Excellent call for papers from HMS coeditor Mark Paterson:

Please consider submitting an abstract for my accepted Panel for XIX ISA (International Sociological Association) World Congress of Sociology in Toronto, July 15-21, described below. The panel is part of Thematic Group TG07 The Senses and Society. The deadline for submission is soon: September 27, 2017. Selected papers will be invited to participate in a Special Issue of Body and Society on this topic:

The politics of sensation: technology, measurement, quantification

How has the sensate body been co-constituted and reimagined through a combination of ‘hard’ technologies (hardware, interfaces), ‘soft’ or social technologies (disciplinary apparatus or sensorial regimes)? How is social science dealing with new modes of somatic address since the original ‘turn’ to embodiment in the 1990s? After Davide Panagia’s project in The Political Life of Sensation (2009), for example, how might we regard the motoric or sensory habits within everyday life, and their mediation through technologies, interfaces, prostheses? With the rise of the sciences of human management, and the Quantified Self, to what extent do such ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ technologies discipline or diminish embodied experience, motoric habits, spontaneity in sensation? In other words, what is at stake for the (bio)political life of sensation?

The panel invites theoretically-informed papers, and welcome those that bridge conceptual and empirical territories. Areas might include:

– instruments and apparatus of measure, the maintenance of discipline and ‘normalization’;
– the ‘Quantized Self’ (QS) movement, and availability of biometric data collection for everyday exercise (e.g. FitBit, Nike+, Apple Health);
– historical approaches within science and/or technology (psychophysics, physiology, early psychology);
– how interfaces, sensory prostheses, and technologies of sensory substitution are reconfiguring the ‘sensorium’;
– sensory prostheses (for those with impairments: devices, implants);
– the use of technology and recording techniques (including film) in sensory ethnography;
– the intersensoriality of ‘aesthetic’ encounter within ‘old’ and ‘new’ media
– videogames, and the multisensorial engagement with the user through controller and screen;
– art-science collaborations, including digital installations

By all means get in touch if you’re interested or have questions. Abstracts (300 words max) should be submitted through the conference website.

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