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Human Bodies and the Forces of Nature: Regulated Rivers, Safety and Embodied Knowledge
Uppsala universitet, Centrum för Genusvetenskap.
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Centres, Centre for Health and Building, CHB.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9504-0723
2012 (English)In: International Commission for Large Dams International Symposium, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses the human bodies involved in the regulated rivers, via the technology of design and operation of remote controland surveillance systems. It draws on case studies of hydropower in Sweden, both historical and current events, from studies madewithin an ongoing research project. Within current civil engineering education, training as well as within societal and company leveldecision making on large scale technical systems, the human body, with its knowledges, emotions and affections, as well as itsvulnerabilities are to a large extent disregarded. The body of the engineer/ operator is considered uninteresting and replaceable whileat the same time as it is viewed as a never failing machine. New technologies for camera surveillance and monitoring have providedopportunities to assemble data on a dam and the water flowing through it. We argue that these new technologies may contribute to adecreased dam safety, as it reinforces this paradigm of a detached human body - working like a never failing machine, always in controlof nature’sforces. We suggest that more attention is paid to the human bodies – emotions, affections and societal contexts – workingwith the design and operation of remote control and surveillance systems

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Sweden, remote control, safety, control rooms, bodies
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Civil Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-104327OAI: diva2:563891
ICOLD, June 3-6 2012, Kyoto, Japan

QC 20130521

Available from: 2012-10-31 Created: 2012-10-31 Last updated: 2013-05-21Bibliographically approved

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