Mirko Tobias Schäfer is Assistant Professor for New Media & Digital Culture at Utrecht University and the project leader of the Utrecht Data School. In 2016, Mirko is a Mercator Research Fellow at the NRW School of Governance at University of Duisburg-Essen.
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 PhD from Utrecht University in 2008.
Mirko's research interest revolves around the socio-political impact of media technology. His
publications cover user participation in cultural production, hacking communities, politics of
software design, 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). His book Bastard Culture! How User participation Transforms
Cultural Production (Amsterdam University Press 2011) has been favourably reviewed by peer-reviewed journals and was listed as best-seller in the section computer science by The Library Journal. Mirko was organizer and co-curator of [d]vision - Vienna Festival for Digital Culture. He is a member of the advisory board of SetUp Utrecht. Together with Karin van Es, Mirko edited the forthcoming volume The Datafied Society. Studying Culture through Data (Amsterdam University Press 2016).
Mirko is a curator for the Centre for Humanities-Impakt Festival Fellowship and co-curator of the Utrecht New Media Evening at Impakt. In 2012 and 2013 he was appointed research fellow at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he is affiliated with the Artistic Technology Research Lab. In 2014 and 2015 he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Humanities at Utrecht University.
Speaking & Consulting
Mirko is an expert on media and media practices. His expertise is employed by Dutch government advisory councils, public administrations, educational institutions and international companies.
He consults on issues of social media, participatory culture and collaborative production. Mirko is a frequent speaker at workshops and practitioners' conferences in the fields of social media, cultural policy, media design and cultural heritage. For more information on consulting activities or for booking Mirko as a speaker, please contact Iris Muis at email@example.com.
Dr. Mirko Tobias Schäfer
Department for Media and Culture Studies
NL- 3512 EV Utrecht
Mobile NL: 0031644620751
Mail: m [DOT] t [DOT] schaefer [AT] uu.nl