Michiel de Lange (1976) is an Assistant Professor in New Media Studies, Department of Media and Culture Studies (MCW), Utrecht University; co-founder of The Mobile City, a platform for the study of new media and the city; co-founder of the [urban interfaces] research group at Utrecht University. He researches (mobile) media and urban culture, play and identity.
In 2010 Michiel finished his PhD at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (Faculty of Philosophy), with a dissertation called Moving Circles mobile media and playful identities (2010). It is about the way mobile media technologies shape the construction of personal and cultural identities, with a particular focus on the urban context. The research was part of a larger project called Playful Identities. Michiel studied Cultural Anthropology and Sociology of non-western societies at the University of Amsterdam. He wrote a master’s thesis about the rise of the internet in Indonesia called Dunia Digit@l: Internet and Modernity in Indonesia 2000 (2001, in Dutch). With Martijn de Waal, Michiel founded The Mobile City, an organization with a research-based approach to how digital media technologies shape urban culture and urban design. Between 2006 – 2007 Michiel collaborated in a locative media art and science project, which took place in Nigeria (www.nomadicmilk.net). Between 2001 – 2005 Michiel worked for Knowledgeland, a Dutch think-tank that aims to strengthen the knowledge-based society (www.knowledgeland.org). He also worked for Cybersoek, a computer neighborhood center in Amsterdam, teaching people of different ages and backgrounds how to use digital media (www.cybersoek.nl). Michiel is a research member of the Center for the Study of Digital Games and Play (GAP) in Utrecht. Between 2011-2016 he was an advisor e-culture for the Mediafonds. In addition to blogging for The Mobile City, Michiel keeps a personal weblog here (http://blog.bijt.org).
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