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Susan Kozel

Susan Kozel is a Professor of Philosophy, Dance and Media Technologies in the School of Art and Culture (K3). With an international profile as a contemporary phenomenologist, she applies philosophical thought to a range of embodied practices in digital cultures. Her research takes the form of both scholarly writing and collaborative performance practices. From 2012-2018 she directed Living Archives, a major research project into archiving practices funded by the Swedish Research Council. Her research into Somatic Archiving and the Performance of Memory continues by means of artistic practice and critical engagements with Augmented, Mixed (AR/MR), and Virtual Reality platforms.

She is a member of Malmö University’s Data Society Research Programme and teaches in the areas of Media and Communications and Interaction Design – in particular embodied approaches to media critique and design. She was on the quality advisory board of the Swedish Artistic Research School (2010-2015) and continues to be a strong voice in the artistic research community both in Sweden and internationally.

Her scholarly contributions span theory and practice: her book "Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology" (MIT Press 2007) exists alongside numerous articles, essays, archived lectures, and art work (such as "The Bronze Key" with artists Gibson / Martelli, and "Conspiracy Archives" with choreographer Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir.) Her current book in process is called "Performing Encryption," in which a phenomenology of affect is cultivated to enhance bodily agency in contemporary surveillance cultures.

Links to book chapters, journal articles, lectures and performances can be found below.

Research programme

Data Society pil show

Research platforms

MEDEA A Research Lab for Collaborative Media, Design, and Public pil show

Contact details
Visiting address: Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Niagara,
Postal address:Malmö universitet, 205 06 Malmö
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Living Archives Research Project
“The Archival Body” lecture, New Human Symposium
Openness (A Living Archives Publication)
“The Virtual Reality Hype” Medea Podcast 2016
“Performing Encryption" Keynote Somatics Conf (UK)
“Gravity and its Sisters" Keynote (2014)
“Phenomenology in 5 Acts” lecture Stanford Uni
"Affective and Rhythmic Engagement" lecture NODEM
“Social Choreographies” Medea Talk
  • Publications

  • Selected publications from Malmö University Electronic Publishing.

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
    Kozel, Susan (2012) "AffeXity : performing affect using augmented reality" The Fibreculture Journal;21, 72-96, Open Humanities Press, ISSN 1449-1443, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Kozel, Susan (2010) "Intuitive improvisation : a phenomenological method for dance experimentation with mobile digital media" Studia Philosophia;3, 71-80, Universitatis Babes-Bolyai, ISSN 0578-5480, URL [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Kozel, Susan (2010) "Mobile social choreographies : choreographic insight as a basis for research into mobile networked communications" The International Journal of Performance and Digital Media;2, 137-148, Intellect Journals, ISSN 1479-4713, DOI [länk],

    Hansen, Lone Koefoed, Kozel, Susan (2007) "Embodied imagination : a hybrid method of designing for intimacy" Digital Creativity;4, 207-220, Routledge, ISSN 1744-3806, DOI [länk], (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Kozel, Susan (2005) "Revealing practices : Heidegger`s techne interpreted through performance in responsive systems" Performance Research;4, 33-44, Routledge, ISSN 1352-8165, URL [länk],

    Keinänen, Mia, Kozel, Susan, Rouhiainen, Leena, Baker, Camille (2011) "Alone or Not" Vague Terrain : Digital Art, Culture, Technology;22: Mobile Performance, Vague Terrain for Creative Commons, URL [länk],

    Kozel, Susan (2007) Closer : performance, technologies, phenomenology. MIT Press, 384, ISBN 9780262113106,

    Chapters in Monographs
    Bleeker, Maaike, Sherman, Jon Foley, Nedelkopoulou, Eirini (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2015) Process Phenomenologies. Routledge, 54-74, ISBN 9781138805514, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Farman, Jason (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan, Keinanen, Mia, Rouhiainen, Leena (2014) Dancing with Twitter : Mobile Narratives Become Physical Scores. Routledge, 79-94, ISBN 978-0-415-64148-7, (PDF document) (application/pdf)

    Ekman, Ulrik (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2013) Sinews of ubiquity : a corporeal ethics for ubiquitous computing. MIT Press, 337-349, ISBN 978-0-262-01750-3, URL [länk],

    Peters, Deniz, Eckel, Gerhard, Dorschel, Andreas (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2012) Embodying the sonic invisible : sketching a corporeal ontology of musical interaction. Taylor & Francis, 61-70, ISBN 978-0-415-89080-9, URL [länk],

    Biggs, Michael, Karlsson, Henrik (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2012) The virtual and the physical : a phenomenological approach to performance research. Routledge, 204-222, ISBN 978-0-415-58169-1, URL [länk],

    Climenhaga, Royd (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2012) Bausch and Phenomenology. Routledge, 300-306, ISBN 978-0-415-61802-1, URL [länk],

    Burridge, Stephanie (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2006) Culture as proprioception : challenging acultural approaches tocComputer technologies in dance. Ausdance National, 149-156, ISBN 187525515X, 9781875255153, URL [länk],

    Conference Contributions
    Grönlund, Erna, Gustafsson, Gunnel, Ståhle, Ann Katrin (red./ed.) | Kozel, Susan (2007) "Social Choreographies" (peer-review paper) 101-113, Danshögskolan (University College of Dance), ISSN 1652-3776,
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