Symposium on “Ecologies and Infrastructures: Cultural Techniques of Environmental Management” with Arizona State University, 22nd April 2022

Bernard Geoghegan from the Department of Digital Humanities and  Lisa Han from Arizona State University are co-organising a symposium on “Ecologies and Infrastructures: Cultural Techniques of Environmental Management”, which will take place on 22nd April 2022, which is Earth Day 2022.

The event is open to the public and free of charge. Further details and the registration link are available here and copied below.

What if the era of environmental preservation has already passed us by, and we have entered a new era of environmental invention, genesis, production, and fabulation? What future contributions can the human (or posthuman) sciences make to sustainability work? These are the questions motivating the first King’s College London / Arizona State University symposium on “Ecologies and Infrastructures.” Faced with unprecedented uncertainty about environmental futures, this symposium considers the speculative environments born out in demos and datasets, that deploy the lived world as a planetary testbed. Central to this is a consideration of the multispecies communities that come together around these environmental infrastructures. Join our lineup of experts for two panels of thought-provoking discussion about the cultural techniques of environmental management.

ASU participants include: Lisa Han, Jacob Greene, and Ed Finn. KCL participants are: Joanna Zylinska, Güneş Tavmen, Jonathan Gray, and Gabriele Colombo.

Part of the ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory Earth Week programming, this event was organized and moderated by Bernard Geoghegan (KCL) and Lisa Yin Han (ASU), with an introduction by Joni Adamson (Focal Lead, Human Sciences, Global Futures Laboratory, ASU). It was co-organized by ASU’s Environmental Humanities Initiative and Department of English and by King’s College London.

New colleagues contributing to teaching in Digital Humanities this semester 

Our Department is delighted to welcome colleagues who are currently contributing to the teaching of a range of our modules this semester. These new teaching staff include: 

Dr Giota Alevizou, who is a digital media and communications scholar and holds fellowship positions at the Open University’s Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) at the LSE’s Media and Communication Department. Giota has expertise on the historical and political economic aspects of digital transformation in areas of knowledge and collective intelligence. She has developed numerous modules in those fields, and has published widely about the ways in which data literacies, ethics and digital citizenship intersect with information politics and rights, knowledge and education cultures. Her publications include the monograph, The Web of Knowledge: Encyclopaedias in the Digital Age (forthcoming, Cambridge Polity).  

Dr Raquel Campos is a digital ethnomusicologist. Her postdoctoral research focuses on digital cultures and popular music. She is the 2019 winner of the Andrew Goodwin Memorial Prize awarded by the UK and Ireland chapter of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music. 

With a PhD in Design from Politecnico di Milano, Dr Gabriele Colombo is a researcher at the Department of Architecture and Arts of the Università IUAV di Venezia and collaborates with DensityDesign, a research lab at the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano. He is affiliated with the Visual Methodologies collective of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. He is a lecturer in the Final Synthesis Studio of the Master Degree in Communication Design at Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches ‘Digital Methods and Communication Design’. His research and teaching activities focus on the design of visual tools in support of digital social research, and on the design of novel strategies for the communication, exploration, analysis and valorisation of collections of images and videos. 

Dr Taner Dogan is a Lecturer in Digital Media and Communication at Queen Margaret University, Guest Teacher at LSE, and the author of Communication Strategies in Turkey: Erdogan, the AKP and Political Messaging (2021 I.B.Tauris/Bloomsbury). He holds a PhD in Journalism from City, University of London and his research focuses on communications, politics, religion, art and culture in the Middle East.  

Dr. Bianca Fox is a Senior Lecturer and Course leader at Nottingham Trent University. She holds a PhD in Communication Studies and has more than 15 years of teaching experience in HE. Prior to starting at NTU, Bianca was the Deputy Director of the Film, Media, Discourse and Culture Research Centre and Acting Head of Department at the University of Wolverhampton and a Lecturer at the University of Huddersfield. Bianca was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Westminster in 2011 and the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle in 2015 and has been part of the research team of various European and worldwide projects. Her research interests lie primarily in youth studies, with a focus on media consumption and technology use and mental health, digital literacy, and digital inclusion.  

