Nanna Bonde Thylstrup

Nanna Bonde Thylstrup

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Nanna Bonde Thylstrup is Associate Professor on the Promotion Programme in Modern and Digital Culture. Her research and teaching focuses on data, machine learning and digital infrastructures. She is particularly interested in how digitization and algorithmic processes are changing how we encounter, govern and practice knowledge infrastructures, and the political and ethical dimensions of these changes. Her most recent book, Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for the Age of Big Data (co-edited with Daniela Agostinho, Annie Ring, Catherine D’Ignazio and Kristin Veel, MIT Press, 2021), explores the uncertainties of big data infrastructures. Her monograph The Politics of Mass Digitization (MIT Press, 2019) examines different political assemblages of the digitization of cultural memory infrastructures. (W)ARCHIVES: Archival Imaginaries, War, and Contemporary Art (edited by Daniela Agostinho, Solveig Gade, Nanna Bonde Thylstrup and Kristin Veel) investigates digital archiving as an integral technology of warfare and how artists respond to these changes.

She has served on a range of advsiory committees on issues related to digitization. Currently, she is part of the newly established Academic Advisory Committee for the Bodleian Libraries' digital strategy. 

Nanna's research has been funded by European Research Council, Independent Research Fund Denmark, Velux Foundation, International Network Programme and AUFF Starting Grant

She has written for, and been interviewed by, a range of international and national newspapers including El País, The New York Times .  


Research groups

  • Digital Culture
  • Copenhagen Internet & Society Reseach Group (UCPH)
  • Technology & Philosophy (UCPH)
  • Technology & Society cluster (Copenhagen Business School)

Research awards 

2023-2028: “Data Loss: the Politics of Disappearance, Destruction and Dispossession in Digital Societies”, ERC Starting Grant 

2024-2026: “Data Loss: the Politics of Disappearance, Destruction and Dispossession in Digital Societies”, Independent Research Fund Denmark

2020-2023: “AI Reuse”, Independent Research Fund Denmark

2020: “FILTER: Glocal Content Moderation Assemblages”

2018-2020: “Data Wastelands”, AUFF Starting Grant

2015-2019: “Uncertain Archives: Adapting Cultural Theories of the Archive to Big Data Environments”, co-PI (PI: Kristin Veel), Independent Research Fund Denmark

2015-2019: “The Past’s Future: Digital Transformations of National Cultural Heritage Institutions ”, co-PI (PI: Helle Porsdam), Velux Foundation

Authored and co-edited books

  • Thylstrup, N. B., Agostinho, D., Ring, A., D'Ignazio, C., & Veel, K. (Eds.). (2021). Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data. MIT Press.
  • Agostinho, D., Gade, S., Thylstrup, N. B., & Veel, K. (eds.)(2021). (W)archives: Archival Imaginaries, War, and Contemporary Art. Sternberg Press.
  • Ekman, U., Agostinho, D., Thylstrup, N.B., Veel, K. (2020). The Uncertain Image. Routledge.
  • Thylstrup, N. B. (2019). The politics of mass digitization. MIT Press.

Special issues

  • Kaufmann, M., Thylstrup, N.B., Leander, A. Beyond cyberutopia and digital disenchantment: Pragmatic engagements with and from within the internet. First Monday. 25(5).
  • Thylstrup, N.B., Flyverbom, M. and Helles, R. (2019). ”Datafied knowledge production: practices, mechanisms and imaginaries at work in big data analyses”, Big Data and Society. 6(2). 
  • Agostinho, A., Ekman U., Thylstrup, N.B., Veel, K. (2019). “Images and Uncertain Worlds”, Philosophy of Photography.
  • Veel, K., Thylstrup, N.B. and MacKinnon, L. (2018). “Love as/beyond Technics”, Nordic Journal of Aesthetics and Culture.
  • Ekman, U., Agostinho. D, Thylstrup, N.B. and Veel, K. (2017). “Uncertain Images”, Digital Creativity.
  • Veel, K. Thylstrup, N.B., Borgen, M. (2016). “Gender and Crowdsourcing”, Nordisk Tidsskrift for Informationsvidenskab og Kulturformidling.

