Session slots:
2

Short abstract:

The session asks how bio-objectification and bio-identification are generative of different meetings and thresholds: confluences as bio-identities are disturbed and rebuilt anew, how collaborative processes across socio-technologies emerge and new socio-biological intersections are created.

Long abstract:

Bio-objects, bio-identification, and bio-objectification are conceptual tools that have been developed and deployed over the past 10 years to help make sense of the re-configuration of life, the life-sciences and health technologies. This session takes these ideas further to examine the spaces and sites where bio-objectification can be seen to generate new meetings and thresholds. Such confluences and intersections are at times generative of, but also problematic for, technology adoption and standardisations across diverse bio-social, biomedical, bio-material practices. Similarly they may also involve novel relationship, organisational forms and collaboration.We are especially interested in contributions that have a strong empirical component and that range across the life sciences.