Keynote Deborah Lupton

Digital Risk Society and Lively Data

Dr. Deborah Lupton

Friday November 6th @ 1:00

Room GN E104, Grey Nuns Building, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec

Deborah Lupton

We have the great privilege of welcoming globally renowned scholar, Dr. Deborah Lupton for our opening keynote.

Deborah Lupton is Centenary Research Professor with the News & Media Research Centre in the Faculty of Arts & Design at the University of Canberra, Australia. Professor Lupton’s research and teaching is multidisciplinary, incorporating sociology, media and communication and cultural studies. She has previously held academic appointments at the University of Sydney, Charles Sturt University and the University of Western Sydney. She is the author of 14 books and over 140 journal articles and book chapters on topics including the social and cultural dimensions of medicine and public health; risk; the body; parenting cultures; digital technologies; food; obesity politics; and the emotions. She is an advocate of using social media for academic research and engagement, including Twitter (@DALupton) and her blog This Sociological Life. Professor Lupton was one of the founding co-editors of the journal Health, and currently serves on that journal’s editorial board, as well as those of the journals Health, Risk & Society, Journal of Sociology, Societies, Fat Studies, Digital Health and Big Data & Society. She is the co-convenor of the Australian Digital Sociology Network and the international Self-Tracking and Self-Quantification Research Network and member of the Technology and Society Network and the Network for Bodies, Organs and Tissues.

Keynote Abstract:

Digital Risk Society and Lively Data

As social life and social institutions have become experienced and managed via novel forms of digital technologies, and as both public and personal spaces as well as human bodies have become increasingly monitored by digital surveillance devices and sensors, a new field of risk inquiry has opened up in response to what might be termed ‘digital risk society’. In this paper I will discuss elements of the implications of lively data for people’s data practices and data materialisations, including how they respond to the data assemblages that are configured by these data and the ways in which both opportunities and risks are generated as part of the digital data knowledge economy.

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