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

Mirko Tobias Schäfer


Mirko Tobias Schäfer is Associate Professor for New Media & Digital Culture at Utrecht University and the project leader of the Utrecht Data School.

Mirko studied theater, film and media studies and communication studies at Vienna University (A) and digital culture at Utrecht University (NL). He obtained a magister (MA) in theater, film and media studies from the University of Vienna in 2002, and a Ph.D. from Utrecht University in 2008.

Mirko's research interest revolves around the socio-political impact of (media) technology. His
publications cover user participation, datafication, and communication in social media. He is co-editor and co-author of the volume Digital Material. Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology (Amsterdam University Press, 2009). He is author of the book Bastard Culture! How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production (Amsterdam University Press 2011). Recently he edited (together with Karin van Es) the volume The Datafied Society. Studying Culture through Data (Amsterdam University Press 2017).

In 2016, Mirko was a Mercator Research Fellow at the NRW School of Governance at University of Duisburg-Essen. In 2014 and 2015 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Humanities at Utrecht University. In 2012 and 2013, Mirko was appointed research fellow at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he was affiliated with the Artistic Technology Research Lab.

Speaking & Consulting

Mirko speaks and advices on issues of datafication, social media, and participatory culture. Mirko is a frequent speaker at workshops and practitioners' conferences in the fields of data practices in public management, and media industries. For more information on consulting activities or for booking Mirko as a speaker, please contact Serena Oosterloo at info@dataschool.nl.


Dr. Mirko Tobias Schäfer

Department for Media and Culture Studies
Utrecht University
Munstraat 2A
NL- 3512 EV Utrecht

Mobile NL: 0031644620751
Mail: m [DOT] t [DOT] schaefer [AT] uu.nl
Twitter: @mirkoschaefer

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