Invitation Workshop


University of Twente, December 2, 2011, Conference Hotel Drienerburght, Drienerlolaan 5, Enschede

You are cordially invited to attend the workshop that will be organized to discuss Nelly Oudshoorn’s new book: Telecare Technologies and the Transformation of Healthcare (Palgrave Macmillan 2011; available as hard copy and e-book at the Palgrave website and Amazon)


This book traces the changes in healthcare implicated in telecare technologies: information and communication technologies that enable care at a distance. What happens when healthcare moves from physical to virtual encounters between healthcare professionals and patients? What are the consequences for patients when they are expected to do things that used to be done by healthcare professionals? What actually happens when homes become electronically wired to healthcare organizations? These are urgent questions that are, however, largely absent in dominant discourses on telecare. Drawing on insights from Science and Technology Studies and Human Geography, this book opens up novel accounts of the adoption and use of new technologies in healthcare. Nelly Oudshoorn shows how telecare technologies participate in redefining the responsibilities and identities of patients and healthcare professionals, introducing a new category of healthcare workers, and changing the kinds of care and spaces where healthcare is situated. This book critically intervenes into discourses that celebrate the independence of place and time by showing how places and physical contacts still matter in care at a distance.


  • 13.15-13.30 Welcome
  • 13.30-14.00 Summary of the main arguments of the book by Nelly Oudshoorn, Professor of Technology Dynamics and Healthcare at the Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies at Twente University.
  • 14.00-14.15 Comments by Dr Sally Wyatt, Professor of Digital Cultures in Development at Maastricht University and Program Leader of the e-Humanities Group of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
  • 14.15-14.30 Discussion chaired by Dr Peter Stegmaier, Assistant Professor at the Department of Science, Technology and Policy Studies at Twente University and teacher at the UniversitĂ© du Luxembourg.
  • 14.30-14.45 Tea break
  • 14.45- 15.00 Comments by Dr Stans van Egmond, Senior Project Leader, Department of Technology Assessment, Rathenau Institute.
  • 15.00-15.15 Comments by Dr Asle Kiran, Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Philosophy, Twente University
  • 15.15-16.00 Discussion chaired by Peter Stegmaier

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