Sarah is Director of Goldsmiths Press and her research focuses on the future of publishing, digital media, smart media, questions of mediation and feminist science and technology studies. She has investigated the possibilities of life after new media (studies), and has engaged in debates on artificial life and other aspects of the convergence between biology and computer science. She also works on imaging technologies and the relationship between photography and the digital and, as a writer as well as acedemic, she explores the ‘fusion’ of science and literary fiction.
Sarah Kember convenes MA Digital Media and teaches the option course for the MA Digital Media - Digital Media, Critical Perspectives. She also offers a masterclass on the online, non-assessed module After New Media, based on her book Life After New Media (MIT Press 2012).
Areas of supervision
Sarah has seen many PhD students through to the successful completion of their dissertations. Previous students include: Andre Favilla (digital photography and genetics); Sen Yin Li (representations of GM food in the press); Jonas Andersson (p2p file sharing); Eleanor Dare (intelligent/intra-active books) and Gavin Mackie (artificial life and evolutionary computer games). Current students include: Gabriela Mendez Cota (biotechnology and Mexican nationalism); Paolo Ruffino (independent video games); Ben Craggs (tissue culture and the re-materialisation of life); Natalie Dixon (affect and mobile phones); Phaedra Shanbaum (the digital interface in new media art) and Adam Bales (vernacular photography).
Sarah Kember is a writer and academic. Her work incorporates new media, photography and feminist cultural approaches to science and technology. Publications include a novel and a short story The Optical Effects of Lightning (Wild Wolf Publishing, 2011) and ‘The Mysterious Case of Mr Charles D. Levy’ (Ether Books, 2010). Experimental work includes an edited open access electronic book entitled Astrobiology and the Search for Life on Mars (Open Humanities Press, 2011) and ‘Media, Mars and Metamorphosis’ (Culture Machine, Vol. 11). Her latest monograph, with Joanna Zylinska, is Life After New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process (MIT Press, 2012).
She co-edits the journals of photographies and Feminist Theory. Previous publications include: Virtual Anxiety. Photography, New Technologies and Subjectivity (Manchester University Press, 1998); Cyberfeminism and Artificial Life (Routledge, 2003) and the co-edited volume Inventive Life. Towards the New Vitalism (Sage, 2006). Current research includes a funded project on digital publishing and a feminist critique of smart media.
iMedia. The gendering of objects, environments and smart materials
Kember, Sarah. 2016. iMedia. The gendering of objects, environments and smart materials. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-37484-4
Life after New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process
Kember, Sarah and Zylinska, Joanna. 2012. Life after New Media: Mediation as a Vital Process. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-01819-7
Virtual Anxiety. Photography, New Technologies and Subjectivity
Kember, Sarah. 1998. Virtual Anxiety. Photography, New Technologies and Subjectivity. Manchester; New York: Manchester University Press. ISBN 978-0719045295
Inventive Life: Approaches Towards a New Vitalism
Fraser, Mariam; Kember, Sarah and Lury, Celia, eds. 2005. Inventive Life: Approaches Towards a New Vitalism, Theory Culture and Society, 22(1). 0263-2764
“Media Always and Everywhere: A Cosmic Approach.”
Kember, Sarah and Zylinska, Joanna. 2016. “Media Always and Everywhere: A Cosmic Approach.”. In: Ulrik Ekman; Lily Diaz; Morten Søndergaard; Jay David Bolter and Maria Engberg, eds. Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture. New York: Routledge, pp. 226-236. ISBN 9780415743822
Ambient Intelligent Photography
Kember, Sarah. 2013. Ambient Intelligent Photography. In: Martin Lister, ed. The Photographic Image in Digital Culture. Second Edition. London and New York: Routledge, pp. 1-21. ISBN 978-0415535298
Creative Media: performance, invention, critique
Kember, Sarah and Zylinska, Joanna. 2009. Creative Media: performance, invention, critique. In: Maria Chatzichristodoulou; Janis K. Jefferies and Rachel Zerihan, eds. Interfaces of Performance. England and USA: Ashgate, pp. 7-23. ISBN 978-0-754-67576-1
Doing Technoscience as ('new') Media
Kember, Sarah. 2006. Doing Technoscience as ('new') Media. In: James P. Curran and David G. Morley, eds. Media and Cultural Theory. Routledge, pp. 235-249. ISBN 9780415317054
Principles of Robotics: Regulating Robots in the Real World
Boden, Margaret; Bryson, Joanna; Caldwell, Darwin; Dautenhahn, Kerstin; Edwards, Lilian; Kember, Sarah; Newman, Paul; Parry, Vivienne; Pegman, Geoff; Rodden, Tom; Sorrell, Tom; Wallis, Mick; Whitby, Blay and Winfield, Alan. 2017. Principles of Robotics: Regulating Robots in the Real World. Connection Science, 29(2), pp. 124-129. ISSN 0954-0091
Face Recognition and the Emergence of Smart Photography
Kember, Sarah. 2014. Face Recognition and the Emergence of Smart Photography. Journal of Visual Culture, 13(2), pp. 182-199. ISSN 1470-4129
Why Write? Feminism, Publishing and the Politics of Communication
Kember, Sarah. 2014. Why Write? Feminism, Publishing and the Politics of Communication. New Formations: A Journal of Culture, Theory, Politics(83), ISSN 0950-2378
No Humans Allowed? The Alien in/as Feminist Theory
Kember, Sarah. 2011. No Humans Allowed? The Alien in/as Feminist Theory. Feminist Theory, 12(2), pp. 183-199. ISSN 1464-7001
‘Creative Media between Invention and Critique, or What’s Still at Stake in Performativity’
Zylinska, Joanna and Kember, Sarah. 2010. ‘Creative Media between Invention and Critique, or What’s Still at Stake in Performativity’. Cultural Machine, 11, ISSN 1465-4121
‘Creative Evolution? The quest for life (on Mars)’
Kember, Sarah. 2006. ‘Creative Evolution? The quest for life (on Mars)’. InterZone,
Metamorphoses: The Myth of Evolutionary Possibility
Kember, Sarah. 2005. Metamorphoses: The Myth of Evolutionary Possibility. Theory Culture & Society, 22(1), pp. 153-173. ISSN 02632764
Reinventing cyberfeminism: cyberfeminism and the new biology
Kember, Sarah. 2002. Reinventing cyberfeminism: cyberfeminism and the new biology. Economy and Society, 31(4), pp. 626-641. ISSN 03085147
Conference or Workshop Item
'A Case for Feminist Futurism' (with reference to doing smart media smarter)
Kember, Sarah. 2013. ''A Case for Feminist Futurism' (with reference to doing smart media smarter)'. In: Opening Lecture for Centre for Feminist Research. Goldsmiths, Universirty of London, United Kingdom.
Friction and Fiction: IP, Copyright and Digital Futures, V&A
Jefferies, Janis K.; Kember, Sarah; Papadimitriou, Irini Mirena and Şahin, Özden. 26 September 2015 Friction and Fiction: IP, Copyright and Digital Futures, V&A.
CREATe (the Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology), Whose Book is it Anyway?
Jefferies, Janis K. and Kember, Sarah. 2012. CREATe (the Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise and Technology), Whose Book is it Anyway?. UNSPECIFIED.