Vital Mobilizations: Care and Surveillance in the Age of Global Connectivity (June 1-2 programme)

If you are by chance in Paris in early June you might be interested in this two day workshop.

Vital Mobilizations: Care and Surveillance in the Age of Global Connectivity

Workshop | Paris, 1 & 2 June 2015

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Workshop  Vital Mobilizations Care and Surveillance in the Age of Global Connectivity 1-2 June 2015

Venue:  Maison Suger, 16-18 rue Suger, Paris Collège d’études mondiales (FMSH), Paris

On every front, life is being put into motion: fostered and defended, accelerated and contained, augmented and flattened, contested and debated. It is being measured, predicted, connected and communicated by the most variegated actors with the most varied aims. Life has become the object of continuous care and surveillance. Life, then, is being mobilized. This workshop aims to explore how global connectivity contributes to mobilize life, namely to its generalized availableness as well as to the spontaneity and ubiquity of its contestations. It intends to examine how life is being generated and accounted for, put in danger and saved, disseminated and ordered in a world marked by increased interconnectivity and precariousness. Specifically, the workshop will pay attention to the concrete infrastructures, technologies, and rationalities contributing to the design of spaces of care and surveillance. Hence, in contrast with the widespread conception of a seamless worldwide circulation of knowledge, data and expertise, our aim would be to detail the embeddedness, plasticity and sheer materiality inherent to vital mobilizations.
Vital Warfare. Mobilization is a category of a world of wars (Sloterdijk, 1988). It refers to states of unrestricted, unbounded, warfare (Liang and Xiangsui, 2002). Warfare comes with its territories, its enemies, its heroes, its victims and its excesses. Warfare delineates friends and foes and comes with heightened vigilance, but also with guerilla tactics, and armed resistance. In this workshop we are interested in what figurations of warfare are mobilizing life in an age of global connectivity, while providing insight into contemporary movements of insurgency and counter-insurgency. The following questions could be addressed:
– How is warfare generating new friends and foes in times of circulating diseases, infected travelers, ‘detached’ experts and transnational corporations controlling knowledge and markets?
– What new militants/combatants are mobilized, for instance, in health movements waging war against big pharma, or in the work of biohackers, online patient communities and other forms of ‘open and citizen science’?
– What ‘boundary tracing’, mechanisms of exclusion, and ‘labors of division’ are implied in contemporary practices of care and surveillance?
Digital Mobilizations. The digitalization of life transforms the way we inhabit our world(s). Communication flows, numerical models, and computational algorithms generate new forms of presence, new ways to project ourselves into time and space. In other words, emergent forms of life. Implications are both ethical and political. On the one hand, they have to do with everyday experiences of connectivity, for instance with our relation to ourselves, to our bodies and to our health and illness. On the other hand, the digitalization of life participates in movements of openness and enclosure, of inclusion and exclusion, of mediation and protest. It contributes to shaping the government of threat and care (Feldman and Ticktin 2010). The following questions could be addressed:   – How is digital connectivity reordering biological substance and the materiality of life?
– How are processes of regulation, stabilization and securitization taking shape out of endless, chaotic flows of data and information?
– How does digitalization challenge traditional forms of power over life and what new forms of governance and resistance might emerge as a consequence?
Sensing Danger. Digital connectivity has become highly correlated with a form of protection against health-related risk, uncertainty, and danger. From seasonal flu to Ebola virus outbreak, from global warming monitoring to earthquakes and tsunamis, the last few years have for instance witnessed a significant rise in the use of ‘sentinel devices.’ That is, detection devices whose vigilant watchfulness and sensing of danger ‘can aid in preparation for an uncertain, but potentially catastrophic future’ (Keck and Lakoff 2013: 2). However, these devices do not merely predict potential catastrophic events. In fact, they actively mobilize this potentiality to shape the present, for instance structuring what qualifies as possible/valuable data and as protective behaviors. The following questions could be addressed:
– How do information systems contribute in reorienting the priorities in global health?
– How do contemporary modes of danger sensing relate to concurrent forms of relation to the future (anticipation, divination, prediction, prophecy, etc.)?
– What kinds of responses are being devised in the light of these constructions of danger and how they might be contributing to producing particular forms of life instead of others?
Please circulate widely #vitalmobilizations

The event is free, although registration is needed. For information and registration, please contact:
Vincent Duclos, vduclos@msh-paris.fr

Monday, 1 June
9:30 Welcome
Session 1 10:00 – 12:00
Susanne Bauer (IFK Wien/Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main)  The Mobilization of Life Exposed in Regulatory Practice: Revisiting the Complex Genealogies of Global Health
Ann Kelly (University of Exeter) & Javier Lezaun (University of Oxford)  The Wild-Indoors: The Room Spaces of Scientific Inquiry

Vincent Duclos (Collège d’études mondiales, FMSH) At Home in the Outer World: Digital Spaces of Care and Immunity
Chair: Frédéric Keck (Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale, CNRS)

