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Donya Alinejad is a postdoc researcher on the project CONNECTINGEUROPE, which is interested in how digital media and gender together shape migrant belonging in postcolonial Europe. The focus of her project is on digital mediation of emotion/affect in contexts of migration. She received her PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and is currently based at Utrecht University’s Media and Culture Studies Department.

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The Quest for Representation
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Moritz Altenried is a PhD researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London. He researches the transformation of labour in the context of an emerging digital Taylorism. His interests include labour, migration, logistics and infrastructure as well as the political economy of the digital.
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Clemens Apprich is research associate at the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC) at Leuphana University of Lueneburg. In 2011 he co-founded the Post-Media Lab at the CDC and from 2013 to 2015 he was Principal Investigator (PI) of Making Change, a joint research project between the CDC and the Hivos Knowledge Program. He is one of the founders and editors of spheres and the PML book series. His book »Technotopia. A Media Genealogy of Net Cultures« will soon be published by Rowman & Littlefield.

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The Network Dynamics of Movements
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Rebecca Ardner studied applied cultural studies and political science in Lüneburg, Germany, from 2007 to 2011. She wrote her bachelor’s thesis on »Critical Feminist Theory – Self-reflection as a Prerequisite for Enabling Courses of Action Against Silence«. Since October 2011, she has been studying the master’s programme Culture, Arts and Media at the Leuphana University of Lüneburg and is currently working on her master’s thesis on the comparison of the criticism of affirmation versus the criticism of negation.
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Amanda Atwood is the Content Manager for Kubatana.net After years mapping political violence and repression, she has recently begun a project to map acts of generosity and compassion. She is a co-founder of AllTheBirthdays.com For your birthday, give something back. Sign up and be counted on the map of global kindness.
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Virginia Barratt (ex-VNS Matrix and slime-syster) is a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Sydney. Her research topic is panic, engaging tensions between ontological security and ontological meltdown. Experimental poetics, performance and sonics are her modalities. Her published work can be found in TEXT journal, coastines, banquet press and other anthologies. Her work is forthcoming from Stein and Wilde and Writing from Below.
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Beli did time in grad school do­ing Phy­sics and worked at the Cen­ter for In­ter­net and So­cie­ty in Ban­ga­lo­re.
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Has a masters degree in Communication. He is a member of Espectro Livre network and MediaLab at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
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Paula Bialski is a so­cio­lo­gist and post­doc­to­ral re­se­arch fel­low ba­sed at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty’s Di­gi­tal Cul­tu­res Re­se­arch Lab (DCRL). Her past work eth­no­gra­phi­cal­ly stu­di­ed couchsurfing.org and on­line hitch­hi­king web­sites (mitfahrgelegenheit.de) in or­der to map out the way in­ter­ac­tion is being in­itia­ted on­line in or­der to crea­te in­ter­ac­tion off­line. Her book Be­co­m­ing In­ti­mate­ly Mo­bi­le (Frank­furt a.M. 2012) de­scri­bes the ef­fects of mo­bi­li­ty and new me­dia use on in­ti­ma­cy, trust, and stran­ger­hood. Her cur­rent to­pic in­clu­des di­gi­tal in­fra­struc­tu­res, the sharing eco­no­my, and di­gi­tal­ly-me­dia­ted so­cia­li­ty.
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Thomas Bjørnsten, PhD, is a post-doctoral researcher at the School of Culture and Communication, Aarhus University, Denmark. His research is currently focused on data and sensemaking in experimental practices of visualization and sonification. He is editor of SoundEffects – An Interdisciplinary Journal of Sound and Experience and co-editor of The Nordic Journal of Aesthetics. Recent publications include: “From Particle Data to Particular Sounds: Reflections on The Affordances of Contemporary Sonification Practices” in Journal of Sonic Studies, 2015, vol. 10.  Contact: aesttbk[at]dac.au.dk
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Manuela Bojadzijev is professor at the Institute for Sociology and Cultural Organization at Leuphana University of Lüneburg and a member of the Berlin Institute for Integration and Migration Research (BIM) at Humboldt University, Berlin.
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Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Planning, Urbanism and Environment of the State University of São Paulo (UNESP).
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Maribel Casas-Cortes, PhD in Anthropology by UNC-Chapel Hill, is currently an independent researcher located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her recent political and academic work explores the intersections between border regimes, precarity, social movements and knowledge production, both in Spain and the US. She has published numerous articles in journals such as Rethinking Marxism, Cultural Studies and Anthropology Quarterly and book chapters in several edited volumes including A Handbook to Urban Anthropology, Practicas Otras de Conocimietno(s) and Insurgent Encounters. Together with geographer Sebastian Cobarrubias, she is conducting research on the mapping migration matrix formed by EU border institutions charged with externalizing migration policy to third countries outside of the EU. Maribel is currently writing a book on the theoretical legacy of social movements engaging precarity. She has been involved in bringing this concept/tool to US politics mainly through her participation in the Counter-Cartographies Collective.
