Professor Ned Rossiter


Professor Ned Rossiter with trees and the Female Orphan School in the background.

Professor Ned Rossiter is a media theorist noted for his research on network cultures, the politics of cultural labour, logistical media and data politics. He is currently investigating global logistics industries and the intersections between labour regimes, digital infrastructures and software architectures.

Ned was based in Perth, Melbourne, Northern Ireland, Beijing, Shanghai and Ningbo before taking up an appointment as Professor of Communication in 2011 in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University where he is also a member of the Institute for Culture and Society. In 2014 he is seconded to ICS and convenes the Digital Life research theme.

He is the author of Organized networks: media theory, creative labour, new institutions (NAi Publications, 2006). Ned is currently working on two books entitled Software, infrastructure, labor: a media theory of logistical nightmares (Routledge, forthcoming 2016) and (with Geert Lovink) Urgent aphorisms: the politics of network cultures (Minor Compositions, forthcoming 2016). Ned's writings have been translated into Italian, Spanish, German, French, Finnish, Dutch, Chinese, Greek, Latvian and Hungarian.

Qualifications

PhD, 2005, (Media Studies), Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

Grad. Dip., 1992, (Design), Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia

BA, 1992, (Media Studies), Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia

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Honours and Awards

2016: Visiting Professor, Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths University of London

2016: Research Fellow, Digital Cultures Research Lab (opens in a new window), Leuphana University

2016-19: Member, Australian Research Council College of Experts

2013: Visiting Research Professor, Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University, Lüneburg

2013: Visiting Professor, Singapore Management University

2011: Awarded an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Creative Industries, Peking / Beida University, China

2004-: Long-term adviser for and collaborator with the Institute of Network Cultures (opens in a new window), Hogeschool van Amsterdam

2004-10: Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney

2003: Visiting Fellow, Media and Communications, Melbourne University

 

Grants

2016-19: Neilson, B, Rossiter, N, Notley, T with Pang, L, Harney, S, Mezzadra, S, Reading, A and Sprenger, F. 'Data Centres and the Governance of Labour and Territory, Australian Research Council Discovery Project, A$433,790.

2013-15: Neilson, B, Rossiter, N with Cuevas, H, Kambouri, E, Huws, U, Mezzadra, S, Samaddar, R, Walters, W, 'Logistics as Global Governance: Labour, Software and Infrastructure Along the New Silk Road' (opens in a new window), Australian Research Council Discovery Project, A$390,000.

2009-11: Ang, I, Neilson, B, Rossiter, N with Mezzadra, S, Morris, M, Samaddar, R, Wang, H, 'Culture in Transition: Creative Labour and Social Mobilities in the Asian Century' (opens in a new window), Australian Research Council Discovery Project, A$369,000. 

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Selected Publications

Books

Rossiter, N & Lovink, G (forthcoming) 2016, Urgent aphorisms: the politics of network cultures, Minor Compositions.

Rossiter, N 2016, Software, infrastructure, labor: a media theory of logistical nightmares (opens in a new window), Routledge, Abingdon and New York.

Rossiter, N 2006, Organized networks: media theory, creative labour, new institutions, NAi Publications, Rotterdam. [Italian translation 2009, Manifestolibri]

Edited Collections

Neilson, B & Rossiter, N (eds) 2014, Logistical worlds: infrastructure, software, labour (opens in a new window), no. 1.

Craig, K, Hepworth, K, Neilson, B & Rossiter, N (eds) 2012, Transit labour: circuits, regions, borders (opens in a new window), no. 5.

Craig, K, Hepworth, K, Neilson, B, & Rossiter, N (eds) 2012, Transit labour: circuits, regions, borders (opens in a new window), no. 4.

Craig, K, Neilson, B & Rossiter, N, (eds) 2011, Transit labour: circuits, regions, borders (opens in a new window), no. 3.

Neilson, B, Rossiter, N & Zehle, S (eds) 2010, Transit labour: circuits, regions, borders (opens in a new window), no. 2.

Craig, K, Neilson, B & Rossiter, N (eds) 2010, Transit labour: circuits, regions, borders (opens in a new window), no. 1.

Rossiter, N, Carriço, M & B de Muynck (guest eds) 2008, 'Special issue: creative China: counter-mapping creative industries', Urban China 33 (opens in a new window).

Lovink G & Rossiter, N (eds) 2007, MyCreativity reader: a critique of creative industries (opens in a new window), Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam.

