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Laetitia Della Bianca new paper on self-tracking apps

dhCenter member Laetitia Della Bianca has published an article in the journal Learning, Media and Technology. It is entitled “Configuring the body as pedagogical site : towards a conceptual tool to unpack and situate multiple ontologies of the body in self-tracking apps” and is part of the special issue dedicated to “Feminist perspectives on learning, media and educational technology” (vol. 47, 2022).

This paper focuses on the relationships among education, self-tracking technologies, and body practices, addressing an ongoing debate about the ‘disciplinary versus empowering’ role of health tracking technologies in teaching people how to live. Using a Feminist Science and Technology Studies approach (FSTS), it inquires into the understandings promoters of such technologies have about the body as a ‘pedagogical site’ in the specific context of fertility tracking apps. Drawing upon empirical data from a multi-sited ethnography of technology fairs and experts’ congresses, this study offers an analytical tool (the Body Tracking Configurations Matrix) to unpack and situate the multiple ontologies of the body in fertility tracking apps.

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