Solutions to the problems of an aging Europe are often sought in the development of new technologies to support individuals to care for themselves. Technological innovations are, however, always also social innovations: they entail the emergence (or the decline) of particular communities that can be recognized by their specific aesthetic-socio-technological forms that present new forms of solidarity.
Care innovations, such as web-based care, connect people (patients, citizens, informal carers, professionals) and technologies in new ways. Pilot studies into a caring community of people with a chronic disease (COPD) and partners of people with dementia, showed that unexpected new relationships emerge between people outside family networks, creating new forms of solidarity through shared moral values or common aesthetic appreciations of the good life.
In this EASST-track we want to convene researchers studying the link between technological innovation and the emergence of new forms and networks of solidarity, or their decline. We particularly invite contributions focusing on the aesthetic values such as styles and appreciations that cement communities and solidarities. For comparative purposes, contributions not related to care technologies as such are also specifically invited.
Examples of questions for this track: how do caring communities work? What keeps them together or makes them fall apart? What type of solidarity or ways of relating to one another emerge around technological innovation? How may shared aesthetics keep caring communities together?
The papers will be presented in the order shown and grouped 3-4-3 between sessions