VITALITIES LAB NEWSLETTER
Number 6, 6 November 2019
The Vitalities Lab is led by SHARP Professor Deborah Lupton, Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney. Team members are Dr Ashleigh Watson, Dr Clare Southerton and Dr Marianne Clark. Further details here.
New team member
The VLab welcomes a new team member: postdoctoral fellow Dr Marianne Clark (pictured below left), who received her doctorate in human movement and social theory from the University of Alberta.
New Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence Research Grant
The ARC Centre of Excellence in Automated Decision-Making and Society, led by RMIT University, was announced in October. Deborah is one of the 18 Chief Investigators across this eight university centre. She will be leading the UNSW Node of the Centre, as well as the Health Focus Area, and will be a co-leader of the People Program. The Centre is funded from 2020 to 2026. More details are here.
Deborah’s new book Data Selves: More-than-Human Perspectives was published in October. Further details of the book, including excerpts, can be found here.
Other new publications
Southerton, C., Damkjaer, M.S. and A. Albrechtslund (2019) Photo sharing as participatory surveillance. In Cultures of Participation: Arts, Digital Media and Cultural Institutions, Routledge.
Lupton, D. (2019) Toward a more-than-human approach to neurotechnologies. American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, 10(4), 174-176.
On 1 October the VLab hosted the ‘Re-imagining Personal Data’ workshop as a satellite event of the Association of Internet Researchers Conference, which was held later that week at QUT in Brisbane. Deborah convened the workshop with Annette Markham from Aarhus University and Larissa Hjorth from RMIT University. (Photo below shows a participant with one of the activities completed in the workshop.)
Clare was involved in two presentations at the Association of Internet Researchers Conference:
- Damkjaer, M. S., Southerton, C., and Albrechtslund A. ‘Relief from communication: Parental surveillance technologies, trust and care’ (photo from the presentation below).
- McCann, H. and Southerton, C. ‘Fangirls and fake news’.
In October, Deborah travelled to Berlin for the first meeting of the The Lancet and Financial Times ‘Governing Health Futures 2030: Growing Up in a Digital World’ Commission. She and other commissioners, from peak international organisations such as the Red Cross, the World Health Organization, the OECD, the UN and UNICEF, are working on a report that is due for completion in 2021. The German Health Minister came to the meeting to discuss his country’s digital health initiatives – the photo below shows Deborah with the other commissioners and the Minister (in the middle).
- The photo sharing chapter co-authored by Clare was cited in a New York Times article about parents sharing photos of their children online.
- Deborah was quoted in a Sydney Morning Herald article about mothers’ use of smartphones and social media.
We welcome Dr Jens Lindberg, Umea University, Sweden, visiting the VLab from 1 October 2019 to 31 August 2020 and doctoral student Mr Jordan Mackenzie, University of Stirling, Scotland, visiting from 5 November to 16 December 2019