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Dr Adam Fish

Senior Lecturer

Adam Fish

Bowland North



Tel: +44 1524 592699

Research overview

Adam Fish is cultural anthropologist, video producer, and senior lecturer in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University. 

He employs ethnographic and creative methods to investigate how media technology and political power interconnect. Using theories from political economy and new materialism, he examines digital industries and digital activists. 

His book Technoliberalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) describes his ethnographic research on the politics of internet video in Hollywood and Silicon Valley. His co-authored book After the Internet (Polity, 2017) reimagines the internet from the perspective of grassroots activists and citizens on the margins of political and economic power.

He is presently working on a book about hacktivist prosecution called Hacker States and a book and experimental video called System Earth Cable about "elemental media"--atmospheric and undersea information infrastructures in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Iceland, and Indonesia. This project deploys drones to map the undersea fibre optical cable system as seen here at Landeyjasandur, Iceland.

From 2017-2018 he is a Leverhulme Research Fellow conducting research titled "Opening the Droncode: The Privatisation of Urban Airspace," which will have him working in both the United Kingdom and Indonesia on atmospheric technologies such as drones, balloons, and satellites.

From 2015-2017 he conducted ethnographic research into data centers and undersea cable landing infrastructure in the North Atlantic. See a draft of the experimental drone documentary here. This research was funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, COST Action IS1202, and other sources.

From 2013-2015 he was a co-primary investigator on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council grant, "3DaROC: 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital," which analysed peer-to-peer and other forms of networked money lending.

From 2010-2012 he was a researcher at UCLA for the National Science Foundation funded project, “Public Engagement in Networked Virtual Organizations and its effects on Discovery and Innovation" (grant #1025569), which analysed and compared forms of amateur and citizen digital participatory culture.

Before joining academia, he was a documentary producer for three years producing 15 shorts for US, UK, Irish, and Italian television and a federal and tribal archaeologist for ten years working to preserve the cultural heritage of Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. 

PhD supervision

I am happy to collaborate with students with any of the following research interests: cultural anthropology, digital culture, internet, television, journalism, social media, convergence, media industries, media activism, indigenous media, media policy, social justice movements, digital money, democracy, start-up culture, culture industries, critical theory, neoliberalism, ethnographic methods, experimental field methods, the public sphere, and video and television production.

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