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The Social Life of Medical Data

A one-day workshop on sharing, pooling and appropriating medical information

Wednesday, June 10, 10 am to 5 pm
UC Davis campus (location TBA)

Once digitized, medical information – such as data, images, standards, and codes – travels across different spaces and communities. Smartphones produce and transmit data coming from our bodies, which is shared and discussed in social media platforms and then gathered and analyzed in data centers. Medical information intended for professional use can be appropriated, circulated and used to create communities of caring or participate in biomedical research. At the same time new power asymmetries can emerge, as public institutions and private corporations claim control over increasingly valuable health data.

In this one-day workshop we will analyze the trajectories of digitized medical data. We will discuss how patient communities, care providers, social activists, governments and corporations are designing, fostering and managing alternative approaches to healing and increasingly look towards open source, distributed, and participatory research to do this. Data created from bodies has the potential to expand our understanding of health-related research and scholarly communication practices.

In addition, we will explore different ways of including patient communities in participatory design of tools that assist in the management and analysis of health data. We aim to foster a discussion amongst anthropologists, media scholars and biomedical researcher about the emergent forms of sociality and the politics of health and illness in our digital era.

Speakers include:

Nick Anderson, UC Davis
Carlos Andres Barragan, UC Davis
Dav Clark, UC Berkeley
Alessandro Delfanti, UC Davis
Joe Dumit, UC Davis
Allison Fish, UC Davis
Marina Levina, University of Memphis
Hélène Mialet, UC Berkeley
Kim Surkan, MIT
Orkan Telhan, University of Pennsylvania

Detailed program TBA

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP at this link if you plan to attend

UC Davis Innovating Communication in Scholarship

Alessandro Delfanti
University of California, Davis