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Annette Markham

Co-director, Professor with Special Responsibilities, Information Science, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark 



Annette Markham is an American academic who originally came to Aarhus University as a visiting professor and is now Professor MSO of Information Studies at Aarhus University as well as Full Professor of Digital Ethics at the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago. She researches how identity, relationships, and cultural formations are constructed in and influenced by digitally saturated socio-technical contexts and is considered an expert internationally on research ethics and methods.
She teaches a number of PhD courses related to methodology, both at AU and elsewhere. At AU, she has developed three ongoing PhD ‘summer school’ models at AU: Visuality, Culture, and Method (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018); Pathways to Meaning (2012, 2014); Skagen Institute for Transgressive Methods (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018). Markham is the founder and director of the Future Making Research Consortium, an international network of researchers from industry and academia who work together in and across projects that explore the boundaries of current disciplinary and methodological practices and shape our possible futures. She currently manages several working research groups with Masters students, international scholars, artists, and activists.
These research activities are (or have been) coordinated with Mediaccones (Open University of Catalunya), Digital Ethnography Research Center (RMIT Melbourne), the Data Ethnographies project (RMIT Melbourne), The Social Media Collective (Microsoft Research Labs, Cambridge MA), the Ethics working group at Data and Society (New York), and the AoIR Ethics Working Group (Association of Internet Researchers).
She has contributed methodological and ethical expertise to multiple projects worldwide, including the Uncertain Archives project (University of Copenhagen), the Migratory Times research project (International group), and Mobile Life (Stockholm). 

Pablo Rodrigo Velasco González

Co-director, Associate professor, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark


Maximilian Schlüter

STEEM Coordinator, PhD Student at ICT, Media, Communication and Journalism within the faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, Denmark



Maximilian Schlüter is a PhD Student in Information Science at the Graduate School of Arts of Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interests revolve around critically investigating everyday and mundane digital and non digital practices that cumulatively construct the complex phenomena we understand as platforms, networks or even memes. His approach is inspired by critical theory and thus inherently interested in unveiling power relations and bringing attention to precarious human conditions.
He analyses the organizational practices that are intrinsic to the production of disinformative and politically charged memes using a multi-sided ethnographic approach. The 2016 US presidential elections and the widespread appropriation of memetic content by the Donald Trump campaign showed the drastic political potential that memes inherit. Their remixable and sheer uncontrollable nature, combined with their playful, or perhaps even personal resonance-inducing appearance, makes memes a potent tool for distributing politically informed disinformation. Thus the people and communities responsible for the creation of these memes become an exceedingly interesting subject to study, as their practice significantly influences public perception and discourse. Maximilian attempts to follow these communities and actors that foster memetic disinformation through their continuous movement. From platform to platform, network to network, their interactions weaving between on- and offline.
The research project is connected to the theme in so far as it’s entire methodology is embedded within a similar understanding of reality to that of Fillou’s The Eternal Network. The creation of memetic disinformation does not only happen on platforms or within technological networks. These practices transcend the confines of the technology albeit simultaneously abusing its very limits. Understanding memetic disinformation means understanding networked culture and vice versa  

Simon Lindgren

Professor, Umeå University, Sweden



Director of DIGSUM, Centre for Digital Social Research, Umeå University
Simon Lindgren is Professor of Sociology, and director of the Centre for Digital Social Research (DIGSUM),at Umeå University, Sweden. His research is about social interaction, participation, power, and resistance in networked online media. He also works with developing methodological tools and strategies for analysing discursive and social network aspects of the evolving digital media landscape. He is the author of New Noise: A Cultural Sociology of Digital Disruption(2013) and Digital Media & Society(2017).

Brit Ross Winthereik

Professor, IT University of Copenhagen



Brit Ross Winthereik is Professor in the Technologies in Practice research group at the IT University of Copenhagen and Head of Center for Digital Welfare. Her research focuses on public sector digitalization in Denmark, energy infrastructures, digital data, and accountability.
She has published widely in Science and Technology Studies and anthropology journals. Her book Monitoring Movements in Development Aid: Recursive Infrastructures and Partnerships (MIT Press, 2013) with Casper Bruun Jensen and her research on wave energy investigate lateral ethnography as a mode of analysis. She is a co-founder of the Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies (DASTS), and of the ETHOS Lab.  

