Chloë Arkenbout
researcher, editor, teacher

Through critical research and as a teacher, I hope to contribute to a world where everyone, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation & preference, skin color, religion, age, financial situation & profession and physical & mental health, is treated equally. 

Researcher & Editor at the Institute of Network Cultures

The Institute of Network Cultures is an applied science research unit inside the Digital Media and Creative Industries faculty of the Amsterdam University of Applied Science (HvA). As Researcher & Editor I am responsible for actively giving direction to new and socially relevant research in the field on internet critique and digital culture. From writing fund applications to building & maintaining a network of relevant contacts (such as researchers, journalists, artists and activists). During the production phase I am responsible for leading the research team and coordinating the (hybrid) events & publications. 

I am interested in the tactics marginalized people use to change oppressive discourses in the digital public sphere - from social media comment wars and call out culture to political memes - in the context of ethics, looking at how relationships of power and norms are shaped. I also co-edited the INC Reader about critical meme research which was published September 2021.


Teacher at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Next to my role as Researcher at INC, I work as a teacher at the Speculative Design minor at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, where I help students to think more theoretical about their digital designs, in the context of the society they live in and what future they would like to see. In 2021 I was also responsible for counseling Communication and Multimedia Design students with their graduation projects. In addition, I am a member of the Research Ethics Committee and I take part in a couple of Diversity & Inclusion workgroups. 

Academic Background 

I have a background in Media Studies and Philosophy. I am also currently enrolled in the New Media & Digital Culture MA program at the University of Amsterdam, next to my job at INC. 

Culture & Society Copywriter 

Before this, I worked as a freelance Copywriter, Communications Consultant and Journalist for multiple years. 

I worked with clients in the cultural and social sector such as 113 Zelfmoordpreventie, Amsterdam Art Weekend, Amsterdam Dance Event, Amsterdam Light Festival, COC Nederland, Volkshotel, Friendly Fire, Gemeente Amsterdam, Museumnacht Amsterdam, Solidaridad, TEDxAmsterdamWomen and various electronic music events, urban developers and creative entrepreneurs.

Publications & Appearances