Critical Digital Health Studies
This seminar is jointly hosted by the Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities and the School of Social Science
Analysis of contemporary digital health technologies requires bringing together the insights of health sociology with digital sociology, in a sub-field that I entitle 'critical digital health studies'. In this talk I will outline what I see as key topics and concepts that can cast light on the sociocultural and political dimensions of digital health. I will provide examples from recent research projects in which I have examined self-tracking practices, body weight and digital media and apps for medical diagnosis and for pregnancy and parenting, taking the approach of viewing digital media, digital devices and the personal data they generate as sociocultural artefacts.
About the Presenter
Professor Deborah Lupton is a Centenary Research Professor at the University of Canberra, associated with the News & Media Research Centre. Her research and teaching is multidisciplinary, incorporating sociology, media and communication and cultural studies. Deborah is author of 15 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters on the social and cultural dimensions of: medicine and public health; risk; the body; parenting cultures; digital sociology; food; obesity politics; and the emotions. She is an advocate of using social media for academic research and engagement, including Twitter (@DALupton) and her blog This Sociological Life. Her most recent books are The Quantified Self: A Sociology of Self-Tracking (2016) and Digital Sociology (2015).