Dr Marcos Dias

Media Studies

Lecturer

Iontas
1st Floor
1.21
(01) 4747748

Biography

I joined Maynooth University in 2016. I teach on the BA Media Studies programme and I am the first year coordinator. I am also co-coordinator of the Masters (MA) in Critical and Creative Media

I graduated from the School of Culture and Communication in the University of Melbourne in 2015 with a PhD in Media Studies. My PhD thesis is a multidisciplinary investigation of the social and spatial impact of digital technologies in the contemporary mediated city through ethnographic research on participatory art.

My main research interest is the analysis of contemporary social and spatial exchanges mediated by digital technologies in urban space. I have published papers on participatory art, urban studies and Internet studies.

Prior to joining Maynooth University I was Assistant Lecturer and Programme Director for the BA in Communications in Creative Media in the Dundalk Institute of Technology (2013-2016).

My educational background includes a BA in Architecture and City Planning (University of Sao Paulo), a BA in Digital Media Design and Production (Letterkenny Institute of Technology) and a MSc in Interactive Digital Media (Trinity College). I have previously worked as an architect and web designer and I was an Editorial Board Member of the Platform Journal of Media and Communications (2010-2011).

Research Interests

My main research interest is the analysis of contemporary social and spatial exchanges mediated by digital technologies in urban space. I have a particular interest on participatory art performances and social events that facilitate emerging forms of social interaction and the reconfiguration of urban space.

I am currently developing a pilot video project based on my thesis with the intention of promoting my research to a wider audience. It analyses the social and spatial experience of major cities in Brazil through a critique of modernist urban planning and is based on my personal experience inhabiting and visiting such cities.

I am interested in collaborations that aim to analyse and compare social and spatial exchanges mediated by digital technologies across different urban settings (involving different countries and cultures). I also have a keen interest on projects that reappropriate urban space for unusual or unforeseen purposes. 

My research interests include performative arts, social interaction, pervasive media, Internet studies, screen studies, interactive digital design,science and technology studies, philosophy and urban studies.

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2011 'The Converging Worlds of ‘Surfing the Web’ and the Sport of Surfing'
Marcos Dias (2011) 'The Converging Worlds of ‘Surfing the Web’ and the Sport of Surfing' In: Baden Offord and Robert Garbutt (eds). A scholarly affair: proceedings of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia 2010 national conference. Lismore, Australia: Southern Cross University. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2014 'Asynchronous speeds: disentangling the discourse of high speed broadband in relation to Australia’s National Broadband Network'
Marcos P. Dias, Michael Arnold, Martin Gibbs, Bjorn Nansen, Rowan Wilken (2014) 'Asynchronous speeds: disentangling the discourse of high speed broadband in relation to Australia’s National Broadband Network'. Media International Australia, 151 (1) [Details]
2012 'A Machine to See With (and Reflect Upon): Interview with Blast Theory Artists Matt Adams and Nick Tandavanitj'
Marcos P. Dias (2012) 'A Machine to See With (and Reflect Upon): Interview with Blast Theory Artists Matt Adams and Nick Tandavanitj'. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 8 (1) [Details]
2012 'Australia's project for universal broadband access: From policy to social potential'
Marcos P. Dias (2012) 'Australia's project for universal broadband access: From policy to social potential'. First Monday, 17 (9) [Details]
2009 'Spatial Awareness and Exploration of the Museum Building''
Marcos Dias (2009) 'Spatial Awareness and Exploration of the Museum Building''. Parsons Journal for Information Mapping, 1 (4) [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2016 A Critique Of Participation In The Digitally-Mediated City Through Mixed Reality Performance Event
Marcos P. Dias (2016) A Critique Of Participation In The Digitally-Mediated City Through Mixed Reality Performance Event . In: Sarah Sparke and Graham Cairns eds. Digital Cultural Ecology and the Medium Sized City , pp.116-125 [Details]
2011 Digital Performance in Networked Public Spaces: Situating the Posthuman Subject
Marcos Dias (2011) Digital Performance in Networked Public Spaces: Situating the Posthuman Subject ISEA [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2015 Book Review: Media and the City: Cosmopolitanism and Difference.
Marcos P. Dias (2015) Book Review: Media and the City: Cosmopolitanism and Difference. Book Review [Details]

Electronic Article

  Year Publication
2015 Rethinking Urban Space Through Mediated Performance.
Marcos P. Dias (2015) Rethinking Urban Space Through Mediated Performance. Electronic Article [Details]

Teaching Interests

Modules taught in Maynooth University:
• MD170 - Principles and Practices of Screen Design
• MD217 - Human Computer Interaction 

Other modules previously taught:

Dundalk Institute of Technology
• The Social Context of Technology 
• Multimedia Practical Project Development (final year project coordination and workshops),  
• Introduction to Web Authoring (HTML5 and CSS3)
• Advanced Web Applications (mobile app design, UX and development)
• Current Issues and Theories in the Creative Industries
• 3D Studies (3D Studio Max)

Digital Skills Academy:
• Digital Media Industry and Future Trends

University of Melbourne:
• Net Communication