The ones left behind

There are a number of issues that stand out to me in public discourses of technology. Most pertinently, they tend to conceal more than they reveal, especially when it comes to questions of power and agency. This piece tries to cover some ground regarding the encompassing, timely topic of tech developments.

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Finding the asset behind a stammer

This post serves as an outlet to share my thoughts on the strange experience of interviewing for a job in German via Zoom after having lived abroad for more than 10 years. Anyone who has felt suddenly severed from their element before might find something relatable in this report.

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On unsolicited nostalgia and Tinder frustrations

In recent years, I have found myself sharing a lot of the photos that pop up at the very top of my phone archive titled ‘one year ago’, ‘two years ago’ and ‘five years ago’. How do ubiquitous cell-phone reminders of the past resonate with one's sense of self?

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Rethinking the ‘H’ in DH

This is an appetizer for a scholarship of the digital that embraces science as a collective source of knowledge instead of being defensively guarded. Drawing on my journey as an ethnographer studying dating apps and recent member of the Digital Humanities (DH) community, I invite fellow scholars to pause and rethink what and how we know within the interdisciplinary DH field.

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To every epoch its plague? On red pills and yellow stars

Mass demonstrations and revolts against Corona regulations are prompting a long line of questions. Not least of all, what is the role of scholars in a context in which the explanatory power of scientificity is rendered anecdotal?

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Phantoms of a pandemic: embodying and disembodying normalcy

Covid19, not as a mere health but as a social phenomenon, abruptly penetrated our sense of normalcy. The extent started revealing itself for on me on a brisk Friday morning in Cape Town when out for my first walk after the strictest part of the lock-down.

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