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Jodi Dean is the Do­nald R. Har­ter '39 Pro­fes­sor of Hu­ma­nities and So­ci­al Sci­en­ces at Ho­bart and Wil­li­am Smith Col­le­ges in Ge­ne­va, New York. She is the aut­hor or edi­tor of ele­ven books, in­clu­ding Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies (Duke 2009), Blog Theory (Po­li­ty 2010), and The Communist Horizon (Ver­so 2012).
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Luciana Fleischman studied Social Communication at Rosario National University (Argentine) and holds an MA in Communication, Image and Information of Universidad Federal Fluminense (Brazil). She lives in Rio de Janeiro where she conducts research, produces and coordinates experimental activities in art and free technologies. She is member of the organizational team of the Festival Tropixel-Arte, Ciencia, Tecnología y Sociedad, part of the project Aprender Brincando which develops laboratories of internet learning in public schools in Rio de Janeiro. She is also member of the platform Rede//Labs which does research on experimental digital cultures in Brazil and Latin America.
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Laura Forlano, a Fulbright award-winning and National Science Foundation funded scholar, is a writer, social scientist and design researcher. She is an Associate Professor of Design at the Institute of Design and Affiliated Faculty in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology where she is Director of the Critical Futures Lab. Forlano’s research is focused on the aesthetics and politics at the intersection between design and emerging technologies. Over the past ten years, she has studied the materialities and futures of socio-technical systems such as autonomous vehicles and smart cities; 3D printing, local manufacturing and innovation ecosystems; automation, distributed labor practices and the future of work; and, computational fashion, smart textiles and wearable medical technologies. Forlano is co-editor with Marcus Foth, Christine Satchell and Martin Gibbs of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen (MIT Press 2011). She received her Ph.D. in communications from Columbia University.
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Mariano Fressoli is a research assistant at the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET) and member of the Centro STEPS - América Latina y del Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación (CENIT). He specializes in the study of innovation and development, technology and culture and nature and society, using a variety of qualitative methods and drawing from the disciplines of science and technology studies, economy of innovation and sociology of knowledge. His research topics include grassroots innovation movements, social innovations, and biotechnology R&D in Argentina and Brazil.
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Gary Genosko is a noted Guattari scholar and Professor of Communication and Digital Media Studies at UOIT in Toronto, Canada.
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Ber­nard Dio­ny­si­us Geo­g­he­gan is a me­dia theo­rist, his­to­ri­an of tech­no­lo­gy, and co-cu­ra­tor on the mul­ti-year Technosphere pro­ject at the Haus der Kul­tu­ren der Welt. He is spen­ding the win­ter se­mes­ter 2014-2015 as a vi­sit­ing fel­low at the Internationale Kolleg für Kulturtechnik-Forschung und Medienphilosophie and the spring 2015 se­mes­ter as a vi­sit­ing fel­low at the Di­gi­tal Cul­tu­res Re­se­arch Lab in Lüne­burg. In 2012 he re­cei­ved a bi­na­tio­nal Ph.D. (co­tu­tel­le) de­gree from the Fa­kultät Me­di­en of Bau­haus-Uni­ver­sität Wei­mar and the Screen Cul­tu­res pro­gram of Nor­thwes­tern Uni­ver­si­ty. His re­se­arch in­te­rests in­clu­de di­gi­tal me­dia, vi­su­al cul­tu­re stu­dies, soft­ware stu­dies, and theo­tech­nics. Ber­nard has held posts and fel­lowships at the Ame­ri­can Uni­ver­si­ty of Pa­ris, Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty, MIT, the Pom­pi­dou Cen­ter, Nor­thwes­tern Uni­ver­si­ty, and the Child­ren's Me­dia Pro­ject. His es­says ap­pe­ar in jour­nals in­clu­ding Cri­ti­cal In­qui­ry, The IEEE An­nals on the His­to­ry of Com­pu­ting, Theo­ry, Cul­tu­re & So­cie­ty, and In­ter­ac­tion Stu­dies.
