Maya studies media and digital cultures, and technology infrastructures and aesthetics applying qualitative, participatory, digital, and applied design research methods, and writing, to projects across academia, arts and cultural organisations, and civil society NGOs.
Maya has worked at the intersection of human rights, gender justice, technology, and international development for 15 years. This work related to activist communities’ adoption of visual and digital tools and tactics in advocacy, and in managing violence, surveillance, and censorship mediated by the internet.
Maya has two Masters degrees, and is completing a DPhil that will be awarded by the Doctoral College on Knowledge Cultures and Digital Media at the Cultural Studies Faculty, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany. Her doctoral research takes a material-discursive approach to analyse the epistemological implications of ‘ethics’ as constitutive of the ‘moral machine’; and traces the shifting subjectivities of humans who are being phenomenologically displaced into the computational flows of automated decision-making infrastructures that house and shape ‘moral’ machines.
She has worked with the AI and Media Philosophy (Künstliche Intelligenz und Medienphilosophie -KIM) research group at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (University of Arts and Design), Karlsruhe; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Transmediale Festival, Berlin; Tactical Tech; the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto; APC Women’s Rights Program.
Maya serves on the Board of Directors of ARROW, a sexual and reproductive health and rights policy advocacy and research organisation in Asia. She is on the 2020-2021 Jury for Digital art /practice at Akademie Schloss Solitude.