MARIA ERIKSSON

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CURRENT POSITION

December 2019--(ongoing). Postdoctoral fellow at Humlab, Umeå University. My postdoc position takes place within the interdisciplinary research project European History Reloaded: Curation and Appropriation of Digital Audiovisual Heritage. The project is a collaboration between scholars at Utrecht University, the Institute of Contemporary History in Prague, and Umeå University. Visit webpage.

May 2019--(ongoing). Guest lecturer/visiting scholar at the Department of Arts, Media and Philosophy, Basel University.

PREVIOUS POSITIONS

2014-2019. Doctoral Candidate in Media and Communication Studies. Department of Culture and Media Studies, Umeå University. My PhD position had a digital humanities profile and was funded by the Swedish Research Council as part of a 5-year interdisciplinary research project entitled Streaming Cultural Heritage: Following Files in Digital Music Distribution. I defended my dissertation with the title Online Music Distribution and the Unpredictability of Software Logistics at Umeå University on November 22, 2019. Supervisors: Pelle Snickars (Umeå University) and Patrick Vonderau (Martin Luther University, Halle).

2014-2019. Affiliated researcher at Humlab, Umeå University. My primary work at Humlab involved organizing seminars, workshops, and conferences.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Media logistics/infrastructure

Media anthropology

Media archaeology

Software studies

Digital methods

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

2012--2014. Master's degree in Social Anthropology. Stockholm University. Thesis title: Re-making Film -- Creativity and Meaning in the Production and Circulation of Pirate Copied Film. Supervisor: Paula Uimonen.

2009-2012. Bachelor's degree in Social Anthropology. Stockholm University. Thesis title: Lines Filled with Meaning - A Ritual Analysis of the Use of Diagrams in Economic Education. Supervisor: Anette Nyqvist.

2008-2014. Finished independent courses on graduate and master's level: Cultural Geography (60 ECTS), Gender studies (15 ECTS), Typography and Layout (6 ECTS), Art history (8 ECTS), Literature History (7,5 ECTS), Business Economics (6 ECTS).

PUBLICATIONS

2020. The Editorial Playlist as Container Technology: Notes on the Logistical Role of Digital Music Packages. Journal of Cultural Economy.

2020. "My Library Has Just Been Obliterated": Producing New Norms of Use Via Software Updates. Co-written together with Fabio Morreale in Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Received an Honorable Mention Award and was ranked among the top5% of the 2283 articles that were submitted to the CHI 2020 conference.

2019. Online Music Distribution and the Unpredictability of Software Logistics. Dissertation submitted to Umeå University in accordance with the requirements of the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities. Umeå: Cityprint i Norr AB.

2019. Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music. Co-written together with Rasmus Fleischer, Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars, and Patrick Vonderau for MIT Press.

2018. Unpacking Online Streams. APRJA 7(1), special issue on Research Values.

2018. "Keep Smiling!": Time, Functionality and Intimacy in Spotify's Featured Playlists. Co-written together with Anna Johansson. Cultural Analysis 16, special issue on The Inheritance of the Digital: Ethnographic Approaches to Everyday Realities In, Of, and Through Digital Technologies.

2017. Tracking Gendered Streams. Co-written together with Anna Johansson inCulture Unbound 9(2), special issue on Spotify and Digital Methods.

2016. Close Reading Big Data: The Echo Nest and the Production of (Rotten)Music Metadata. First Monday 19(2).

2016. A Different Kind of Story: Tracing Regulations and Narrations of the Re-Birth of Pirate-Copied Films. Tecnoscienza, Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies 7(1), special issue on Digital Circulation: The Digital Life of Things and Media Technologies.

2016. Review of Richard Roger's book Digital Methods. Nordicom Information 38(3). [In Swedish]

PEER REVIEW UNDERTAKINGS

2020. Norsk Medietidskrift. Special issue on the relationship between music and media in the digital age.

2020. Popular Music & Society. Special issue on Music, Digitalization and Democracy.

2018. View: Journal of European Television History and Culture. Special issue on Audiovisual Data in the Digital Humanities.

GUEST EDITORSHIPS

2019--(ongoing). Internet Histories. Special issue on the Genealogies of Online Content Identification, together with Guillaume Heuguet (Sorbonne Nouvelle). Link.

2017. Culture Unbound. Special issue on Spotify and digital methods, together with Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars, Rasmus Fleischer and Patrick Vonderau. Link.

