Asher Boersma

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter

+49 (0)271 740 3057

  • Media archeological history of control
  • Military command and control, and it’s dispersal into popular and civil practices
  • Intersection of media archeology, STS, and new media and digital culture
Imagination, visual regimes, and accountability in the everyday of civil command and control unravelled. (Arbeitstitel)

This projects aims to break ground for a media archeological and iconographical turn in STS in general and in workplace studies specifically. It focusses on the civil command and control centres of Rijkswaterstaat, the part of the Ministry of Infrastructure the Environment that is „responsible for the design, construction, management and maintenance of the main infrastructure facilities in the Netherlands“.

  • 2012: Research Master in Media and Performance Studies, Utrecht University, Cum Laude. Thesis: ‘The Illusion of Control: The Military War Room as Model for theDominant Mode of Contemporary Media Practice.’ (graded: 9.0)
  • 2008: Master in Film and Television Studies, Utrecht University, Cum Laude
  • 2008: Semester at National University of Singapore
  • 2007: Bachelor in Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Utrecht University
  • 2016: ‚Dutch inland waterway control rooms: anticipating and creating future events.‘ 15th Annual STS Conference Graz 2016 – Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies
  • 2013: ‘Presence as a Heuristic Tool: Media Literacy and Public Debate.’ Ida Blom Conference, ‘Gendered Citizenship’, University of Bergen
  • 2008: ‘Nationalist Sentiments as an European Identity: Alternative Use of Civil Media.’ Co-author: Henry Allen at Civil Media Unconference, Salzburg
  • 2013 – 2015: Lecturer ‘Social Media in Context’, ‘New Media and Participatory Culture’, ‘Philosophy of New Media’, ‘Television Genres: Seriality’, Utrecht University
  • 2008 – 2011: Junior Teacher, ‘Current Debates on New Media’, ‘Film Theory’ (English), Utrecht University

  • Paßmann, Johannes; Boersma, Asher (forthcoming): „Unknowing Algorithms. On transparency of un-openable black boxes“. In: Van Es, Karin; Schaefer, Mirko-Tobias (eds.): The Datafied Society: Social Research in the Age of Big Data. Amsterdam.


Founding editor (2005) of BLIK, student journal on audiovisual culture, Utrecht University