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Hamid Ekbia

Informatics West 229, (812) 856-9115

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington
  • M.S., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.S., Iran

Region of Interest

  • Middle East
  • Iran

Research Topics

  • Drones and other military technologies
  • Global political economy
  • Social informatics
  • Artificial intelligence

Research Summary

My work focuses on mediation, that is, on the processes through which objects and meanings are transformed in hybrid networks of interaction. In particular, I want to understand how technologies mediate interactions among individuals, organizations, and collectives. I find traditional representational accounts of such relationships inadequate and philosophically misguided. In my view, the modern digital information and communication technologies (ICT) present the latest, and perhaps the most radical, example of an historical trend in which relationships among human beings have become increasingly mediated through cultural and institutional artifacts. This turns the question of mediation into a pressing one.

Representative Publications

  • Ekbia, H. (under review). The Political Economy of Exploitation in a Network World. The Information Society.
  • Ekbia, H. & Sawhney, H. (under review). Reason, Resistance, and Reversal: Metaphors of Technology in Design and Law. Social Analysis.
  • Ekbia, H. & Suri, V.R. (2013). Of Dustbowl Ballads and Railroad Tables: Erudite Enactments in Historical Inquiry. Information & Culture. 48(2): 260-278.
  • Ekbia, H. & Suri, V.R. (under revision). Spatial Mediations in Historical Understanding: GIS and the Evolving Epistemic Practices of History. Journal of American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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