In Progress & Under Review
A paper that discusses the use of mobile pain reporting platforms in Canada. These technologies sort, rank, and track symptoms, and are thought to render care more efficient and pain more intelligible. Individuals living with musculoskeletal chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis resist these digital therapeutic devices because the data they collect demand a kind of user-engagement that pain restricts.
A paper that draws on game studies literature and postphenomenology to discuss the embodied, social, and political consequences of gamifying health applications designed to help patients manage chronic pain.
A paper that describes how members of a chronic pain clinic rely on conversational joking to build sociality, challenge hierarchy, and face pain related uncertainty head-on.
A paper that maps the translational aspirations of analgesic artefacts. I do so with reference to the influence the dolorimeter has had on contemporary pain measurement. I discuss how the dolorimeter’s deficits afforded new knowledge about pain variability and subject-dependence. Then, I show how today’s pain management materials respond to this knowledge.