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Barbara Glowczewski (Dr and Pr) is a Professorial Researcher at the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Sociale (CNRS/EHESS/Collège de France : http://las.ehess.fr/index.php?1716). She is an anthropologist specializing in Australian Indigenous issues, strategies of recognition and transnational networks shared with other Indigenous peoples and populations displaced by colonisation. She has been working in Central Australia with the Warlpiri people from Lajamanu (since 1979), in the Kimberley with the Yawuru and Djugun people and their neighbours (in the 1990’s) and in Townsville on the 2004 death in custody inquest and committal hearing of people arrested for «riot» on Palm Island. Author of 18 books (including Totemic Becomings. Cosmopolitics of the Dreaming, n-1 publications, 2015, and Desert Dreamers, Univocal, 2016), numerous articles and digital productions,  such as the film The spirit of Anchor (http://videotheque.cnrs.fr/doc=980?langue=EN) and a Warlpiri audiovisual collaborative archive (www.odsas.net). Over the past two years has been involved in a transversal and ecosophical analysis of Umbanda Afro-Brazilian spiritual incorporations compared with Australian totemic rituals.
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Randi Heinrichs is currently working on her dissertation about a conception of algorithmic anonymity at Leuphana University Luneburg, Germany, where she is affiliated with the Digital Cultures Research Lab. She studied Cultural Sciences at the Leuphana from 2007 to 2015 and Sociology, Modern and Contemporary Art and Journalism at the ARCIS University in Santiago de Chile. She received her M.A. in “Culture, Arts and Media”, from the Leuphana with a thesis titled “Whistleblowing and the dangerous Game of Truth”. Her doctoral research project “(Re)Programming Regimes of Anonymity in Digital Culture”, which is supervised by Prof. Dr. Götz Bachmann at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media (ICAM), examines the negotiations of anonymity at the intersections of technology, practices and regulations. To understand the interdependence of emerging power structures with specific forms of sociotechnical knowledge the dissertation evolves an ethnographic study at the level of production – where ‘anonymity’ is governed and (re)programmed by software developers, information architects, designers and product owners. Integrated in to the project consortium ‘Reconfiguring Anonymity. Contemporary forms of Reciprocity, identifiability and accountability in transformation’, the project is supplemented through collaborative forms of knowledge production with legal professionals and a group of affiliated media artists working on the ‘problematization’ of ‘anonymity regimes’.

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De-Anonymizing Anonymous
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Charles Heller is a researcher and filmmaker whose work has a long-standing focus on the politics of migration. In 2015, he completed a Ph.D. in Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he continues to be affiliated as a research fellow. He is currently based in Cairo, conducting a postdoctoral research supported by the Swiss National Fund (SNF) at the Centre for Migration and Refugee Studies, American University, Cairo and the Centre d’Etudes et de Documentation Economiques, Juridiques et Sociales, Cairo. Together with Lorenzo Pezzani, with whom he has collaborated since 2011, they co-founded the WatchTheMed Platform and have been working on Forensic Oceanography, a project that critically investigates the militarized border regime and the politics of migration in the Mediterranean Sea. Their collaborative work has been exhibited internationally and has been published in several edited volumes as well as in the journals Cultural Studies, Postcolonial Studies, and in the Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales.
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Tyler Hinson is a PhD re­se­ar­cher at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Es­sex, li­ving a life of pre­ca­rious mo­bi­li­ty bet­ween Wi­ven­hoe and Bal­ti­more. His re­se­arch in­te­rests sur­round the the­mes of cul­tu­ral la­bour, af­fect theo­ry, and au­to­no­mist Mar­xism. In syn­the­si­zing the­se are­as, he seeks to high­light the ways in which the work of peop­le like De­leu­ze and Guat­ta­ri, Gil­bert Si­mon­don, and Ga­bri­el Tar­de, among others, pro­vi­des use­ful in­sights into how cul­tu­ral pro­duc­tion can be ap­proa­ched in the era of post-For­dism. He can be re­ached via thin­so@es­sex.ac.uk or http://essex.academia.edu/TylerHinson.
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Marty Huber is a dra­ma­tur­ge, per­for­mance theo­rist, and queer ac­tivist/​ar­ti­vist. Her work on the in­ter­con­nec­tions of per­for­mance and po­li­tics of­ten re­sults in clan­des­ti­ne, no­ma­dic in­ter­ven­ti­ons in dif­fe­rent spaces. In ad­di­ti­on to her in­te­rest in gen­der and queer theo­ry in prac­tice, she also looks at how they are lin­ked to and si­tua­ted wi­t­hin mi­gra­to­ry and an­ti­ra­cist con­texts. Re­cent­ly she pu­blis­hed her book "Queering Gay Pride. Zwischen Assimilation und Widerstand" (2013) and she works with dif­fe­rent for­mats of know­ledge pro­duc­tion like lec­tu­re per­for­man­ces. Con­tact: marty@dievilla.at

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Revisiting Places of Queer Crisis
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Fran Ilich is a media-artist, essayist and novelist. He is the author of the novels Metro-pop and Tekno Guerrilla. Ilich is the founder of Borderhack; he headed the Literature department at Centro Cultural Tijuana; he was the screenwriter for Interacción, a television program for Discovery Channel Latin America; in Mexico City he was Editor-at-Large for Sputnik Cultura Digital magazine and worked as a researcher at Centro Multimedia; and he directed seminars on narrative media for the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía in Sevilla. He has participated in Berlinale Talent Campus, Transmediale, ARCO, Documenta 12, How Latitudes Become Forms at the Walker Art Center, Streaming Cinema Festival, Antídoto and the EZLN's Festival Mundial de la Digna Rabia (by personal invitation of Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos). He is studying an M.A. in Media Art Histories at Donau-Universität Krems, in Austria with a scholarship from the Leonardo Foundation.
