Profile

Mirko is co-founder and the project lead of the Utrecht Data School. His research interest revolves around the socio- political impact of media technology. His publications cover user participation in cultural production, datafication, politics of software design 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) was listed as best-seller in the section computer science by The Library Journal. His most recent book publication is the edited volume (together with Karin van Es) The Datafied Society. Studying Culture through Data (Amsterdam University Press 2017).

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

Scientific expertise
socio-political debates on technology
entrepreneurial research
datafication
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Key publications

Schaefer, M.T. (2011). Bastard Culture! How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production. (249 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Schaefer, M.T. (01.12.2008). Bastard Culture! User participation and the extension of cultural industries. (331 p.).

All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Van Schie, Gerwin, Westra, Irene & Schaefer, M.T. (2017). Get Your Hands Dirty - Emerging Data Practices as Challenge for Research Integrity. The Datafied Society. Studying Culture through Data (pp. 183-200) (18 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
van Es, K.F. & Schaefer, M.T. (2017). Introduction: Brave New World. In Karin van Es & Mirko Tobias Schäfer (Eds.), The Datafied Society: Studying Culture through Data (pp. 13-22). Amsterdam University Press.
Schaefer, M.T. & van Es, K.F. (2017). The Datafied Society - Studying Culture through Data. (256 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2016 - Scholarly publications
Schaefer, M.T., Zoomers, E.B. & Gekker, A. (01.02.2016). Between two hypes: Will big data help unravel blind spots in understanding the global land rush?. Geoforum, 69 (February 2016), (pp. 147) (159 p.).
Schaefer, M.T. (2016). Challenging Citizenship: Social Media and Big Data. Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 25 (2), (pp. 111-113).
  2016 - Professional publications
Schaefer, M.T. (2016). Out of Control? Regulating Consent and Dissent in Social Media. In Ine Gevers (Eds.), Hacking Habitat. Art of Control (pp. 51-63). NAi Uitgevers.
  2016 - Other output
Van Geenen, Daniela, Schaefer, M.T., Boeschoten, Thomas, Hekman, Erik, Bakker, Piet & Moons, Jonas (2016). Mining One Week of Twitter. Mapping Networked Publics in the Dutch Twittersphere.
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Schaefer, Mirko (2015). The Trouble with Modchips - How hardware hacking constitutes grey markets, user participation and innovation. In Tilman Baumgärtel (Eds.), A Reader in International Media Piracy: Pirate Essays (pp. 111-129). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2015 - Other output
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Schaefer, Mirko (2014). Instabile (Gegen-)Öffentlichkeiten - Online-Plattformen als hybride Foren gesellschaftspolitischer Debatten. In Inge Baxmann, Timon Beyes & Claus Pias (Eds.), Soziale Medien - Neue Massen (pp. 281-300). diaphanes.
Schaefer, Mirko, Allen, Danielle, Bailey, Moya, Fenton, Natalie, Jenkins, Henry, Lothian, Alexis, Qui, Jack Linchuan & Srinivasan, Ramesh (2014). Participations: Dialogues on the Participatory Promise of Contemporary Culture & Politics. Part 3: Politics. International Journal of Communication, 8, (pp. 1129 – 1151) (23 p.). Forum 1129–1151 - 1932–8036/2014FRM0002.
Schaefer, Mirko (2014). Programmierte Partizipation? Zur Konstitution inhärenter Partizipation in Web Applikationen. In Dieter Mersch & Joachim Paech (Eds.), Programm(e) Berlin: diaphanes.
  2014 - Other output
M.T. Schaefer (12.12.2014) Monitoring the Online Public Sphere. Control and Censorship in Social Media
M.T. Schaefer (12.12.2014) Remote Control: Violence, Containment, Technology
M.T. Schaefer (11.12.2014) Workshop Internet Research 2014
  2013 - Scholarly publications
Schaefer, Mirko (2013). Excerpt from Bastard Culture! How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production. In Paul Du Gay, Stuart Hall, Linda Janes, Anders Madsen, Hugh Mackay & Keith Negus (Eds.), Doing Cultural Studies - The Story of the Sony Walkman (pp. 157-160) (4 p.). SAGE.
Schaefer, M.T., Paßmann, J. & Boeschoten, T. (2013). The Gift of the Gab: Retweet Cartels and Gift Economies on Twitter. In K. Weller (Eds.), Twitter and Society New York: Peter Lang Verlag.
  2013 - Other output
M.T. Schaefer (30.07.2013) Media Summer School 2013
M.T. Schaefer (01.01.2013) Skip Intro: Underground university lecture series 2013
  2012 - Scholarly publications
Schaefer, Mirko (2012). \run subversion.exe - Mythos und Praxis subversiver Medien-Nutzung. In Doreen Hartmann, Inga Lemke & Jessica Nitsche (Eds.), Interventionen - Grenzüberschreitungen in Ästhetik, Politik und Ökonomie (pp. 203-213) (10 p.). München: Wilhelm Fink Verlag.
Schaefer, Mirko (2012). Vorprogrammierte Partizipation - Zum Spannungsfeld von Appropriation und Design in Social-Media-Plattformen. In Uta Rußmann, Andreas Beinsteiner, Heike Ortner & Theo Hug (Eds.), Grenzenlose Enthüllungen - Medien zwischen Öffnung und Schließung (pp. 73-86) (13 p.). innsbruck university press.
  2012 - Professional publications
Schaefer, M.T., Overheul, N. & Boeschoten, T. (2012). Politiek in 140 tekens. Een netwerkanalyse van twitterende Nederlands politici. In C. Van 't Hof, J. Timmer & R. Van Est (Eds.), Voorgeprogrammeerd. Hoe internet ons leven leidt (pp. 193-214) (22 p.). Den Haag: Boom Lemma.
  2012 - Other output