Ane-Kathrine Lolholm Gammelby

Research Assistant, PhD Student, Aarhus University


Dina Brode-Roger

KU Leuven (Belgium) and UNIS (Svalbard, Norway) PhD Candidate



Dina is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at KU Leuven and an external PhD in Arctic Technology at UNIS. She worked in television for 7 years before obtaining an MBA and working as a business consultant specializing in brand identity in the fashion industry for 5 years. Her doctoral research project, ‘Identity in Change’, is based in the Arctic Archipelago of Svalbard where she is studying the impacts of climate change on the community of Longyearbyen. The project examines Identity of Place through multiple lenses, both from within the community and that which is projected onto it. The project approaches the research question via 7 lenses: Ethnography, Science, Geopolitics, Media, Tourism, Heritage, and Art. Dina speaks English, French and Norwegian.

Jaz Choi

Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia



Dr Jaz Hee-jeong Choi is the Director of the Care-full Design Lab and a Vice-Chancellor's Senior Research Fellow at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. As a transdisciplinary researcher, her approach to urban sustainability recognises 'play' and 'care' as the core of transformational encounters in cities as complex cyberphysical networks. She builds on this to explore, often through playful and participatory engagements, how design in varying forms and scale can be done care-fully in different cultural contexts.
Currently, she is exploring care-full design for liveable and equitable urban futures across three inter-related domains: self-care and mutual aid; creative and impactful research methods, and; co-creative urban transformation.

Katrin Tiidenberg

Associate Professor of Visual Culture and Social Media, Tallinn University, Estonia



Katrin Tiidenberg is an Associate Professor of Social Media and Visual Culture at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University, Estonia. She is the author of "Selfies, why we love (and hate) them", as well as "Body and Soul on the Internet - making sense of social media" (in Estonian). Tiidenberg is on the Executive Board of the Association of Internet Researcher and the Estonian Young Academy of Sciences. She is currently focusing on deplatforming of sex and the relationship between technology and wellbeing. Her research interests include digital research ethics and research methods.

Marisa Cohn

Associate Professor, Business IT Department, IT University of Copenhagen



Marisa Leavitt Cohn is an Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen (ITU) and a member of the Technologies in Practice and Interaction Design research groups. As an interdisciplinary scholar, she brings together anthropological and design-oriented approaches to the study of information systems, drawing on methods from Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies (STS), and Human Computer Interaction (HCI).
Her research examines temporal imaginaries of sociotechnical change and how computational systems mediate organizational relationships and practice. She has conducted ethnographic fieldwork work across a range of sites from large-scale infrastructures for space science and to small software and game development teams. She is interested in the role of critical methodologies in anthropology and design, governmentality of software work, and how computational media shape the politics of design and innovation. Her current work examines obsolescence, repair and maintenance, in long-lived technological systems.

Pedro Ferreira

Assistant Professor, IT University of Copenhagen



Pedro Ferreira has a multidisciplinary background in Computer Science and Human Computer Interaction. His interests lie in the qualitative understanding of everyday technology use mainly through the lens of leisure and playfulness. He obtained his doctoral degree from KTH in Stockholm, where he studied and wrote on issues of play in International Development work. Recently his research interests have focused on technology use nature/outdoor settings. Apart from his background in HCI and CS, he also teaches and supervises within STS, Data analytics and digital methods.  

Nanna Bonde Thylstrup

Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media at Copenhagen Business School.



Hi! I'm Associate Professor of Communication and Digital Media at Copenhagen Business School. Previously I held positions at the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus and had visiting fellowships at Duke University, Cornell University, LSE and Columbia University.
My writing and teaching focus on media infrastructures; archives; media archaeologies; media and affect; environmental media; and technological epistemologies. More specifically, I am interested in how media theory, cultural theory and critical theory can unpack and unfold issues related to datafication and digitization, in particular in relation to questions of gender, race and class.
I’m the author of a book: The Politics of Mass Digitization published by MIT Press (2019) and co-editor of the forthcoming book, Uncertiain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data (2020) which I am fortunate enough to work on with the Uncertain Archives Research Group including Kristin Veel, Daniela Agostinho, Annie Ring and Catherine D’Ignazio. In addition I’ve written and co-written several journal articles and book chapters about forgetting and remembering, gendered epistemologies in digital infrastructures, archival affects, small media; reuse ethics in machine learning, environmental media and data waste. I contribute to exhibitions and artistic research practices, too.
I am the PI of the research project AI Reuse (2020-2013) generously supported by the Danish Research Council. Moreover, I have the honour of organizing the research cluster ’Digital transformations and knowledge production’ under the ”The Digital Transformations Platform” at CBS.
I actively engage in teaching, public speaking, advisory work and other efforts to highlight the relevance of critical digital research in multiple settings.  

Nina Grønlykke Mollerup

Postdoc at The Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen


Peter Danholt

Associate professor at Information Studies, Aarhus University



Peter Danholt (PhD) is associate professor at Information Studies, Aarhus University. His research is on the transformative aspects of science and technology in healthcare practices, organizations, design and daily life. His research draws on STS, feminism, post-structuralism and actor-network theory. Peter Danholt is vice president of the Danish Association of STS (DASTS), chief-editor of STS Encounters and Head of the Centre for STS-studies, Aarhus University.

Sarah Pink

Professor, Department of Design, Monash Univesity, Australia



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Gabriel Pereira

PhD Fellow at Aarhus University, Denmark


Rikke Toft Nørgård

Associate Professor in Educational Design & Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark



Rikke Toft Nørgård is Associate Professor in Educational Design & Technology at Aarhus University. She is in the steering group of Centre for Higher Education Futures (CHEF), coordinator of the research unit Educational Design Thinking & Practices as well as coordinating the MA in ICT-Based Educational Design, all at Aarhus University. She is also a board member of the international Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society (PaTHES) and the Oxford Ethnography and Education Conference (OEEC).

Nørgård's research focuses on the complexities and interrelationships of technology, culture, education, design and philosophy. She is consortium partner lead in several funded projects with a particular focus on developing future education. Projects include 'VASE – Value-Sensitive Design in Higher Education', 'IGNITE – Design Thinking and Making in the Arts and Sciences' and 'STAK – Students' Academic Digital Competencies in Higher Education'.

Recently, she has published 'Networked learning in, for and with the world (2019), 'Critical robotics: exploring a new paradigm' (2018) and Designing hybrid learning spaces in higher education (2019). In 2020 she is giving the Networked Learning Conference keynote on Technological Imagination.

Signe Uldbjerg Mortensen

PhD Candidate, Department of Scandinavian Studies and Experience Economy, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark



Signe Uldbjerg Mortensen is a PhD candidate at Aarhus University. She works with digital sexuality and with writing as a creative and practice-based research method. Her main interests are on the ethics of creative and participatory research, and on mediated affective practices surrounding digital sexuality, digital assault and youth culture. These academic interests are rooted in a practice background in feminist activism

Ushma Chauhan Jacobsen

Associate Professor, Department of English, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark


Jan Løhmann Stephensen

Associate Professor at Dept. of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark



Jan Løhmann Stephensen, PhD, Associate Professor at Dept. of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University. Jan does research on discourses on creativity from a critical socio-economic perspective, most recently also in relation to the human/nonhuman entanglement in so-called post-creative processes and how this might challenge the ways we think and talk about as well as organize and practice creativity. In addition, he has researched and published on ASMR, intermedia transpositions (adaptation, novelization), cultural and political participation among young people, artistic strategies for making the Anthropocene tangible and more.
He is also co-founding editor of Conjunctions: transdisciplinary journal of cultural participation.

Winnie Soon

Assistant professor, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark


Rasmus Raspel

Former STEEM coordinator


Jakob Linaa Jensen

Research Director of Social Media, Danish School of Media and Journalism



Jakob Linaa Jensen, Ph.D., M.A. in Politics is Research Director of Social Media at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. 
He has been associate professor of Media Studies at Aarhus University for nine years. He has also headed af European task force on social media methods. He has published three monographies, three edited volumes and more than 30 international journal articles.
His main research focus is political and democratic uses of social media and on testing and developing new methods for social media research. His research interests also include political communication, the public sphere, social media, internet politics, sociology of the Internet and cognitive affordances of new media.  

