PhD defense: Natasja Kingod defends her PhD dissertation at the Department of Anthropology – University of Copenhagen

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PhD defense: Natasja Kingod defends her PhD dissertation at the Department of Anthropology


The tinkering M-patient: An (Auto-)Praxiographic Study of Attuning to a Life with Type 1 Diabetes through Online and Offline Support". Forud for forsvaret vil et eksemplar af afhandlingen ligge til gennemsyn på Institut for Antropoloigi, lokale 16.1.50.

Time and place

16th of May 2018, 14:00.  Københavns Universitet, Center for Sundhed og Samfund, Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 København K, room 2.0.63. The defense will last maximum 3 hours. In consideration of the candidate the doors will close precisely. After the defense the Department of Anthropology hosts a reception in room 33.1.19. 

Assessment Committee

  • Lektor Hanne Overgaard Mogensen, Institut for Antropologi, Københavns Universitet (chair)
  • Senior projektleder Lone Grøn, VIVE - Det Nationale Forsknings- og Analysecenter for Velfærd
  • Professor Vololona Rabeharisoa, CSI - Centre de Sociologie de L’Innovation, Paris, France


This PhD dissertation explores how adults with type 1 diabetes engage with social media as they go about their daily self-care. The overall research aim has been to explore how practices of and knowledge about self-care and living with illness become co-constructed through processes of online searching and sharing and of offline tinkering with self-care. I propose a conceptual framework focused on doing, knowing, and attuning to understand how people with type 1 diabetes engage with social media in their daily efforts of self-care. The concept of attuning was developed during analysis when it became apparent that its worked as a bridge between doing and knowing. Attunement is a state of fine-tuning that involves practices of filtering, tinkering with and negotiating knowledge and information emerging from bodies and technologies to fit daily lives. It is a constant balancing process. Thus, the analysis also reveals how living with a chronic illness in the twenty-first century has become demanding in new ways as people must process enormous amounts of data from their bodies, self-care technologies, and social media to avoid noise as dysappearance, defined as an augmented focus on the illness. I conclude that people living with type 1 diabetes are carriers of practical knowledge amassed through comprehensive, daily self-care endeavors. Facebook is a valued medium for sharing knowledge about self-care that - through peer-to-peer interactions - becomes co-constructed to fit individual bodies, technologies, and daily lives.