29.04.2019 Gastvortrag Mark David Paterson am 24.06.2019, 18.00 Uhr

Thema: "An Ecology of Sensing: Tracking Embodied Processes for Science, Fun, and Profit"

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Herzliche Einladung zum Gastvortrag von Mark David Paterson  zu "An Ecology of Sensing: Tracking Embodied Processes for Science, Fun, and Profit" ein.

Veranstaltungszeit: 24. JUNI 2019 UM 18:00 Uhr c.t.

Veranstaltungsort:  Deutschhausstraße 12 (CNMS), Raum/Hörsaal 00A26.

Mark David Paterson ist Professor für Soziologie an der University of Pittsburgh//USA. Er forscht zu Technologien des Haptischen, kollektiven Sensorien und Mensch-Maschine-Interaktionen. Patersons psychomotorisch informierte Historiografie leistet einen wesentlichen Beitrag zum Verständnis des Subjekts als immer auch sensomotorisch verfasstes. Er fragt u.a. wie sich Körperlichkeit/Leiblichkeit verändert, wenn wir in einer Gesellschaft leben, in der die Vermessung des Körpers bspw. im Rahmen von Self-Tracking-Praktiken zunehmend selbstverständlicher wird.

Der Vortrag findet in englischer Sprache statt.

Abstract zum Vortrag:

We live in a ‘sensor society’, as Andrejevic and Burdon (2014) argue. Once visible only to scientists or medics, streams of data and new forms of graphical inscription now seem to be erupting from the previously uncharted, unmeasurable interior of the body. Graphs, pulses, and a whole host of numerical data including heartrate, steps, and distance are now widely accessible through portable monitoring devices such as Fitbit, Android Wear, Apple Watch. The purpose of my paper is twofold. First, complementing the renewed interest in the wake of the Quantified Self (QS) movement, it furthers the historical reach to better understand a nineteenth century framework that, along with producing instruments of measure, also sought to establish the sensorial norms of human populations through physiological experimentation, and which brought forth a series of highly specialized tools and equipment specifically for the recording and measurement of variable and ill-defined somatic sensations. To this end, a series of related historical slices (or more aptly, ‘samples’) of such bio-social apparatuses for the measurement and normalization of sensation are offered. Second, differing from the straightforward historical narrative of the rise of quantification in terms of the accumulation of data about the body and sensation, I then explore how conceptions of hitherto under-researched and invisible ‘natural’ bodily sensations become quantifiable and therefore visible, and consequently how the new techniques of measurement thereby produce something like a ‘collective’ sensorium.

Schöne Grüße,

Bettina Wuttig

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