Mirko Tobias Schäfer / Assistant Professor
University of Utrecht Department for Media and Culture Studies


Featured Blog Entries

Date October 2017 / Category News

For AoIR 2017, Helen Kennedy put together a panel discussing the future directions of critical data studies. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to participate in the debate. Round-table participants for the future directions of Critical Data Studies included Lina Dencik (Data Justice Lab), Tarleton Gillespie (Microsoft Research), and Stefania Milan (Data-Active). As Jonathan Gray (Public Data Lab) could not attend, I presented on behalf of Utrecht Data School and the Datafied Society Research platform.

Date November 2016 / Category News

The Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) in cooperation with Utrecht Data School (UDS) is organizing a workshop on Research Ethics for Data and Digital Methods. The workshop will take place on 29 th of November 2016 in the Sweelinckzaal from 10a.m - 5p.m.

More Blog Entries


Date January 2018

The date for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect is coming closer; this informative and accessible article by Cennydd Bowles captures the general rules of the forthcoming law and how it affects developers and designers.


Date January 2018

The MoneyLab at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences has published another reader. MoneyLab Reader 2 with the programmatic title Overcoming the Hype consists of intriguing article that provide critical perspectives to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Free copies and downloads are available.


Date January 2018

In this excellent article, Frank Pasquale convincingly describes -on the case of Amazon- how platforms structurally undermine the sovereignty of public management; his article shows to what extent these corporation form a threat to the traditional concept of citizenship and democratic values.


Date January 2018

Shannon Mattern has put together a very helpful resource for research methods. Her site Designing Methodologies consists of valuable bibliographic references for a wide range of different research methods.


Date December 2017

This fascinating piece by Ashok Chandrashekar, Fernando Amat, Justin Basilico and Tony Jebara sheds light on the personalisation of artworks depicting series and films in Netflix.


Date November 2017

To any scholar or teacher it is not news that using computers during lectures is actually stifling the process of comprehending the lecture itself. However, students and some naive university admins are still fond of having laptops in classrooms, for very different reasons, though. Here is yet another article pointing out the problems of using laptops while trying to listen to a lecture, supported by references to scientific evidence.


Date November 2017

In this fascinating article, Shannon Mattern critically enquires how the AI agents for self-driving vehicles will read and write the spatial environment.


Date October 2017

This is an excellent special issue on Critical Data Studies edited by Andrew Iliades and Federica Russo, bringing together an interdisciplinary group of scholars who address the study with data practices and the study of data practices. The all formulate a perspective of critical inquiry of 'Big Data' and the ongoing datafication of everyday life and society.



Mirko Tobias Schaefer is a researcher in the field of digital culture.

This website provides information on his research interests and teaching activities.




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