Neilson, B & Rossiter, N (eds) 2006, 'Experience, movement and the creation of new political forms', ephemera: theory & politics in organization, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 393-410.

Neilson, B & Rossiter, N (eds) 2005, 'Multitudes, creative organisation and the precarious condition of new media labour' (opens in a new window), Fibreculture Journal, no. 5.

Chun, A, Rossiter, N & Shoesmith, B (eds) 2004, Refashioning pop music in Asia: cosmopolitan flows, political tempos, and aesthetic industries, ConsumAsian Book Series, Routledge, London & New York. 

Book Chapters

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2016, 'The politics of organized networks: the art of collective coordination and the seriality of demands', in W Hui Kyong Chun, A Watkins Fisher & T Keenan (eds), New media, old media: a history and theory reader, 2nd edition, Routledge, New York, pp. 335-345.

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2015, 'Network cultures and the architecture of decision', in L Dencik & O Leistert (eds), Social media protest: contentions and debates, Rowman & Littlefield, New York, pp. 219-232.

Magee, L & Rossiter, N 2015, 'Service orientations: data, institutions, labour', in I Kaldrack & M Leeker (eds), There is no software, there are just services (opens in a new window), Meson Press, Lüneburg, pp. 73-89.

Rossiter, N & Zehle, S 2015, 'Parametric politics: exploring imperial infrastructures and systemic dispositions', in C Wee, J Schönebach & O Arndt (eds), Supermarkt: a micro-toolkit for disobedient consumers, or, how to frack the fatal forces of the capitalocene, Irene Publishing, Oslo, pp. 325-336.

Zehle, S & Rossiter, N 2015, 'Mediations of labor: algorithmic architectures, logistical media and the rise of black box politics', in R Maxwell (ed.), The Routledge companion to labor and media, Routledge, New York, pp. 40-50.

Rossiter, N 2015, 'Locative media as logistical media: situating infrastructure and the governance of labor in supply-chain capitalism', in G Goggin & R Wilken (eds), Locative media, Routledge, New York, pp. 208-223. 

Rossiter, N & Zehle, S 2015, 'The aesthetics of algorithmic experience', in R Martin (ed.), The Routledge companion to art and politics, Routledge, New York, pp. 214-221.

Rossiter, N & Zehle, S 2014, 'Privacy is theft: on anonymous experiences, infrastructural politics and accidental encounters' in M Fredriksson & J Arvanitakis (eds) Piracy: leakages from modernity, Litwin Books, Sacramento, pp. 345-353. 

Rossiter N 2014, 'Materialities of software: logistics, labour, infrastructure', in PL Arthur & K Bode (eds), Advancing digital humanities: research, methods, theories, Palgrave Macmillan, UK, pp. 221-240. 

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2014, 'Organized networks: a guide for the distracted multitudes', in S  Herbst & F Malzacher (eds) Truth is concrete: a handbook for artistic strategies in real politics (opens in a new window), Sternberg Press, Berlin.    

Rossiter, N 2014, 'Organised networks: transdisciplinarity and new institutional forms', in L Larsen (ed.) Networks (documents of contemporary art series), London and Cambridge, Mass.: Whitechapel Gallery and MIT Press, pp. 95-99. (Reprint)

Rossiter, N & Zehle, S 2014, 'Toward a politics of anonymity: algorithmic actors in the constitution of collective agency and the implications for global economic justice movements', in M Parker, G Cheney, V Fournier & C Land (eds) Routledge companion to alternative organization, Routledge, London & New York, pp. 151-162. 

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2013, 'In praise of concept production: formats, schools and non-representational media studies', in K Gates (ed.), Media studies futures, the international encyclopedia of media studies, vol. 5, Wiley-Blackwell, Cambridge & Malden, pp. 61-75.

Rossiter, N 2012, 'Dirt research', in C Wiedemann & S Zehle (eds), Depletion design: a glossary of network ecologies, XMLab and the Institute for Network Cultures, Amsterdam, pp. 41-45.

Rossiter, N & Zehle, S 2012, 'Acts of translation: organizing networks as algorithmic technologies of the common', in T Scholz (ed.), Digital labor: the internet as playground and factory, Routledge, London & New York, pp. 225-39.

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2011, '"Seriality for all": the role of protocols and standards in critical theory', in P Wisse (ed.), Interoperabel Nederland, Forum Standaardisatie, The Hague, pp. 426-33.

