Mace Ojala


Universitätsstr. 150
44801 Bochum
GB 8/34

0234 32-20649



Research Areas

Software StudiesDigital CultureDigital MediaScience and Technology StudiesPhilosophy


since 09|2023
Research assistant/PhD in the subproject "Wissenschaftliches Serviceprojekt" of the SFB "Virtuelle Lebenswelten", Ruhr-University Bochum

2022 – 2023
Research assistant in the project medienpraxis wissen, at the Insitute for Media Science, Ruhr-University Bochum

2021 – 2022
Lecturer, IT University Copenhagen, Digital Design Department

2019 – 2022
Lab research associate technician, ETHOS Lab at the IT University Copenhagen

Visiting scholar, Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS) GmbH

Lecturer, IT University Copenhagen

Lecturer, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts

2017 – 2021
Research assistant in the H2020 project GIFT, IT University Copenhagen

2017 – 2019
Tutor, IT University Copenhagen

2016 – 2021
Tutor, University Copenhagen

2017 – 2021
Research assistant in the project Data as Relation, IT University Copenhagen

Laboratory worker in the project Mapping a Colony, ETHOS Lab at the IT University Copenhagen

Research assistant, IT University Copenhagen

2015 – 2016
Exchange student, University Copenhagen

Intern at the Ghent Center for Digital Humanities, University of Ghent

Board member of the professional association UDK, editor-in-chief of the journal and tutor at Tampere University

Previous studies at the University of Helsinki, the University of Turku, and the Helsinki Business College



Mace Ojala (2021). Maintain-ability. A Thesis on Life Alongside Computer Software. Tampere University. M.Sc. thesis.

Mace Ojala (2020). Data Moment, Enacted (2020). Tampere University, B.Sc. thesis.


Paul Heinicker, Armin Beverungen, Paul Hoffstiepel, Mace Ojala and Antonia Wulff (2023). Medienpraxislehre in der Medienwissenschaft. Empirie und Exploration. ZfM – Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft.

Mace Ojala (2023). Maintenance. In James Maguire and Brit Ross Winthereik (Eds.) Reclaiming Technology: A Poetic-scientific Vocabulary. Ctrl+Alt+Delete Books.

Stefan Laser, Anne Pasek, Estrid Sørensen, Mél Hogan, Mace Ojala, Jens Fehrenbacher, Maximilian Gregor Hepach, Leman Çelik and Koushik Ravi Kumar (2022). The environmental footprint of social media hosting: Tinkering with Mastodon. EASST Review Volume 41(3).

Vanessa Ashall, Tobias Held, Stefan Laser, Julie Sascia Mewes, Mace Ojala, Nona Schulte-Roemer, Robert Smith, Richard Tutton and Sine Zambach (2022). Fieldnotes on FlyingLess Conferencing. EASST Review.

Laura Kocksch, Mace Ojala and Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (2022). Data Sprint Learning: Exercising Proximity to Data in Teaching Situations. Dígitos.

Katrine Meldgaard Kjær, Mace Ojala and Line Henriksen (2021). Absent Data: Engagements with absence in a Twitter collection. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. 7(2)

Line Henriksen, Katrine Meldgaard Kjær and Mace Ojala (2021). Objektivitet. In Irina Papazu and Brit Ross Winthereik (Eds.) Aktørnetværksteori. I praksis. Djøf Forlag.

Rachel Douglas-Jones, John Burnett, Marisa Cohn, Christian Gad, Michael Hockenhull, Bastian Jørgensen, James Maguire, Mace Ojala and Brit Ross Winthereik (2018). Bestiary of Digital Monsters. In Living with Monsters?: Social Implications of Algorithmic Phenomena, Hybrid Agency, and the Performativity of Technology. Springer, p. 177-190 (IFIP AICT – Advances in Information and Communication technology, Vol. 543).


Testing to Circulate. Addressing the Epistemic Gaps of Software Testing, with Anja Klein, Libuše Hannah Vepřek, Sarah Thanner, Rebecca Carlson and Tamara Gupper., Aachen, 2023.

Feminist ethos under data production pressures. EASST, Madrid, 2022.

Blood, kin and code. Capturing social media data from Copenhagen. Big Data in Communication Research: A contextual turn? – An IAMCR pre-conference, mit Qiuyu Jiang and Rachel Douglas-Jones, Beijing, 2022.Maintain-ability. On life alongside software. DASTS, Aarhus, 2022.

Life alongside code. Processing Community Day, Aarhus, 2021.

Experiencing collective accounts of “touch”. Analyzing software maintainers just speak. RUST Lab lecture series, Bochum, 2020.

Software maintenance as materialization of common knowledge. EASST/4S, Prague, 2020.

“As is”. Patterns in Resistance, Copenhagen, 2018.


Nordic Perspectives on Algorithmic Systems, with Airi Lampinen, Pedro Ferreira, Matti Nelimarkka, Michael Hockenhull, Jesse Haapoja, Marisa Cohn and Juho Pääkkönen (2022).

DROP TABLE, in Marisa Leavitt Cohn, Rachel Douglas-Jones and Merethe Riggelsen Gjørding (Eds.). Breaking and making code poems (2022).

Data Object, with Baki Cakici. A series of algorithmic 3D printed objects for ETHOS Lab.

Hacker Cultures, with Paula Bialski and Andreas Bischof. A Podcast Panel in EASST/4S 2020 and EASST 2022.