Dr Adam Fish

Senior Lecturer

Research Overview

Adam Fish is cultural anthropologist, video producer, and senior lecturer in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University.

He employs ethnographic and creative methods to investigate how media technology and political power interconnect. Using theories from political economy and new materialism, he examines digital industries and digital activists.

His book Technoliberalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) describes his ethnographic research on the politics of internet video in Hollywood and Silicon Valley. His co-authored book After the Internet (Polity, 2017) reimagines the internet from the perspective of grassroots activists and citizens on the margins of political and economic power.

He is presently working on a book about hacktivist prosecution called Hacker States and a book and experimental video called System Earth Cable about "elemental media"--atmospheric and undersea information infrastructures in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Iceland, and Indonesia. This project deploys drones to map the undersea fibre optical cable system as seen here at Landeyjasandur, Iceland.

From 2017-2018 he is a Leverhulme Research Fellow conducting research titled "Opening the Droncode: The Privatisation of Urban Airspace," which will have him working in both the United Kingdom and Indonesia on atmospheric technologies such as drones, balloons, and satellites.

From 2015-2017 he conducted ethnographic research into data centers and undersea cable landing infrastructure in the North Atlantic. See a draft of the experimental drone documentary here. This research was funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology, COST Action IS1202, and other sources.

From 2013-2015 he was a co-primary 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 2010-2012 he was a researcher at UCLA for the National Science Foundation funded project, “Public Engagement in Networked Virtual Organizations and its effects on Discovery and Innovation" (grant #1025569), which analysed and compared forms of amateur and citizen digital participatory culture.

Before joining academia, he was a documentary producer for three years producing 15 shorts for US, UK, Irish, and Italian television and a federal and tribal archaeologist for ten years working to preserve the cultural heritage of Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest.

Scalia.warhead1: securitization discourses in Hacktivist video
Fish, A.R. 31/10/2017 In: Visual security studies. London : Routledge ISBN: 9781138229921.
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After the internet
Srinivasan, R., Fish, A.R. 29/09/2017 Polity Press. ISBN: 9781509506170.
Book

Technoliberalism and the end of participatory culture in the United States
Fish, A.R. 8/05/2017 Palgrave Macmillan. 228 p. ISBN: 9783319312552.
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Technology retreats and the politics of social media
Fish, A.R. 10/04/2017 In: tripleC: Communication, Capitalism and Critique. 15, 1, p. 355-369. 15 p.
Journal article

Half-Lives of Hackers and the Shelf Life of Hacks
Follis, L., Fish, A.R. 02/2017 In: Limn. 8
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Beneath the Clouds, the Beach
Fish, A.R. 2017 In: Cultural Anthropology.
Comment/debate

Attack on the drones: the creeping privatisation of our urban airspace
Garrett, B.L., Fish, A.R. 12/12/2016 The Guardian
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Study on comprehensive policy review of anti-trafficking projects funded by the European Commission: HOME/2014/ISFP/PR/THBX/0052
Walby, S., Towers, J., Francis, B.J., Shire, K., Kelly, L., Apitzsch, B., Armstrong, J.E., Balderston, S., Fish, A.R., Hardaker, C., Kirby, S., May-Chahal, C.A., Palmer, C.E. 17/10/2016 Publications Office of the European Union. 106 p.
Commissioned report

Networked idiots: affective economies and neoliberal subjectivity in Russian viral video
Khalikova, D., Fish, A.R. 08/2016 In: Global Media and Communication. 12, 2, p. 143-159. 17 p.
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Mirror
Fish, A.R. 7/06/2016 In: Digital keywords. Princeton : Princeton University Press p. 217-226. 10 p. ISBN: 9780691167343.
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Gagged and doxed: Hacktivism’s self-incrimination complex
Fish, A.R., Follis, L. 06/2016 In: International Journal of Communication. 10, p. 3281-3300. 20 p.
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Zopa's lambs: video ads, internet banks, and the financialization of affect
McKnight, J., Fish, A.R. 5/05/2016 In: Ephemera : Theory and Politics in Organization. 16, 4, p. 33-49. 17 p.
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Mirroring the videos of Anonymous: cloud activism, living networks, and political mimesis
Fish, A.R. 18/01/2016 In: The Fibreculture Journal. 26, 191, p. 85-107. 23 p.
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Internet parties: the internet as party, policy, platform, and persuasive symbol
Fish, A. 10/2015 In: Civic media project. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
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A computational study of how and why reddit.com was an effective platform in the campaign against SOPA
Mills, R., Fish, A. 21/05/2015 In: Social Computing and Social Media. Cham : Springer p. 229-241. 13 p.
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Edgework, state power, and hacktivists
Fish, A., Follis, L. 2015 In: Hau: Journal of Ethnographic Theory. 5, 2, p. 383-390. 8 p.
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The moral technical imaginaries of internet convergence in an American television network
Fish, A. 2015 In: Digital labour and prosumer capitalism. London : Palgrave Macmillan ISBN: 9781137473899.
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Deploying, innovating, and disrupting—designing digital infrastructures for alternative financial systems: digital intermediary exchange ‘toolkit’
Perry, M., McKnight, J.C., Ferreira, J., Fish, A.R. 2014 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital. 40 p.
Commissioned report

