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

15 Jun 2015

Practices of self-tracking and self-measurement are currently on the rise. The rapid development of mobile and smart wearable technologies has made it possible for the everyday user to generate, record and analyse various types of personal statistical data. Spurred by movements such as the Quantified Self, a growing number of people across the globe are embracing this “metric culture”. As the world is becoming increasingly ruled by numbers, we are becoming ever more reliant on technologies of tracking and measurement to manage and evaluate various spheres of our lives including work, leisure, health and even sex.

The aim of this workshop is to cast a critical eye on these emerging practices of self-tracking and quantification as they manifest across different domains of life. By bringing together relevant scholars to debate the various facets of the Quantified Self as well as its wider social, political and ethical implications, the workshop seeks to enable a deeper understanding of this rising phenomenon and how it is reshaping our relation to our bodies and their vital aspects.

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Other Events and Activities

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

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

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

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

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. More details on the event at:

Date: 11-13 Jan 2017

Venue: Leeds

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 More details on the event at:

Date: 10-11 Mar 2017

Venue: Warsaw