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Silvia Lindtner

Silvia Lindtner

Associate Professor of Information, School of Information, Associate Professor of Art and Design, Penny W Stamps School of Art and Design and Assistant Professor of Digital Studies Institute, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts Email: Phone: 734/936-0671
Office: School of Information/4384 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website


Silvia Lindtner is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information. She researches, writes and teaches about DIY (do-it-yourself) maker culture, with a particular focus on its intersections with manufacturing and industry development in China. Drawing on her background in interaction design and media studies, she merges ethnographic methods with approaches in design and making. This allows her to provide deep insights into emerging cultures of technology production and use, from a sociological and technological perspective.

Together with Anna Greenspan (NYU SH) and David Li (XinCheJian), Silvia Lindtner is also the co-founder of the Research Initiative Hacked Matter. Hacked Matter has since its inception in 2011 organized a series of workshops, lectures, public panel discussions as well as hands-on engagements with questions of DIY making, manufacturing, and innovation ecosystems.

Areas of interest

Human-computer interaction, computer supported cooperative work, science and technology studies, design, DIY, maker culture, China studies, Chinese internet research


UMSI to receive funding for two anti-racism faculty positions

UMSI will hire two new faculty positions as part of the University of Michigan Anti-Racism Faculty Hiring Initiative.

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New book by Silvia Lindtner examines the promise of entrepreneurial life and China’s contested place in the global IT industry

Silvia Lindtner is the author of the book Prototype Nation: China and the Contested Promise of Innovation, newly published by Princeton University Press.

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