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2011, 'Urgent aphorisms: notes on organized networks for the connected multitudes', in M Deuze (ed.), Managing media work, Sage, London, pp. 279-90.

Rossiter, N 2011, 'Autonomous education, new institutions and the experimental economy of network cultures', in P O'Neill & C Doherty (eds), Locating the producers: contemporary art commissioning in place over time, Valiz, Amsterdam, pp. 327-37.

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2011, 'Understanding cartopolitics: the logic of networks, from visualisation to organisation', in G Barlow (ed.), Networks (cells & silos), MUMA, Melbourne, pp. 29-31.

Neilson, B & Rossiter, N 2010, 'Still waiting, still moving: on labour, logistics and maritime industries' (opens in a new window), in D Bissell & G Fuller (eds), Stillness in a mobile world, Routledge, London & New York, pp. 51-68.

Rossiter, N 2010, 'The informational university, the uneven distribution of expertise and the racialization of labour' (opens in a new window), in W Xiaoming & G Shi (eds), ReFeng xueshu, Shanghai, pp. 18-29. [Reprint of article in 2010, Edu-Factory Journal.]

Rossiter, N, Coleman, G, Lovink, G & Zehle, S 2009, 'Winter camp 09: from weak ties to organized networks - ideas, reports, critiques', in G Lovink (ed.), From weak ties to organized networks: ideas, reports, critiques, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, pp. 6-23.

Rossiter, N 2009, 'A hierarchy of networks?, or, geo-culturally differentiated networks and the limits of collaboration', in Edu-factory Collective (eds), The global university: the new market for knowledge, Autonomedia, New York, pp. 140-44. [Reprint and translation of: Rossiter, N 2008, 'Una gerarchia di reti?, ovvero, reti geo-culturalmente differenziate e i limiti della collaborazione', in Edu-factory Collective (eds), Universita globale: il nuovo mercato del sapere, Manifestolibri, Rome, pp. 143-46]

Rossiter, N 2008, 'Una gerarchia di reti?, ovvero, reti geo-culturalmente differenziate e i limiti della collaborazione', in Edu-factory Collective (eds), Universita globale: il nuovo mercato del sapere, Manifestolibri, Rome, pp. 143-46.

Rossiter, N 2008, 'Processual media theory', in B French (ed.), Michael Goldberg: strong language, some violence, adult themes, Artspace Visual Arts Centre, Sydney.

Rossiter, N 2008, 'New design education models are new business models', in M Gerritzen (ed.), Masters of Rietveld: Dutch design education in the 21st century, Sandberg Institute of Design, Amsterdam, pp. 40-43.

Rossiter, N 2008, 'The contagion of style', in M Gerritzen & G Lovink (eds), Style first, Birkhauser Publishers, Basel, Boston & Berlin, pp. 33-34, 82-82, 135. [English, German and French translations]

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2007, 'Proposals for creative research: introduction to the MyCreativity reader', in G Lovink & N Rossiter (eds), MyCreativity reader: a critique of creative industries, Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam, pp. 9-16.

Rossiter, N 2006, 'Organized networks and non-representative democracy', in J Dean, J Anderson & G Lovink (eds), Reformatting politics: information technology and global civil society, Routledge, London & New York, pp. 19-34.

Rossiter, N 2006, 'WSIS and organised networks as new civil society movements', in J Servaes & N Carpentier (eds), Beyond the WSIS: towards a sustainable agenda for the future information society, Intellect Books, Bristol, pp. 97-119.

Neilson, B & Rossiter, N 2006, 'From precarity to precariousness and back again: labour, life and unstable networks', in M Vishmidt with M Francis, J Walsh & L Sykes (eds), Media mutandis: a NODE. London Reader, NODE.London, London, pp. 10-29.

Rossiter, N & Cooper, S 2005, 'Processual media theory and the study of new media: towards a new research approach', in K Kwansah-Aidoo (ed.), Topical issues in communications and media research, Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 99-119.

Journal Articles

de Zeeuw, D 2015, 'Of piracy, anonimity, and parametric politics: an interview with Ned Rossier and Soenke Zehle' (opens in a new window), Krisis: Journal for Contemporary Philosophy, no. 1.

Rossiter, N & Zehle, S 2015, 'Data politics and infrastructural design: between cybernetic mediation and terminal subjectivity' (opens in a new window), A Peer-Reviewed Journal About // Datafied Research.

Rossiter, N 2015, 'Coded vanilla: logistical media and the determination of action' (opens in a new window), South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 114, no. 1, pp. 119-134. 

Rossiter, N 2014, 'Logistical Worlds' (opens in a new window), Cultural Studies Review, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 53-76.

Kanngieser, A, Neilson, B & Rossiter, N 2014, 'What is a research platform? mapping methods, mobilities and subjectivities', Media, Culture & Society vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 302-318. 

Rossiter, N & Zehle, S 2014, 'Experience machines', Sociologia del Lavoro, no. 133, pp. 111-132. 

Rossiter, N 2011, 'Logistics, labour and new regimes of knowledge production' (opens in a new window), Transeuropéenes: International Journal of Critical Thought, 8 August. [Trans. English and French]

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2011, 'Understanding cartopolitics: the logic of networks, from visualisation to organisation', Acoustic Space: Journal for Transdisciplinary Research of Art, Science, Technology and Society, no. 10, pp. 53-59. [translated in English and Latvian]

Rossiter, N 2010, 'The informational university, the uneven distribution of expertise and the racialization of labour', darkmatter journal, 7. [Reprint of article in 2010, Edu-Factory Journal, Zero (January): pp. 62-73.]

Rossiter, N 2010, 'The informational university, the uneven distribution of expertise and the racialization of labour', Edu-Factory Journal, Zero (January): pp. 62-73.

Zehle, S & Rossiter, N 2009, 'Organizing networks: notes on collaborative constitution, translation and the work of organization', Cultural Politics, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 237-64.

Rossiter, N 2009, 'Networks, institutions, translation' (opens in a new window), Television & New Media, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 138-40.

Rossiter, N & Lovink, G 2009, 'The digital given: 10 Web 2.0 theses', Fibreculture Journal, no. 14.

Rossiter, N 2009, 'Translating the indifference of communication: electronic waste, migrant labour and the informational sovereignty of logistics in China' (opens in a new window), International Review of Information Ethics, no. 11, pp. 36-42.

Neilson, B & Rossiter, N 2008, 'Precarity as a political concept, or, Fordism as exception', Theory, Culture & Society, vol. 25, no. 7&8, pp. 51-72.

Rossiter, N 2006, 'Creative industries in Beijing: initial impressions', Leonardo: Journal for the International Arts, Sciences and Technology, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 367-70.

Rossiter, N 2005, 'Virtuosity, processual democracy and organised networks', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 110-28.

Neilson, B & Rossiter, N, with Giorgi, B & Grace, H 2005, 'Action without reaction: a Mongolian border intervention', ephemera: theory & politics in organization, vol. 5, no. 10, pp. 144-49.

Neilson, B & Rossiter, N 2005, 'From precarity to precariousness and back again: life, labour and unstable networks' (opens in a new window), Fibreculture Journal, no. 5.

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2005, 'Dawn of the organised networks' (opens in a new window), Fibreculture Journal, no. 5.

Rossiter, N 2004, 'Creative industries, comparative media theory, and the limits of critique from within', Topia: A Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, vol. 11, pp. 21-48.

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Other Articles

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2015, 'Concentrate your power: design organized networks', in Modelab, Future Mirrors (opens in a new window), pp. 31-33.

Neilson, B & Rossiter, N 2012, 'Creaky Infrastructure', Transit labour: circuits, regions, borders (opens in a new window), no. 5.

Rossiter, N 2012, 'The logistical city: software, infrastructure, labour', Transit labour: circuits, regions, borders (opens in a new window), no. 4.

Neilson, B & Rossiter, N 2011, 'The logistical city', Transit labour: circuits, regions, borders (opens in a new window), no. 3.

Lovink, G & Rossiter, N 2010, 'The portable guide to organized networks', Networks and Sustainability, Paper 3, pp. 8-9.

Rossiter, N 2010, 'Design criteria future, love it or leave it', in G Lovink & M Gerritzen (eds), Everyone is a designer in the age of social media, BIS Publishers, Amsterdam, pp. 97-99.

Neilson, B, Rossiter, N & Zehle, S 2010, 'From flows of culture to the circuits of logistics: borders, regions, labour in transit', Transit labour: circuits, regions, borders (opens in a new window), no. 2.

Kanngieser, A, Neilson, B & Rossiter, N 2010, 'What is a research platform?', Transit labour: circuits, regions, borders (opens in a new window), no. 1.

Rossiter, N 2010, 'From IT factory to electronic markets: speculations on circuits, regions, labour', Transit labour: circuits, regions (opens in a new window), borders, no. 1.

 

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