TEACHING

/// BASEL UNIVERSITY

My teaching in Basel is connected to the Seminar for Media Studies under Markus Krajewski's professorship. It has involved (or is planned to involve) the following courses/seminars:

2020. Music, Power and Digital Technology. Spring semester. The course/seminar has roughly 20 students and involves 2 hours of scheduled teaching per week. Course description: The aim of this seminar is to explore and critically discuss how digital technologies shape people's ways of interacting with music online. Since the 1990s, the distribution of music has increasingly moved into the digital domain, and music applications such as Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube now play a significant role in regulating how audiences reach music. How are digital platforms for music similar and/or different from the distributive systems that came before them? What cultural ideas and norms are built into online services for music, and how do they shape listener's ways of finding, enjoying, and engaging with music? What role do formats, protocols, and compression techniques play in deciding how music moves and circulates in the online domain? And what happens when important decisions regarding music are increasingly outsourced to algorithms, software technologies, and 'intelligent' machines? In the seminar, we will discuss topics such as the politics of music recommendation systems, the cultural and financial dynamics of music interface design, and the hidden means by which user data is monetized and transformed into value on online platforms for music.

2020. History and Theory of Information Filters. Fall semester. Course description to be announced.

/// UMEÅ UNIVERSITY

Total amount of teaching hours: 911 hours. All of my courses have given students 7,5 ECTS and been taught at the department of Culture and Media Studies at Umeå University. I have finalized one course in pedagogics entitled Teaching in Higher Education, organized by the Centre for Educational Development at Umeå University (Sep-Oct 2015). In detail, my teaching at Umeå University has consisted of the following courses:

2017-2019. Methods for Exploring Digital Environments. Spring semester. Role: Lecturer, seminar host and assisting examiner. Graduate level. 120 teaching hours in total. Lectured on qualitative methods and digital ethnography. Picked out course literature, designed written student assignments, moderated forum discussions, planned/recorded three online lectures, and assisted in student examinations.

2015-2018. Digital and Social Media. Campus course. Fall semester. Role: Lecturer, seminar host and assisting examiner. Undergraduate level. 340 teaching hours in total. Planned and held lectures + seminars on algorithmic knowledge production, big data, digital materiality, and (digital) media infrastructures. Also assisted in the examination of students. Was appointed course coordinator in fall 2018.

2016-2018. Digital and Social Media. Online course. Fall semester. Role: Lecturer, seminar host and assisting examiner. Undergraduate level. 130 teaching hours in total. Lectured on the use of social media within private/public organizations. Also moderated online seminars and assisted in student examinations. Was appointed course coordinator in fall 2018.

2018. Communication and Media Analysis I, Scientific method. Spring semester. Role: Lecturer, seminar host and assisting examiner. Undergraduate level. 127 teaching hours in total. Lectured on the theory and history of science and planned, organized and held seminars on the same topic.

2016-2018. Communication and Media Analysis II, Scientific Method. Fall semester. Role: Lecturer. Undergraduate level. 64 teaching hours in total. Was co-responsible for the design and execution of a course section on interviewing techniques, which also included student supervision.

2015-2016 + 2018. Journalism, Media & Communication. Spring semester. Role: Supervisor and assisting examiner. Undergraduate level. 130 teaching hours in total. Supervised six to eight students each year in their B-level thesis work and assisted in student examinations. The topic of my student's essays has for example included gender representations in computer games, young adult's risk-assessments in online dating, and the effects of digitization on music consumption.

POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILTY

By election:

2016--2018. Chair. Doctoral Candidate Association (Humdok) at the Faculty of Arts, Umeå University. Scope: 10% work time.

2016--2018. Board member. Humlab Board (Digital Humanities Lab) at the Faculty of Arts, Umeå University.

2016--2018. Board member. Faculty Board at the Faculty of Arts,Umeå University.

2015--2016 + 2018--2019. Board member. Doctoral Candidate Association (Humdok) at the Faculty of Arts, Umeå University.

2015--2016. Doctoral candidate representative. Committee of Employment, Faculty of Arts, Umeå University.

As the chair of the Doctoral Candidate Association at the Faculty of Arts, Umeå University (Humdok) some of my primary contributions have been to 1) defend the interests of about 120 doctoral candidates at the highest decision-making bodies within the faculty, 2) improve Humdok's communication by launching the webpage www.humdok.com and switching Humdok's internal and external language to English, 3) initiate, plan and moderate a lunch seminar series called "Dagens" with 12 invited speakers during 2016 and 2017, 4) initiate, lead and coordinate the implementation of three surveys: one concerning doctoral candidates and teaching, one concerning work environment issues among doctoral students, and one concerning the Faculty of Arts Doctoral College (FADC) at Umeå University, and 5) improve policies and regulations regarding sick-leave compensation and the assignment of teaching hours for doctoral candidates.

