Monthly Archives: May 2014

Hogle, Ossario, Saha and Nelson win Inaugural Thematic Cluster Grant

by Lyn

The Holtz Center congratulates Linda Hogle, Pilar Ossario, Kris Saha and Nicole Nelson  on winning its inaugural thematic cluster grant for their cluster entitled “Disclosing and Enclosing Knowledge: The Paradoxes of Information Flow in Knowledge Communities.  The cluster will investigate the paradoxes of information flow through the lens of enclosures and disclosures; that is, the way information is restricted, contained, leaked, revealed, amplified in particular ways in some domains while receding in others, made more interoperable to flow to flow across boundaries, makes social statements by being framed as “open science,” is diverted for use in another context, and other wise moves across domains.  The information may itself have scientific or technological, scientific and organizations innovations (e.g. data sharing of biorepository information), or may involve technological, scientific and organizations innovations (e.g. data mining of consumer transactions or medical records, surveillance technologies) which create particular forms of knowledge and move information in or out of visibility.

The cluster runs through 2016, and the program plans include speakers, a symposium and a summer school, some of which will be presented in collaboration with the Morgridge Institute for Research.    Stay tuned for additional information, links and videos.  For more information, please contact Linda Hogle at


Fall Course: Merchandizing Medicine

by Lyn

Medical History & Bioethics 919

Merchandizing Medicine: History, Anthropology and Ethical Perspectives

Profs Susan Lederer and Linda Hogle

Wednesdays, 9-11 AM

This graduate seminar uses theory and methods from medical history, medical social science and biomedical ethics to consider the ways in which medicine and commerce are interrelated, taking examples from “public health” goods (such as blood supply, organ and tissue exchange) to medical care (including nursing and rehabilitation therapies) to privatized services (surrogacy, wellness programs) to diagnostic, therapeutic and research exchanges in which the roles of “patients,” “consumers,” and “users” are blurred (Quantified Self e.g. FitBit, 23andme genetic services, etc.).

For more information, please contact the instructors directly.

Fall Course: Medical Technology & the Body

by Lyn

Medical History and Bioethics 526/ 726
Medical Technology and the Body

Linda F. Hogle

There is a long history of bodily modification for functional restoration, augmentation, enhancement, or aesthetic purposes and may involve chemical, mechanical, interactive or implantable technologies. How do such technological alterations affect our identity? Our sense of being “human”? Our notions of “fairness”? What cultural, social and ethical issues are involved in decisions to take up particular technologies? This course explores examines assumptions about the ‘normal’ body, followed by cultural understandings of ability, appearance, function and enhancement. Topics will include bionics, regenerative medicine, genetic enhancements, assistive technologies, neural prosthetics, cognitive enhancements, digital health and quantified self technologies, among others. The course is of particular interest to students in pre-professional medical fields, biomedical engineers, social sciences, and disability studies. 3 credits; Counts for Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S.

Graduate students taking 726 will concurrently enroll in 526 and pursue independent research in consultation with the instructor.  For more information, contact Professor Linda Hogle at