There has been a bit of a gap since the previous podcast episode as I just wasn’t able to get the editing finished. But this will be the last episode in this series. I always intended this to be a limited run as something which spun out of an event I organised last year. However, I will be back with a new podcast series later in the year so keep an eye (and ear) out for that.
For this final episode in the series I spoke to Aristea Fotopoulou about her work on gender, data and self-tracking. You can read more about her research on the Quantified Self community here.
She told me about her work on fertility and pregnancy apps and how they construct and embody discourses of gender, capitalism and neoliberalism. We question the extent to which we are encouraged to be “good citizens”.
In my view Aristea has some very interesting and useful ways of conceptualising the ways in which we engage with health and exercise tracking such as “biopedagogy” and focusing on the “micropractices” of using technology which you can read more about in her article written with Kate O’Riordan.
Aristea tells me about her experience of conducting an autoethnography of her use of self-tracking and how her identity as a researcher and a research participant blurred.
In the discussion Aristea connects the discussion of self-tracking to her other work on feminist activism and digital networks through suggesting that tracking is a form of gendered labour.