Asta Vonderau

Professor at the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg

conducts research in fields such as Anthropology of Governmentality and Policy as well as Energy Politics and Ressources, and is developing a methodological toolbox for anthropological research of/in data saturated worlds. Empirically, Asta's research has mainly focussed on actual political and economic developments in Europe, including investigations on postsocialist transformation processes, the social effects of EU policies and standards in various local contexts as well as on the relations between global (IT) industries and urban change. Her most recent research project investigated the implementation of cloud infrastructure data center industry in Sweden. Currently, she is beginning a study on the transition from coal mining to renewable energy production and the making of post extractive futures in the former industrial cities in Germany. 


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Selected Publications

with with Hogan, Mél (eds.) (2019). The Nature of Data Centers. Special issue, Culture Machine Generating Reserach in Culture and Theory 18 (N.N.).

(2019). "Storing Data, Infrastructuring the Air: Thermocultures of the Cloud." In: The Nature of Data Centers, Special Issue of Culture Machine. Generating Reserach in Culture and Theory 18 (N.N.).

(2018). "Scaling the Cloud: Making State and Infrastructure in Sweden." In: Ethnos. Journal of Anthropology, May 2018.

(2017). "Technologies of Imagination: Locating the Cloud in Sweden’s North." In: Location and Dislocation: Geographies of Digital Data, edited by Alix Johnson and Mél Hogan, Imaginations: Journal of Cross-cultural Image Studies, 8 (2).