Line Hassall Thomsen

Research assistant, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark



Throughout her career Line has constantly been mixing theories of journalism, anthropology and communication with the practice of both being a journalist and a lecturer of media communications.
Working in UK TV newsrooms, Line began considering how methods from anthropology can be used to study the way journalists worked. Soon this led to the idea of doing a comparative anthropological fieldwork of the four largest national newsrooms in Denmark and the UK.
Recently, she published the successful book Inside the TV Newsroom: Profession under Pressure, sharing her studies of TV journalists at work in the UK and Denmark.
Line also likes to research communication in the city and is interested in the uses of improv theatre and flashmobs in disrupting everyday life.
Today she lectures at Aarhus University and works as a freelance journalist.

Traci Nathans-Kelly

Senior lecturer, Cornell University, USA



Traci Nathans-Kelly, PhD, currently teaches in Cornell University's College of Engineering. As a member of the Engineering Communications Program, she interacts daily to help undergraduates and graduates alike to hone their messages to their instructors, their internship managers, co-op directors, thesis and dissertation committees, and for audiences at conferences.
She teaches f2f and online. Before coming to Cornell in 2012, she spent 14 years working at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the College of Engineering. Mostly notably, she taught in the online Masters of Engineering Management (MEM) degree and the Masters of Engine Systems (MEES) degree, aiding practicing engineers communicate targeted technical messages with strength, evidence, and conviction.
In 2017, she finished her tenure as the series editor for the IEEE Professional Communication book series titled Professional Engineering Communication. The book Slide Rules: Design, Build, and Archive Presentations in the Engineering and Technical Fields was co-authored with Christine G. Nicometo. Aside from campus teaching, she conducts workshops and training for such entities as The Boeing Company, Flad Architects, IEEE-USA, Wolters Kluwer, and others.  

Lone Koefoed Hansen

Associate Professor at School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark


Aline Franzke

Research Associate, NRW Graduate School Digital Society, University of Duisburg Essen, Germany



Aline Shakti Franzke is a Research Associate of the NRW Graduate School Digital Society, located at the University of Duisburg Essen, Germany.
Her PhD research is centered around ethical guidelines in public management.
While obtaining her Master's Degree in Applied Ethics at Utrecht University, Franzke used her final thesis project to explore the role of ethics in advising governments in the era of big data. During her studies she also worked for the Utrecht Data School, where she developed the Data Ethics Decision Aid (DEDA), a deliberation tool that is widely used in a variety of contexts.
Franzke obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of Vienna, where she looked into ethical implications of social robots. Aline Franzke is affiliated with the Datafied Society and STEEM, as well as being a part of the ethics committee for the Association on Internet Researcher (AoIR).

Susan Yi Sencindiver

Research Assistant, Part-time Lecturer, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark


Magdalena Regina Tyzlik-Carver

Assistant professor, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark


Rui Xu

PhD Student, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark


Timo Leimbach

Associate Professor, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark


Anja Bechmann

Professor, Media Studies, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark


Klaus Thestrup

Associate professor, Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media, Aarhus University, Denmark


Larissa Hjorth

Professor, ECP Director, Design and Creative Practice, RMIT Melbourne, Australia



Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth is an artist, digital ethnographer and Director of the Design and Creative Practice ECP Platform.
Previously Hjorth was Deputy Dean, Research and Innovation, in the School of Media and Communication (2013-2016) and co-founded the Digital Ethnography Research Centre (DERC) with Professor Heather Horst.

Débora Lanzeni

Adjunct Research Fellow, Emerging Technologies Research Lab, Computer-Human Interaction and Creativity, Faculty of Information Technology,  Monash University, Australia



I am an Anthropologists working hard to build a common ground for interdisciplinarity on tech studies. I have in my background a PhD and a Master in Knowledge and Information Society (IN3-UOC), a Bachelor in Anthropology and a DEA in Political Anthropology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition,  I was trained as a filmmaker. I taught 5 years in Methodology and Media Anthropology in the University of Buenos Aires and I have been organizing summer schools and participating in PhD and Master programmes teaching Digital Ethnography and Digital Materiality. 
I am a member of mediaccions research group at UOC, Spain, Future Making Space, Aarhus, Denmark and Emerging Technologies Lab at Monash, Australia. In the past, I was a member of the Media and Visual Anthropology Research Group in UBA and IDES (Institute of Economic and Social Development). 
The recent projects I have been involved are Transliteracy & Unlocking Digital Assets
Currently, I am the co-convener of Future Anthropologies Network at EASA. 
At the moment I am a Research fellow at DERC (Digital Ethnography Research Center), RMIT Australia. 

