Natalie Dixon


I am a researcher and writer based in Amsterdam.

My research explores the human-technology relationship, with a focus on mobile phones. My work takes place at affect lab, an interdisciplinary research studio I co-founded in 2012.  Mobile culture was also the subject of my doctoral research from 2013- 2019 at the department of Media, Communications & Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College in London.

I am fascinated by our emotional attachments to technology, and how through technological practices we develop certain feelings and relationships. My starting point for understanding techno-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 I am invested in narratives that tell us something about gender, race and otherness. My most recent narrative project is titled ‘How to Read a Story About Burn-out‘, which tells the story of my grandmother’s life. This story sheds light on the gender dimension of the Portuguese diaspora to South Africa after the Second World War. It was awarded the 2018/19 Het Nieuwe Instituut Research Fellowship.



Currently Working On…
Good Neighbours, an interactive documentary with interactive artist Klasien van de Zandschulp.
Take Care 1012, a sensory research project based in the Red Light District of Amsterdam with writer and urban historian Bob van Toor and architect-curator-scholar Roelof Petrus van Wyk.

Upcoming Presentations
In conversation with Machteld Vinkenborg at Brainwash Festival (24 October 2019)
Digital Fortress Europe, Brussels (30 October 2019)
Moderating at IMPAKT Festival (31 October 2019)

Introduction to Interactive  Media, Webster University (Leiden) (August – October 2019)
Media Theory at ArtEZ Art Academy, Interaction Design Department (September – December 2019)


  • ‘Refusing Shame and Inertia’ in Digital Culture & Society (October 2019).
  • ‘Stranger-ness and Belonging in a Neighbourhood WhatsApp Group’ (2018) (PDF) in Open Cultural Studies – Special Issue on “Media and Emotions. The New Frontiers of Affect in Digital Culture”
  • The Hunt for Affect (PDF)
  • The Affective Turn of Mobile Phones: A study of affect in mobile-mediated communication (PDF)
  • You Are What You Tweet in Interactions magazine.
  • FoodMood: Measuring Global Food Sentiment One Tweet at a Time for the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.


  • PhD (Media & Communications) Goldsmiths College, University of London
  • MA (New Media) University of Amsterdam
  • BJourn (Bachelor of Journalism) Rhodes University, South Africa


(photo credit: Antal Guszlev)

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