Projects > Border Quants: Feminist Approaches to Data, Bodies, and Technologies Across Borders

In this project, I collaborate with Jacqueline Wernimont (ASU), Jessica Rajko (ASU), Heather Ross (ASU), Patricia Garcia (University of Michigan), and Marika Cifor (Bowdoin) to investigate phenomenological experiences of quantification through the use of wearable fitness trackers, in particular as these shape quality-of-life in US-Mexico borderlands.

This project emerges out of a desire to situate bodies as a place of knowing in encounters with everyday digital technologies. Early findings reveal patterns around individual agency amid data-rich environments, neoliberal uses of data logs and corporate surveillance of women's bodies, and questions around the relationships between somatics, embodiment, haptics, and technologies for knowing and understanding the body.

The goals of this project are to better understand how we perform data and how data performs us; to understand a range of feminist, intersectional, and decolonizing approaches to using and creating data, algorithms, and interfaces, and to understand the long history of quantification as it relates to cycles of discrimination and oppression.

Conceptual Contributions

Border Quants at 4S2017: The Society for Social Studies of Science
September 2, 2017.
Reference: Ross, H. et al. "Border Quants: Biopolitics of Self-Quantification at the Border," 4S 2017: Society for Social Studies of Science, Boston, Massachusetts, September 2, 2017.
Reference: Cifor, M. & Garcia, P. "Embodying Data: Duoethnography as a Feminist Methodology for Studying Wearables," 4S 2017: Society for Social Study of Science, Boston, Massachusetts, September 2, 2017.
Reference: Duarte, M.E. "Indigenous Women's Subjective Experiences Using Health-Based Activity Monitors Toward Personal Wellbeing," 4S 2017: Society for the Social Study of Science, Boston, Massachusetts, September 2, 2017.
Reference: Rajko, J.J. "Not My Data: Troubling Notions of Embodied Agency in Computing Wearables," 4S 2017: Society for the Social Study of Science, Boston, Massachusetts, September 2, 2017.
Reference: Ross, H. "Testing the Limits of the Quantified Self at the Qual-Quant Borderland: What Can Data Quantification Tell Us About Lived Experience?"4S 2017: Society for the Social Study of Science, Boston, Massachusetts, September 2, 2017.

Border Quants at Imagining Intersectional Futures: Feminist Approaches in CSCW
February 25, 2017.
Reference: Duarte, M.E. "Prismatic Interfaces: Making Room for Intersectional Feminist Approaches in Interface Studies," Imagining Intersectional Futures: Feminist Approaches in CSCW, CSCW 2017, Portland, Oregon, February 25, 2017.
Garcia, P., Cifor, M. Embodying Data: Duoethnography as a Feminist Methodology for Studying Wearables," Imagining Intersectional Futures: Feminist Approaches in CSCW, CSCW 2017, Portland, Oregon, February 25, 2017.

Border Quants Winter 2016 Research Retreat
December 16-17, 2016.

Possibility Lunch: Decolonizing Technologies
November 16, 2016.

Possibility Lunch: The Internet of Creepy Things
October 30, 2016.

Aesthetic Contributions

Jessica Rajko: Me, My Quantified Self, And I
September 2016-February 2017.