Adam Fish

Scientia Fellow, Associate Professor
Scientia Fellow (Level D)

Adam Fish is an Associate Professor and Scientia Fellow in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Arts and Media, at the University of New South Wales. He is a cultural anthropologist, documentary video producer, and interdisciplinary scholar who works across social science, computer engineering, environmental science, and the visual arts. Dr. Fish employs ethnographic, participatory, and creative methods to examine the social, political, and ecological influences of new technologies.

He has authored three books including: Hacker States (2020 MIT Press, with Luca Follis), about how state hacking impacts democracy; Technoliberalism (Palgrave Macmillan 2017), an ethnography of the politics of internet and television convergence in Hollywood and Silicon Valley; and After the Internet (Polity, 2017, with Ramesh Srinivasan), which reimagines the internet from the perspective of grassroots activists, citizens, and hackers on the margins of political and economic power.

His current research is based on four years of collaboration with over 70 civic drone pilots, engineers, entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, and anti-drone activists in extreme locations around the world: e.g. volcanoes and coral reefs in Indonesia, wild elephant herds in Sri Lanka, and orca pods in the Puget Sound. The book, Drone Justice, will be published by MIT Press in 2021 and investigates how drones transform the ecologies and inhabitants of the Earth. He has completed a documentary on this project, Crash Theory, which can be viewed here.

From 2019-2018 he is a research fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society at the Technischen Universität Berlin, Germany investigating technological ethics, the internet of things, and drones.

In July 2018, he was a research fellow at Centre for Media, Communication, and Information Research (ZeMKI) at the University of Bremen, Germany.

From 2018-2017 he was a Leverhulme Research Fellow conducting research titled "Opening the Dronecode: The Privatisation of Urban Airspace," which had him working in the United Kingdom, the United States, Sri Lanka, and numerous locations in Indonesia on the political dimensions of atmospheric technologies such as drones.

From 2017-2015 he conducted geographical research into data centers and undersea cable landing infrastructure in the North Atlantic. This research resulted in a 2017 experimental drone documentary, Points of Presence, which has been screened at numerous conferences and film festivals on several continents. See the video here. This research was funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, COST Action IS1202, and other sources.

From 2015-2013 he was a co-investigator on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council grant, "3DaROC: 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital," which analysed peer-to-peer and other forms of networked money lending.

From 2012-2009 he was a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles for the National Science Foundation funded project, “Public Engagement in Networked Virtual Organizations and its effects on Discovery and Innovation", which analysed and compared forms of amateur and citizen digital participatory culture.

From 2009-2005 he was a documentary producer producing 15 documentaries for US, UK, Irish, and Italian television on a range of issues including Iraqi refugees, divided cities such as Jerusalem, and religious conflicts in the Himalayan region of India. He co-produced the award-winning documentary TheRefugees of Shangi-la (2014), about the relocation of refugees from Bhutan to the United States https://www.therefugeesofshangrila.com/.

From 2005-1996 he was an archaeologist working for the US federal government and Native American tribes to preserve the cultural heritage of Native Americans. He led archaeology excavations throughout the world include in the Mayan region of the Yucatan of Mexico for the University of California, Riverside; in the Anasazi region of the Southwest; and the Columbia and Snake River areas of the Pacific Northwest.

He has given invited talks and keynotes in Germany (X4), Sweden (X4), the United Kingdom (X3), Finland, Malta, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States. He has been a visiting researcher at the University of Iceland (2015) and a visiting lecturer at Instytut Filozofii i Socjologii, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland (2014-2015).

Previous to joining UNSW, Dr. Fish was a Reader, Senior Lecturer, and Lecturer at Lancaster University in the Sociology department (2019-2012). At Lancaster University, Dr. Fish was awarded the grants listed above as well as a teaching award. In 2016, Lancaster University Vice Chancellor Professor Mark Smith awarded him with the university-wide Pilkington Teaching Award for his “innovative, energetic, and enthusiastic teaching and transformative effect it has had on Sociology’s undergraduate provision.”

He has a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles (2012), is from the Pacific Northwest of Native North America, and is not on social media.

When he is not researching, he enjoys basically any activity in open space, open water, or wilderness.
 

