I am a writer and researcher based in Amsterdam.
As a researcher I document and investigate people’s relationships with technology at Affect Lab, a research studio I co-founded in 2012. Mobile culture is the subject of my doctoral research at the department of Media, Communications & Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
My project ‘How to Read a Story About Burn-out‘ has been awarded a 2018/19 Het Nieuwe Instituut Research Fellowship.
I am fascinated by our affective 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 and editor I have worked for various publications including ELLE, National Geographic Traveller, Marie Claire, Mail&Guardian, TimeOut, 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.
November 23-25, 2018 Presenting at the Finissage of the La Biennale di Venezia: WORK, BODY, LEISURE, the Dutch Pavilion commissioned by Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Forthcoming article: ‘Mobiles, Migration and the Strong Man’ in Digital Culture & Society (2018).
August – October 2018 Semester course lecturer in Digital Media at Webster University, Leiden.
July 2018 Lectured in Media & Communication at a summer school based at Oxford University.
January 2018 Published: ‘Stranger-ness and Belonging in a Neighbourhood WhatsApp Group‘ (2018) in Open Cultural Studies – Special Issue on “Media and Emotions. The New Frontiers of Affect in Digital Culture”.
- ‘Stranger-ness and Belonging in a Neighbourhood WhatsApp Group‘ (2018)
in Open Cultural Studies – Special Issue on “Media and Emotions. The New Frontiers of Affect in Digital Culture”
- The Hunt for Affect (download PDF)
- The Affective Turn of Mobile Phones: A study of affect in mobile-mediated communication (download 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) 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: Antal Guszlev)