Events and Activities

19-20 Jun 2019

Sharing and Its Discontents in Self-Tracking Culture

Invited talk by Btihaj Ajana at Health technologies in practice: between the home and the clinic, 19-20 June 2019, University of Sheffield.

Date:19-20 Jun 2019

Venue:University of Sheffield

6 Jun 2019

1984 Revisited

Btihaj Ajana is an invited speaker at The Cheltenham Science Festival for the event, “1984 Revisited”:

Date:6 Jun 2019

Venue:Cheltenham Science Festival

22 May 2019

Digital Ethics in practice; future considerations of innovation

Btihaj Ajana is an invited keynote speaker at theDigital Government 2019 conference, more details here:

Date:22 May 2019

Venue:Queen Elisabeth II Centre, London

29-30 Apr 2019

Self-management for better health? Reflections on the self-tracking culture

Invited keynote talk by Btihaj Ajana atThe Futures of eHealth conference, Berlin, 29-30 April 2019. More details:

Date:29-30 Apr 2019


20-22 Mar 2019

Data Philanthropy: Reflections on the Sharing Culture of the Quantified Self

Invited keynote talk by Btihaj Ajana atThe Age of Sharing?, University of Koblenz, 20-22 March 2019. More details:

Date:20-22 Mar 2019

Venue:University of Koblenz

15 Mar 2019

Spare Parts

Screening of the film Quantified Life and Q&A session exploring whether our bodies exist as systems to be optimised and improved, with Btihaj Ajana and Thomas Blomseth Christiansen. More details here:

Date:15 Mar 2019

Venue:London Science Gallery

22 Jan 2019

Cognitive Sensations: Attention and Memory in the Digital Age

Btihaj Ajana was invited participant atCognitive Sensations: Attention and Memory in the Digital Age, The Cube, London, 22 January 2019. More details:

Date:22 Jan 2019

Venue:The Cube, London

19 Dec 2018

Metrics on BBC Radio 4

Btihaj Ajana was guest on BBC Radio 4 programme, Thinking Allowed, discussing how our lives are becoming unceasingly ruled by metrics. Recording of this episode is available here:

Date:19 Dec 2018

Venue:BBC, London

7-8 May 2018

Biometric Datafication in Governmental and Consumer spheres

A keynote talk by Btihaj Ajana atIs Big Data a New Medium? Interdisciplinary Symposium, LaSalle College, Singapore, 7-8 May2018. More details:

Date:7-8 May 2018

Venue:LaSalle, Singapore

28 Mar 2018

Digital health and self-tracking practices

Invited talk by Btihaj Ajana atConsumer and Organisational Digital Analytics (CODA) Research Centre Seminar Series, King’s College London Business School, 28 March 2018.

Date:28 Mar 2018

Venue:King's College London

20 Jan 2018

Shifting Identities in the Biometric Age

Btihaj Ajana was an invited speaker and discussant with artist Ayesha Hameed at the Arts Catalyst, London, 20 January 2018. More details:

Date:20 Jan 2018

Venue:Arts Catalyst, London

16 Sep 2017

Self-tacking towards health: The case of Thomas Christiansen

Btihaj Ajana is screening and discussing her film “Quantified Life” at the III International Conference on Medical Humanities on 16 September 2017.

More details on the event here:

Date:16 Sep 2017

Venue:Birkbeck, University of London

June 2017

Quantified Life

Btihaj Ajana recently made a film on self-tracking entitled, Quantified Life. This portrait documentary film focuses on the self-tracking practices and habits of a dedicated self-quantifier from Denmark, Thomas Blomseth Christiansen. Thomas is no ordinary self-tracker. For the last eight years, he has been meticulously tracking and documenting various aspects of his life and health, ultimately ridding himself of his severe allergies and improving his overall health, as a result. The film captures some of Thomas’ experience while also providing reflections on the wider implications and ethical dimensions of self-tracking and quantification. Watch the film on:

Date:June 2017


17-18 June 2017


Btihaj Ajana is participating in the Quantified Self 2017 conference which takes place on June 17-18, 2017.

For more details on the programme, visit:

Date:17-18 June 2017

Venue:Hotel Casa 400 Amsterdam

7-9 Jun 2017

Metric Culture: The Quantified Self and Beyond

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’. This two-day international conference brings together relevant scholars who are engaged in the study of practices of self-tracking and related technologies to critically reflect on the way metric culture is unfolding within and affecting the various spheres of our everyday life.

Organised by:Btihaj Ajana (AIAS and King’s College London)

Confirmed keynote speakers: Deborah Lupton (University of Canberra, Australia) & Rosalind Gill (City University London, UK)  

Date:7-9 Jun 2017

Venue:Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies