School of Journalism and Communication, CUHK - HOYNG Rolien

HOYNG Rolien


HOYNG, Rolien
Assistant Professor


B.A. & M.A. in History, University of Amsterdam

B.A. & M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Amsterdam 

Research M.A. in Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam

Ph.D. in Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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icon research Research Interests:

  • Digital Infrastructure & Culture
  • Politics of Data
  • Media, Political Ecology & Waste
  • Media, Publics & Dissent
  • Technology, Globalization & Nonwestern Cities
  • Cultural Theory

icon research Current Research:

My current project explores digital infrastructure and culture in Hong Kong and Istanbul. It is funded through an ECS grant from Hong Kong’s Research Grants Council. I am interested in questions of technology in particular contexts of use, where technological material affordances meet cultural aspirations and signification. For instance, I explore the politics of “openness” by looking at Open Data and fintech in Hong Kong. Furthermore, I look at data-centric governance and constructions of “accidentalness” in communication pertaining to e-waste and ecology. Last, I study smart urbanisms and the socio-technical networks of activism. Focused on two nonwestern global cities, my project might tell us more about globalization, not as a story of all-encompassing connectivity and free flow but of struggle over political subjectivity and belonging, data-centric forms of cognition and control as well as emerging ethical norms and political imaginaries.

icon researchTeaching Interests:

  • Digital Media and Culture
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Global Media
  • Qualitative Methods
  • STS


icon researchCompetitive Grants and Fellowships

  • Principal Investigator, “Rerouting Free Flow: An Inter-Asian Exploration of the Politics of Data,” University Grants Council Hong Kong SAR Government, 2017.
  • Conference Convener, “Digital Media and Borders: Infrastructures, Mobilities, and Practices Across Asia and Beyond.” Conference Organization Grant, Lingnan University, 2017.
  • Principal Investigator, “Free Flow: Informational and Infrastructural Politics in Hong Kong,” Lingnan University, 2015.
  • Principal Investigator, “Excess Creativity: Invention and Imitation from Techno Park to Street Market,” Lingnan University, 2015.
  • Co-investigator, “Popular Creativity: Technologies of Productive Citizenship in Hong Kong,” Lingnan University, 2014.
  • Principal Investigator, “Governmentality through Connection: Urban Citizenship and Technology in Hong Kong,” Lingnan University, 2013.
  • Principal Investigator, Cultuurbeurs, Prins Bernhard Culture Foundation/ Carolus Magnus Foundation, Amsterdam, 2010.
  • Summer Research Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011.
  • Residence Fellowship, Netherlands Institute in Turkey. Istanbul, Turkey, 2011.


icon aboutAdvice to students:

“I am not interested in Theory, I am interested in going on theorizing” – Stuart Hall


icon researchPublication List:


Hoyng, Rolien (2018). “Logistics of the Accident: E-Waste Management in Hong Kong.” Logistical Worlds: The Labor of Making a World Region, Palgrave. 199-220. 

Rolien Hoyng (2017). "Transparency in the Rupture: Open Data and the Datafication of Society." Tecnoscienza: Italian Journal of Science and Technology Studies 8(2): 190-195. Available at:

Hoyng, Rolien and Murat Es. (2017). “Conspiratorial Webs: Media Ecology and Parallel Realities in Turkey.” International Journal of Communication 11: 4219-4238.

Hoyng, Rolien. (2017). “Politics by Other Means: Post-Digital Gameplay in Hong Kong.” Javnost-The Public. 24 (3): 284-299.

Hoyng, Rolien. (2017). “The Politics of Skill and Potential in an ‘Emerging’ Region: Upskilling Initiatives in Istanbul.” European Journal of Cultural Studies. Published ahead of print. DOI: 10.1177/1367549416682969. Available at:

Hoyng, Rolien. (2016). “From Infrastructural Breakdown to Data Vandalism: Re-politicizing the Smart City?” Television and New Media, 16 (5): 397-415.

Hoyng, Rolien. (2016). “A Socio-Technical Contract: Network Governance and ICT4D in Turkey.” Telematics and Informatics, 33: 139–149.

Servaes, Jan and Rolien Hoyng. (2017). “The Tools of Social Change: A Critique of Techno-Centric Development and Activism.” New Media & Society 19(2): 255-271.

Hoyng, Rolien. (2014). “Place Brands, Nonbrands, Tags, and Queries: The Networks of Urban Activism in the Creative City Istanbul.” Cultural Studies, 28 (3): 494-517.

Hoyng, Rolien. (2014). “Circuits of Shock and Bunk: Testing Citizenship in the Dutch Blogosphere.” International Journal of Cultural Studies, 17 (4): 347-362.

Hoyng, Rolien. (2012). “Popping Up, Fading Out: Participatory Networks and Istanbul’s Creative City Project.” Culture Machine, 3: 1-23.


Other Writings (Selected):

Hoyng, Rolien. “Data Centers: In the Middle of Nowhere and Everywhere.” (Forthcoming online publication)

Hoyng, Rolien and Murat Es. (2015). “Censorship and Conspiracy Theories Rule the Day in Post- Election Turkey.” Open Democracy, November 4, 2015. Available at:

Hoyng, Rolien and Murat Es. (2014). “Umbrella Revolution: The Academy Reflects on Hong Kong’s Struggle.” Open Democracy, October 2, 2014. Available at: