Dr Mateja Kovacic

Visiting Academic

About Mateja

Mateja is a Visiting Academic at the Urban Institute, where she is working on the urban robotics and automation project, with a special focus on social and humanoid robots.

She uses hermeneutics and semiotics of technology to address both social robots and their sociocultural backgrounds. Mateja is broadly specialised in history, anthropology and philosophy of technology and science, with focus on Japan.

Research interests

Mateja’s current projects include history of science, technology and popular culture in Japan, biopolitics of traditional Japanese craftship, global catastrophic risks, and material and visual culture as links between consumerism, natural history, and ecology.

Her previous work has been heavily influenced by the study in Japanese science fiction animation in connection with posthumanism and cyborgisation as well as bioethics and philosophy of technology.