Amira Moeding

PhD Student
I completed a BA in Philosophy and Cultural Studies at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. I also received training in Comparative Literature and Philosophy at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen and in Law at the Freie Universität Berlin. During my studies in Germany, I taught as TA on Critical theory, French theory, social philosophy, and analytical philosophy of language and science.

In Cambridge, I completed the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, focusing on histories of law and rights.

In 2020/21 I continued to the PhD in History, focusing on the Intellectual History of 'Big Data' supervised by Emma Mackinnon.

My research is supported by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. I was a research fellow at the Cluster of Excellence Matters of Activity at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin 2020/21
My research interests lie on the intersection of history, political theory and social philosophy with additional and growing enthusiam for the history of technology (the computer, databases, and the internet) and philosophy of science (scientific values and scientific representation). The intellectual history of 'Big Data' has led me into institutional and cooperative histories mostly in the US and the interaction of cooperations and political actors. It is a common place in most literature that so-called 'Big Data technologies' had and have a fast and severe impact on our everyday life. Asking how technologies based on vast amounts of (increasingly personal) data became thinkable, from what often economic imperatives they emerged, and on what infrastructures they rely, hence, seems a vital endeavour to me.
12- 15 September 2022 ‘On the emergence of data-driven artificial intelligence.’ International Society for Intellectual History (ISIH) Conference: Histories of Knowledge: Political, Historical and Cultural Epistemologies in Intellectual History

10- 12 May 2022 Panel Crises Crisis: ‘Crisis of ‘science’ – a short history of the rise of ‘Big Data’ in the tech-industry.’

Conference: 14th International Critical Theory Conference

Rome Campus of the Loyola University of Chicago

08-10 May 2022 Panel Data as Property: ‘Universality, Objectivity, Abstraction – how Data became a lucrative Property.’

Conference: Eigentum, Medien, Öffentlichkeit (Property, Media, and the Public)

University of Vienna

28 April 2022 Panel: Empirical Science and its Communities: ‘Epistemological Shifts, ‘Imagined Objectivities,’ and the

Creation of Communities through Digital Technologies’

Political Thought and Intellectual History Graduate Conference 2022: COMMUNITY and CONFLICT in Intellectual History

Kings College, University of Cambridge


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