Events and Activities

28 Mar 2018

Digital health and self-tracking practices

Invited talk by Btihaj Ajana at Consumer 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

Venue: Denmark

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

4 May 2017

Biopolitics of self-tracking

Btihaj Ajana is delivering the invited talk ‘Biopolitics of self-tracking’ at the Borough Road Gallery.

More details and registration link here.

Date: 4 May 2017

Venue: Borough Road Gallery

2 May 2017

The Quantified Self: for a Worse or Better You?

Btihaj Ajana is leading a public discussion at the event “The Quantified Self: for a Worse or Better You?” organised by Digital Prospects.

Find our more and register here.

Date: 2 May 2017

Venue: The Wheatsheaf, London

10-11 Mar 2017

Rethinking Healthcare through Quantified Self practices

Btihaj Ajana will be presenting “Rethinking Healthcare through Quantified Self practices” at the 2017 International Conference on Medical Humanities, 10-11 March, Warsaw

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Date: 10-11 Mar 2017

Venue: Warsaw

11-13 Jan 2017

Freedom or abandonment? Reflections on the politics of digital self-tracking

Btihaj Ajana will be presenting “Freedom or abandonment? Reflections on the politics of digital self-tracking” at MeCCSA 2017 conference, 11-13 January, University of Leeds.

Ajana will be discussing the connection between neoliberal ethos of freedom, choice, agency, and responsibility, and individual as well as communal practices of fitness-tracking.

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Date: 11-13 Jan 2017

Venue: Leeds

8-11 Nov 2016

Politics and Ethics of Self-tracking Culture

Btihaj Ajana is speaking about the ethical and political implications of self-tracking culture at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS)/University of London Annual Conference 2016, 8-11 November 2016. More details on:

Date: 8-11 Nov 2016

Venue: Senate House, London

13 Oct 2016

Life Gamified: Practices of the Quantified Self

A panel discussion organised by Btihaj Ajana for the Arts and Humanties Festival 2016 at King’s College London. This panel addresses the rising trend of self-tracking and quantification, examining their applications as well as implications in various spheres of everyday life.

Date: 13 Oct 2016

Venue: King's College London

5-7 Sep 2016

Ontologies of the Quantified Self

A talk by Btihaj Ajana at the Theater and Performance Research Association’s event, Performing the Quantified Self: Authorship, Ownership and Autobiography in the era of Big Data, 5-7 September, Bristol University. More details on the event at:

Date: 5-7 Sep 2016

Venue: Bristol University

15 Jun 2015

Workshop: The Quantified Self and the Rise of Self-Tracking Culture

This one-day workshop focuses on the rising practices of self-tracking through digital devices and apps, and on the related phenomenon of the Quantified Self movement. It brings together relevant scholars to critically debate the various aspects of such practices and assess their actual and potential implications.

More details on:

Date: 15 Jun 2015

Venue: Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies