Exploring the online landscapes of sleep on social media

Date: 13 February 2019

Venue: UAntwerp, Stadscampus, de Meerminne, aula M.002 - St-Jacobsstraat 2 - 2000 Antwerpen (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: FSW - ViDi & CeMIS

Short description: FSW Lecture by Prof Christine Hine (University of Surrey)

About the lecture

The advent of mass-market devices that enable everyday tracking and monitoring of sleep has potential to give us a new understanding of our own sleep, and that of others. Sleep is often a highly emotionally charged topic, frequently used to account for emotions and behaviours in interactions with others. This presentation describes the current information ecologies of sleep and then sets out to explore how sleep and sleep self-tracking in particular are manifest across a variety of online contexts and social media platforms. Across Twitter, Instagram and discussion forums we find that sleep self-trackers do not have a uniformly transformative effect on understandings of sleep. Rather, in each setting the outcomes of sleep self-tracking are used in a distinctive fashion appropriate to contextually established conventions. Within each setting the understanding of what sleep is, and the trust in technologies for measuring sleep is negotiable. Studying this multiplicity of sleep across settings offers a distinctive insight into the non-deterministic but potentially disruptive connotations of self-monitoring.

Registration: Via website

Contact email: paolo.favero@uantwerpen.be

Link: https://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/faculteiten/faculteit-sociale-wetenschappen/dialoog/fsw-lectures/christine-hine/