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Morteza Jafari was born in Tehran in 1975. He earned his MA degree in film directing. He has been living and working in Thessaloniki for the past 8 years. His works include short films, documentaries, and feature length films. Filmography: 1998 – Where is the Water; 2003 – Oil War; 2004 – Born in the Grave; 2005 – The Greatness of the Achaemenids Dynasty in Persia; 2005 – Zoroastrianism; 2008 – Citizen Kill Citizen; 2012 – West Dream; 2013 – Dreaming of Democracy; 2016 – Dreaming of Life; 2017 – Isis Bride

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Dreaming of Life
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Ryan S. Jeffery (b. 1978) is an American filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles, California. His work has most recently been presented at the European Society for Literature, Science & The Arts Conference: Control, The European Media Arts Festival in Osnabrück, Human Resources: Climate & Infrastructure in Los Angeles California, La Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, Transmodern Architecture Forum in Berlin, FIDMarseille, The Kyiv Biennial and The Independiente Festival International de Cine in Peru. Jeffery has taught film and video at Syracuse University, UCLA, CalState University, Long Beach and will be at The School of Critical Studies at The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) for the Fall of 2016.
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Christopher M. Kelty is an as­so­cia­te pro­fes­sor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a joint ap­point­ment in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the de­part­ment of Information Studies and the Department of Anthropology. His re­se­arch fo­cu­ses on the cul­tu­ral si­gni­fi­can­ce of in­for­ma­ti­on tech­no­lo­gy, es­pe­cial­ly in sci­ence and en­gi­nee­ring. He is the aut­hor most re­cent­ly of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2008), as well as nu­merous ar­ti­cles on open sour­ce and free soft­ware, in­clu­ding its im­pact on edu­ca­ti­on, na­no­tech­no­lo­gy, the life sci­en­ces, and is­su­es of peer re­view and re­se­arch pro­cess in the sci­en­ces and in the hu­ma­nities. He is trai­ned in sci­ence stu­dies (his­to­ry and an­thro­po­lo­gy) and has also writ­ten about me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal is­su­es fa­c­ing an­thro­po­lo­gy to­day.
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Sebastian Kubitschko is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Bremen’s Centre for Media, Communication and Information Research (ZeMKI), Germany. The main focus of his research is on the societal implications of media technologies and infrastructures, the political relevance of hacker organisations and, more recently, emerging power relations in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). Sebastian holds degrees from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK (PhD), the University of Melbourne, Australia (MA) and the Free University of Berlin, Germany (BA). Together with Anne Kaun he is the editor of Innovative Methods in Media and Communication Research (2016) published by Palgrave Macmillan.
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Brigitta Kuster is an artist and cultural researcher, primarily interested in visual and film studies, postcolonial relations, and migration and border studies.
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Paulo José Olivier M. Lara is sociologist, political scientist and Master in Sociology of Culture at UNICAMP, Brasil. Currently he is a PhD-candidate in Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. Lara has been working with culture and communication since his involvement with Free Radio and Free Software movements in the late 1990s. He is a member of LAVITS network and Espectro Livre.
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Oliver Leistert studied philosophy, new german literature and computer sciences. He wrote his media studies dissertation “From Protest to Surveillance. The Political Rationality of Mobile Media“ (2013, winner of the Surveillance & Society book award 2014) as a stipendiary of the DFG-funded research group “Automatisms” at Paderborn university and as a research fellow at the Central European University in Budapest. Currently he works at the chair of media cultures at Leuphana University Lüneburg, where he conceptualizes digital milieus following insights from Simondon and Guattari, and as a post-doc researcher at the “Complexity or Control? Paradigms for sustainable development” project (https://complexitycontrol.org/). His research interests focus on social and mobile media, algorithms and affect, protest media and surveillance, and the technological capture of relationality. Recent publications include (co-edited with Lina Dencik) “Critical Perspectives on Social Media and Protest. Between Control and Emancipation” (Rowman & Littlefield 2015) and “Social Bots as Algorithmic Pirates and Messengers of Techno-Environmental Agency” in: Robert Seyfert & Jonathan Roberge (eds.): Algorithmic Cultures (Routledge 2016).
