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Department of Social Anthropology



After 15 months of field research in Barcelona, I am currently engaged in the writing up process. I explore practices of the “Digital Revolution” at the intersection of art-science-technology and how they link to our shifting political economy. I collaborate with artists such as the international research collective BeAnotherLab and “Makers” based in the Fab Lab BCN. Fab Labs are digital fabrication laboratories connected to the Maker Movement through its globally active education network, initiated by MIT´s Centre for Bits and Atoms. I am especially interested in people´s visions of the future, human-machine interaction and forms of knowledge creation through globalised and interdisciplinary work/life experiences.

In preparation of my PhD project, I conducted a pilot study in Barcelona during 2013/2014, focusing on art activism, new forms of collective action and political dissent as well as the transformation of urban spaces. I engaged in artistic forms of knowledge creation and presented aspects of this collaborative research at the EASA conference “Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution“ in Tallinn (2014).

I studied Social Anthropology at the University of Vienna (2005-2012) and at the Australian National University (2010-2011), with an interest in globalisation, post/colonialism and industrialisation; power/knowledge entanglements as well as constructions of identity, alterity and belonging.


Art, Science, Technology, Digital Materiality, Activism, Globalisation, Embodied Cognition & the Senses, Empathy, Ethics, Innovation, Virtual Reality


Key publications: 

"NGOs" (together with D. Goetze). In: KREFF, Fernand; KNOLL, Eva-Maria; GINGRICH, Andre (eds.): Lexikon der Globalisierung. Transcript-Verlag: Bielefeld, 2011, p.299-302.

Research Title: Practices of Innovation & Ethics at the Intersection of Art, Science and Technology in Barcelona.
Supervisor: Dr. Matei Candea
 Norma  Deseke (2014)

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