Francisco Gallardo is an artist, an architect and a geographer. As Somerset House Studios alumni and as part of the duo FRAUD, Francisco has been awarded the State of Lower Saxony – HBK Braunschweig Fellowship (2019-20) for ‘Jable Pardo’, the King’s College Cultural Institute Grant (2018), and has been commissioned by the Contemporary Art Archipelago (2020, 2021, 2022), the Istanbul Design Biennial (2021), and the Cockayne Foundation (2018). Francisco’s recent work includes: ‘EURO—VISION‘ which has been presented at Arts Catalyst (2021), the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial (2020-1) and Radar (2020); ‘Carbon Derivatives’, shown at the Salon Suisse (the 57th Venice Biennale), the Whitechapel Gallery (2018), and the Somerset House (2018); ‘Terra Analytica’, exhibited at the Illingworth Kerr Gallery (2021) and the EIB’s Cultural Institute (2018); ‘Shrimping Under Working Conditions’, shown at Kunsthall Trondheim (2017) and the Empire Remains Shop in London (2016); and ‘The Right to Happiness’, exhibited at the Asia Culture Center in Gwangju (2019), and has been featured in ‘Behind the Smart World’, Radio Canada, and Asia Art Pacific. 

Dr Ana Gross is a sociologist working at the intersection of multiple disciplines and collaborative projects researching the social aspects of science and technology. She has more than 20 years’ experience working as a social and cultural researcher and consultant in the arts, business, and academic fields. 

Dr Maribel Hidalgo Urbaneja is the Post-doctoral Research Fellow for Worlding Public Cultures: The Arts and Social Innovation research project at the University of the Arts London. She obtained a PhD in Information Studies from the University of Glasgow and has held positions at The Getty, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., and The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh. Her research interests span museum studies, digital art history, digital publishing, and decolonial digital humanities. 

Dr Camilo Sol Inti Soler Caicedo is an anthropologist, dancer and PhD in creative industries interested in generating communication between different ways of knowing and understanding the world (local-global, verbal-embodied, digital-physical), generally using Arts-based methodologies. He has worked with communities as diverse as campesinos in the High Andean Moorlands POR EL Paramo, e-curating artists in West Africa and Latin America with the Goethe Institut Berlin-Saõ Paulo, culturally threatened indigenous groups in the Amazon, gang members in Latin American marginal urban areas, and dancers of Colombian salsa. 

Thais Lobo is a journalist and new media researcher. She holds an MA in Digital Humanities from King’s College London. Her research interests are on the use of digital methods in the context of journalistic investigations around online platforms and digital cultures. Projects to which she contributed data collection and analysis have been published by the European Forest Institute, Politico, BuzzFeed News and First Draft. She has years of professional experience in mainstream news outlets in Brazil and leading international think tanks. 

Dr Adam Walker is an artist and academic with a research-based practice focused on critiques of structures of inequality, and speculative profferings of other ways of being. His work takes textual, performative, collaborative and digital forms. Recent projects, performances and exhibitions have taken place at and with the Serpentine Gallery and Tyneside Cinema (UK), Izolyatsia and Yermilov Centre (Ukraine), and online at and 

Dr James Williamson is a film and media studies scholar with a PhD in media and communications from Goldsmiths. His thesis focused on an intersection of genre and film history with contemporaneous intellectual developments in American science fiction cinema of the 1950s. His article ‘Cybernetic soundscapes: Resynthesizing the “electronic tonalities” of Forbidden Planet (1956)’ is due for publication in an upcoming issue of the Science Fiction Film and Television journal. 


New book: Quantification of Bodies in Health

Btihaj Ajana, Professor of Ethics and Digital Culture at the Department of Digital Humanities, published a new book with Simone Guidi (Italian National Research Council) and Joaquim Braga (University of Coimbra) under the title, Quantification of Bodies in Health: Multidisciplinary Perspectives. This book aims to deepen understanding of the growing phenomenon of quantification in the context of health and the role of self-tracking practices in everyday life. It brings together established and emerging authors working at the intersection of philosophy, sociology, history, psychology, and digital culture, while bridging between philosophical and empirical approaches.


