Call for Papers Workshop Histories of Measurement and Self-making

Holanda, 29-30 de Junho de 2017

Prazo de Submissão: 6 de Janeiro de 2017

Este workshop será na Universidade de Utrecht na Holanda entre 29-30 de Junho de 2017. Deverá ser submetido um resumo (máx. 300 palavras) e uma pequena nota biográfica até 6 de Janeiro de 2017.

Call for Papers

Call for Papers Workshop Histories of Measurement and Self-making

Workshop: Histories of Measurement and Self-making.

Date: Thursday 29 and Friday 30 June 2017

Venue: University of Utrecht, the Netherlands


Speakers:    Hilary Marland & Roberta Bivins (University of Warwick)

                    Harro Maas (University of Lausanne)

Today, people increasingly use digital technologies to collect data on their health, habits and wellbeing and sociologists of science and technology have started to discuss how these development change our notions of identity, autonomy and privacy. This workshop explores the histories of these practices, looking at different forms of measurement and self-management in the 19th and 20th century. So far, historians have paid more attention to the role of scientists and the state in producing data about people than they have to individual practices. The aim of this workshop is to trace the genealogies of today’s culture of quantification and to investigate the role of (personalized) quantification in the making of the modern self. 

We seek to address the following questions: How were scientific techniques such as quantification applied to the individual body and household? How were sciences such as phrenology, medicine, statistics and anthropometry made personal? How did quantification change people’s understanding of themselves? How did numbers become an incentive to self-improvement? Do today’s metric practices represent change or continuity?

 We invite submissions on topics related (but not limited) to histories of:

  • ·      personal quantification
  • ·      self-monitoring, self-tracking and self-management
  • ·      Private numbers and public numbers
  • ·      Popular science and personal uses of quantification
  • ·      How individuals related to statistics and averages
  • ·      Measurements in the household
  • ·      Numeracy/quantitative literacy
  • ·      Accounting tools in the home
  • ·      Measureing as entertainment
  • ·      Self-surveillance

 Deadline and contact information:

Abstracts (max. 300 words) for a 20-minute paper and a short biographical note should be sent by 6 January 2017 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Organizers: Fenneke Sysling and Hieke Huistra (University of Utrecht)

This workshop is organized as part of the project The Quantified Self: a history – funded through the Veni Innovational Research Incentives Scheme of the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) and with support of the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities in Utrecht.