Living in a “metric culture” (and CfP)

By: Btihaj Ajana (AIAS and KCL)

September 2016

Self-measurement and tracking have become commonplace practices in recent years. With the explosion of apps and devices enabling the data capturing and monitoring of the individual’s everyday activities, behaviours and habits, an increasing number of people around the world are embracing this culture of self-quantification and tracking in the spirit of improving their health and wellbeing, and charting their fitness progress.

Read more and find out about our forthcoming conference Metric Culture: The Quantified Self and Beyond here

Interview article with Ny Tid

By: Steffen Moestrup (Ny Tid)

June 2016

Btihaj Ajana gave an interview about the Quantified Self for the article ‘Selvmonitorering: Kjenn deg selv gjennom tallene dine’ for the Norwegian monthly newspaper Ny Tid.

The full interview-based article can be accessed here

(in Danish)

Report on the AIAS Workshop: “The Quantified Self and The Rise of Self-Tracking Culture”

By: Rachael Kent (King's College London)

June 2016

The Quantified Self and the Rise of Self-tracking Culture workshop was a one-day event organized by Btihaj Ajana at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies on 15 June 2016. The purpose of this workshop was to bring together scholars in the fields of self-tracking and the quantified self, surveillance and privacy, and data and social networks, to critically reflect on the impact of these practices upon everyday users. The event examined the ways in which self-tracking devices, platforms and associated practices are transforming how we understand our bodies, our health, and our human capacities through our relation to and acquisition of data. By addressing relevant philosophical, political, social, economic and cultural questions, the workshop sought to interrogate and challenge some of the assumptions and discourses relating to the Quantified Self movement and its motto, ‘Self Knowledge through Numbers’.