Dr. Mateja KOVACIC
Assistant Professor

Education: 
PhD, Humanities and Creative Writing, HKBU

Area of Interests: 
Transnational science and technology studies, Transnational animation, Japanese animation and popular culture, Transnational and cultural history of science and technology, Social robots, humanoid robots and artificial intelligence

Major Highlights: 
2018 – 2021 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford
2017 – 2021 Research Associate and Visiting Fellow, Urban Automation and Robotics, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield
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Achievement

2018 – 2021 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford
2019 Japan Foundation Endowment Committee Research Grant for project From Anarchist to Conscious Robots: A History of Humanoid Robots in Japan
2018 British Academy Knowledge Frontiers: International Interdisciplinary Research Projects 2018: Drones/Robotics and Development Priorities in Africa: Transformative infrastructure or digital colonisation? (Co-applicant with the Urban Robotics and Automation Team, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield).
2017 Royal Society International Exchanges 2017 (China): Beyond Smart Cities: A Comparative Analysis of Experimentation in Urban Automation and Robotics China/UK (Co-applicant with the Urban Robotics and Automation Team, Urban Institute, University of Sheffield).

Research output

2020

Aoyagi, Hiroshi, Kovacic, Mateja, Baines, Stephen Grant. “Neo-ethnic Self-Styling among Young Indigenous People of Brazil: Re-Appropriating Ethnicity through Cultural Hybridity.” Vibrant – Virtual Brazilian Anthropology 17 (2020).

2020 While, Aidan H., Kovacic, Mateja, Marvin, Simon. “Urban robotic experimentation: Tokyo, Dubai and California.” Urban Studies
2018 “The making of national robot history in Japan: monozukuri, enculturation and cultural lineage of robots.” (2018). Critical Asian Studies 50 (3).
2018 “Society 5.0: Japan’s Super Smart Society as a Global Model” (2018). La Vanguardia.
2018 “Robot cities: three urban prototypes for future living.” The Conversation (2018).  https://theconversation.com/robot-cities-three-urban-prototypes-for-future-living-90281.
2018 Marvin, Simon, While, Aidan H, Lockhart, M Andrew & Macrorie M, Rachel, Kovacic, Mateja. Urban Robotics and Automation: Critical Challenges, International Experiments and Transferable Lessons for the UK (2018) UK-RAS Network. White Paper.
2018 An Anthropology of the Japanese Robot.” (2018) Anthropology Book Forum. American Anthropological Association. http://www.anthropology-news.org/?book-review=an-anthropology-of-the-japanese-robot. Book review.