Criticaldatasense is a cluster of transdisciplinary research and creative projects led by me, Pratim Sengupta (Learning Sciences) and Martina Kelly (Family Medicine), at the University of Calgary. In this work we investigate the relationships between sensing, data, affect, responsibility and technologies in health care settings, and how they shape the experience of giving and receiving care. We see medical/clinical care as embodied, emotional, moral and interpersonal. We are interested in modelling the complex, ethical and technologically oriented experiences of care. Our work builds on and contributes to the fields of sociology of knowledge, learning sciences and medicine, while also advancing scholarship in critical computing and medical education. The project involves a number of graduate students at the University of Calgary: Santanu Dutta, Megha Sanyal, Erin Knox, and Naomi Haggstrom. Our most recent project is an immersive installation at the Canmore artsPlace, “Moral Horizons of Pain,” previewed in August 2021 and mounted in October 2021.
Presentations and Publications
“Sensing Someone Else’s Pain: Ethical Historical Traces of Disciplined Interactions in Medical Care,” Santanu Dutta, Pratim Sengupta, Ariel Ducey. Conferece: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences, 2022.
“Documenting a Changing Medical Sensorium: A Transdisciplinary Team’s Experiments in Method,” Ariel Ducey, Pratim Sengupta & Martina Kelly, Gender Work and Organizations Conference (virtual), Kent University, England, June 30, 2021
“Symbolic Violence and the Complex Art of Modeling Pain,” Ariel Ducey, Pratim Sengupta and Santanu Dutta, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern University (Boston), Virtual (zoom), June 2, 2021
“Ethical Perception and Moral Horizons in Clinical Care-Work,” Ariel Ducey, Pratim Sengupta and Santanu Dutta, American Educational Research Association Annual Meetings, San Diego, CA, April 22-25, 2022