Scott Wark

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
Email s.wark (@gold.ac.uk)
Scott Wark

Scott Wark researches digital culture and the intersection of race and digital technology. His research combines an interest in theoretical approaches to media and culture with analyses of digital cultural phenomena, media infrastructures, data processing, artificial intelligence, and techniques of racialisation. He is co-editor of Figure: Concept and Method (with Celia Lury and William Viney; Palgrave, 2022) and 'Pharmacologies of Media,' a special issue of Media Theory (w. Yiğit Soncul).

Prior to joining Goldsmiths, Scott held positions as a Lecturer in Media in the University of Kent's School of Arts (2022-23) and as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Wellcome-Funded ‘People Like You: Contemporary Figures of Personalisation’ project (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick, 2018-22).

Academic qualifications

  • PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick 2018
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons. with University Medal), The University of Sydney 2010

Teaching and Supervision

Scott is convenor of the second year option module Arts of Surveillance (Spring term, '23-24) and teaches on the first year core module Modernities (Spring term, '23-24).

Research interests

Scott's research into digital culture focuses in particular on internet memes. In his PhD thesis and subsequent published work, he argues that internet memes are representative of a novel type of media constituted by practices of circulation. This work also covers topics including the new online culture wars, the impact of platformisation on digital cultural production, the relationship between algorithms, data processing, and digital subjectivity, and the shaping of theorisation by its (mediated) material conditions of production.

Scott’s other main area of interest is the shaping influence that media infrastructures and digital technology exert on concepts of race and techniques of racialisation. One aspect of this research (with Thao Phan) focuses on how the category of ‘race’ operates once it is processed using techniques like artificial intelligence and machine learning, arguing that these techniques are changing the nature of ‘race’ itself.

This research is often collaborative and interdisciplinary and emphasises using ‘inventive methods’ to research digital culture, new media and large-scale technologies.

Publications and research outputs

Edited Book

Lury, Celia; Viney, William and Wark, Scott, eds. 2022. Figure: Concept and Method. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9789811924750

Edited Journal

Wark, Scott and Soncul, Yiğit, eds. 2022. Pharmacologies of Media, Media Theory, 6(2). 2557-826X

Wark, Scott and Sutherland, Thomas, eds. 2015. Gilbert Simondon: Media and Technics, Platform: Journal of Media and Communication, 6. 1836-5132

Book Section

Wark, Scott. 2022. In "The Cloud": Figuring and Inhabiting Media Milieus. In: Celia Lury; William Viney and Scott Wark, eds. Figure: Concept and Method. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 41-63. ISBN 9789811924750

Lury, Celia; Viney, William and Wark, Scott. 2022. Introduction: Figure, Figuring and Configuration. In: Celia Lury; William Viney and Scott Wark, eds. Figure: Concept and Method. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-20. ISBN 9789811924750

Wark, Scott. 2022. Lithium. In: Timothy Neale; Courtney Addison and Thao Phan, eds. An Anthropogenic Table of Elements: Experiments in the Fundamental. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 109-120. ISBN 9781487563578

Wark, Scott. 2021. A Postdigital Angel of History? On ‘Meme Theory’. In: Chlöe Arkenbout; Jack Wilson and Daniel de Zeeuw, eds. Critical Meme Reader: Global Mutations of the Viral Image. Amsterdam: Institute of Network Cultures, pp. 165-175. ISBN 9789492302762

Wark, Scott and Wark, McKenzie. 2019. Circulation and its Discontents. In: Alfie Bown and Dan Bristow, eds. Post Memes: Seizing the Memes of Production. Santa Barbara: punctum books, pp. 293-318. ISBN 9781950192434

Article

Wark, Scott and Soncul, Yiğit. 2022. A Media-Theoretical Armamentarium: From the Pharmakon to Pharmacologies of Media. Media Theory, 6(2), pp. 1-24. ISSN 2557-826X

Phan, Thao and Wark, Scott. 2021. Racial formations as data formations. Big Data & Society, 8(2), pp. 1-5. ISSN 2053-9517

Phan, Thao and Wark, Scott. 2021. What personalisation can do for you! Or: how to do racial discrimination without ‘race’. Culture Machine, 20, ISSN 1465-4121

Wark, Scott. 2020. Transmediale’s Postdigital Proposition. Cultural Politics, 16(2), pp. 274-276. ISSN 1743-2197

Wark, Scott. 2019. The subject of circulation: on the digital subject's technical individuations. Subjectivity, 12(1), pp. 65-81. ISSN 1755-6341

Wark, Scott. 2017. Media after the “Medial a Priori”. Cultural Politics, 13(2), pp. 259-262. ISSN 1743-2197

Wark, Scott and Sutherland, Thomas. 2015. Editorial: Platforms for the New. Platform: Journal of Media and Communication, 6, pp. 4-10. ISSN 1836-5132

Further profile content

Research projects

2021-2022: Pause for Thought: Media Literacy in an Age of Incessant Change
This AHRC-funded Networking Scheme project create an interdisciplinary network of scholars, artists, writers, media practitioners, and creative professionals invested in the future of media literacy.

2019-2021: Algorithmic Identities
Collaboration between University of Warwick and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile exploring identity after algorithms.

Grants and awards

2021: AHRC Networking Scheme Grant (AH/T012928/1)
For 'Pause for Thought: Media Literacy in an Age of Incessant Change'

2014: Chancellor's International Scholarship
PhD Scholarship, University of Warwick

2010: University Medal
For BA Dissertation, The University of Sydney