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Nanna Bonde Thylstrup

Nanna Bonde Thylstrup


Nanna Bonde Thylstrup works on the politics of digitization, the uncertainty of archival constructions and the epistemology of algorithms.

She is currently writing a book for MIT Press on the politics of mass digitization.

The books is based on her PhD dissertation (2014) which examined the changing paradigms of cultural memory politics as it enters the digital environment. 

Currently, Nanna is affiliated with two major research projects at the University of Copenhagen. The first, Uncertain Archives, is a project that seeks to deploy and develop traditional and poststructuralist archival theories to big data environments. The second, The Past's Future, examines the educational role of cultural memory institutions in the digital age.


Current research

In my current research I examine big data environments through cultural theories of the archive and how big data creates new regimes of interaction and interpretation. I focus on data infrastructures, and I am in particular interested in how data regimes create new cultural techniques of archiving, regulating, interpreting and retrieving.

Primary fields of research

My main areas of interest are cultural theory, media theory and history, history of technology and science, postcolonial theory, feminist theory and queer theory. 


I enjoy supervising BA and MA theses. My primary field of expertise is digital culture but I have supervised successfully in other areas too, hereunder the politics of afro-futurism, the affects of childrens literature, the ethics of participative documentaries, postcolonial methodologies, social media aesthetics and the semiotics of emojis. 

I have compiled and taught/will teach the following courses:

  • 2016: Big data archives: the politics of colonial archives (MA Level). With Daniela Agostinho.
  • 2014: The politics of mass digitization (MA level) 
  • 2011: Cultural policy. With Peter Duelund 


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