 

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Follis L; Fish AR, 2020, Hacker States, MIT Press, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/hacker-states
2020
Srinivasan R; Fish AR, 2017, After the internet, Polity Press
2017
Fish AR, 2017, Technoliberalism and the end of participatory culture in the United States, Palgrave Macmillan, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31256-9
2017
Book Chapters
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Fish AR, 2020, 'New Materialism of Hacker Cartography: Participatory Mapmaking and Technological Power', in , Wiley
2020
Fish AR, 2019, 'Drones: Visual Anthropology from the Air', in , Routledge
2019
Fish AR, 2018, 'Scalia.warhead1, Operation Last Resort, and the Video Discourse of Warfare', in Vuori J; Saugmann R (ed.), , Routledge
2018
Fish A, 2015, 'The moral technical imaginaries of internet convergence in an American television network', in Fraysse O; Neil MO (ed.), , Palgrave Macmillan
2015
Fish AR, 2008, 'Archaeology as Activism in a Post-Kennewick Man World', in , University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
2008
Fish AR, 2008, 'An Interview with Mary Marchand, Colville Tribal Elder', in , University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
2008
Fish AR, 2008, 'An Interview with Joe Pakootas, Tribal Chairman, Colville Confederated Tribes', in Heather B; Smith C; Lippert D; Watkins J; Zimmerman L (ed.), , University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
2008
Fish AR, 2008, 'An Interview with Connie Johnston, Colville Tribal Elder, Colville Confederated Tribes', in , University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
2008
Fish AR, 2008, 'An Interview with Adeline Fredin, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Colville Confederated Tribes', in , University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
2008
Fish A; Popal R, 2003, 'The women of Afghanistan and the freedom of thought', in Krippner S; McIntyre T (ed.), , Praeger
2003
Conference Papers
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Hazas MD; Fish AR, 2017, 'Edges of Digital Connectivity', pp. 1 - 5
2017
Mills R; Fish A, 2015, 'A computational study of how and why reddit.com was an effective platform in the campaign against SOPA', in Meiselwitz G (ed.), Springer, pp. 229 - 241, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20367-6_23
2015
McKnight JC; Ferreira J; Fish AR; Perry M, 2015, 'Digital financial innovation: design rhetorics, spatiality, and the challenge of creating community', Vancouver, presented at Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, Vancouver, 14 March 2015 - 15 March 2015, https://researcher.watson.ibm.com/researcher/view_group_subpage.php?id=5705
2015
'Governance of labor in digital video networks'
Creative Works (non-textual)
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Fish AR, 2019, Arca Project
2019
Fish AR, 2019, Points of Presence
2019
Fish AR, 2015, Mirror, Well Red, Robin Gibson Gallery, 278 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010 Australia, 27 June 2015 - 22 July 2015, medium: oil and enamel on polyester
2015
Oze E; Fish A, “Internet Freedom” and policy beta: a short documentary on the UK Pirate Party’s policy crowdsourcing platform
Fish AR, 7th Annual Screening Scholarship Media Festival–Points of Presence
Fish AR, Invited talk and performance at Green Film Festival, St Andrews University, Scotland
Fish AR, Unfix Festival, Glasgow, Scotland screening of Points of Presence
Journal articles
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Fish AR, 2020, 'Balloons', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
2020
Von Bargen J; Fish A, 2020, 'Technoliberalism in Iceland: The fog of information infrastructure', Canadian Journal of Communication, vol. 45, pp. 143 - 156, http://dx.doi.org/10.22230/cjc.2020v45n513463
2020
Fish A, 2020, 'Crash Theory: Entrapments of Conservation Drones and Endangered Megafauna', Science, Technology, & Human Values, pp. 016224392092035 - 016224392092035, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0162243920920356
2020
Fish AR; McKnight JC, 2019, 'The financialization of peer-to-peer lending in the United Kingdom', Communicative Figurations, vol. 27, https://www.kommunikative-figurationen.de/en/publications/working-papers/
2019
Fish AR; Garrett BL, 2019, 'Resurrection from Bunkers and Data Centers', Culture Machine, vol. 18, https://culturemachine.net/vol-18-the-nature-of-data-centers/resurrection-from-bunkers/