Journal articles 

  • Hansen, K. B., Thystrup, N. B. (2023) Stack bricolage and infrastructural impermanence in machine learning systems. Journal of Cultural Economy.  
  • Thylstrup, N. B., Hansen, K. B., Flyverbom, M., & Amoore, L. (2022). Politics of data reuse in machine learning systems: Theorizing reuse entanglements. Big Data & Society, 9(2).
  • Thylstrup, N. B., (2022) Massedigitaliseringens politikker. In K.O. Eliassen, A. Ogundipe & Ø. Prytz (eds..), Estetiske praksiser i den digitale produksjonens tidsalder (pp. 423–460). Fagbokforlaget.
  • Thylstrup, N. B. (2022). “Crisis times: a reply to ‘Crisis futures: COVID-19 and the speculative turning point of history’ by Ravinder Kaur”. Global Discourse, 12(3-4), 659-663.
  • Thylstrup, N. B. (2022). The ethics and politics of data sets in the age of machine learning: deleting traces and encountering remains. Media, Culture & Society, 01634437211060226.
  • Thylstrup, N. B., Archer, M., & Ravn, L. (2022). Traceability. Internet Policy Review, 11(1), 1-12.
  • Thylstrup, N. B. (2021). Numbers and the Making of Us: Counting and the Course of Human Cultures. Organization Studies, 42(8), 1365-1368.
  • Thylstrup, N. B., Agostinho, D., Ring, A., D’Ignazio, C., Veel, K. (2021). “Big Data as Uncertain Archives”. Uncertain Archives: Critical Keywords for Big Data, 1-28.
  • Kaufmann, M., Thylstrup, N. B., Burgess, J. P., & Sætnan, A. R. (2020). Data criticality. STS Encounters-DASTS working paper series, 11(1), 227-254.
  • Thylstrup, N. B., Waseem, Z., & Agostinho, D. (2020). Leaky academia: digital intimacy and open secrets in times of COVID-19. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power.
  • Veel, K., & Thylstrup, N. (2021). “Interfaces of emotional surveillance (feat. Face Messenger by Tom Galle and John Yuyi): Timestamp Anxieties”. In Data Dating (s. 204-220). Intellect.
  • Kaufmann, M., Leander, A., & Thylstrup, N. B. (2020). Beyond cyberutopia and digital disenchantment: Pragmatic engagements with and from within the internet. First Monday. 25(5).
  • Thylstrup, N. B., Agostinho, D., & Veel, K. (2020). “Data og arkiver”. In J. Lund, & U. Schmidt (Eds.), Medieæstetik: En introduktion (pp. 221-236). Samfundslitteratur.
  • Thylstrup, N. B., Flyverbom, M., & Helles, R. (2019). ”Datafied Knowledge Production: Introduction to the Special Theme”. Big Data & Society, 6(2).
  • Thylstrup, N. B. (2019). ”Data out of place: data waste and the politics of data recycling.” Big Data & Society.
  • Thylstrup, N. B. and K. Veel. 2919. ”Dating Apps”. In The Oxford Handbook of Media, Technology, and Organization Studies edited by Timon Beyes, Robin Holt and Claus Pias. Oxford University Press.
  • Agostinho, D., & Thylstrup, N. B. (2019). 'If truth was a woman': Leaky infrastructures and the gender politics of truth-telling. Ephemera, 19(4), 745-775.
  • Agostinho, D., D'Ignazio, C., Ring, A., Thylstrup, N.B., & Veel, K. (2019). “Uncertain Archives: Approaching the Unknowns, Errors and Vulnerabilities of Big Data through Cultural Theories of the Archive”. Surveillance and Society, 17(3/4), 422-441.
  • Ekman, U., Thylstrup, N. B.. 2019. ”Returns of Waste.” Tomorrow is the Question, ARoS
  • Agostinho, D., Ekman, U., Thylstrup, N.B, & Veel, K. (2018). “Images and uncertain worlds”. Philosophy of Photography, 9(2), 99-106.
  • Lomborg, S., Thylstrup, N. B., & Schwartz, J. (2018). “The temporal flows of self-tracking: Checking in, moving on, staying hooked”. New Media & Society, 20(12), 4590-4607.
  • Veel, K., & Thylstrup, N. B. (2018). Geolocating the stranger: the mapping of uncertainty as a configuration of matching and warranting techniques in dating apps. Journal of Aesthetics & Culture, 10(3), 43-52.
  • Teilmann, S., Thylstrup, N.B. (2018). “Snippets: Designs for Digital Transformations in the Age of Google Books”, Proceedings: ICDHS 10+1.
  • Thylstrup, N. B. (2018) “Cultural memory in the digital age”. In: Transnationalizing Radio Research, New Approaches to an Old Medium. transcript, Verlag Bielefeld, pp. 183-190.
  • Thylstrup, N.B., & Veel, K. (2017). Data visualization from a feminist perspective-Interview with Catherine D´ Ignazio. Kvinder, Køn & Forskning, (1), 67-71.
  • Ekman, U., Agostinho, D., Thylstrup, N. B., & Veel, K. (2017). The uncertainty of the uncertain image. Digital Creativity, 28(4), 255-264.
  • Thylstrup, N. B., & Teilmann, S. (2017). Thumbnail images: uncertainties, infrastructures and search engines. Digital creativity, 28(4), 279-296.
  • Thylstrup, N. B., & Teilmann-Lock, S. (2017). The Transformative Power of the Thumbnail Image: Media Logistics and Infrastructural Aesthetics. First Monday, 22(10).
  • Thylstrup, N. B. (2017). “What the Archives Can't Contain”. In A. Dekker (Ed.), Lost and Living (in) Archives: Collectively Shaping New Memories (pp. 141-158). Valiz.
  • Thylstrup, N. B. (2016). ”Massedigitaliseringens politikker”. Kritik, 49(216/217), 316-321.
  • Thylstrup, N. B. (2015). “The invisibilities of Internet Censorship”. In: Invisibility Studies: Surveillance, Transparency and the Hidden in Contemporary Culture edited by Henriette Steiner and Kristin Veel, Peter Lang.
  • Thylstrup, N. B. (2014). Archival shadows in the digital age. Nordisk Tidsskrift for Informationsvidenskab og Kulturformidling, 3(2-3), 29-39.
  • Thylstrup, N.B. (2011). The digital dimension of European cultural politics: Index, intellectual property and internet governance. Culture Unbound, 3(3), 317-336.
  • Thelle, M., & Thylstrup, N. B. (2011). Persuasive territories in European cultural politics: critical and controlled knowledgescapes. Library hi tech, 29(4), 573-585

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