Maya is an inter-disciplinary tech researcher and writer with a hybrid portfolio across academia, arts and cultural organisations, and civil society. She has worked at the intersection of  the human rights, gender justice, technology, and international development sectors for close to 20 years.

She has two Masters degrees, and is working towards a DPhil that will be awarded by the Doctoral College on Knowledge Cultures and Digital Media at Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany. Her research is a cultural study of the social and political implications of the ‘becoming-human’ of machines, and vice versa.  In particular, her work frames AI and autonomous technologies as ontologically multiple, and fragmented, and examines the implications of this for the shaping of ‘ethics’ in data-centric worlds.  She hope to submit her dissertation in 2021.

Maya has fellowships with the Berggruen Institute (2020-21),  Hivos (2020), and she was a Resident Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center (2019).

She has worked with:  the 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; the Goethe Institut; 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 was a 2019-2020 juror at Akademie Schloss Solitude.


3 Replies to “Profile”

  1. Dear Maya ! I take care of PR for Landing Festival Berlin, a two-day tech event that aims to empower professionals to boost their careers, on April 3rd – 4th. I’d like to connect with you in regards to the same. Thank you!

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