2019
Fish A, 2019, 'Drones at the Edge of Naturecultures', Media Fields, vol. 14, http://mediafieldsjournal.org/drones-at-the-edge/2019/6/24/drones-at-the-edge-of-naturecultures.html
2019
Fish AR, 2017, 'Beneath the Clouds, the Beach', Cultural Anthropology
2017
Follis L; Fish AR, 2017, 'Half-Lives of Hackers and the Shelf Life of Hacks', Limn, https://limn.it/articles/half-lives-of-hackers-and-the-shelf-life-of-hacks/
2017
Fish AR; Garrett BL; Case O, 2017, 'Extended Flight: The Emergence of Drone Sovereignty', InVisible Culture: An Electronic Journal for Visual Culture, http://web.a.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail/detail?vid=2&sid=73ba488f-8657-4345-bb9d-1f4aca1c435c%40sessionmgr4006&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#AN=127115860&db=vth
2017
McKnight J; Fish AR, 2016, 'Zopa’s lambs: video ads, internet banks, and the financialization of affect', Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization, vol. 16, pp. 33 - 49, http://www.ephemerajournal.org/contribution/zopa%E2%80%99s-lambs-video-ads-internet-investment-and-financialization-affect
2016
Case O; Fish AR; Garrett B, 2016, 'Drone Sense', UnMediated, vol. 1, pp. 73 - 76, http://unmediatedjournal.com/issues/
2016
Fish A; Follis L, 2015, 'Edgework, state power, and hacktivists', Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory, vol. 5, pp. 383 - 390, http://dx.doi.org/10.14318/hau5.2.022
2015
Andrejevic M; Banks J; Campbell JE; Couldry N; Fish A; Hearn A; Ouellette L, 2014, 'Participations: dialogues on the participatory promise of contemporary culture and politics', International Journal of Communication, vol. 8, pp. 1089–1106 - 1089–1106
2014
Fish A; Srinivasan R, 2012, 'Digital labor is the new killer app', New Media and Society, vol. 14, pp. 137 - 152, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1461444811412159
2012
Fish A, 2011, 'Indigenous Digital Media and the History of the Internet on the Columbia Plateau', Journal of Northwest Anthropology, vol. 45, pp. 91 - 114
2011
Fish AR, 2011, 'Digital Labor in Participatory Television', in media res
2011
Fish A, 2011, 'Film and Archaeology in the Indigenous and Industrial American West', Visual Anthropology, vol. 24, pp. 246 - 265, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/08949468.2010.508938
2011
Srinivsan R; Fish A, 2011, 'Revolutionary tactics, media ecologies, and repressive regimes', Public Culture, vol. 23, pp. 505 - 510, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/08992363-1336381
2011
Fish A; Murillo L; Nguyen L; Panofsky A; Kelty C, 2011, 'Birds of the internet: a field guide to understanding action, organization, and the governance of participation', Journal of Cultural Economy, vol. 4, pp. 157 - 187, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17530350.2011.563069
2011
Fish AR, 2009, 'World of wonder: a documentary of a production subculture', Mediascape, vol. Fall
2009
Fichter D, 2009, 'Net sightings & world wide wonders: Cool tools that help you work smarter not harder', Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives Bulletin, pp. 3 - 9
2009
Fish A, 2007, 'Television, ecotourism, and the videocamera: performative non-fiction and auto-cinematography', FlowTV, vol. 5
2007
Fish A, 2007, 'Sex, media, celebrity: a queer culture of media production', FlowTV, vol. 5
2007
Fish A, 2006, 'Indigenous Bodies in Colonial Courts: Anthropological Science and the (Physical) Law of the Remaining Human', Wicazo Sa Review, vol. 21, pp. 77 - 95
2006
Fish A, 2005, 'Native American sacred places and the language of capitalism', Future Anterior, vol. 2, pp. 40 - 49
2005
Fish AR, 'Support Media Anthropology and New Media', Anthropology News, vol. 48, pp. 22 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/an.2007.48.1.22
Devereux P; Krippner S; Tartz R; Fish A, 'A Preliminary Study on English and Welsh “Sacred Sites” and Home Dream Reports', Anthropology of Consciousness, vol. 18, pp. 2 - 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/ac.2007.18.2.2
Fish AR, 'Multi-sited anthropology and new media journalism', Anthropology News, vol. 50, pp. 27 - 27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-3502.2009.50727.x
Andrejevic M; Banks J; Campbell JE; Couldry N; Fish A; Hearn A; Ouellette L, 'Participations: Dialogues on the participatory promise of contemporary culture and politics part two: Labour', International Journal of Communication, vol. 8, pp. 1089 - 1106
