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Maya Indira Ganesh

Course Co-leader (MSt) | Senior Research Fellow


Maya Indira Ganesh is Course Co-leader (MSt) of the Master of AI Ethics and Society programme at CFI.  She is a media and digital cultures theorist, researcher, and writer who has worked with arts and cultural organisations, academia, and NGOs. Maya transitioned to academia after working as a feminist researcher with international NGOs on gender justice, technology, and freedom of expression. Hence her work has consistently brought questions of power, justice, and global inequality to those of the body, the digital, and knowledge.

In 2021 Maya submitted her Dr.phil dissertation in Cultural Sciences (‘Kulturwissenschaften’) at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany. Inspired by Baradian and Foucauldian notions of apparatuses, her research traces the material and discursive vectors in meaning-making and knowledge-production that bring AI/autonomous systems into being as putatively ‘ethical’, ‘autonomous’, or ‘intelligent’. This work grapples with the case of the driverless car that exists simultaneously as a 20th century automobile, planetary-scale computational infrastructures, and AI/robot imaginaries. Maya’s dissertation investigates what initiatives for governance of such a complex technology implies for human social relations, spaces, and bodies. Hence, a central concern in this and in her other works is that of the shifting and unstable place of human communities in highly data-fied, digital, and nonhuman worlds.

She continues to write and speak about digital culture, and be associated with feminist NGOs, and media arts and cultural festivals and communities. A full list of her writing, projects, and networks can be found here

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