Current Students (Starting 2012)

Moritz Altenried

Moritz Altenried has a BA in Political Science from the Freie Universitšt Berlin and an MA in Cultural Studies from Goldsmiths where he graduated in 2010 with a dissertation on the spatiality of the biopolitical in and beyond Foucault.
His PhD research discusses the political economy of the internet with a focus on value and valorisation and its reconfiguration in the context of contemporary digital capitalism. Through an analysis of various forms of digital labour, the material and logistical nature of digital infrastructure and circulation, as well as new forms algorithmic accumulation the project looks at how production and valorisation work within the digital factory. Interests include materialist political theory and political economy, new media and information, digital labour and algorithmic computation.

Sarah Howard

Sarah has a BA in History and English, and an MA in Rights and Development, both from Goldsmiths. She has worked for a variety of non-governmental organisations in the UK and the Horn of Africa, and spent over five years in Ethiopia since 1998.
Her PhD research will focus on sanitation promotion in rural Ethiopia, to look at what happens at local level when imported development schemes that want to produce 'empowered' self-governing citizens who can manage their own development meet a hierarchical model of civic participation tied to the state, in which development is seen as a reciprocal obligation rather than a right. The research will investigate the intersections of different levels of power in the project (from central state and its interactions with the apparatus of international development, to indigenous local organisations down to the household), the forms of inequality it challenges or generates (gender, age, social status, religion), and the actions and critical reflections of the people who are the targets of the intervention.

Yari Lanci

Yari Lanci obtained a BA in 'Lingue e Letterature Straniere' (Università degli Studi di Napoli 'L'Orientale') and an MA in Cultural Studies (Goldsmiths College, University of London).
His research project focuses on current transformations of human conflict studied through an analysis of how the concept of war, as a fundamental discursive category of modern political thought, has changed over the years. The aims of this research are: to investigate the ways in which the discourse of war continues to invest our global order; to trace the genealogy of a series of different literatures centred around the notions of war and peace in order to go beyond them by pointing out the connection between contemporary forms of conflict and the economic mechanisms which generate them; to expose different ways in which this discourse remains central for our understanding of contemporary politics.

Agata Pacho

Agata completed her BA at Goldsmiths University of London in Media and Sociology and her MA in Gender and Culture also at Goldsmiths. Throughout her studies, she has been pursuing her interest in feminist theory and queer studies.
Agata's doctoral project explores multiple ways in which HIV care is practiced in a North London clinic. She is looking at how doctor-patient relations are being shaped by the main trends of epidemic as well as by available drugs and other technologies. She focuses on the processes of HIV normalisation which refers to treating HIV infection like any other infectious disease within the requirements of informed consent and respect for confidentiality. Agata is investigating effects those processes have on the experiences of living with HIV and the changing role of the clinic. Her research methodology is rooted within the field of Science and Technology Studies and its intersections with medical sociology. The project was awarded with Phil Strong Memorial Prize by The British Sociological Association in 2011.

Ville Takala

Ville Takala completed his BA at the University of Helsinki in Sociology and his MSc at the University of York in Sociology and Computing before joining Goldsmiths in September 2012.
His PhD research looks at the construction and use of geodemographic neighbourhood segmentation software in the capital of Finland, Helsinki. The research design involves a range of qualitative investigative techniques combined with an engagement with the quantitative techniques that underpin the construction of geodemographic classifications. Although primarily sociological in orientation the project also draws upon and engages with social geography, science and technology studies, and broader methodical issues across the social sciences.