Maya Indira Ganesh is a tech and digital cultures theorist, researcher, and writer. Her work weds questions of power, justice, and global inequalities to those of language, knowledge, and the body, as mediated by digital technologies.
In June 2021 she submitted a Drphil dissertation in Cultural Sciences to Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany. Her doctoral research is titled, The Ethical Apparatus: The material-discursive shaping of ethics, autonomy, and the driverless car. It examines the social, discursive, and cultural implications of how the ethical is being re-shaped in evolving data-fied worlds rich in histories and imaginaries of AI and autonomous technologies. Prior to this, she worked at the intersection of gender justice, digital activism, and international development in India and parts of SE Asia.
In September 2021, Maya will take up a part-time role as co-course leader of a new MSt (Master of Studies) program on AI, Ethics, and Society at the University of Cambridge, UK. This new MSt is a collaboration between the Institute for Continuing Education and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence.
In the past five years Maya’s work (outside of academic research) has focused on feminism, intimacy with technology, and the digital; metaphors, imaginaries, and knowledge-making of AI; the material economies of clouds, platforms, and voice recognition systems. Her practice includes digital-cultural, research and writing projects, most often collaborations with creative programmers, fellow researchers, and artists.
Maya has been awarded fellowships with the Berggruen Institute (2020-21), and Hivos (2020); and was a Resident Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center (2019). 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.