Keynote speakers

Amira Hanafi

Amira Hanafi is a poet, cultural worker, and artist working with language as a material. Their work uses systems, games, performance, and publishing to bring together communities of real and fictional characters who speak, interact, and sometimes exchange identities. Amira’s work has been shown widely online and in offline spaces around the world, most recently at the 5th International Biennale of Casablanca and at Les Abattoirs Musée in Toulouse, France. She is the author of the books Forgery (Green Lantern Press, 2011) and Minced English (2010), a number of limited edition print works, and a growing number of works of electronic literature, including as part of the transdisciplinary project A dictionary of the revolution, which won the Public Library Prize for Electronic Literature, the New Media Writing Prize, and the Artraker Award for Changing the Narrative. Amira is currently Writer in Residence at Coastal Carolina University, where they teach creative writing and work on projects that aim to constitute language for fluid identities and border-crossing bodies.


CreaTures Glossary, website, 2021.

A dictionary of the revolution, website, 2018.

Forgery, Green Lantern Press, 2011.

Minced English, self-published book, 2010.

Jussi Parikka

Aarhus University

Dr Jussi Parikka is Professor in Digital Aesthetics and Culture at Aarhus University in Denmark. He is also visiting professor of at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) and at FAMU at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he leads the project Operational Images and Visual Culture (2019-2023, funded by the Czech Science Foundation). In 2021 he was elected as member of Academia Europaea. His books include Insect Media (2010), Digital Contagions (2007/2016) and A Geology of Media (2015), and A Slow, Contemporary Violence (2016). Recently, he co-edited Photography Off the Scale (2021) and is the co-author of The Lab Book: Situated Practices in Media Studies (2022). His book Operational Images is out in Summer 2023. Parikka’s books have been translated into 11 languages including Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Czech, Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Besides his academic work, he works as curator including serving on the curatorial team of Helsinki Biennial 2023 as well as the curator (with Daphne Dragona) of Weather Engines exhibition and curatorial research project (with its second edition in Autumn 2023 at Laboral in Gijon, Spain). Photo taken by Pavlos Fysakis.


Operational Images. From the Visual to the Invisual, University of Minnesota Press, 2023.

The Lab Book: Situated Practices in Media Studies (co-authored with Lori Emerson and Darren Wershler), University of Minnesota Press, 2022.

Remain (co-authored with Rebecca Schneider and Ioana B. Jucan), University of Minnesota Press and Meson Press, 2019.

A Geology of Media, University of Minnesota Press, 2015.

Lori Emerson

Lori Emerson is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Director of the Intermedia Arts, Writing, and Performance Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is also Founding Director of the Media Archaeology Lab. Emerson writes about media poetics as well as the history of computing, media archaeology, media theory, and digital humanities. She is currently working on a cluster of research projects she calls “Other Networks” or histories of telecommunications networks that existed before or outside of the Internet. She is co-author of THE LAB BOOK: Situated Practices in Media Studies” (2022) with Darren Wershler and Jussi Parikka and author of Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). She is also co-editor of three collections: The Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media, with Marie-Laure Ryan and Benjamin Robertson (2014); Writing Surfaces: The Selected Fiction of John Riddell, with Derek Beaulieu (Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2013); and The Alphabet Game: a bpNichol Reader, with Darren Wershler (Coach House Books, 2007).


“Six (Difficult and Inconvenient) Values to Reclaim the Future with Old Media", The Bloomsbury Handbook to the Digital Humanities. Ed. James O’Sullivan, Routledge, 2022.

“The Net Has Never Been Neutral”, 2021.

“Alternative Internets and Their Lost Histories", Los Angeles Review of Books, 2021.

“‘Did We Dream Enough?’ THE THING BBS As An Experiment in Social-Cyber Sculpture”, Rhizome, 2020.