Table of Content


Btihaj Ajana, Joaquim Braga and Simone Guidi 

PART I: Body Quantification and Subjectivity: Philosophical Perspectives  

1 Body, Media and Quantification  

Joaquim Braga 

2 I Quantify, Therefore I Am: Quantified Self Between Hermeneutics of Self and Transparency 

Lorenzo De Stefano  

3 Quantified Care: Self-Tracking as a Technology of the Subject  

Alessandro De Cesaris  

PART II: Body Quantification: Historical and Empirical Perspectives  

4 Historical Context of Tracking Public Health and Quantifying Bodies:   From the UK Welfare State to Digital Self-Care  

Rachael Kent   

5 Metrics of the Self: A Users’ Perspective 

Btihaj Ajana 

6 Whose Bodies? Approaching the Quantified Menstruating Body Through a Feminist Ethnography  

Amanda Karlsson  

PART III: Body Quantification and Mental Health  

7 #Wellness or #Hellness: The Politics of Anxiety and the Riddle of Affect in Contemporary Psy-care  

Ana Carolina Minozzo  

8 Me Apps: Mental Health and the Smartphone  

Zeena Feldman   

PART IV: Body Quantification and Smart Machines 

9 The ‘Smart’ AI Trainer & her Quantified Body at Work  

Phoebe V. Moore  

10 Towards a Quanto-Qualitative Biological Engineering: The Case of the Neuroprosthetic Hand 

Laura Corti   

Looking for academics to help with marking and teaching

The Department of Digital Humanities (DDH) has opportunities for academics and is looking for hourly paid lecturers to assist with marking and teaching. The lecturer needs a PhD (or equivalent expertise) and the right to work in the UK. The hourly pay is £21.27 (tbc) per hour, and most work can start right away.

The expertise we are looking for is:

Marking Essays in Gender and in Technology & Society
We are looking for markers in the areas of the gender (in particular the roles of gender and technology in films) and an undergraduate course on Investigating Science, Technology, and Society. The essays are 2,000 and 3,000 words long. We pay an hour for the marking of 4,000 words. The deadline for finishing this is in early or mid-February.

Marking MA Dissertations in Digital Culture and Digital Economy
We are looking for help with the marking of dissertations that cover the fields of digital culture, digital marketing, critique of platforms, and digital economy. The dissertations are 15,000 words long. Payment will be calculated as follows: we pay between 4 and 2.5 hours per dissertation. The deadline for finishing this is in early or mid-February.

Teaching Essay Writing
We are looking for weekly teaching help with hosting the Writing Lab’s informal and optional group writing support sessions (on-campus). The lab provides general guidance on ‘how to structure an academic essay/report’, ‘how to critically frame an argument’, ‘how to cite using Harvard referencing’, and ‘how to make sense and incorporate the feedback from your assessment’ etc. The teaching would start now and runs until 1 April 2022.

Please get in touch with the Deputy Head of the Department, Mercedes Bunz, sending your CV if you are interested: mercedes DOT bunz AT

New project: SUPERB to promote forest restoration and adaptation across Europe

I’ll be part of a new research project on forest restoration and adaptation, led by the European Forest Institute and funded under the European Union’s H2020 programme.

Together with Jonathan Gray, I’ll co-lead a team at the Department of Digital HumanitiesKing’s College London exploring how humanities-based digital methods can be used to understand forest issues and to explore engagement around reforestation. Our contributions will draw on and be developed in conversation with work in science and technology studies and internet studies.

You can find more about the project here and an excerpt from the press release is copied below.

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CfP for Special Issue “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Digital Experiment in Museology and Museum Design” of Herança Journal

Guest edited by Dr Gabriele Salciute Civiliene and Dr Kristen Schuster, DDH, King’s College London, the forthcoming Special Issue of Herança – Revista de História, Património e Cultura invites you to submit papers in English or Portuguese on the topics related to the issue’s title “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Digital Experiment in Museology and Museum Design”.

Don’t hesitate to contact Gabriele at and Kristen at if you have questions.

More information on the scope and the important dates here, and details of the call are copied below.

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Welcome to Rahel Süß, visiting researcher at the Department of Digital Humanities ✨

We are delighted to announce that Rahel Süß will be joining us as a visiting researcher at the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London.

