Moral Horizons of Pain: Participatory Theatre and Public Engagement with Data and Technology in Medicine

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In this talk, members of the Critical Data Sense team from the University of Calgary (Canada) describe their public performance piece, “Moral Horizons of Pain.” Drawing on the ideas of counter-monuments and participatory theater, the piece is a method of making public the technological and data-oriented ways of sensing and acting in Western medicine, through theatrical re-enactment. Participants in the piece are invited to experience how medical practice comes to be a site of misrecognition and harm and to consider how bodies, touch, and presence do and could matter in the treatment of pain.

Team Biography

The Critical Data Sense team is a group of faculty and graduate student researchers at the University of Calgary led by Professors Ariel Ducey (Sociology), Pratim Sengupta (Learning Sciences), and Martina Kelly (Family Medicine). The team uses creative, transdisciplinary methods to examine sensing, data, affect, responsibility and technologies in health care settings, and how they shape the experience of giving and receiving care. The team is focused on ways of making their scholarly work public and using it to improve medical education and advance critical technoscientific literacies. 

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Event recording


First broadcast on 2 November 2022.

This recording is licensed under CC BY 4.0.

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