Mobile Phones Natalie Dixon

Natalie Dixon


January 2018 Published: ‘Stranger-ness and Belonging in a Neighbourhood WhatsApp Group‘ (2017) in Open Cultural Studies – Special Issue on “Media and Emotions. The New Frontiers of Affect in Digital Culture”.


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I am a writer and researcher based in Amsterdam.

As a researcher I  document and investigate people’s relationships with mobile technology at Affect Lab, an online archive of mobile culture I co-founded in 2012.  Mobile culture is also the subject of my PhD research at the department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths College.

I am fascinated by our affective attachment to mobile phones, and how through mobile practices we develop certain feelings and relationships.  My starting point for understanding mobile culture has always been the body, that is, through concepts and experiences of embodiment. Using narrative, affective, sensory and ethnographically inflected methods I analyse how various bodies influence (and are influenced) by technology.

As a writer and editor  I have worked for various titles such as Elle, Marie Claire and National Geographic Traveller, Time Out, SL, HYPE.

In a previous life I worked as a digital publisher —  marrying content and digital platforms to improve the bottom line. My past experience includes working on global editorial brands such as National Geographic, seventeen and Real Simple while based in South Africa at Media24 and Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam.



  • PhD (Media & Communication) at Goldsmiths College, University of London (completion in 2018)
  • MA (New Media) University of Amsterdam
  • BJourn (Bachelor of Journalism) Rhodes University, South Africa


(photo credit: Warren Van Rensburg)