During her stay, she will continue her research on a political theory of digital democracy. A key question regards what the task of democracy has become in digital-mediated societies. Beyond demands for scaling deliberative problem-solving, she poses the problem differently. Her main contribution to contemporary debates is a conceptual framework that calls for a better understanding of digital democracy as a practice of problematisation. More about her research interests can be found in her bio (below) and she can be found on Twitter at @RahelSuess. Welcome Rahel! 🎊

Rahel Süß is a political theorist and the founding director of the Data Politics Lab at Humboldt-University of Berlin. Her work explores new forms of power relations that shape possibilities for democratic renewal. Drawing on democratic theory, critical algorithms studies, and activist political theory she is currently investigating how ‘a right to disidentification’ can enhance collective self-governance in the context of automated systems. By engaging with a series of examples, from ‘the right to be forgotten’, to the project DECODE and disruptive technologies, she shows that digital democracy requires not simply adequate mechanisms of recognition but also the capacity for non-identity—for anonymity (at times)—to engage in transformative processes.

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Welcome to Jean-Christophe Plantin, visiting researcher at the Department of Digital Humanities ✨

Jean-Christophe Plantin (@JCPlantin) is joining the Department of Digital Humanities over the coming months as a visiting researcher. In the following post he discusses what he will be working on. Welcome Jean-Christophe! 🎊

It is an honor to be a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Digital Humanities during Fall 2021. I have been a long-time admirer of the groundbreaking work of its Faculty members, regarding both digital humanities and key aspects of digital culture and economy. As the concept of infrastructure is central to my work, I look forward to engaging in discussions on this niche (but fascinating!) topic with its researchers.

While at King’s College London, I will carry on my work on my current book project, currently with the working title: The Infrastructural Power of Platform Companies. This book argues first that US-based tech companies (Google, Amazon and the likes) are now akin to infrastructures in society, due to their indispensability and capacity to shape the economic and social life. It moreover adopts the material focus from science & technology studies to show, second, how the same tech giants are literally and materially becoming infrastructure in four segments of the global networking infrastructure: data centers, subsea cables, terrestrial cables networks, as well as non-terrestrial connectivity.

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“Interrogating Global Traces of Infrastructure” workshop, 18th November 2021

A workshop on “Interrogating Global Traces of Infrastructure” will take place on 18th November 2021, organised by Urszula Pawlicka-Deger as part of her Marie Skłodowska-Curie DH Infra project. The event is organised together with the King’s Digital Lab, the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London and the Critical Infrastructure Studies collective.

The schedule is available here and copied below, and you can register here.

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“You don’t own that data” – Btihaj Ajana on self-tracking in the Guardian

Btihaj Ajana has been interviewed in The Guardian about a piece on “Intimate data: can a person who tracks their steps, sleep and food ever truly be free?”. Here are some quotes from the piece:

Such quandaries will only become more common and complex, says Btihaj Ajana, a reader in media and digital culture at King’s College London and a specialist in self-tracking. She traces our tracking instincts in the digital age to the “quantified self” movement. It took shape in 2007 as a way for individuals to use technology to optimise themselves like machines. “What started as a positive phenomenon then got hijacked,” Ajana says.

Constant advances in tracking have given tech companies new ways to keep selling their latest devices, while happily collecting the data we generate and sign away without reading the terms and conditions. “You don’t own that data,” Ajana says. Apple promises to encrypt and guard the multiplying streams of health data it collects for us. But much of the concern about privacy in this growing market is what we consent to share with third-party apps and services that have their own privacy policies. “We are so blase about privacy,” Ajana says.

It is easy to imagine the value of health data not only to insurers, but also advertisers and employers. Around 2014, a number of big businesses started giving Fitbits to staff, collecting information on their sleep, activity and location. The rise of corporate tracking, which is presented as an employee perk (free watch! Better health!), may be hastened by Covid. LifeSignals, a California startup that has developed a chest patch to measure signals including breathing, temperature and even posture, noted a spike in demand last year from big businesses that wanted to screen staff for Covid symptoms.

“Some employers ask employees to compete with each other to be more healthy,” Ajana adds. “It can all seem benign and nice – but what if that data also gets used to decide who gets the next promotion or whose health insurance policy needs adjusting?” Opting out of such programmes can feel like a career risk of its own.