Fish AR, 'The place of the internet in anthropology', Anthropology News, vol. 52, pp. 17 - 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1556-3502.2011.52317.x
Fish AR, 'Mirroring the videos of Anonymous: cloud activism, living networks, and political mimesis', The Fibreculture Journal, vol. 26, pp. 85 - 107, http://dx.doi.org/10.15307/fcj.26.191.2015
Fish AR, 'Technology retreats and the politics of social media', tripleC: Communication, Capitalism and Critique, vol. 15, pp. 355 - 369, http://dx.doi.org/10.31269/triplec.v15i1.807
Fish A, 'Participatory television: convergence, crowdsourcing, and neoliberalism', Communication, Culture and Critique, vol. 6, pp. 372 - 395, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cccr.12016
Fish AR; Follis L, 'Gagged and doxed: Hacktivism’s self-incrimination complex', International Journal of Communication, vol. 10, pp. 3281 - 3300
Srinivasan R; Fish A, 'Internet Authorship: Social and Political Implications within Kyrgyzstan', Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, vol. 14, pp. 559 - 580, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1083-6101.2009.01453.x
Khalikova D; Fish AR, 'Networked idiots: affective economies and neoliberal subjectivity in Russian viral video', Global Media and Communication, vol. 12, pp. 143 - 159, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1742766516652165
Fish AR, 'Points of Presence', Screenworks, vol. 8
Fish AR, 'Mining difference for the culture industry: both Borat and anthropologists do it', Anthropology News, vol. 48, pp. 6 - 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/an.2007.48.1.6
'The Use of the Strauch Scale to Study Dream Reports from Sacred Sites in England and Wales',
Fish AR; Garrett BL; Case O, 'Drones Caught in the Net', Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Images Studies, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.17742/IMAGE.LD.8.2.8
Fish AR; Evershed S, 'Anthropologists responding to anthropological television', Anthropology Today, vol. 22, pp. 22 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8322.2006.00452.x
Media
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Garrett BL; Fish AR, 2016, Attack on the drones: the creeping privatisation of our urban airspace, https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/dec/12/attack-drones-privatisation-urban-airspace
2016
Fish AR, 2016, Press Delete, SAGE Publications Ltd, http://culturedigitally.org/2016/11/press-delete/
2016
Recorded / Rendered Creative Works
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Fish AR, 2018, Points of Presence, Screenworks.org.uk, Published: 01 June 2018, Duration: 00:18:46, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, http://screenworks.org.uk/archive/digital-ecologies-and-the-anthropocene/points-of-presence
2018
Reports
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Walby S; Towers J; Francis BJ; Shire K; Kelly L; Apitzsch B; Armstrong JE; Balderston S; Fish AR; Hardaker C; Kirby S; May-Chahal CA; Palmer CE, 2016, Study on comprehensive policy review of anti-trafficking projects funded by the European Commission, Publications Office of the European Union, https://ec.europa.eu/anti-trafficking/publications/comprehensive-policy-review-anti-trafficking-projects_en
2016
Fish A, 2015, Internet parties: the internet as party, policy, platform, and persuasive symbol, MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/73056/
2015
McKnight JC; Ferreira J; Perry M; Fish AR, 2014, Putting the ‘digital’ in Digital Intermediaries: the role of technical infrastructure in building business models, 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital
2014
Ferreira J; McKnight JC; Fish AR; Perry M; Subramanian S, 2014, Participatory design of digital intermediaries, 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital
2014
McKnight JC; Ferreira J; Perry M; Fish AR, 2014, Managing digital intermediaries: socio-digital analysis of the design of internet-based social, peer-to-peer financial services, 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital
2014
Ferreira J; McKnight JC; Fish AR; Perry M, 2014, Interpreting infrastructure: defining user value for digital financial intermediaries, 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital
2014
Perry M; McKnight JC; Ferreira J; Fish AR, 2014, Deploying, innovating, and disrupting—designing digital infrastructures for alternative financial systems: digital intermediary exchange ‘toolkit’, 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital
2014