Monika Halkort is assistant professor of multimedia journalism and social communication at the Department of Communication Arts.
Her research explores the social life of data and focuses in particular on the relationship between digital infrastructures and political claim making in the context of social struggle and humanitarian governance. Her most recent work examines the bio politics of digital circulation in post conflict situations and how they facilitate and/or undermine struggles for political autonomy and self-determination among stateless populations and disenfranchised groups. The main geographic focus of her work is the Arab World.
Prior to her academic career Monika Halkort has worked as a broadcast journalist in Austria, Germany and the USA, producing award-winning radio and television documentaries for Public and Private Networks. Since the late 1990s, her media work has included web broadcasting, multi-screen video installations, and database driven narratives.
- Monika Halkort (2016) ‘The Geopolitics of the Cloud’ in Scores, 10/16, Tanzquartier Wien.
- Monika Halkort (2016) ‘Liquefying Social Capital. The Bio-politics of Digital Circulation in a Palestinian Refugee Camp’, in Tecnoscienza, Nr. 13, 7(2).
- Book Review of Diana Allen (2015),Refugees of the Revolution, Experiences of Palestinians in Exile, Stanford University Press
- Monika Halkort (2015) “Expressive Sovereignty” in Zyman, D. (2015) Amar Kanwar. The Sovereign Forest, Sternberg Press, Berlin, Germany
- On the Political Economy of Data in a Palestinian Refugee Camp. Working Paper for the Issam Fares Institute, American University, Beirut, 2013.
- ‘Rebuilding Nahr el Bared’ in Conflict in Cities, Open Democracy, London, 2013.
- 'Die verhinderte Stadt. Wiederaufbau im nordlibanesischen Flüchtlingslager Nahr el Bared‘ in IZ3W Dossier: Urbanisierung und Stadt für alle, IZ3W Issue 332, October 2012, pp. 22-23.
- Metric Power: Rethinking Data Infrastructures from the Margins of the State. Paper presented at the Data Power 2017 Conference, Ottawa Canada
- Making Sense of Data, Lecture at the Media Literacy Summer Camp, 2016 at LAU Beirut
- The Ethics of Data Driven Participatory Research. Lecture at the workshop Towards Engaged and Responsible Research: The Case of the Palestinian Refugee Camps of Lebanon, May 5 -7th 2016, Institute for Palestine Studies, Beirut, Lebanon.
- Collectivity as Speculative Practice. Lecture at The Denormalising Bodies, Rehearsing Citizenship Symposium at Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, February 11, 2016 Beirut
- The Body as Data Object. On the Informational Dimension of Border Regimes. Lecture at The Bodies of Evidence, an artistic-theoretical conference on bodies, borders, and movement, January 14 – 17, 2016 at DOCH/Stockholm University of Arts and Tensta konsthall.
- Expressive Sovereignty. Paper presented at Authority & Political Technologies: Power in a World of Becoming, University of Warwick, UK. 2014
- The social life of data. Case study in a Palestinian Refugee Camp. Paper presented at The Social Life of Information Workshop, Center for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS)/ SARAI Program, New Delhi, India. 2014
- The geopolitics of the cloud. On the scalability of the body in the age of planetary computing. Lecture at SCORES No 7, an artistic-theoretical parcours on the choreography of territories, Tanzqartier Vienna, Austria. 2013
- Information. Participation. Critique. Lecture on the role of data in participatory planning at City Debates Conference, American University Beirut, Lebanon. 2013
- Counting versus Narration. Paper presented at the conference Inverted Worlds, Orient Institute Beirut, Lebanon. 2012
- Counterfeit Citizenship. Paper presented at the Opening the Boundaries of Citizenship Conference, Open University, UK, February 6 -7, 2012. Also, paper presented at the annual Conference of the Palestine Society at the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), March 6th 2011.
- Performing Property. Paper presented at the SWANA Lecture series, London School of Economics (LSE) and Goldsmiths College London UK. 2011
- Rethinking the Archive. The Database as Political Form. Paper presented at the workshop Contested Spaces, University of Copenhagen in collaboration with the Department of Research Architecture of Goldsmiths College, London, UK. 2011
- Tentworks. Paper on temporary spaces and mobile infrastructures in the city. Presented at 98 Weeks, a project space and workshop series on research based art and media production, Beirut, Lebanon. 2010