Susan Kozel is a Professor of Philosophy, Dance and Media Technologies in the School of Art and Communication (K3). With an international profile as a contemporary phenomenologist, she applies philosophical thought to a range of embodied practices in digital cultures. Her research takes the form of both scholarly writing and collaborative performance practices. From 2012-2018 she directed Living Archives, a major research project into archiving practices funded by the Swedish Research Council. Her research into Somatic Archiving and the Performance of Memory continues by means of artistic practice and critical engagements with Augmented, Mixed (AR/MR), and Virtual Reality platforms.

She is a member of Malmö University’s Data Society Research Programme and teaches in the areas of Media and Communications and Interaction Design – in particular embodied approaches to media critique and design. She was on the quality advisory board of the Swedish Artistic Research School (2010-2015) and continues to be a strong voice in the artistic research community both in Sweden and internationally.

Her scholarly contributions span theory and practice: her book "Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology" (MIT Press 2007) exists alongside numerous articles, essays, archived lectures, and art work (such as "The Bronze Key" with artists Gibson / Martelli, and "Conspiracy Archives" with choreographer Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir.) Her current book in process is called "Performing Encryption," in which a phenomenology of affect is cultivated to enhance bodily agency in contemporary surveillance cultures.

Links to book chapters, journal articles, lectures and performances can be found below.

Research Projects

You can find previous research projects in the Diva database.