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Btihaj Ajana


Current position: Professor, King’s College London, UK.

During her AIAS-COFUND Junior Fellowship, Associate Professor Btihaj Ajana worked on the project "The Over-examined Life: Body Governance and the rise of the Quantified Self".

Project at AIAS

My research project is concerned with the rising practices of self-tracking and fitness monitoring through digital devices and apps. In recent years, there has been an abundance in the techniques and technologies that enable the collection and computation of data regarding one’s biological functions and habits. While at AIAS, I focus on some of these practices in order to provide deep insights into these emerging trends, and a critical assessment of their socio-ethical implications. I combine empirical studies with philosophical analysis to address the questions raised throughout this research project.

Project title:

The Over-examined Life: Body Governance and the rise of the Quantified Self

Area of research:

Digital Culture

Fellowship period:

1 Oct 2015 – 30 Sep 2017

Fellowship type: 

AIAS-COFUND Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow

This fellowship has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 609033 and The Aarhus University Research Foundation.