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Boaz Levin (b. 1989) is an artist, writer and occasional curator. He currently holds a position as a research associate at the UDK, Berlin, where, together with Hito Steyerl, Maximillian Schmoetzer and Vera Tollmann, he runs the Research Center for Proxy Politics (RCPP). Levin has presented his work internationally, most recently at the CCA (Tel-Aviv), Former West (HKW, Berlin), Recontres Internationales (Paris, Berlin), Fidmarseille (Marseille), EMAF (Osnabrück), Human Resources (LA) and the School of Kyiv (Kyiv biennial). Regarding Spectatoship, an ongoing curatorial research project co-curated together with Marianna Liosi, was shown at Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien Nov 2015-Jan 2016. Levin is a member of the curatorial team of the 7th edition of the FOTOFESTIVAL Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg (9.-11. 2017).

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All That is Solid Melts into Data
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Lawrence Liang is a lawyer and researcher based in Bangalore. He has been involved with a number of organizations including Alternative Law Forum, Centre for internet and society and two online video archives Pad.ma and indiancine.ma. His work lies at the intersection of law, technology and culture.
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Inga Luchs is MA-student in Culture, Arts and Media with focus on Digital Culture and Cultural Theory at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. She has completed her BA studies in September with her thesis on the topic ‘Net Neutrality and the Reconfiguration of the Network – A Critical Investigation from a Technical Perspective’. After her internships at the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam and the publishing house transcript in Bielefeld in 2017 she will resume her studies. She has been a member of the editorial collective of Journal for Digital Cultures ‘spheres’ since November 2015 and is now working for the Institute of Network Cultures.
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Shan­non Mat­tern is an As­so­cia­te Pro­fes­sor in the School of Me­dia Stu­dies at The New School. Her re­se­arch and teaching ad­dress re­la­ti­ons­hips bet­ween the forms and ma­te­ria­li­ties of me­dia and the spaces (ar­chi­tec­tu­ral, ur­ban, con­cep­tu­al) they crea­te and in­ha­bit. She wri­tes about li­bra­ries and ar­chi­ves, me­dia com­pa­nies' head­quar­ters, place bran­ding, pu­blic de­sign pro­jects, ur­ban me­dia art, me­dia acoustics, me­dia in­fra­struc­tu­res, and ma­te­ri­al texts. She's the aut­hor of The New Downtown Library: Designing with Communities (2007) and Deep Mapping the Media City (2015), both pu­blis­hed by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­ne­so­ta Press; and she’s a co­lum­nist for Places, a jour­nal co­ver­ing ar­chi­tec­tu­re, land­scape, and ur­ba­nism. You can find her at wordsinspace.net.
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Nyx McLean is a re­se­ar­cher spe­cia­li­sing in gen­der, se­xua­li­ty, di­gi­tal pu­blics and com­mu­nities. She is cur­rent­ly working on a PhD which ex­plo­res how the LGB­TIAQ com­mu­ni­ty in South Af­ri­ca uses the in­ter­net as a coun­ter pu­blic. Nyx has worked with the As­so­cia­ti­on for Pro­gres­si­ve Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons on their EROTICS pro­ject sin­ce 2009 as a mem­ber of the South Af­ri­can team. Nyx was re­cent­ly re­co­gnis­ed as one of 200 Young South Africans for her work wi­t­hin South Af­ri­can ci­vil so­cie­ty. Con­tact: nyxmclean@gmail.com. Twit­ter: @NyxM­cLe­an
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Sandro Mezzadra teaches political theory at the University of Bologna and is adjunct fellow at the Institute for Culture and Society of Western Sydney University. He is currently visiting research fellow at the Humboldt University, Berlin (BIM – Berliner Institut für empirische Migrations- und Integrationsforschung; October 1, 2015 – July 31, 2017). Next academic year he will be visiting professor at the New School for Social Research, New York (Department of Politics). He has been visiting professor and research fellow in several places, including Humboldt Universität (Berlin), Duke University, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (Paris), University of Ljubljana, FLACSO Ecuador, and UNSAM (Buenos Aires). In the last decade his work has particularly centered on the relations between globalization, migration and political processes as well as on postcolonial theory and criticism. He is an active participant in the ‘post-workerist’ debates and one of the founders of the website Euronomade (www.euronomade.info). Among his books: Diritto di fuga. Migrazioni, cittadinanza, globalizzazione (“The right to escape: Migration, citizenship, globalization”, ombre corte, 2006), La condizione postcoloniale. Storia e politica nel presente globale (“The postcolonial condition: History and politics in the global present”, ombre corte, 2008) and Nei cantieri marxiani. Il soggetto e la sua produzione (“In the Marxian Workshops. The Subject and its Production”, Manifestolibri, 2014). With Brett Neilson he is the author of Border as Method, or, the Multiplication of Labor (Duke University Press, 2013).
