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
- How do-it-yourself makers are reinventing production, labor, and innovation
- Growing makerspace learning in Michigan libraries
- From Hobby to Socioeconomic Driver: Innovation Pathways to Professional Making in Asia and the American Midwest
- Innovation and technology entrepreneurship cultures between Ghana, Southern China, and Silicon Valley