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Metric Culture: The Quantified Self and Beyond

  • Metric Culture: The Quantified Self and Beyond
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    Recent years have witnessed an intensive growth of systems of measurement and an increasing integration of data processes into various spheres of everyday life, so much so that it can be argued that we are now living in a ‘metric culture’. From smartphones apps that measure our activity and sleep, to digital devices that monitor our health and performance at the workplace, the culture of measurement is currently on the rise. Encouraged by movements such as the Quantified Self, whose motto is ‘Self Knowledge through Numbers’, a growing number of people across the globe are embracing practices of self-quantification and tracking with the aim to assess and improve their health, productivity and wellbeing.
    The overarching aim of this international conference is to critically engage with the nuanced aspects and multifaceted implications of living in a metric culture. This event will look at the ways data and metrics link to understandings and representations of self and identity, to issues of power and control, and to questions of value and agency. We will seek to interrogate the kinds of ontologies, relations and communities that are emerging out of the hybrid interweaving of body and technology in the context of the Quantified Self practices and beyond.