Professor Heather Horst

BA (Minnesota), MA (California), PhD (London)

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Heather Horst is Professor in the Department of Media in Communications at the University of Sydney. Heather joined the Department in March 2017. Prior to this she was Professor in the School of Media and Communication and the Co-Founder of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University.

Research interests

Heather Horst is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research focuses upon understanding how digital media, technology and other forms of material culture mediate relationships, communication, learning, mobility and our sense of being human. Her books examining these themes include The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication (Horst and Miller, Berg, 2006), Kids Living and Learning with Digital Media: Findings from the Digital Youth Project (Ito, Horst, et al., 2009, MIT Press), Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with Digital Media (Ito, et al. 2010, MIT Press), Digital Anthropology (Horst and Miller, Eds., 2012, Berg) and Digital Ethnography (Pink, Horst, et al. 2016, Sage). She has been a guest editor for special issues of the International Journal of Communication, Journal of Material Culture, International Journal of Cultural Studies, New Media and Society, Media International Australia andHome Cultures. Heather's current research explores transformations in the telecommunications industry and the emergence of new mobile media practices across the Asia-Pacific region.

Teaching and supervision

Supervision:

  • Digital Anthropology
  • Digital Ethnography
  • Digital Media in Family Life
  • Mobile Media and Communication
  • Migration and Transnationalism
  • Geographic interests: Australia, Caribbean, Pacific

Current projects

  • Foster, Robert and Heather Horst, Eds. (Forthcoming) The Moral Economy of Mobile Phones in the Pacific. Canberra: ANU ePress.
  • Wilken, Rowan, Gerard Goggin and Heather Horst, Eds (Under contract, 2017) Location Technologies in International Context. London: Routledge.
  • Hjorth, Larissa, Sarah Pink, Heather A. Horst, Fumitoshi Kato, Baohua Zhou, Kana Ohasi and Jolynna Sinanan. (Under Contract). Locating the Mobile. London: Palgrave.
  • Noske-Turner, Heather A. Horst and Jo Tacchi. (2016) IDEAS Guide. Melbourne: RMIT University.
  • Noske-Turner, Heather A. Horst and Jo Tacchi. (2016) Facilitator’s Guide. Melbourne: RMIT University.

Associations

  • Series Co-Editor, Digital Ethnography Series, Palgrave Pivot
  • Editorial Board, Information Technologies & International Development
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Legal Anthropology
  • Editorial Board, Mobile Media & Communication
  • Editorial Board, New Media & Society
  • Senior Program Committee. ICTD 2016. Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Senior Program Committee, ICTD 2015. Singapore.
  • Executive Program Committee, American Anthropological Association Meetings 2014 “Producing Anthropology”, Washington, DC, USA
  • Program Committee Member, ICT4D 2013 Conference. Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Program Committee Member, Mobilities Annual Conference “Local and mobile: Linking mobilities, mobile communication and locative media”. March 2012.
  • Local Organizing Committee Chair, Digital Media and Learning Conference 2011 “Designing Learning Futures”. Long Beach, California, March 3-5, 2011.
  • Program Committee, Digital Media and Learning Conference 2010 “Diversifying Participation”. La Jolla, California, February 18-20, 2010.

Selected grants

2015

  • Exploiting Transmedia Skills and Informal Learning Strategies to Improve Formal Education; Scolari C, Prats J, Latorre O, Ardevol E, Cobo C, Koskimaa R, Kerttula T, Pereira S, Winocur R, Barreneche C, Gutierrez E, Ceretta M, Dussel I, Horst H, Pink S, Amici S, Lugo N, Masanet M, Tirocchi S; European Union/Research grants.

2014

  • The Moral and Cultural Economy of Mobile Phones in the Pacific; Horst H, Foster R; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2013

  • Locating the Mobile: Intergenerational Locative Media Practices in Tokyo, Melbourne and Shanghai; Hjorth L, Horst H, Pink S, Bell G, Zhao B, Kato F; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2012

  • Mobilising Media for Sustainable Outcomes in the Pacific Region; Horst H, Tacchi J, Friguglietti D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Pink, S., Horst, H., Postill, J., Hjorth, L., Lewis, T., Tacchi, J. (2016). Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice. California: Sage.
  • Ito, M., Baumer, S., Bittanti, M., boyd, D., Cody, R., Herr Stephenson, B., Horst, H., Lange, P., Mahendran, D., Martinez, K., et al (2010). Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [More Information]
  • Ito, M., Horst, H., Bittanti, M., boyd, D., Herr Stephenson, B., Lange, P., Pascoe, C., Robinson, L. (2009). Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [More Information]
  • Horst, H., Gerner, A. (2007). Jamaican Americans. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. [More Information]
  • Horst, H., Miller, D. (2006). The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication. New York: Berg Publishers. [More Information]