Interpreting infrastructure: defining user value for digital financial intermediaries
Ferreira, J., McKnight, J.C., Fish, A.R., Perry, M. 2014 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital. 29 p.
Commissioned report

Managing digital intermediaries: socio-digital analysis of the design of internet-based social, peer-to-peer financial services
McKnight, J.C., Ferreira, J., Perry, M., Fish, A.R. 2014 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital. 8 p.
Commissioned report

Participations: dialogues on the participatory promise of contemporary culture and politics
Andrejevic, M., Banks, J., Campbell, J.E., Couldry, N., Fish, A., Hearn, A., Ouellette, L. 2014 In: International Journal of Communication. 8, p. 1089–1106. 17 p.
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Participatory design of digital intermediaries
Ferreira, J., McKnight, J.C., Fish, A.R., Perry, M., Subramanian, S. 2014 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital. 21 p.
Commissioned report

Putting the ‘digital’ in Digital Intermediaries: the role of technical infrastructure in building business models
McKnight, J.C., Ferreira, J., Perry, M., Fish, A.R. 2014 3rd Party Dematerialisation and Rematerialisation of Capital. 21 p.
Commissioned report

Participatory television: convergence, crowdsourcing, and neoliberalism
Fish, A. 09/2013 In: Communication, Culture and Critique. 6, 3, p. 372-395. 24 p.
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Digital labor is the new killer app
Fish, A., Srinivasan, R. 02/2012 In: New Media and Society. 14, 1, p. 137-152. 15 p.
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The place of the internet in anthropology
Fish, A.R. 03/2011 In: Anthropology News. 52, 3, 1 p.
Comment/debate

Birds of the internet: a field guide to understanding action, organization, and the governance of participation
Fish, A., Murillo, L., Nguyen, L., Panofsky, A., Kelty, C. 2011 In: Journal of Cultural Economy. 4, 2, p. 157-187. 31 p.
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Film and Archaeology in the Indigenous and Industrial American West
Fish, A. 2011 In: Visual Anthropology. 24, 3, p. 246-265. 20 p.
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Governance of labor in digital video networks
Fish, A. 2011 In: iConference '11 Proceedings of the 2011 iConference. New York : ACM Press p. 466-471. 6 p.
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Indigenous Digital Media and the History of the Internet on the Columbia Plateau
Fish, A. 2011 In: Journal of Northwest Anthropology. 45, 1, p. 91-114. 24 p.
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Revolutionary tactics, media ecologies, and repressive regimes
Srinivsan, R., Fish, A. 2011 In: Public Culture. 23, 3, p. 505-510. 6 p.
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Multi-sited anthropology and new media journalism
Fish, A.R. 10/2009 In: Anthropology News. 50, 7, 1 p.
Comment/debate

Internet Authorship: Social and Political Implications within Kyrgyzstan
Srinivasan, R., Fish, A. 04/2009 In: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 14, 3, p. 559-580. 22 p.
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World of wonder: a documentary of a production subculture
Fish, A.R. 2009 In: Mediascape. Fall
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An Interview with Adeline Fredin, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Colville Confederated Tribes
Fish, A.R. 2008 In: Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One. University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press) ISBN: 9781598743487.
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An Interview with Connie Johnston, Colville Tribal Elder, Colville Confederated Tribes
Fish, A.R. 2008 In: Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One. University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press) ISBN: 9781598743487.
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An Interview with Joe Pakootas, Tribal Chairman, Colville Confederated Tribes
Fish, A.R. 2008 In: Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One. University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press)
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An Interview with Mary Marchand, Colville Tribal Elder
Fish, A.R. 2008 In: Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One. University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press) ISBN: 9781598743487.
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Archaeology as Activism in a Post-Kennewick Man World
Fish, A.R. 2008 In: Kennewick Man: Perspectives on the Ancient One. University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press) ISBN: 9781598743487.
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Mining difference for the culture industry: both Borat and anthropologists do it
Fish, A.R. 01/2007 In: Anthropology News. 48, 1, 2 p.
Comment/debate

Support Media Anthropology and New Media
Fish, A.R. 01/2007 In: Anthropology News. 48, 1, 1 p.
Comment/debate

Sex, media, celebrity: a queer culture of media production
Fish, A. 2007 In: FlowTV. 5, 10
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Television, ecotourism, and the videocamera: performative non-fiction and auto-cinematography
Fish, A. 2007 In: FlowTV. 5, 6
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Anthropologists responding to anthropological television
Fish, A.R., Evershed, S. 08/2006 In: Anthropology Today. 22, 4, 4 p.
Comment/debate

Indigenous Bodies in Colonial Courts: Anthropological Science and the (Physical) Law of the Remaining Human
Fish, A. 2006 In: Wicazo Sa Review . 21, 1, p. 77-95. 19 p.
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Native American sacred places and the language of capitalism
Fish, A. 2005 In: Future Anterior. 2, 1, p. 40-49. 10 p.
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The women of Afghanistan and the freedom of thought
Fish, A., Popal, R. 2003 In: The psychological impact of war trauma on civilians. Westport, Conn. : Praeger ISBN: 027597202X.
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