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Because of the current Covid-19 measures, we have had to move the ASCA summit online, but we nonetheless hope to welcome many of you to an exciting discussion of ASCA research in times of Covid.

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Date 24 November 2020
Time 10:00

We will focus on how the research of ASCA members can contribute to thinking through the current situation and the futures that have been foreclosed and opened up by the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, there will be room to talk about how the pandemic has affected your research and what ASCA can do to help you as a researcher in this challenging period.

In the first hour of the summit Stefania Milan will talk about the "Covid-19 from the margins blog" she set up ( Some of the bloggers featured will join us: Preeti Raghunath will talk about India; Karla Zavala about Peru; Adriaan Odendaal about South Africa.

In the second hour, a panel of ASCA researchers at different stages of their careers will discuss what their research has to say about Covid-19, as well as how it has been affected by the pandemic, and the floor will be opened to all those attending. Panelists are: Marjolein Lanzing, Boris Noordenbos, Sal Hagen, and Margriet Schavemaker.

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Adriaan Odendaal is a content writer and web designer from Cape Town, South Africa. He is co-founder of the Rotterdam-based research & design studio internet teapot ( He currently works for an open-source start-up in Amsterdam, as well as a podcasting company from Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a BA in Visual Studies and Sociology and an MA in Media Arts Cultures. He has a keen interest in critical and creative coding as well as digital rights. Most recently,­ he led the production of the Kill Switch podcast for Access Now as part of their #KeepItOn campaign fighting internet shutdowns.

Karla Zavala Barreda holds an MA in Media Arts Cultures, and is a PhD student at University of Amsterdam in the Department of Media Studies. Her research focuses on software studies, interface criticism, game studies, algorithmic literacy, and critical design. She is interested in the intersection between software, design, and education. She tweets at @karlazavala.

Preeti Raghunath is Assistant Professor at the Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication in Pune, India. Her research and praxis have been in the realm of critical media policy studies in South Asia. She is the author of Community Radio Policies in South Asia: A Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020). She serves as a Vice-Chair of the Global Media Policy Working Group of the International Association of Media and Communication Research. She tweets at @preetiraghunath.

Stefania Milan ( is Associate Professor of New Media at University of Amsterdam and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University. Her work explores the interplay between digital technology, activism, and governance. Stefania is Principal Investigator of the DATACTIVE project, funded by the European Research Council. In 2017, she co-founded the Big Data from the South Research Initiative, investigating the impact of datafication on the disempowered. Stefania is the author of Social Movements and Their Technologies: Wiring Social Change (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013/2016) and co-author of Media/Society (Sage, 2011). She tweets at @annliffey.


Sal Hagen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He co-founded OILab during his rMA in media studies and has studied Internet subcultures since. Methodologically, his work combines media theory with computational methods.

Marjolein Lanzing is an Assistant Professor Philosophy of Technology at the University of Amsterdam. Previously, she worked on the Googlization of Health as a post-doc on the ERC project 'Digital Good' at the Interdisciplinary Hub for Security, Privacy and Data Governance (Radboud University). She did her PhD-research 'The Transparent Self' at the 4TU Center for Ethics and Technology (University of Technology Eindhoven).

Boris Noordenbos is assistant professor in Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam and the recipient of an ERC Starting Grant for his project Conspiratorial Memory: Cultures of Suspicion in Post-Socialist Europe. Noordenbos and his team will investigate conspiracy theories from Poland, Belarus, Ukraine and Russia and examine how conspiracy-based narratives are given shape in cultural expressions such as literature, film, television and online platforms.

Margriet Schavemaker is professor of Media and Art in Museum Practice at the University of Amsterdam’s Faculty of Humanities, and she is the artistic director of the Amsterdam Museum.