Maya Indira Ganesh is a scholar, educator, and practitioner who works at the intersection of digital technologies, culture, and society. She is an assistant teaching professor at the University of Cambridge where she co-directs a Master’s program in AI, Ethics, and Society, and is a senior research fellow at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. You can find an up-to-date list of her academic research and writing here, culture writing and essays here, and recent talks and public events here.
Maya earned a Drphil in Cultural Studies from Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany in 2022. Her doctoral work examined the re-shaping of what we mean by the ‘ethical’ and the shifting role of the human in the emergence of the driverless car. Her current research-pedagogy asks what kinds of learning and teaching methods and materials contribute to the shaping of expertise in shaping AI technologies as ethical, reponsible, and political.
Before transitioning to a PhD and academia, Maya worked with feminist and digital rights NGOs on securing freedom of speech and expression online and offline for human rights defenders, journalists, and activists, chiefly at Tactical Tech.
Maya works as a practitioner writing about the digital, technology, and culture, collaborating with artists, critics, and designers, developing large-scale cultural symposia, and advising cultural institutions and curators. Maya’s writing has been translated into Korean, Turkish, French, and German. In 2023, she co-founded an experimental studio called Writing Club with Georgina Voss and Maria Yablonina.
Maya has won fellowships and awards from the Media Cultures of Simulation (MECS) Institute for Advanced Study (2018), Digital Earth/Hivos (2020), the Mellon-Sawyer Seminar on Histories of AI (2021), and was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Centre Resident Fellow on AI (2019).
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