Dr. Mateja KOVACIC
Assistant Professor

mateja@hkbu.edu.hk
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Education: 
PhD, Humanities and Creative Writing, HKBU

Area of Interests: 
Intellectual and cultural history and transnational studies of science, technology and popular culture, Japanese studies, animation, robotics and artificial intelligence

Major Highlights: 
2021 Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme 2021 project: Transnational anarchist digital networks: Japanese animation and civic imagination in political and cultural movements in Hong Kong
Hiroshi, Aoyagi, Galbraith, Patrick W., Kovacic, Mateja (Eds) (2021) Idology in Transcultural Perspective: Anthropological Investigations of Popular Idolatry. Palgrave Macmillan.
2018 – 2021 British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, Nissan Institute of Japanese Studies, University of Oxford
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Achievement

2021 Research Grants Council Early Career Scheme 2021 project: Transnational anarchist digital networks: Japanese animation and civic imagination in political and cultural movements in Hong Kong
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

2021 Hiroshi Aoyagi, Patrick W. Galbraith and Mateja Kovacic (Eds) (2021) Idology in Transcultural Perspective: Anthropological Investigations of Popular Idolatry. Palgrave Macmillan.
Mateja Kovacic (2021) “Cyborg in Idology Studies: Symbiosis of Animating Humans and Machines.” Hiroshi Aoyagi, Patrick W. Ga;braith, Mateja Kovacic (Eds) Idology in Transcultural Perspective: Anthropological Investigations of Popular Idolatry. Palgrave Macmillan.
Hiroshi Aoyagi and Mateja Kovacic (2021) "On Popular Idolatry: A Reflexive Symbological Spin." Idology in Transcultural Perspective: Anthropological Investigations of Popular Idolatry. Palgrave Macmillan.
Andy Lockhart, Simon Marvin, Aidan H. While, Mateja Kovacic, Nancy Odendaal and Christian Alexander (2021) “Making space for drones: The contested reregulation of airspace in Tanzania and Rwanda.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 46(4). 
2020

Hiroshi Aoyagi, Mateja Kovacic, Stephen Grant Baines (2020) “Neo-ethnic Self-Styling among young Indigenous people of Brazil: Re-appropriating ethnicity through cultural hybridity.” Vibrant – Virtual Brazilian Anthropology 17. 

2020 Aidan H. While, Simon Marvin, Mateja Kovacic (2020) “Urban robotic experimentation: Tokyo, Dubai and California.” Urban Studies 58(4).
2018 Mateja Kovacic (2018) “The making of national robot history in Japan: Monozukuri, enculturation and cultural lineage of robots.” Critical Asian Studies 50(3).
2018 Mateja Kovacic (2018) “Society 5.0: Japan’s Super Smart Society as a Global Model.” La Vanguardia.
2018 Mateja Kovacic (2018) “Robot cities: three urban prototypes for future living.” The Conversation.  https://theconversation.com/robot-cities-three-urban-prototypes-for-future-living-90281.
2018 Simon Marvin, Aidan H. While, Andy Lockhart, Rachel M. Macrorie, Mateja Kovacic (2018) Urban Robotics and Automation: Critical Challenges, International Experiments and Transferable Lessons for the UK. UK-RAS Network, White Paper.
2018 Mateja Kovacic (2018) "An Anthropology of the Japanese Robot.” Anthropology Book Forum. American Anthropological Association. Book review. http://www.anthropology-news.org/?book-review=an-anthropology-of-the-japanese-robot