M.T. Schaefer (01.01.2012) Skip Intro: Underground university lecture series 2012
  2011 - Scholarly publications
Schaefer, M.T. (2011). Bastard Culture! How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production. (249 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2011 - Other output
M.T. Schaefer (04.11.2011) Impakt Festival - Symposium 'The Trouble Ahead'
M.T. Schaefer (03.01.2011) Skip Intro: Underground university lecture series 2011
M.T. Schaefer (16.06.2011) Trust in Technical Images
  2010 - Other output
M.T. Schaefer (27.05.2010) Designing a Better Tomorrow: How design is informed by metaphors, images and associations of social progress
M.T. Schaefer (28.07.2010) Dissertantenkolloquium Partizipation und Neue Medien
M.T. Schaefer (26.08.2010) Information and Knowledge in a Codified World
M.T. Schaefer (23.10.2010) Politics and Governance in Software Development and Web Applications.
M.T. Schaefer (20.01.2010) Skip Intro: Underground university lecture series 2010
M.T. Schaefer (03.11.2010) User Participation and the Transformation of Cultural Production
  2009 - Scholarly publications
Lehmann, A.S., van der Boomen, M., Lammes, S., Schaefer, M.T. & Raessens, J.F.F. (2009). Digital Material. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Lammes, S., van der Boomen, M., Lehmann, A., Schaefer, M.T. & Raessens, J (2009). Introduction: From the Virtual to Matters of Fact and Concern. In M van den Boomen, S Lammes, A Lehmann & J Raessens (Eds.), Digital Material: Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology (pp. 7-17) (11 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Kessler, F.E. & Schaefer, M.T. (2009). Navigating YouTube: Constituting a Hybrid Information Management System. In P. Snickars & P. Vonderau (Eds.), The YouTube Reader (pp. 275-291) (17 p.). Stockholm: National Library of Sweden.
  2009 - Professional publications
Schaefer, M.T., van der Boomen, M., Lehmann, A.S., Lammes, S. & Raessens, J (2009). Digital Material. Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
Schaefer, M.T. (2009). Participation Inside? User Activities between Design and Appropriation. In M van den Boomen, AS Lehmann, S Lammes & J Raessens (Eds.), Digital Material. Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology (pp. 147-159) (13 p.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  2008 - Scholarly publications
Schaefer, M.T. (01.12.2008). Bastard Culture! User participation and the extension of cultural industries. (331 p.).
Schäfer, M.T. & Rieder, B. (2008). Beyond Engineering. Software Design as Bridge over the Culture/Technology Dichotomy. In P E Vermaas, P Kroes, A Light & S A Moore (Eds.), Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture (pp. 152-164) (13 p.). Dordrecht: Springer.
Schäfer, M.T. & Bernhard, H (2008). Subversion ist Schnellbeton. Zur Ambivalenz des Subversiven in Medienproduktionen. In T Ernst, S Richter, N Sennewald & P G Cantó (Eds.), SUBversionen. Zum Verhältnis von Politik und Ästhetik in der Gegenwart (pp. 63-81) (19 p.). Bielefeld: transcript, AB - geen idee of ik dat al voor 2007 heb opgegeven, maar het zou kunnen dat het toen de presentatie was. Het paper van de presentatie is ook inhoudelijk anders dan het hoofdstuk in het boek..
  2008 - Other output
M.T. Schaefer (16.10.2008) Participation Inside? User activities between design and appropriation
M.T. Schaefer (02.10.2008) Wer ist hier Designer? Innovation als Resultat der Aneignung von Medientechnologie
  2007 - Scholarly publications
Schäfer, M.T. & Kranzmüller, P. (2007). RTFM! Teach-Yourself Culture in Open Source Software Projects. In T. Hug (Eds.), Didactics of Microlearning (pp. 324-340) (17 p.). Berlijn/New York: Waxmann Verlag.
  2007 - Other output
Schäfer, M.T. (29.06.2007). From Netwerk to Foam. New Network Theory Conference, paper presentatie.
Schäfer, M.T. & Rieder, B. (13.04.2007). Hybrid Foam, Social Structure before Network and Community. BSA Annual Conference.
Schäfer, M.T. (27.04.2007). User Participation in a socio-technical ecosystem. Media in Transition 5, poster presentatie.
  2006 - Scholarly publications
Schaefer, Mirko (2006). Spielen jenseits der Gebrauchsanweisung - Partizipation als Output des Konsums softwarebasierter Produkte. In Britta Neitzel & Rolf Nohr (Eds.), Das Spiel mit dem Medium - Partizipation - Immersion - Interaktion (pp. 296-312) (16 p.). Schüren Verlag.
  2006 - Other output
  2005 - Scholarly publications
van den Boomen, M.V.T. & Schäfer, M.T. (2005). Will the revolution be open-sourced? How open source travels through society. In J. Cornelis & M. Wynants (Eds.), How open is the future? Economic, social and cultural scenarios inspired by Free and Open Source Sofware (pp. 31-67) (37 p.). Brussel: VUB University Press.
  2005 - Other output
M.T. Schaefer (13.12.2005) Making Sense of Discourse
M.T. Schaefer (28.05.2005) Unzipping Mediated Spaces - Culture Space
  2004 - Scholarly publications
Schäfer, M.T. (2004). Homework: The Extension of the Cultural Industry. In G. Cox & J. Krysa (Eds.), DATA Browser 01, Economising Culture (pp. 191-199) (9 p.). USA: autonomedia.
Schäfer, M.T. (2004). Made by Users. How Users Improve Things, Provide Innovation and Change Our Idea of Culture. In O. Goriunova & A. Shulgin (Eds.), Read_Me, Software Art and Cultures 2004 (pp. 62-77) (16 p.). Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.
  2004 - Other output
  2003 - Other output
M.T. Schaefer (16.01.2003) Cops on Film, Zur Medienrealität des Polizisten
M.T. Schaefer (11.09.2003) Don't believe the Hype!
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Project:
Utrecht Data School
01.01.2013 to 01.01.2021
General project description 

