My research explores the intersection of technology, language and culture in contemporary media forms within a global context. I am currently working on my first monograph, which explores historical and philosophical ways to engage with Google’s search engine. The project draws from a range of disciplines, for example Information Retrieval, Computer Science, Law, and New Media, and places the current discourse regarding search engines within a wider cultural and philosophical context. In doing so, I frame contemporary issues within digital culture as part of longer history of technological engagement: by looking to Plato, medieval mnemonic techniques, twentieth-century science of cognition and building on contemporary critical theory my research demonstrates that many of the current issues surrounding search engines are not new, while highlighting some of the aspects that make Google’s impact unique.
More broadly, my research aims to develop frameworks for attending to algorithmic cultures that facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and shared research methods.