Scientia Fellow (Level D)

Associate Professor Adam Fish

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of the Arts and Media

Adam Fish is a Scientia Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Arts and the 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 impacts of new technologies.

He has authored three books including: Hacker States (MIT 2020, 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. He has completed a documentary on this project, Crash Theory, which can be viewed here.

Previous to joining UNSW in 2019, 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 below 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.”

From 2019-2018 he was 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 The Refugees of Shangri-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).

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.

Publications

  • Books | 2020
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Follis L; Fish AR, 2020, Hacker States, MIT Press, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/hacker-states
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish A, 2020, 'Drones', in Vannini P (ed.), The Routledge International Handbook of Ethnographic Film and Video, Routledge, pp. 247 - 255, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429196997
    Book Chapters | 2020
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2020, 'New Materialism of Hacker Cartography: Participatory Mapmaking and Technological Power', in Handbook of Peer Production, Wiley
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2019, 'Drones: Visual Anthropology from the Air', in Handbook of Ethnographic Film and Video, Routledge
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2018, 'Scalia.warhead1, Operation Last Resort, and the Video Discourse of Warfare', in Vuori J; Saugmann R (ed.), Visual security studies, Routledge
    Books | 2017
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Books | 2017
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Srinivasan R; Fish AR, 2017, After the internet, Polity Press
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish A, 2016, 'Archaeology as activism', in Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One, pp. 203 - 206, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315425771-32
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish A, 2015, 'The moral technical imaginaries of internet convergence in an American television network', in Fraysse O; Neil MO (ed.), Digital labour and prosumer capitalism, Palgrave Macmillan
    Book Chapters | 2008
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2008, 'Archaeology as Activism in a Post-Kennewick Man World', in Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One, University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
    Book Chapters | 2008
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2008, 'An Interview with Mary Marchand, Colville Tribal Elder', in Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One, University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
    Book Chapters | 2008
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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.), Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One, University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
    Book Chapters | 2008
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2008, 'An Interview with Connie Johnston, Colville Tribal Elder, Colville Confederated Tribes', in Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One, University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
    Book Chapters | 2008
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2008, 'An Interview with Adeline Fredin, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Colville Confederated Tribes', in Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One, University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
    Book Chapters | 2003
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish A; Popal R, 2003, 'The women of Afghanistan and the freedom of thought', in Krippner S; McIntyre T (ed.), The psychological impact of war trauma on civilians, Praeger
  • Journal articles | 2021
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish A, 2021, 'Crash Theory: Entrapments of Conservation Drones and Endangered Megafauna', Science Technology and Human Values, vol. 46, pp. 425 - 451, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0162243920920356
    Journal articles | 2020
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Follis L; Fish A, 2020, 'State hacking at the edge of code, capitalism and culture', Information Communication and Society, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2020.1776368
    Journal articles | 2020
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2020
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2020, 'Balloons', Environment and Planning D: Society and Space
    Journal articles | 2019
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2019
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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/news/new-working-paper-the-financialization-of-peer-to-peer-lending-in-the-united-kingdom/
    Journal articles | 2019
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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/
    Journal articles | 2018
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2018, 'Points of Presence', Screenworks, vol. 8
    Journal articles | 2017
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2017
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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/
    Journal articles | 2017
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2017, 'Beneath the Clouds, the Beach', Cultural Anthropology
    Journal articles | 2016
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2016
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Case O; Fish AR; Garrett B, 2016, 'Drone Sense', UnMediated, vol. 1, pp. 73 - 76, http://unmediatedjournal.com/issues/
    Journal articles | 2015
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2014
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2012
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2011
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2011
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2011
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2011
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2011
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2011, 'Digital Labor in Participatory Television', in media res
    Journal articles | 2009
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2009
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2009, 'World of wonder: a documentary of a production subculture', Mediascape, vol. Fall
    Journal articles | 2007
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish A, 2007, 'Television, ecotourism, and the videocamera: performative non-fiction and auto-cinematography', FlowTV, vol. 5
    Journal articles | 2007
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish A, 2007, 'Sex, media, celebrity: a queer culture of media production', FlowTV, vol. 5
    Journal articles | 2006
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles | 2005
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish A, 2005, 'Native American sacred places and the language of capitalism', Future Anterior, vol. 2, pp. 40 - 49
    Journal articles |
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles |
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles |
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
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    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
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    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
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    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    'The Use of the Strauch Scale to Study Dream Reports from Sacred Sites in England and Wales',
    Journal articles |
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
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    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
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    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
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    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles |
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
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    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
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    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Journal articles |
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR; Follis L, 'Gagged and doxed: Hacktivism’s self-incrimination complex', International Journal of Communication, vol. 10, pp. 3281 - 3300
    Journal articles |
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
  • Reports | 2016
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Reports | 2015
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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/
    Reports | 2014
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Reports | 2014
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Ferreira J; McKnight JC; Fish AR; Perry M; Subramanian S, 2014, Participatory design of digital intermediaries, 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital
    Reports | 2014
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Reports | 2014
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Reports | 2014
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
  • Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2019, Points of Presence
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2019
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 2019, Arca Project
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2018
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Conference Papers | 2017
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Hazas MD; Fish AR, 2017, 'Edges of Digital Connectivity', pp. 1 - 5
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Creative Works (non-textual) | 2015
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    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
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    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    'Governance of labor in digital video networks'
    Creative Works (non-textual) |
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Oze E; Fish A, “Internet Freedom” and policy beta: a short documentary on the UK Pirate Party’s policy crowdsourcing platform
    Creative Works (non-textual) |
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, Invited talk and performance at Green Film Festival, St Andrews University, Scotland
    Creative Works (non-textual) |
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, Unfix Festival, Glasgow, Scotland screening of Points of Presence
    Creative Works (non-textual) |
    Associate Professor Adam Fish
    Fish AR, 7th Annual Screening Scholarship Media Festival–Points of Presence

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