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Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24, Ground Floor, seminar room 136


Wednesday 8 November


10:45–11:00 Welcome & practicalities

11:00–12:00 Session 1: Rethinking the Self

Minna Ruckenstein (University of Helsinki), Co-evolving with self-tracking technologies

Harley Bergroth (University of Turku), Dis/assembling self-knowledge: On paradoxes of knowledge production in proactive self-tracking

Chair: Venla Oikkonen

12:00–13:00 Lunch (HCAS Common Room, 3rd floor)  All registered participants are welcome!

13:00–14:30 Session 2: Systems and spaces

Eloisa Stella & Cristian Leorin (Associazione Novilunio Onlus), On the anthropology of eHealth: The troubling case of the aging population

Chris Till (Leeds Beckett University), Self-monitoring, agnotology and reflexive work

Venla Oikkonen (HCAS, University of Helsinki), Ambiguities of race in genetic ancestry tests

Chair: Ingrid Young

14:30–15:00 Coffee

15:00–16:00 Session 3: Governing and negotiating difference

Hannele Harjunen (University of Jyväskylä), Neoliberal bodies and the body weight monitoring

Alvaro Martinez Lacabe (Unversity of Roehampton), Producing the self in the biomolecular HIV prevention era

Chair: Margrit Shildrick

16:00-16:30 Coffee (ground floor lobby)

16:30-18:00 Keynote Celia Roberts (Lancaster University), Handbags, spit and hair: Where is biosensing taking us? (Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3, P674, 6th floor), Chair: Venla Oikkonen

18:00-19:30 Informal get-together & drinks (HCAS Common Room, 3rd floor) All conference participants are welcome!


Thursday 9 November


9:45-10:45 Session 4: Failings and deficiencies

Ayo Wahlberg (University of Copenhagen), Tracking Failing Biologies

Ingrid Young (University of Edinburgh), Disease identities, HIV treatment and public health citizenship

Chair: Lisa Käll

10:45-11:15 Coffee (ground floor lobby)

11:15-12:45 Session 5: Fertility and reproductive choice

Laetitia Della Bianca (University of Lausanne), The cyclic self: an analysis of self-fashioning practices via menstrual tracking apps

Josie Hamper (Queen Mary University of London), “Getting the timing right”: Women’s uses of fertility tracking smartphone apps

Celeste Orr (University of Ottawa), Contemporary eugenics: Preimplantation genetic diagnosis, anti-intersex selection, and reproductive “choice”

Chair: Donna McCormack

12:45–14:00 Lunch (HCAS Common Room)  All registered participants are welcome!

14:00–15:30 Session 6: Communities and exclusions

Margit Anne Petersen & Dorthe Brogård Kristensen (University of Southern Denmark), Potential selves: Ethnographies of technologies of optimization and values for the future

Samantha Gottlieb (Independent), The sensored female body

Amelia Fiske, Alena Buyx & Barbara Prainsack (Institut für Experimentelle Medizin, UKSH), Examining representation, access, and difference in biomedical citizen science

Chair: Ingrid Young

15:30–16:00 Coffee (ground floor lobby)

16:00–17:30 Keynote Heidi Tikka, Body – Sensor Co-performances: Working with Interactive Technologies for New Media Art  (HCAS Common Room, 3rd floor), Chair: Donna McCormack

19:00 Dinner (for speakers and chairs), Restaurant Hima&Sali, Kaapelitehdas, Tallberginkatu 1 C  (If you need help finding the place, meet with us by the Collegium front door at 18:30 and we’ll go together.)


Friday 10 November


9:30–11:00 Keynote Deborah Lupton (University of Canberra), The Vital Capacities of Digitised Female Embodiment (Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3, P674, 6th floor), Chair: Ingrid Young

11:00–11:30 Coffee (ground floor lobby)

11:30-13:00 Roundtable & discussion. Panelists: Harley Bergroth (University of Turku), Susanna Lindberg (HCAS, University of Helsinki), Chris Till (Leeds Beckett University), Ayo Wahlberg (University of Copenhagen)
Chair: Lisa Käll