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Ana Viseu

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Ana Viseu Associate Professor in Associate Professor in the School of Technology, Arts and Communication of the Universidade Europeia. Principal Investigator and Marie Curie fellow at CIES ISCTE-IUL. Previously she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at York University, Canada, which she left in 2013 to return to her home country, Portugal as a Marie Curie Fellow. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 2005 with a thesis that examined the multiple and conflicted meanings of bodily augmentation through wearable computers, and went on to pursue a post as Research Associate at Cornell University, Department of Science and Technology Studies and Cornell NanoScale Facility.
Anchoring her thinking in the field of ‘science, technology and society’ she specializes in studies of technoscientific innovation. In particular she examines the development, use and regulation of emergent (and contested) technologies, from both theoretical and material perspectives. Ana has two complementary research lines: (1) The critical examination of technosciences that posit the body as the interface between biology and information. Here she aims to investigate how different technosciences materialize, recraft and reify particular frameworks and theories about personhood, agency and technology. She has, so far, examined these issues in the field of wearable computers, and in her latest research project examining a grass roots movement that seeks to Quantify the Self. (2) The study of the politics and policies of contemporary technosciences. Here she is interested in examining the development and application of different models of governance and evaluation of emergent technosciences. Ana has examined these issues in the realm of nanotechnology as well as in her work on privacy online.
Ana has experience working in academic and industrial interdisciplinary projects, both as a colleague and collaborator and as a consultant. Her work has been published in a number of books and peer-reviewed journals, most recently in Nature and Social Studies of Science where she was a guest-editor. She has participated and organized a number of outreach activities that seek to bring science to the public. Her website can be found here .

Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of Toronto
Thesis title: Augmented Bodies: The Visions and Realities of Wearable Computers
Area: Science, Technology and Society or, Social Studies of Science

Research interests:
Emergent Technologies; Science, Technology and Society; Feminist Technoscience; Technoscience Politics and Policy; Ethnography; Cyborg Anthropology; Body/Machine Interfaces; Embodiment and Information.

Current Research Project:
Quantified Self: The implications of being and living by the numbers