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WARFARE AND HEALTHCARE: ACTION AT A DISTANCE AND BODIES IN CONTACT
Date: 10 June 2009 Time: 10.00 - 17.00
Venue: A217, (via door 216) Management School
What are the rhetorics and material practices that distinguish, but also conjoin, contemporary sociotechnologies of warfare and healthcare? Inspired by recent scholarship in feminist science and technology studies, the focus of this workshop is on cultural imaginaries, practical activities and technoscientific investments that operate within and across these domains. More specifically, we are interested in exploring ambitions to extend capacities for action at a distance, on one hand, and the forms of proximate, embodied co-presence that still characterise realities 'on the ground', on the other.
An initial comparison of projects in battlefield automation and in technology-mediated healthcare suggests the central role of telecommunications and robotics in both, whether for the 'safe' delivery of lethal weapons or of prescribed drugs, or for the retrieval of wounded combatants or the provision of remote diagnosis and care. Along with their comparative analysis, we are also interested in whether and how these domains are enacted as related or separate by relevant participants, including policy makers, technology producers and users, and affected citizens.
An aim of the workshop is to establish a group of Lancaster based researchers and advisors interested in the development of an externally funded Seminar Series. A preliminary list of series themes might include: >
Maggie Mort, Celia Roberts & Lucy Suchman, (Sociology, Lancaster University) and Andrew Smith (Dept of Anaesthesia, Royal Lancaster Infirmary).
Standard: £15 / Students or unwaged : £10
Registration for this event is now open and can be accessed HERE
(For helpful travel information and maps of Lancaster's University Campus and town centre please visit this page on Lancaster University's main website.)
Who can attend: Anyone
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