12:00 Lunch
Session 2 13:30 – 15:30
Tony D. Sampson (University of East London) From the Horror of Digital Autotoxicus to the Auto-Toxicity of the Social
Ian Tucker (University of East London)  Digitally mediated distress: Bodies, care and mental health
Antoinette Rouvroy (U Namur) TBD   Chair: Tomás Sánchez-Criado (Open University of Catalonia)

15:30 – 16:00 Pause
Session 3 16:00 – 18:30
Theresa MacPhail (Stevens Institute of Technology) Big Data Divination: Google, surveillance, and the production of algorithmic meaning in healthcare
Frédéric Keck (Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale, CNRS) Sentinels for the environment : birdwatchers in Taiwan and Hong Kong
Ian Harper (University of Edinburgh) Transforming data generation for TB control: new metrics, technologies and uncertain futures   Vinh-Kim Nguyen (Université de Montréal/Collège d’études mondiales) Care, surveillance and affect in Guinea’s time of Ebola
Discussant: Andrew Lakoff (University of Southern California)
Tuesday, 2 June
9:00  Coffee
Session 4 9:30 – 11:30
Janina Kehr (University of Zurich)  The Materiality of Maintenance
Mauro Turrini (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) Socializing genes: Personal genomics services and the digitalization and mobilization of DNA    Maggie Mort (Lancaster University)   Technocare: tales from the evidence factory   Chair: Vinh-Kim Nguyen (Université de Montréal/Collège d’études mondiales)

Session 5 11:30 – 13:30
Tomás Sánchez-Criado (Open University of Catalonia)  Mobilizing against ‘the catalogue’: The experimental biopolitics of independent-living’s open design activism
Pierre Minn (Université de Montréal)  Mobilizing Leaders: Charismatic Heroism and Managerial Logics in Global Health Education
Vololona Rabeharisoa (Centre de sociologie de l’innovation, PSL Mines ParisTech) How do European Patient Organizations construct a Europe of and for patients? Reflecting on the Europeanization and globalization of health issues
Chair : Vincent Duclos (Collège d’études mondiales, FMSH)
End  Programme

Monday, 1 June
9:30 Welcome
10:00 – 12:00  Susanne Bauer (IFK Wien/Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main), The Mobilization of Life Exposed in Regulatory Practice: Revisiting the Complex Genealogies of Global HealthAnn Kelly (University of Exeter) & Javier Lezaun (University of Oxford), The Wild-Indoors: The Room Spaces of Scientific Inquiry

Vincent Duclos (Collège d’études mondiales, FMSH), At Home in the Outer World: Digital Spaces of Care and Immunity

Chair: Frédéric Keck (Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale, CNRS)

12:00 Lunch
13:30 – 15:30  Tony D. Sampson (University of East London), From the Horror of Digital Autotoxicus to the Auto-Toxicity of the SocialIan Tucker (University of East London), Digitally mediated distress: Bodies, care and mental health

Antoinette Rouvroy (U Namur), TBD

Chair: Tomás Sánchez-Criado (Open University of Catalonia)

15:30 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 18:30 Theresa MacPhail (Stevens Institute of Technology), Big Data Divination: Google, surveillance, and the production of algorithmic meaning in healthcareFrédéric Keck (Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale, CNRS), Sentinels for the environment: Birdwatchers in Taiwan and Hong Kong

Ian Harper (University of Edinburgh), Transforming data generation for TB control: new metrics, technologies and uncertain futures

Vinh-Kim Nguyen (Université de Montréal/Collège d’études mondiales), Care, surveillance and affect in Guinea’s time of Ebola

Discussant: Andrew Lakoff (University of Southern California)

Tuesday, 2 June  
9:00 Coffee
9:30 – 11:30  Janina Kehr (University of Zurich), The Materiality of MaintenanceMauro Turrini (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Socializing genes: Personal genomics services and the digitalization and mobilization of DNA

Maggie Mort (Lancaster University), Technocare: tales from the evidence factory

Chair: Vinh-Kim Nguyen (Université de Montréal/Collège d’études mondiales)

   
11:30 – 13:30   Tomás Sánchez-Criado (Open University of Catalonia), Mobilizing against ‘the catalogue’: The experimental biopolitics of independent-living’s open design activismPierre Minn (Université de Montréal), Mobilizing Leaders: Charismatic Heroism and Managerial Logics in Global Health Education

Vololona Rabeharisoa (Centre de sociologie de l’innovation, Mines ParisTech), How do European Patient Organizations construct a Europe of and for patients? Reflecting on the Europeanization and globalization of health issues

Chair: Vincent Duclos (Collège d’études mondiales, FMSH)

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About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. A former musician, he studied computer technology and cultural theory before receiving a PhD in sociology from the University of Essex. His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, due 2018). He is organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK, a co-founder of Club Critical Theory and Director of the EmotionUX Lab at UEL. He occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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