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Pau­li­na Mi­ckie­wicz com­ple­ted a Ph.D. in Com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on Stu­dies at McGill Uni­ver­si­ty. She holds a Ba­che­lor's de­gree in Po­li­ti­cal Sci­ence and Eng­lish Cul­tu­ral Stu­dies from McGill Uni­ver­si­ty and a Mas­ter's de­gree in French Cul­tu­ral Stu­dies from Co­lum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty. Her dis­ser­ta­ti­on “The Bias of Li­bra­ries: Mon­tre­al's Gran­de Bi­bliothèque” con­siders the role that the li­bra­ry plays as a com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons me­di­um and cul­tu­ral tech­no­lo­gy in a pe­ri­od when emer­ging di­gi­tal and net­work me­dia are de­sta­bi­li­zing tra­di­tio­nal no­ti­ons of li­bra­ries and their role as de­mo­cra­tic, pu­blic in­sti­tu­ti­ons. Her re­se­arch in­te­rests fo­cus on cul­tu­ral in­sti­tu­ti­ons and ur­ban life, li­bra­ry de­sign and ar­chi­tec­tu­re, di­gi­tal cul­tu­re, rea­ding prac­tices, as well as "li­bra­ry eco­lo­gies" and the me­dia-en­vi­ron­ment in­ter­face. Her pu­bli­ca­ti­ons in­clu­de, “Ac­cess and its Li­mits: The Con­tem­pora­ry Li­bra­ry as a Pu­blic Space” in Space and Cul­tu­re, “Know­ledge Ex­pe­ri­ments: Tech­no­lo­gy and the Li­bra­ry” in Revue Intermédialités, and “Goog­le Books vs. The Li­bra­ry: Shaping Choice, Crea­ting Pu­blics” in Seachange. She is cur­rent­ly working on her book ma­nu­script on the fu­ture of li­bra­ries in the di­gi­tal age, to be pu­blis­hed with Uni­ver­si­ty of To­ron­to Press in 2016. Du­ring her time at McGill, Pau­li­na has been the re­ci­pi­ent of, among others, an FQRSC Doc­to­ral Fel­lowship, an H. An­t­ho­ny Hamp­son Award from the McGill In­sti­tu­te for the Stu­dy of Ca­na­da, a Wol­fe Gra­dua­te Fel­lowship, and a Fa­cul­ty of Arts Gra­dua­te Teaching Award.
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Sara Morais has recently earned her Master of Arts in Cultural and Media Studies at the Leuphana University Lüneburg. In 2013 she began exploring digital cultures through a research semester at the Center for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India. Upon her return she continued her work in the broad frame of digital politics and knowledge production through the Making Change Project at the Centre for Digital Cultures, Lüneburg. Her Masters Thesis „Searching for Speaking Positions: Operations of Change as Events of Speech“ takes an analytical step towards the possibilities of political expression and agency within a condition of media ubiquity.
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Jan Müggenburg is currently working as a pre-doctoral research assistant at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media at the Leuphana University in Lueneburg, writing his doctoral thesis on Heinz von Foersters Biological Computer Laboratory. Between 1998 and 2005 he studied media studies, philosophy and British cultural studies at the Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum (Germany) and the Edith Cowan University in Perth (Australia). From 2006 to 2010 Jan was a member of the graduate program ›The Sciences in Historical Context‹ and a pre-doctoral assistant at the Institute for Philosophy at the University of Vienna. Jan was a visiting scholar in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign, IL and at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.
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Rodrigo Nunes is a lec­tu­rer in mo­dern and con­tem­pora­ry phi­lo­so­phy at the Ca­tho­lic Uni­ver­si­ty of Rio de Ja­nei­ro (PUC-Rio), Bra­zil. He is the aut­hor of Organisation of Organisationless: Collective Action After Networks (PML-books), and has re­cent­ly or­ga­nis­ed a dos­sier on the 2013 pro­tests in Bra­zil for Les Temps Modernes. He was for­mer­ly a mem­ber of the edi­to­ri­al collec­tive of Turbulence.
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Rachel O’Dwyer is a post-doc­to­ral re­se­ar­cher and lec­tu­rer in the School of Com­pu­ter Sci­ence at Tri­ni­ty Col­le­ge Dub­lin. Her re­se­arch are­as in­clu­de di­gi­tal com­mons, po­li­ti­cal eco­no­my of com­mu­ni­ca­ti­ons and al­ter­na­ti­ve cur­ren­cies. She is the lea­der of the Dublin Art and Technology Association and the cu­ra­tor of Openhere, a fes­ti­val and con­fe­rence on the di­gi­tal com­mons. She has pu­blis­hed in jour­nals such as Fibreculture and Ephemera, as well as book chap­ters – most re­cent­ly In­sti­tu­te of Net­work Cul­tu­re’s Moneylab Reader (2015) and Rout­ledge’s Companion to Remix Studies (Win­ter 2014). She is a re­gu­lar cont­ri­bu­tor to Neural ma­ga­zi­ne and the foun­ding edi­tor in chief of the open ac­cess peer-re­view­ed jour­nal Interference.
