Digital exclusions: mental health and digital life

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In this episode of Our Sick Society, we explore the intersection of digital exclusion and mental health through the eyes of activists, artists with lived experience, medical anthropologists, and computer scientists. Dörte Bemme and River Ujhadbor guide us through 12 different perspectives that trace the edge of digital exclusion through policy, intervention, digital care, and our everyday lives and emotions. Activist Kate Scodellaro talks about how digital exclusion affects people with disabilities and amplifies other inequalities in the UK. Theatre artists River Ujhadbor, Chill Jill, Amala Joy, Oriana, and Kim Marsh bring to life what digital exclusion feels and sounds like in powerful soundscapes and spoken word poetry. The editors of the blog series "Tracking Digital Psy" (@somatosphere), Natassia Brenman and Beth Semel, discuss with four scholars how digital exclusion is encoded in mental health service provision, in algorithms and apps. Anthropologist Rebecca Lester reflects on exclusions emerging from digital mental health care in the US. Psychologist Manuel Capella talks about how telepsychiatry in Ecuador is a neoliberal technology offered by a government unwilling to engage social and structural issues Artist and computer scientist Jonathan Zong reflects on the digital binary as exclusive by design, and on how digital technologies can mean both care and control. Anthropologists Livia Garafolo and Alexa Hagerty, advocate for designing digital technologies together with communities, and with their notions of digital inclusion in mind. We are grateful for the support from the Theatre Company Clean Break, ESRC UKRI Impact Fund, and the Impact Fund from the Department for Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London.
Original languageEnglish
TypeOur Sick Society Podcast: 12 academics and artists reflect on digital exclusion and mental health
Media of outputPodcast
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2021


  • mental health, digital exclusion, theatre of the oppressed, tracking digital spy


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