Utrecht Data School is a research platform for investigating datafication in public management, police and security, and the media industry. It is a teaching platform for digital methods, data practices and data visualization. The Utrecht Data School employs entrepreneurial research as a method to immerse into the field where datafication transforms society. Carrying out commissioned research projects for external partners, the members of the Utrecht Data School are deeply embedded in the unfolding transformation of society through emerging data practices.

Role Project Leader
Individual project description

Utrecht Data School is a research platform for investigating datafication in public management, police and security, and the media industry. It is a teaching platform for digital methods, data practices and data visualization. The Utrecht Data School employs entrepreneurial research as a method to immerse into the field where datafication transforms society. Carrying out commissioned research projects for external partners, the members of the Utrecht Data School are deeply embedded in the unfolding transformation of society through emerging data practices.

Funding
External funding: The Utrecht Data School is mostly funded through entrepreneurial research
Project members UU

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Currently dr. M.T. Schäfer teaches the following course(s):
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Additional functions and activities

Principal investigator and project lead at Utrecht Data School

Member of Advisory Board ICT of the Faculty of Humanities

Member of Digital Humanities Committee of the Faculty of Humanities

Member of Data Management Committee of the Faculty of Humanities

Member of advisory board Utrecht media lab SETUP

Member editorial board at Digital Culture & Society

Board member at Foundation Community Service, Rotary Club Utrecht International

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Full name
dr. M.T. Schaefer Contact details
Muntstraat 2-2a

Muntstraat 2-2A
Room T 2.13A
3512 EV  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


Phone number (direct) +31 6 44 620 751
Mobile phone +31 6 44 620 751
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