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Jesper Olsson is associate professor and LiU researcher at Linköping University, Sweden, where he leads the research group "Literature, Media History, and Information Cultures", and the research project "Representations and Reconfigurations of the Digital in Swedish Literature and Art 1950–2010" (blog.liu.se/reprecdigit). He also works as a literary critic for the daily Svenska Dagbladet, is a member of the humanities thinktank Humtank, and is one of the founders of the art-literature-theory magazine OEI. His research focuses on media history, media practices, and avant-garde literature and art. His latest books are Remanens (2011), on the tape recorder as an aesthetic technology, and Media and Materiality in the Neo-Avant-Garde (2012), co-edited with Jonas Ingvarsson. Forthcoming this spring is a collection of essays on literature and media, a short book on the work of artist Öyvind Fahlström, and A Cultural History of the Nordic Avant-Garde 1950–1975, co-edited together with Tania Ørum.
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Lorenzo Pezzani is an architect and researcher. He is currently Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he leads the MA studio in Forensic Architecture. His work deals with the spatial politics and visual cultures of migration, with a particular focus on the geography of the ocean. Since 2011, he has been working on Forensic Oceanography and other collaborative projects that critically investigate the militarized border regime in the Mediterranean Sea. Together with a wide network of NGOs, scientists, journalists, and activist groups, he has produced maps, videos and human right reports that attempt to document and challenge the continuing death of migrants at sea.
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Nelly Y. Pinkrah is a Ph.D. student at the DFG funded research training group „Cultures of Critique“ at Leuphana University in Lueneburg. Her research is focused on the phenomenon of opacity as a decolonial strategy in cybernetic societies. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnology, African Studies and Sociology. From November 2012 until October 2013 she co-organized the annual conference of the German Society for Media Studies and since November 2013 she has been working at the Centre for Digital Cultures in Lueneburg. She is actively engaged in different political projects and is a Humanity in Action senior fellow. Her areas of interest are: Digital media, technology, political thoughts and practices, black feminist theory, decoloniality, intellectual and cultural history.
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Robert Rapoport’s research looks at moving image production as a microcosm for the shifts brought on by the increasing implication algorithms in everyday life. His most recent films look at how iterative processes on set play off one another. In 2015 he completed PhD at the University of Oxford entitled: The Iterative Frame Algorithmic Video Editing, Participant Observation & The Black-Box. He has taught film theory at the Oxford Faculty of Modern Languages, as well as the History of Art Department and Sarah Lawrence Collge. He is currently a fellow at the DCRL at the University of Lüneberg. His work has shown in both galleries and festivals including the Ashmolean Museum, ICA London and the Hamburg Film Festival. See http://www.robertrapoport.com/
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Ned Rossiter is a media theorist noted for his research on network cultures, the politics of cultural labour, logistical media and data politics. Together with Brett Neilson and Tanya Notley, he is currently investigating data centres and the governance of labour and territory in Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney.
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Francesca da Rimini is an artist, film maker and writer who investigates the poetic, political and social potentials of internet-enabled communication, peer-to-peer cultures, cyberfeminism, 'madness' and (tel)embodied erotic experiences. Early net projects include GashGirl, Flesh Meat and the award-winning labyrinth dollspace. As a member of the cyberfeminist art collective VNS Matrix, she contributed to numerous works that have been virally mutating since 1991. She is co-author of Disorder and the Disinformation Society: the Social Dynamics of Information, Networks and Software (Routledge 2015). Francesca is an Honorary Associate in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at the University of Technology Sydney, and has an experimental novella bubbling away in her cauldron. http://gashgirl.sysx.org

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Rafico Ruiz is the Roberta Bondar Postdoctoral Fellow in Northern and Polar Studies at Trent University, as well as an FQRSC Postdoctoral Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and the History & Theory of Architecture from McGill University. He studies the relationships between mediation and social space, particularly in the Arctic and Subarctic; the cultural geographies of natural resource engagements; and the philosophical and political stakes of infrastructural and ecological systems. His work appears in the International Journal of Communication, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, and Communication +1, amongst others. In Spring of 2015, he was a vi­sit­ing fel­low at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty’s Cent­re for Di­gi­tal Cul­tu­res.