Edited Books

  • Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Galloway, A., Bell, G. (2017). The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. New York and Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Horst, H., Miller, D. (2012). Digital Anthropology. Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Galloway, A., Bell, G. (2017). Introduction. In Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Anne Galloway and Genevieve Bell (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography, (pp. 1-7). New York and Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Mohammid, S., Horst, H. (2017). Nah Leavin' Trinidad: The Place of Digital Music Production Among Amateur Musicians in Trinidad. In Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Anne Galloway and Genevieve Bell (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography, (pp. 169-175). New York and Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Horst, H. (2016). Being in Fieldwork: Collaboration, Digital Media, and Ethnographic Practice. In Roger Sanjek and Susan W. Tratner (Eds.), eFieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology in the Digital World, (pp. 153-168). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Pink, S., Zhou, B., Kato, F., Bell, G., Ohashi, K., Marmo, C., Xiao, M. (2016). Digital kinships: Intergenerational locative media in Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne. In Larissa Hjorth, Olivia Khoo (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia, (pp. 251-262). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Pink, S., Zhou, B., Kato, F., Bell, G., Ohashi, K., Malmo, C., Xiao, M. (2016). Locating the Mobile: Intergenerational Locative Media in Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne. In Fran Martin and Tania Lewis (Eds.), Lifestyle Media in Asia: Consumption, Aspiration and Identity, (pp. 147-161). Oxford and New York: Routledge.
  • Horst, H. (2016). Mobile Intimacies: Everyday Design and the Aesthetics of Mobile Phones. In Sarah Pink, Elisenda ArdAvol, DAbora Lanzeni (Eds.), Digital Materialities, (pp. 213-246). London: Bloomsbury Academic, imprint of Bloomsbury.
  • Horst, H. (2014). Calling My Name: Sound, Orality and the Cell Phone Contact List. In Sumanth Gopinath, Jason Stanyek (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, Volume 1, (pp. 1-13). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Taylor, E., Horst, H. (2014). The Aesthetics of Mobile Money Platforms in Haiti. In Gerard Goggin and Larissa Hjorth (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media, (pp. 462-472). New York: Routledge.
  • Horst, H., Hjorth, L. (2013). Engaging Practices: Doing Personalized Media. In Sara Price, Carey Jewitt, Barry Brown (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Digital Technology Research, (pp. 87-101). London: Sage Publications. [More Information]
  • Horst, H. (2013). New Media Technologies in Everyday Life. In Heather A. Horst and Daniel Miller (Eds.), Digital Anthropology, (pp. 66-82). Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers.
  • Miller, D., Horst, H. (2013). The Digital and the Human - A Prospectus for Digital Anthropology. In Heather A. Horst and Daniel Miller (Eds.), Digital Anthropology, (pp. 12-43). Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers.
  • Horst, H. (2012). Aesthetics of the Self: Materiality and Connectivity in the Digital Age. In P. Abend, T. Haupts, C. Muller (Eds.), Medialitat Der Nahe: Situationen-Praktiken-Diskurse, (pp. 29-46). Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.
  • Horst, H. (2012). Grandmothers, girlfriends and big men: The gendered geographies of Jamaican transnational communication. In Leopoldina Fortunati, Raul Pertierra, Jane Vincent (Eds.), Migration Diaspora and Information Technology in Global Societies, (pp. 65-77). New York: Routledge. [More Information]

Journals

  • Papoutsaki, E., Thomas, V., Horst, H., Tacchi, J., Noske-Turner, J., Eggins, J. (2016). A review of the pacific media landscape: A baseline study. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 26(2), 270-287. [More Information]
  • Maddox, A., Singh, S., Horst, H., Adamson, G. (2016). An ethnography of Bitcoin: Towards a future research agenda. Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, 4(1), 65-78. [More Information]
  • Pink, S., Sinanan, J., Hjorth, L., Horst, H. (2016). Tactile digital ethnography: Researching mobile media through the hand. Mobile Media & Communication, 4(2), 237-251. [More Information]
  • Anayo, J., Horst, H. (2016). Technologies of the Nation: Public WiFi and the Demand for More in Niue. Information Technologies and International Development, 12(4), 1-9.
  • NurMuhammad, R., Horst, H., Papoutsaki, E., Dodson, G. (2016). Uyghur transnational identity on Facebook: on the development of a young diaspora. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 23(4), 485-499. [More Information]
  • Horst, H. (2015). Cultivating the cosmopolitan child in Silicon Valley. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 22(5), 619-634. [More Information]
  • Horst, H. (2014). From roots culture to sour fruit: The aesthetics of mobile branding cultures in Jamaica. Visual Studies, 29(2), 191-200. [More Information]
  • Noske-Turner, J., Tacchi, J., Horst, H., Papoutsaki, E. (2014). Locating disaster communication in changing communicative ecologies across the Pacific. Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, 2(4), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Horst, H., Taylor, E. (2014). The role of mobile phones in the mediation of border crossings: A study of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 25(2), 155-170. [More Information]
  • Horst, H., Hjorth, L. (2014). Visualising ethnography: Ethnography's role in art and visual cultures. Visual Studies, 29(2), 125-127. [More Information]
  • Horst, H. (2013). The infrastructures of mobile media: Towards a future reseach agenda. Mobile Media & Communication, 1(1), 147-152. [More Information]
  • Baym, N., Campbell, S., Horst, H., Kalyanaraman, S., Oliver, M., Rothenbuhler, E., Weber, R., Miller, K. (2012). Communication Theory and Research in the Age of New Media: A Conversation from the CM Cafe. Communication Monographs, 79(2), 256-267. [More Information]
  • Horst, H., Miller, D. (2012). Normativity and materiality: A view from digital anthropology. Media International Australia, 145, 103-111.
  • Horst, H., Hjorth, L., Tacchi, J. (2012). Rethinking ethnography: An introduction. Media International Australia, 145, 86-93.
  • Horst, H. (2011). Free, social, and inclusive: Appropriation and resistance of new media technologies in Brazil. International Journal of Communication, 5(1), 437-462.
  • Ling, R., Horst, H. (2011). Mobile Communication in the Global South: An Introduction. New Media & Society, 13(3), 363-374. [More Information]
  • Horst, H. (2011). Reclaiming place: The architecture of home, family and migration. Anthropologica, 53(1), 29-39.

2017

  • Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Galloway, A., Bell, G. (2017). Introduction. In Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Anne Galloway and Genevieve Bell (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography, (pp. 1-7). New York and Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Mohammid, S., Horst, H. (2017). Nah Leavin' Trinidad: The Place of Digital Music Production Among Amateur Musicians in Trinidad. In Larissa Hjorth, Heather Horst, Anne Galloway and Genevieve Bell (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography, (pp. 169-175). New York and Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Galloway, A., Bell, G. (2017). The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography. New York and Oxford: Routledge. [More Information]

2016

  • Papoutsaki, E., Thomas, V., Horst, H., Tacchi, J., Noske-Turner, J., Eggins, J. (2016). A review of the pacific media landscape: A baseline study. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 26(2), 270-287. [More Information]
  • Maddox, A., Singh, S., Horst, H., Adamson, G. (2016). An ethnography of Bitcoin: Towards a future research agenda. Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, 4(1), 65-78. [More Information]
  • Horst, H. (2016). Being in Fieldwork: Collaboration, Digital Media, and Ethnographic Practice. In Roger Sanjek and Susan W. Tratner (Eds.), eFieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology in the Digital World, (pp. 153-168). Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Pink, S., Horst, H., Postill, J., Hjorth, L., Lewis, T., Tacchi, J. (2016). Digital Ethnography: Principles and Practice. California: Sage.
  • Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Pink, S., Zhou, B., Kato, F., Bell, G., Ohashi, K., Marmo, C., Xiao, M. (2016). Digital kinships: Intergenerational locative media in Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne. In Larissa Hjorth, Olivia Khoo (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of New Media in Asia, (pp. 251-262). Abingdon: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Hjorth, L., Horst, H., Pink, S., Zhou, B., Kato, F., Bell, G., Ohashi, K., Malmo, C., Xiao, M. (2016). Locating the Mobile: Intergenerational Locative Media in Tokyo, Shanghai and Melbourne. In Fran Martin and Tania Lewis (Eds.), Lifestyle Media in Asia: Consumption, Aspiration and Identity, (pp. 147-161). Oxford and New York: Routledge.
  • Horst, H. (2016). Mobile Intimacies: Everyday Design and the Aesthetics of Mobile Phones. In Sarah Pink, Elisenda ArdAvol, DAbora Lanzeni (Eds.), Digital Materialities, (pp. 213-246). London: Bloomsbury Academic, imprint of Bloomsbury.
  • Pink, S., Sinanan, J., Hjorth, L., Horst, H. (2016). Tactile digital ethnography: Researching mobile media through the hand. Mobile Media & Communication, 4(2), 237-251. [More Information]
  • Anayo, J., Horst, H. (2016). Technologies of the Nation: Public WiFi and the Demand for More in Niue. Information Technologies and International Development, 12(4), 1-9.
  • NurMuhammad, R., Horst, H., Papoutsaki, E., Dodson, G. (2016). Uyghur transnational identity on Facebook: on the development of a young diaspora. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 23(4), 485-499. [More Information]

2015

  • Horst, H. (2015). Cultivating the cosmopolitan child in Silicon Valley. Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, 22(5), 619-634. [More Information]

2014

  • Horst, H. (2014). Calling My Name: Sound, Orality and the Cell Phone Contact List. In Sumanth Gopinath, Jason Stanyek (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, Volume 1, (pp. 1-13). Oxford: Oxford University Press. [More Information]
  • Horst, H. (2014). From roots culture to sour fruit: The aesthetics of mobile branding cultures in Jamaica. Visual Studies, 29(2), 191-200. [More Information]
  • Noske-Turner, J., Tacchi, J., Horst, H., Papoutsaki, E. (2014). Locating disaster communication in changing communicative ecologies across the Pacific. Australian Journal of Telecommunications and the Digital Economy, 2(4), 1-16. [More Information]
  • Taylor, E., Horst, H. (2014). The Aesthetics of Mobile Money Platforms in Haiti. In Gerard Goggin and Larissa Hjorth (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media, (pp. 462-472). New York: Routledge.
  • Horst, H., Taylor, E. (2014). The role of mobile phones in the mediation of border crossings: A study of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, 25(2), 155-170. [More Information]
  • Horst, H., Hjorth, L. (2014). Visualising ethnography: Ethnography's role in art and visual cultures. Visual Studies, 29(2), 125-127. [More Information]

2013

  • Horst, H., Hjorth, L. (2013). Engaging Practices: Doing Personalized Media. In Sara Price, Carey Jewitt, Barry Brown (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Digital Technology Research, (pp. 87-101). London: Sage Publications. [More Information]
  • Horst, H. (2013). New Media Technologies in Everyday Life. In Heather A. Horst and Daniel Miller (Eds.), Digital Anthropology, (pp. 66-82). Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers.
  • Miller, D., Horst, H. (2013). The Digital and the Human - A Prospectus for Digital Anthropology. In Heather A. Horst and Daniel Miller (Eds.), Digital Anthropology, (pp. 12-43). Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers.
  • Horst, H. (2013). The infrastructures of mobile media: Towards a future reseach agenda. Mobile Media & Communication, 1(1), 147-152. [More Information]

2012

  • Horst, H. (2012). Aesthetics of the Self: Materiality and Connectivity in the Digital Age. In P. Abend, T. Haupts, C. Muller (Eds.), Medialitat Der Nahe: Situationen-Praktiken-Diskurse, (pp. 29-46). Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag.
  • Baym, N., Campbell, S., Horst, H., Kalyanaraman, S., Oliver, M., Rothenbuhler, E., Weber, R., Miller, K. (2012). Communication Theory and Research in the Age of New Media: A Conversation from the CM Cafe. Communication Monographs, 79(2), 256-267. [More Information]
  • Horst, H., Miller, D. (2012). Digital Anthropology. Oxford and New York: Berg Publishers. [More Information]
  • Horst, H. (2012). Grandmothers, girlfriends and big men: The gendered geographies of Jamaican transnational communication. In Leopoldina Fortunati, Raul Pertierra, Jane Vincent (Eds.), Migration Diaspora and Information Technology in Global Societies, (pp. 65-77). New York: Routledge. [More Information]
  • Horst, H., Miller, D. (2012). Normativity and materiality: A view from digital anthropology. Media International Australia, 145, 103-111.
  • Horst, H., Hjorth, L., Tacchi, J. (2012). Rethinking ethnography: An introduction. Media International Australia, 145, 86-93.

2011

  • Horst, H. (2011). Free, social, and inclusive: Appropriation and resistance of new media technologies in Brazil. International Journal of Communication, 5(1), 437-462.
  • Ling, R., Horst, H. (2011). Mobile Communication in the Global South: An Introduction. New Media & Society, 13(3), 363-374. [More Information]
  • Horst, H. (2011). Reclaiming place: The architecture of home, family and migration. Anthropologica, 53(1), 29-39.

2010

  • Ito, M., Baumer, S., Bittanti, M., boyd, D., Cody, R., Herr Stephenson, B., Horst, H., Lange, P., Mahendran, D., Martinez, K., et al (2010). Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [More Information]

2009

  • Ito, M., Horst, H., Bittanti, M., boyd, D., Herr Stephenson, B., Lange, P., Pascoe, C., Robinson, L. (2009). Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [More Information]

2007

  • Horst, H., Gerner, A. (2007). Jamaican Americans. New York: Chelsea House Publishers. [More Information]

2006

  • Horst, H., Miller, D. (2006). The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication. New York: Berg Publishers. [More Information]

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