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Monika Halkort


Multimedia Journalism


Assistant Professor, Digital Media and Social Communication

Contact Data:

Email: monika.halkort@lau.edu.lb
Twitter: @JSC224mo
URL: https://lau.academia.edu/MonikaHalkort
Office: Nicol 515 - Ext: 1521 - Beirut Campus


Ph.D. in Sociology of Media and Information Technology
MA in Social Research
BSc in Social & Cultural Studies

  • Monika Halkort’s research explores the intersectional dynamics of racialization, dispossession and enclosure inhered in digital infrastructures focusing in particular on contexts of political struggle, activism and humanitarian governance. Key themes include the coloniality and biopolitics of data power and how they affect claims for political autonomy and self-determination of stateless populations and refugees. 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.

    • Publications:

      • Monika Halkort (2019) ‘Dying in the Technosphere. The violence of non-identification of dead and missing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea’, Chapter for a forthcoming book publication by the Human Rights Consortium, University of London
      • Monika Halkort (2019) ‘Decolonizing data relations. On the moral economy of data-sharing in Palestinian Camps in Lebanon. Canadian Journal of Communication, 44 (3), Special Issue on Data Power, Sept 2019
      • 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 Sovereigntyin 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.



      • Digital Subalterns. On the intersectionality of data relations in humanitarian border regimes (2019): Paper presentation at the annual conference of the International Association of Media and Communications Research (IAMCR), Madrid, Spain, July 7 - 11
      • Ecologies of Risk. On the ethical imperatives of geo-spatial intelligence in the Mediterranean Sea. (2019). Paper presentation at the Shenzhen Forum 2019, co-sponsored by the Shenzhen University (SZU) and the National Communications Organization (NCA), Shenzhen China, June 26 – 28.
      • Tactilities of the Posthuman. On the arithmetics of touch in contemporary computational regimes (2019). Keynote Lecture Presentation at the Digital Earth Symposion organized by Ashkal Alwan and Hivos. https://ashkalalwan.org/program.php?category=4&id=384#
      • Decolonizing Data (2018). Paper presented as part of a special panel on Big Data from the Global South, organized by Stefania Milan & Emiliano Trere at the annual Latin American Studies Association Conference, Madrid, May 25th 2018.
      • Colonial Iterations of the Datalogical in Humanitarian Governance (2018). Paper presented at the Crossroads in Cultural Studies, the annual conference of the Cultural Association, Shanghai University, China, 12-15th August 2018.
      • Morphologies of the Refugee City (2017). Paper presented at the Digital Media and Borders: Infrastructures, Mobilities, and Practices across Asia and beyond, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, 7-9 December 2017.
      • 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
    • JSC 224 Social Media

      JSC314 Data & Society

      JSC419 Media Law & Ethics

      JSC499 Capstone Project


    • Extra Curricula Activities:

      • Leaky Skins. On the materiality of touch in the data sphere (2019): 2 day research seminar at the Homeworks Study Program (HWP) of the Lebanese Foundation for Plastic Arts - Ashkal Alwan. The HWP enrolls 10-15 contemporary artists from the Arab world and beyond for a period of 10 month each year. The curriculum consists of research seminars, lectures and practice based workshops with recognized scholars and art practitioners from around the world. Initially developed to explore free, trans-disciplinary, critical models of arts education in Lebanon and the Arab region the Program has since expanded to address geopolitical particularities, and existing social, cultural and environmental challenges affecting  society at large. https://ashkalalwan.org/program.php?category=3#
      • The Datalogical Condition (2018): 1 day research Seminar at the Homeworks Study Program (HWP) of the Lebanese Foundation for Plastic Arts - Ashkal Alwan. https://ashkalalwan.org/program.php?category=3#