As a board member of Humlab, the Committee of Employment, and the Faculty Board, I took part in strategic planning, oversaw financial issues, dealt with questions regarding recruitments, and provided input on other matters of importance within the Faculty.

ATTENDED POSTGRADUATE COURSES

2019. Digital Media, logistics and infrastructure (5 ECTS). Where: Umeå University. Type: Reading course. Examiner: Pelle Snickars. When: June - October.

2019. Methods in the Digital Humanities (1,5 ECTS). Where: Umeå University. Type: Reading course. Examiner: Pelle Snickars. When: June -- November.

2018. Transmediale PhD Workshop: Research Values (5 ECTS). Where: Potsdam & Berlin, Germany. Teaching professors: Geoff Cox (Aarhus), Christoffer Gansing (Transmediale), Daphne Dragona (Transmediale), Christian Ulrik Andersen (Aarhus), Marie-Luise Angerer (Potsdam), Winnie Soon (Aarhus), Magda Tyzlik-Carver (Aarhus), Søren Pold (Aarhus). Organizers: Brandenburg Center for Media Studies, Transmediale & Aarhus University. When: January 29 -- February 4.

2017. Career management and the documentation of merits (2,5ECTS). Where: Umeå University. Organizer: Faculty of Arts Doctoral College. When: January 1 -- May 19

2016. 2nd Leuphana Summer School in Digital Cultures. Where: Luneburg, Germany. Teaching professors: Christopher Kelty (UCLA), Gabriella Coleman (McGill), Paula Bialski (Leuphana), Seth Schoen (Electronic Frontier Foundation), Claudio Guarnieri (Amnesty International). Organizer: Leuphana University. When: August 28 -- September 2.

2016. Social studies of algorithms (7,5 ECTS). Where: Stockholm, Sweden. Teaching professors: Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths), Nick Seaver (Tufts), Andrea S. Ballestero (Rice), Baki Cakici (Goldsmiths), Philip Roscoe (St Andrews), Dennis Broeders (Erasmus Rotterdam), Francis Lee (Linköping), Lotta Björklund Larsen (Linköping). Organizer: Algorithm Network, Uppsala & Linköping University. When: July 3-8.

2016. Spring School: Media, Private Sphere and Daily Life (7,5 ECTS). Where: Lisbon, Portugal. Teaching professors: Verónica Policarpo (Católica), Göran Bolin (Södertörn), Sofia Johansson (Södertörn), Deborah Chambers (Newcastle)Organizer: Södertörn University & Universidade Católica Portuguesa. Reading course examined at Umeå University. When: April 11-15.

2015. Media Methods (7,5 ECTS). Where, Umeå University, Sweden. Teaching professor: Pelle Snickars (Umeå). Organizer: Department of Media and Communication Studies, Umeå University. When: August 28 -- November 4.

2015. Media History (7,5 ECTS). Where: Umeåm, Lund and Uppsala University. Teaching professors: Pelle Snickars (Umeå),Marie Cronqvist (Lund). Organizer: Department of Media and Communication Studies at Umeå & Lund University, Sweden. When: February 4 -- March 27.

2014. Media Theory (7,5 ECTS). Where: Umeå University. Teaching professor: Pelle Snickars (Umeå). Organizer: Department of Media and Communication Studies. When: September 3 -- December 17.

2014. Elements of the Research Process (5 ECTS). Where: Umeå University, Sweden. Teaching professor: Britta Lundgren, Annelie Bränström. Organizer: The faculty of arts at Umeå University. When: September 3 -- October 22.

OTHER ENGAGEMENTS

2017. Visiting scholar. Swedish Institute in Rome, Italy. February 6-13.

2017--2019. Co-founder. Humlab's Tech-Breakfast series; a bi-monthly seminar that focuses on media technologies and digital methods. Founded together with Fredrik Norén, Johan Jarlbrink and Moa Sandström.

2016. Co-organizer. Staff conference in Berlin for the department of media and communication studies in Umeå. Arranged together with André Baltz.

ACQUIRED FUNDING/SCHOLARSHIPS

75 000 SEK. Scholarship to visit Basel University as a guest researcher in the period May-October 2019. Awarded by the Faculty of Arts, Umeå University.

6 000 SEK. Travel funds to attend a Ph.D. course in Lisbon, Portugal. Awarded by the Kempe Foundation.

3 700 SEK. Funds to arrange a student seminar with a representative from the UN/UNDP's communication office in Stockholm. Awarded by the Department of Culture and Media Studies at Umeå University.

Tot. 84 700 SEK

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR)

Sensorium -- Aesthetic Media AnArchaeology

Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries (DHN)

Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS)

Music Focused Interdisciplinary Research & Analysis Center (MIRAC)