Prof. Dr. Gertraud Koch will offer a seminar on the quantified self in the spring semester of 2018.
Pulls, number of steps, heart frequency, sleep depth and rhythm and other body parameters more are measured and monitored during sport activity but also in everyday life. A growing number of people uses bio sensing technologies in smart phones, bracelets, chest traps, t-shirts and other wearable devices for tracking personal body parameters for a numerical, quantified analytic of the own health, fitness, or mood. The variety of such trackers is increasing, and their use and spreading is celebrated, enforced and shared in quantified self-movements, organized in local subsets and meetups. In social and cultural research first analyses problematize the implications of a data-centred selfunderstanding. Moreover, critical perspectives highlight the bio-and health political dimensions as well as many ethical concerns in respect to anonymity, privacy and autonomy of the individual. The seminar will give an introduction into the practices, discourses and research perspectives in this emerging field of self and identity work.
Find more information on upcoming seminars here.
Pedometer. Museum Schloss Moritz Zeitz.