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Tim Schütz is research assistant at the Institute for Information Management Bremen GmbH (ifib) and earned his BA degree in Media, Communication and Cultural Studies from the University of Bremen. His research focuses on alternative media infrastructures, hacker culture as well as technology adaptation in the old age. Among his most recent works are short ethnographic films on Hacker collectives in Istanbul and Vienna.
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Beto Shwafaty (São Paulo, 1977) is a conceptual artist and researcher based in Brazil. He holds an MA in Visual Arts and Curatorial Studies from the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti – NABA (Milan, 2010) and accompanied the group of Simon Starling at the Staedelschule (Frankfurt, 2010/2011). Shwafaty has been involved with collective, curatorial, and spatial practices since the early 2000s, and as a result, his own practice is connected to contemporary spheres of critical design, of spatial politics, of the knowledge economy and of visual culture. Thus, Shwafaty develops a research-based practice (on spaces, histories and visualities), which seeks to connect formally and conceptually political, social and cultural issues that are converging to the field of art.
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Sascha Simons is a re­se­arch associate at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty’s Di­gi­tal Cul­tu­res Re­se­arch Lab (DCRL) and a mem­ber of the edi­to­ri­al collec­tive of sphe­res. He cur­rent­ly wri­tes a doc­to­ral the­sis on the aes­t­he­tics of au­then­ti­ci­ty and the so­ci­al tes­ti­mo­ny of web vi­de­os. He is in­te­rested in the aes­t­he­tics, theo­ry and his­to­ry of so­ci­al me­dia and the in­ter­play of me­dia and so­ci­al mor­pho­lo­gy. He re­cent­ly pu­blis­hed “Das Or­na­ment der Mass Cust­o­miza­t­i­on” in Soziale Medien – Neue Massen edi­ted by Inge Bax­mann, Ti­mon Beyes and Claus Pias (Zürich 2014).
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Florian Sprenger is Professor for Media and Cultural Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt. He is author of Politics of Microdecisions: Edward Snowden, Net Neutrality and the Architecture of the Internet (Meson Press, 2015). His research covers topics such as the history of artificial environments, media of immediacy, and the internet of things.
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PhD in Migration Studies. External lecturer Roskilde University (department of Communication and Humanities) and Århus University (department of Education), documentarist + independent consultant/activist. Research interests; management of migration, marginalised migrants and migrant illegality, technologies and production of difference and processes of inclusion/exclusion, historisation of migration; racialization, whiteness and gender in memory and silence about the Nordic colonial past, white privilege and everyday racism.
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Jan Løhmann Stephensen is postdoc at the Aarhus University IDEAS Pilot Centre The Democratic Public Sphere. His research interests are cultures and practices of participation, democracy and the public sphere, creativity and its diffusion into non-art related spheres like work life, economics, policy-making, university research agendas, new media technologies, etc. He is co-editor of Conjunctions — Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation. Recent publications include: “Making (In)tangible Arguments about Play, Creativity, and the Political Economy of 3D Printing: The Free Universal Construction Kit” (co-authored with Lone Koefoed Hansen) in TripleC, 2015, 13(1), “Talking the Creative Economy into Being: Performative Economics, Knowledge, and Creativity”, in Mikkel Thorup (ed.), Profitting from Words: the intellectual history of economic normativity, Palgrave, 2015, and “Rethinking Participation and Re-enacting Its Dilemmas? Aarhus 2017 and “The Playful Society” (co-authored with Birgit Eriksson) in Conjunctions — Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation, 2015, vol. 3.
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Dr Maurice Stierl is Visiting Assistant Professor in Comparative Border Studies at the University of California, Davis and is associated with Cultural Studies and African American/African Studies. His research focuses on migration and border struggles in contemporary Europe and is broadly situated in the disciplines of International Relations, International Political Sociology, and Migration, Citizenship & Border Studies. His work has appeared in the journals Antipode, Globalizations, Citizenship Studies, Movements, Global Society, and elsewhere. Dr Stierl is a member of the activist project WatchTheMed Alarm Phone and the research collectives Kritnet, MobLab, and Authority & Political Technologies.
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Maria Ullrich holds a Master degree in Political Science from the University of Bonn. For her Master thesis she focussed on refugees' agency within Schengen based on own field data collected in Southern Italy and Germany. Since March she is part of the project "consumer protection and consume socialisation of refugees" at the University of Siegen.
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Soenke Zehle is lecturer in Media Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts Saar. He co-initiated and currently works as Managing Director of the academy's xm:lab - Experimental Media Lab. His work at xm:lab frames (institutionally and conceptually) his research activities. He frequently co-develops projects with his colleagues from Communication Design, Fine Arts, Media Art and Design, Media Informatics and Product Design with a particular focus on practice-based and transcultural approaches.
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