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Notes (ii) from Paipa Conference: Q & A

Posted Mar 04 2011 12:57pm
Q. What is the appeal and relevance of Michel Serres to the Health Care Domains Model [h2cm]?
c/o Fred Manrique / UPTC  
(As per the paper - Exploring Serres’ Atlas, Hodges’ Knowledge Domains and the Fusion of Informatics and Cultural Horizons. 2008)


A. I cannot remember how I came across this French philosopher (Bruno Latour?), but in 2004 I started to read some of his translated texts. Serres' work is not easy to read, but rewards perseverance. Thus enthused I wrote (in my spare time) and eventually submitted a paper to a prestigious nursing journal. This was rejected - twice. Using the feedback I was able to produce the paper that found publication in the informatics field. This is listed in the W2tQ bibliography. Serres' ideas were remarkable in how they spoke to me and reflected in many ways the conceptual framework of h2cm. I need to revisit Serres, but ideas of particular appeal include his use of several tropes
  • Harlequin: the uninvited guest (disease, illness?), mischief (health taken-for-grantedness), chaos (the unpredictable);
  • blanc: in my presentation I included a blank slide. There it represents every new person, new page - no judgements, positive regard. A page for lifelong learners and being able to self-reflect.
  • Hermes: the Greek God, the messenger - information and Serres' study of information science.
  • Serres states (as do other commentators) that the Internet will provide new opportunities for scholars, outside of the 'Institutions'.
  • The 'underworld' - nursing and medicine - are not for everyone.
  • borders, boundaries - the middle: in life we often have to ask do we continue and cross the middle?
  • The Planet: Serres is concerned for how we treat the planet. The health care domains can also be utilised to in the physical and psychological impacts of climate change and the need to attend to human ecology.
Finally, within "... S E R R E S ..." you will also find H2CM!  

Please see the bibliography for the paper and contact me for a copy if you wish.

Additional links:
Serres on this blog.
http://michelserres.blogspot.com/
More Q and A to follow plus photos and slides. Photo source (PJ, Copenhagen shop window, 2010)
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