Members of the Center for Network Culture come from various departments around the university and represent a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.
Christopher Gad belongs to the ‘empirical philosophy’ branch of Science, Society and Technology Studies. His research interests range from surveillance studies, over studies of bureaucratic work practices to relations between conceptions of technology across culture and technological R&D. He is member of the board of The Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies (DASTS) and is currently involved in the research projects Surveillance in Denmark and Demtech.
For more information please visit his website.
Lisbeth is interested in the interplay between design, aesthetics, sociality and storytelling online, specifically various forms of “user-generated content”. This includes the study of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, weblogs, moblogs, other sites with interesting social interaction, gameworld aesthetics and design and the player-stories that emerge from them.
For more information about Lisbeth Klastrup’s academic interests and research activities, please see her blog & homepage.
Irina Shklovski is an Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen. She defended her PhD “Residential Mobility, Technology and Social Ties” at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007. She also worked as a postdoc with Paul Dourish at the University of California, Irvine studying issues of privacy and surveillance around the use of mobile technologies in law enforcement.
Irina’s research focuses on how people use information and communication technologies to cope with adverse circumstances, to maintain their social relationships, to address issues of privacy and identity in the digital world and to navigate and interact in urban spaces. Currently, she is working on a research project that investigates how people in Russia and Kazakhstan use social media to maintain their social connections and thus develop new transnational forms of belonging.
You can find out more about Irina’s research here.
From 1994 to 2007 she worked at Film & Media Studies, Institute for Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen. Primary research areas are mobile media and social change, digital communication, and digital youth media cultures, digital media and globalisation. She participated in the European comparative project Children and Their Changing Media Environment 1995-1998; in the research programme Global Media Cultures 1999-2001; in research – and development projects on mobile content for young Danes 2004-6; on mobile solutions for dyslexics 2006-7; in The MacArthur Foundation’s series on Youth 2007, Digital Media and Learning on user driven mobile media communities 2008-9. She participates in EU Kids Online I+II. She has published articles i.e. on media and cultural globalisation, adolescents’ digital media cultures, and on mobile media. She is co-editor of Global Encounters: Media and Cultural Transformation (2002) and of Digital Aesthetics and Communication, Northern Lights vol 5, 2007.
She started her academic career with a phd project on hypertext literature, more specifically on the new aesthetic possibilities that a networked form offered. She worked on different aspects of electronic literature throughout the nineties, and around 2000 shifted the focus to computer games, investigating the storytelling potential of the medium through analyses of players activity and interpretation of different combinations of action and story. Complex reception and interaction processes have been her trademark, also with a side interest of fan activity (fan fiction, modding, transmedial cultures). This combined interest for fragmented forms of experiencing stories (hypertext/game narratives) and a focus on players reception and production naturally evolves into a new interest for the distributed aesthetic formats of the Web 2 era.
Bjarki Valtysson is an Assistant Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen with a background in literature, cultural studies and digital communication. Research interests include cultural-, media- and communication policies, social media, remix culture, performance design, and digital media and democracy. His PhD thesis, Access Culture – The Remixable Culture of Prosumers and the Cultural Policy of the European Union, focuses on the notion of access culture (policies, copyright, etc.), digital public spheres, networked publics (and counter-publics) and prosumers (producer-consumer).
Objects of analysis include Internet art, the Europeana digital library, EU directives on the audiovisual sector, databases such as the Internet Archive and BBC’s Creative Archive, and collaborative open source inspired projects like Elephants Dream.
To read more on Bjarki Valtysson’s current research, please visit his website.
Laura Watts is a Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology at the Lancaster University and at the Technology in Practice Research Group at the IT University of Copenhagen.
As a writer and ethnographer she is interested in the effect of landscape on how the future is imagined and made in everyday practice. How might the future be made differently in different places?
For the last fifteen years Laura Watts has worked with the telecoms, transport, and renewable energy industries to reconsider how the future gets made in high-tech industry, and how it might be made otherwise.
For more information on Laura Watts’ research, please visit her own website.
Brit is an ethnographer science and technology. Her main areas of interest are information infrastructures, accountability practices in distributed work settings, and methodological and analytical issues related to the study of technological systems for information sharing and management. Brit is co-founder and board member of the Danish Association for Science and Technology Studies (DASTS) and serves on the editorial team of the journal Science Studies.
For more information visit her website.