Silvia Lindtner is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information, as well as an assistant professor in the Stamps School of Art and Design. She is affiliated with several interdisciplinary centers and initiatives on campus including theLieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, the Science, Technology and Society Program and the Michigan Interactive and Social Computing Research Group. Together with Anna Greenspan (NYU SH) and David Li (XinCheJian), Silvia co-directs the Research Initiative Hacked Matter, dedicated to critically investigating processes of technology innovation, urban redesign, and maker-manufacturing cultures in China.
Before joining the University of Michigan, Silvia held a two-year post-doc position, jointly appointed at the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing and Fudan University, Shanghai. She received her Ph.D. in 2012 in Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine, where she worked with Paul Dourish as her advisor, and Tom Boellstorff, Mimi Ito, Melissa Mazmanian, and Jeffrey Wasserstrom as her committee.
Lindtner's research investigates the role digital technologies play in global processes of innovation, work and labor, as sites of expressions of selfhood and collectivity, and in relation to political, social and economic processes of urban redesign. She explores these themes through a contemporary research project; maker and hacker culture, with a particular focus on intersections with manufacturing and creative industry development in China. Her work is published across the fields of digital media and communication studies, information studies, cultural anthropology, China studies, science and technology studies, human-computer interaction, and computer supported cooperative work. Lindtner's research is currently supported by two grants from the National Science Foundation, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and by the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies. Her work has also been supported by the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing (ISTC-Social), the Michigan-Fudan Social Science Collaboration, the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation, two Intel Research grants, a Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, and a Chinese Government Scholarship.
Science and Technology Studies, Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Science and Technology Studies, Design, DIY, Maker Culture, China Studies, Chinese Internet Research
Lindtner, S. 2015. Hacking with Chinese Characteristics: The Promises of the Maker Movement against China's Manufacturing Culture. Science, Technology & Human Values (ST&HV), 1-26.
Lindtner, S. 2014. Hackerspaces and Internet of Things in China: How Makers are reinventing Industrial Production, Innovation & the Self. Journal of China Information, Special Issue on "Political Contestation in Chinese Digital Spaces" (ed. Guobin Yang), Vol. 28, No. 2, 145-167.
Lindtner, S., Greenspan, A., Li, D. 2015. Designed in Shenzhen: Shanzhai Manufacturers and Maker Entrepreneurs. Aarhus Series on Human Centered Computing, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 12.
Sun, Y., Lindtner, S., Ding, X., Lu, T., Gu, N. 2015. Reliving the Past & Making a Harmonious Society Today: A Study of Elderly Electronic Hackers in China. In Proc. of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW 2015), pp. 44-45. Recipient of Best Paper Award.
Lindtner, Silvia, Hertz, Garnet, and Dourish, Paul. 2014. Emerging Sites of HCI Innovation: Hackerspaces, Hardware Start-ups & Incubators, In Proc. of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI'14 (Toronto, Canada), pp.439-448. Recipient of the SIGCHI Best of CHI Paper Award.
Ames, M., Bardzell, J., Bardzell, S., Lindtner, S., Mellis, D., Rosner, D. 2014. Making Cultures: Empowerment,Participation, and Democracy – or Not? Extended Abstracts of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems CHI'14 (Toronto, Canada), pp. 1087-1092.
Yuling Sun, Xianghua Ding, Silvia Lindtner, Tun Lu, and Ning Gu. 2014. Being senior and ICT: a study of seniors using ICT in China. Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI’14), Toronto, Canada, pp. 3933-3942.
Tengfei Liu, Xianghua Ding, Silvia Lindtner, Tun Lu, Ning Gu. 2013. The Collective Infrastructural Work of Electricity: Exploring Feedback in a Prepay University Dorm in China. The ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp’13), Zurich, Switzerland, pp. 295-304.
Lindtner, S., Anderson, K., Dourish, P. 2012. Cultural Appropriation: Information Technologies as Sites of Transnational Imagination. Proc. of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work, (Seattle, WA), pp.77-86.