Core group:

Kristin Veel, Associate Professor, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. KV’s research has since her PhD (Cambridge 2008) focussed on the imprints of information and communications technology on contemporary culture. She has published extensively on database culture, surveillance and transparency. Since 2013 she has worked on the project Calm Surveillance (FKK grant/Sapere Aude). Also she is co-organiser of the research network Negotiating (In)VisibilitiesShe has published the monograph Narrative Negotiations: Information Structures in Literary Fiction (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2009) and is co-editor of the collected volumes The Cultural Life of Crises and Catastrophes (de Gruyter, 2012) and Invisibility Studies: Surveillance, Transparency and the Hidden in Contemporary Culture (Peter Lang, 2015). KV is PI on the Uncertain Archives project and is in particular interested in the intersections of narrative theory and the epistemological and hermeneutical implications of big data archives.

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Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, Postdoc, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. NT’s PhD (Copenhagen, 2014) examines the form and function of mass digitization projects from a macro-political and cultural political perspective. Dominant themes in her dissertation are notions of network power, cultural memory, the public sphere and privacy. The Uncertain Archives project will build upon NT’s extensive expertise in the field of big data, while her component allows her to develop her thinking about the centrality of algorithms as a new form of information governance, in order to examine their logic and cultural/discursive framing: on the one hand as simple and neutral mathematical formulations, and on the other as powerful and often black-boxed forms of control.

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Daniela Agostinho, Postdoc, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. DA's PhD research (Lisbon, 2014) discussed the relation between visibility, archival reason and disciplinary power through the photographic records of Ravensbrück women's concentration camp. Before joining Uncertain Archives as a postdoc, DA was a Lecturer in the MA in PhD programs in Culture Studies at Catholic University of Portugal. She was the executive coordinator of the Lisbon Consortium and of the Culture@Work network with MACBA and IKK (Culture programme). She is founding editor of Diffractions – Graduate Journal for the Study of Culture and co-editor of the volume Panic and Mourning. The Cultural Work of Trauma (de Gruyter, 2012). Within Uncertain Archives she will be working on visual governmentality, the politics of data visualization, and in particular on real-time and animated dataviz of contemporary warfare.

Affiliated members:

Annie Ring, School of European Language, Culture & Society, University College London.  AR is the author of the monograph After the Stasi, which is forthcoming with Bloomsbury in 2015. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2012, and Recent publications include essays on Kafka and pleasure, on the critical spectatorship of porn in recent Austrian fiction and film, and on the (w)hole in the archive.

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Anders Søgaard, Centre for Language Technology. AS has carried out groundbreaking research on the algorithms that underlie machine translations such as Google Translate and he continues to work on issues concerned with natural language processing, machine learning, and philosophy of science. For Uncertain Archives, AS and the CST will develop software on the basis of select sections of the Wikileaks archives, which can be regarded as a prime example of an uncertain archive. The results will provide empirical material both for academic publication and for release in the planned newspaper articles. Moreover, the aim of our collaboration with CST and AS is to provide the group with a forum that can deepen our understanding of the technology underlying the theoretical and cultural effects that Uncertain Archives addresses. 

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Catherine D'Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization in the Journalism Department at Emerson College, a Fellow at the Engagement Lab and a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media. Her work focuses on data literacy, feminist technology and civic art.  D'Ignazio has co-developed a suite of tools for data literacy (, developed custom software to geolocate news articles and designed an application, "Terra Incognita", to promote global news discovery. She also co-organized the MIT "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck" Hackathon. Her art and design projects have won awards from the Tanne Foundation,, the LEF Foundation, and Dream It, Code It, Win It. Her work has been exhibited at the Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, Museo d’Antiochia of Medellin, and the Venice Biennial. For Uncertain Archives, Catherine D'Ignazio and Mushon Zer-Aviv are beginning production of "The Visual Catalog of Uncertainty in Data", an online archive and illustrated book. From Anonymization to Queerness; from Deep Uncertainty to Type I Error; this project seeks to log all/some of the ways that we can be wrong with data. They invite submissions of "types of uncertainty" to be described, explained and visually illustrated for the volume.
Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld, Postdoc, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen. In her artistic research PhD Time in the Making: Rehearsing Reparative Critical Practices (Copenhagen, 2015), KDH explored how to transform the reparative critical practice (Sedgwick 2003) from a performative and literary hermeneutic practice, towards artistic practices and a digital image in itself. Through the production of multichannel video installation KDH argues that the reparative critical practice styles new forms of subjectivity through a complex engagement with affect, materiality and time. For Uncertain Archives KHD will develop the video essay Pixels that Matter, Or, Data Gift, Data Theft (work title). Paraphrasing Judith Butler’s books Bodies that Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex and Frames of War KDH KDH will continue to explore questions of reparation in relation to the material, temporal and affective aspects of digitization of archival material, to explore the following question: Who counts as a pixel? & When is a pixel grievable? KDH will explore these questions in relation to the current digitization of The Danish National Archive’s contested material, which Denmark gathered during its 250 years as a colonial power and trader of enslaved people in the US Virgin Islands (Previously the Danish West Indies from 1691 – 1917). 

Kristoffer Ørum is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and organiser based in Denmark. Through lectures, internet projects, exhibitions, interventions and teaching it is his goal to explore the many complex narratives of the everyday. He hopes to challenge existing systems of knowledge and technology through deliberate misunderstanding and misreading of these narratives. In this effort he draws equally from abundant sources of pseudo-scientific knowledge and established critical theory in an attempt to create new associations and narratives for familiar objects and phenomena. Ranging from the complexity of the internet, or economic terms, to the labels of store bought products.

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Pepita Hesselberth is a research fellow at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, and Assistant Professor Film and Literary Studies at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Her research interests revolve around questions concerning the production of subjectivity and the fabric of the social within our increasingly global, networked, and media-saturated world. She is the author of Cinematic Chonotopes (Bloomsbury 2014), and, together with Maria Poulaki, the editor of Compact Cinematics: The Moving Image in the Age of Bit-Sized Media (Bloomsbury 2016). She is currently working on her project on Disconnectivity in the Digital Age, for which she received a two-year fellowship from the Danish Council for Independent Research.

Ekaterina Kalinina is a postdoctoral researcher at Department of Art and Cultural Studies  at  Copenhagen University, Denmark. She completed her Media and Communication Studies with the project ‘Mediated post-Soviet nostalgia’ at  Södertörn  University, Sweden. She  worked as a  research  fellow  at Swedish  National Defence  University  researching on the  questions  of  Russian  patriotism, biopolitics, nostalgia and national identity. Ekaterina Kalinina is also actively engaged in practice based research and works as a project manager at the Swedish organization Nordkonst, where she manages cultural projects and conducts research on cross-cultural artistic practices and intercultural communication. She is currently finishing her project on Hip Hop culture in Russia. She is also a founding member of the International Media and Nostalgia Network. Her current project ‘Uncertainty of Digital Archives: Exploring nostalgia and civic engagement’ investigates the role of affective mnemonic experiences, such as nostalgia, in triggering social mobilisation in digital and physical environments.