Mace Ojala M.Sc.

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter im Projekt Medienpraxiswissen

Room + Contact
Raum: GB 1/37

Contact Hours: Wednesdays 14-16 in GB 1/37. Welcome.


Mace Ojala is a Software Studies scholar and cares about computer software as culture. Where does it come from, who maintains it, what is it, are there many softwares or only one, what’s fun about it… or is there anything special about software at all? To engage these questions Mace draws from science and technology studies, Philosophy and praxis.

When not thinking about those kinds of things, Mace likes to read academic literature diversely, ride the bicycle and listen attentively to synthesizers making sounds which have never existed before and might never exist again.


  • Stefan Laser, Anne Pasek, Estrid Sørensen, Mél Hogan, Mace Ojala, Jens Fehrenbacher, Maximilian Gregor Hepach, Leman Çelik, Koushik Ravi Kumar (2022). The environmental footprint of social media hosting: Tinkering with Mastodon. EASST Review 41(3)
  • Mace Ojala (2022). DROP TABLE; In Marisa Leavitt Cohn, Rachel Douglas-Jones, Merethe Riggelsen Gjørding (eds.) Making and breaking code poems.
  • Laura Kocksch, Mace Ojala and Katharina Kinder-Kurlanda (2022). Data Sprint Learning: Exercising Proximity to Data in Teaching Situations. Dígitos.
  • Mace Ojala, Qiuyu Jiang and Rachel Douglas-Jones (2022). Blood, Kin and Code. Capturing Social Media Data from Copenhagen. Big Data in Communication Research: A contextual turn? – An IAMCR pre-conference.
  • Katrine Meldgaard Kjær, Mace Ojala and Line Henriksen (2021). Absent Data: Engagements with absence in a Twitter collection. Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience. 7(2)
  • Mace Ojala (2021). Maintain-ability : A Thesis On Life Alongside Computer Software. Tampere University. M.Sc. thesis.
  • 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, 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).

Other formats

  • Nordic Perspectives on Algorithmic Systems. A card set for reconstructing and reimagining your automated existence.
  • Hacker Cultures. A podcast panel at EASST/4S 2020 and EASST 2022.
  • Data Object. A 3D printed, contextual gift for researchers visiting the ETHOS Lab.

A selection of talks

  • Feminist ethos under data production pressures. EASST, Madrid, 2022.
  • Maintain-ability. On Life Alongside Software. DASTS, Aarhus, 2022.
  • Experiencing collective accounts of “touch”. Analyzing software maintainers just speak. RUST Lab lecture serie, Bochum, 2020.
  • „As is“. Patterns in Resistance, Copenhagen, 2018.

Teaching at RUB

  • WiSe 2022-23, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, »Programming for the Humanities«, BA-Seminar. (Englischsprachig)
  • WiSe 2022-23, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, »Nachhaltigkeit und kritische Datenforschung«, BA-Seminar.

I’ve taught Philosophy of science, science and technology studies, data visualization, statistics, creative programming, controversy mapping and web design at IT University of Copenhagen, University of Copenhagen, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and University of Klagenfurt.