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AIAS Workshop







  •  The Quantified Self and the Rise of Self-Tracking Culture 

Practices of self-tracking and self-measurement are currently on the rise. The rapid development of mobile and smart wearable technologies has made it possible for the everyday user to generate, record and analyse various types of personal statistical data. Spurred by movements such as the Quantified Self, a growing number of people across the globe are embracing this “metric culture”. As the world is becoming increasingly ruled by numbers, we are becoming ever more reliant on technologies of tracking and measurement to manage and evaluate various spheres of our lives including work, leisure, health and even sex.

The aim of this workshop is to cast a critical eye on these emerging practices of self-tracking and quantification as they manifest across different domains of life. By bringing together relevant scholars to debate the various facets of the Quantified Self as well as its wider social, political and ethical implications, the workshop seeks to enable a deeper understanding of this rising phenomenon and how it is reshaping our relation to our bodies and their vital aspects.    


Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University, Buildings 1630-1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. See location on a map.

Confirmed workshop participants

  • Btihaj Ajana (AIAS and King’s College London)
  • Chris Till (Leeds Beckett University, UK)
  • Christian Ulrik Andersen (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Dorthe Brogård Kristensen (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
  • Jill Walker Rettberg (University of Bergen, Norway)
  • Joeb Høfdinghoff Grønborg (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Keith Spiller (Open University, UK)
  • Lukasz Piwek (University of Bath, UK)  
  • Paolo Ruffino (University of York, UK)
  • Phoebe Moore (Middlesex University, UK)  
  • Rachael Kent (King’s College London, UK)
  • Stine Liv Johansen (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Programme and abstracts

See the programme and abstracts.

Time schedule 


09:30 - 09:45 Registration and coffee

09:45 - 10:00 Welcome and Introduction

10:00 – 11:30 Session 1: Hybrid subjectivity and the gamification of self 

11:30 – 13:00 Session 2: The Quantified Self at work     

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3: Mediatization, representation and the Quantified Self

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30 Session 4: Making sense of the Quantified Self data

17:30 – 17:45 Closing note

17:45 – 18:15 Workshop debriefing (for speakers only), Room 203

19:00 –  :       Dinner for speakers only: at ARoS, Aros Allé 2, DK-8000 Aarhuc C 


Btihaj Ajana, AIAS Fellow

Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies