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Paolo MagauddaHello, I’m Senior Post-doc Research Fellow in Sociology at the Padova University – Dept. FISPPA and I work with the PaSTIS research unit. My research focusses on the mutual co-shaping between technology, culture and society, with a special focus on digital media, consumer processes, popular culture and music.

My main research fields are science and technology studiesmedia studiescultural sociology, consumer culture, cultural sociologycultural studies and sound studies. A topic I’m very interested in is the process of digitization in media and cultural consumption and especially how digital technologies co-evolve together with everyday practices.

I’m founding member of the Research Unit PaSTIS at the Department Fisppa and since 2012 I’m also Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology of Consumption and Marketing at the IUSVE University in Venice. In 2014 I have got the ‘abilitation’ (here in details) to became Associate Professor in Cultural Sociology (14/C2) in the Italian academic system.  In 2016 I have been re-elected (up to 2018) for a second term as Secretary of STS Italia, the Italian Society for the Social Study of Science & Technology, which gathers more than a hundred italian STS scholars. Since 2010 I’m co-editor-in-chief of the journal “Tecnoscienza” and I’m also member of the boards of  the journals “Studi Culturali“, “Sociologica” and “Dancecult“.


Download my full CV (PDF, Updated Nov 2016)



In these last few years I have published more then sixty book chapters and academic refereed articles in journals such as «Journal of Consumer Culture», «Cultural Sociology», «Appetite», «Modern Italy», «Journal of Science Communication», «Journal of Peer Production», «Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia», «Polis», «Sociologica», «Studi Culturali» and «Tecnoscienza». A comprehensive list of my publications is this website and in my full CV in pdf here.

My last book, written with my colleague Gabriele Balbi (a media historian based in Switzerland) is titled Storia dei media digitali. Rivoluzioni e continuità [History of digital media. Revolutions and continuities, 2014]. As the title says, it is a concise history of digital media since the birth of the personal computer up to today. It has been published in Italy by Laterza and we are finalizing an international version in English for Routledge, hopefully being ready by mid-2017.

Back to the recent past, in  2012 I have published with Il Mulino my PhD research on the consumption of musical listening technologies, titled Oggetti da ascoltare. HiFi, iPod e consumo delle tecnologie musicali [Objects to be listened. Hifi, iPod and the consumption of music technology]. It is a qualitative research on the users of musical technologies, albe to reveal the process of co-construction between technologies, their users and the cultural framework in which this relationships takes shape.

In 2012 I have also published a book on the representations of science & technology in popular culture – including fiction, movies, advertising and marketing – and titled Innovazione Pop. Nanotecnologie, scienziati e invenzioni nella popular culture [Pop Innovation. Nanotechnologies, scientists and inventions in popular culture] (Il Mulino, 2012).

In 2015 I edited the italian translation of the Nick Couldry’s book “Media, Society, World“, which has been translated with a more “eye catching” title “Sociologia dei nuovi media” (Milano, Pearson 2015).

Schermata 2016-07-19 alle 09.28.14In 2010 I opened – and since then I’m co-editing –TECNOSCIENZA: the Italian Journal of Science and Technology Studies. It is a open access journal so you can download articles published for free. For “Tecnosceinza” in 2016 I co-edited a Double Special Issue  titled Digital Circulation: Media, Materiality and Infrastructures, with my fellows Gabriele Balbi and Alessandro Delfanti.

In 2011 I have edited together my colleague Federico Neresini a book on social representations of science & technology in Italian TV (Il Mulino) and titled La scienza sullo schermo. La rappresentazione della tecnoscienza nella televisione italiana [Science on the Screen. Representations of technoscience on the Italian Television].

In 2014 Springer has released a book I spent few years to co-edit with three other colleagues of mine (Simone Arnaldi, Arianna Ferrari and Francesca Marin). It is titied Responsibility in Nanotechnology Development and focusses on the social and cultural aspects of nanotechnology and especially on the issue of responsibility. By the way, on the issue of nanotechnology in culture and society, in  2012 I have also edited edited a special section of the “Journal of Science Communication” on the cultural circulation of nanotechnologies in society.

I’m member of the Board of Directors of STUDI CULTURALI” (Il Mulino), which I have contributed to found in 2003.  For this journal in 2013 I have edited a special issue on sound cultures with Marco Santoro; in 2014 I have also edited a special section (Vol. 11, nr. 1) on the relationships between digital media and technological innovation. with six articles on technological determinism, smartphones, internet, big data and file sharing.

In 2013 I edited a special issue of the online journal Lo Squadernotogether with Attila Bruni and Andrea ‘Mubi’ Brighenti, about musical spaces. At the end of 2014 I have also co-edited a huge volume titled A Matter of Design, containing about 80 papers from the V STS Italia Conference, which I have co-organized in Milan in the same year. It is a open access publication and is the first book output by STS Italia Publishing.

Sometimes I also write about my scientific topics for non-scientific journals and publications such as Alias (the weekly magazine of  “il Manifesto”,​​ see a list here), the web journal Digicult, “Che fare and a blog titled Tecnoconsumi on the web site SapereScienza.it. on the relationship between consumer culture and technology.