Research Interest

The research lines that I pursue lie on the intersection of Technology, Anthropology, Design, Digital Ethnography and Future Studies. Data, Artificial Intelligence and Smart Cities are keywords in the work that I have been doing in recent years. My interests are focused on the development of emerging technologies and future imaginaries, as well as work regimes  and new digital technologies. Discourses on the technological future and the methodological development in the social sciences to understand these contemporary issues are central to my research agenda and to the approach in projects that I engage. My scope is interdisciplinary and collaborative in terms of disciplines and scenarios where to intervene. 

Morgan Alexander Ip

PhD Researcher, Oslo School of Architecture and Design / Arkitekt- og designhøgskolen i Oslo (AHO)



Morgan Ip's doctoral research uses interdisciplinary ethnographic methods to bring forth the human context of urbanism and landscapes in the international Arctic border region of Norway, Russia and Finland. This is supported by his thesis work on culturally appropriate architecture in the Canadian Arctic. He is also involved in the DWELL research project (Displacement, Placemaking and Wellbeing), an international collaboration funded by EqUIP (The EU-India Platform for Social Studies and Humanities), with a similar approach of bridging interdisciplinary methods of social anthropology and the humanities with architecture, urbanism, and design studios. Here, the relationship between host communities and migrants and forcibly displaced people are sought in the context of designing for social sustainability. 

Dalida María Benfield

Director of Research and Programs at Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA



Dalida María Benfield (Panama/USA/Finland) is an artist and writer and the Co-Founder and Director of Research and Programs at the Center for Arts, Design, and Social Research. The Center, founded in 2016, is an international non-profit institute that intersects the arts, design, technology, and transdisciplinary research across the sciences, humanities, and social justice.
The Center's programs include residencies (Italy, Mexico and other locations), an annual research fellows program, working groups, exhibitions, publications, and public art education events, globally. Dalida's work also includes producing videos, installations, archives, artists’ books, workshops, and other interventions across online and in person platforms and diverse spaces, and often, collectively.
Her writings engage the politics and pedagogies of global information flows as they intersect with social and economic inequality and constructions of gender, race, and nation; global Latinx media; the geo-politics of digital media art; iterations of "media justice"; popular media education as a praxis of unschooling; decolonial and feminist aesthetics; and transnational feminist cultural production and social critique. She is the co-founder of numerous autonomous media and education initiatives, including 24HOURSOCIALSTUDIES, The Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects, Women's Media Archive, and Video Machete. Her career spans the spaces of higher education and research institutes, NGO/non-profit culture and education, and independent media. 

Matthias Stephan

Part-time Lecturer, Department of English,  School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark



Matthias Stephan researches primarily on postmodernism, and its implications not only in literary fiction but also in the Gothic, science fiction, and crime fiction. His work has appeared in Scandinavian Studies, Coolabah, and La Questione Romantica, and his monograph Defining Literary Postmodernism for the Twenty-First Century is available from Palgrave Macmillan. He is general editor of Otherness: Essays and Studies, and coordinator of the Centre for Studies in Otherness.

Pei Sze Chow

PhD, Postdoc, Media Studies, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark



Pei Sze is based in the Department of Media Studies and Journalism at Aarhus University and an interdisciplinary scholar specialising in cultural studies approaches to media production studies. Her current project— supported by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship—focuses on the regional screen ecosystem in Aarhus and West Denmark, drawing on theoretical work and methodologies from media studies, cultural geography, and urban studies. She is presently engaging with the emergent and diverse implications of incorporating AI and machine intelligence into the various stages of digital media production, and how policy and regulation might temper or encourage this amalgamation.