Sinopse (em inglês)
Founded by two influential technolibertarians from Wired magazine, the ‘Quantified Self’ (QS) movement is a growing international grassroots movement. Its members are a mixed bunch of people who develop and use technoscientific devices (tools and software) to monitor and quantify their bodies. The data they generate is expected to provide them with a more objective form of self-knowledge, a scientific self-awareness, that will then help them optimize self-performance. Underlying this movement is the belief that technoscience will work to ‘naturally’ reconnect the knowing and acting body (Viseu & Suchman 2010). This paper presents preliminary results an ongoing ethnography of London’s QS group – one of the largest in Europe – and will seek to trace the practices and discourses of QS London members, and examine the shared imaginaries that drive and justify this movement.
Sobre a Oradora (Em inglês)
Ana Viseu is currently Principal Investigator and Marie Curie fellow at CIES ISCTE-IUL, as well as a Visiting Scholar at Arizona State University, EUA. Previously she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University, Canada, which she left in 2013 to return to her home country, Portugal. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2005, and went on to pursue a post-doc in the Dept. of Science and Technology Studies and Cornell NanoScale Facility at Cornell University, USA. Anchoring her thinking in the field of ‘science, technology and society’ she examines the development, use and regulation of emergent (and contested) technologies, from both theoretical and material perspectives.