PhD Candidate Science & Technology Studies

Curriculum vitae

- Curriculum vitae

Theaster Gates, "True Value", 2016, Fondazione Prada, Milan. Photo: Y. Boeva.



Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
[forthcoming, 2018] Yana Boeva, Ellen K. Foster. "Making Sense of Place: Research Reflections from Two Multi-sited Ethnographies." Making Futures Journal, Vol. 5. 

[2016] Yana Boeva, Ellen K. Foster. “Making: On Being and Becoming Expert.” Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal — IxD&A, 30, pp. 65-74.

Book Chapters
[2018] Yana Boeva, Devon Elliott, Edward Jones-Imhotep, Shezan Muhammedi, and William J. Turkel. “Doing History by Reverse Engineering Electronic Devices”. In: Making Things and Drawing Boundaries: Experiments in the Digital Humanities, edited by Jentery Sayers, University of Minnesota Press.

Book Reviews
[2017Unreal Objects: Digital Materialities, Technoscientific Projects and Political Realities by Kate O'Riordan, Pluto Press, 2017. LSE Review of Books

[2017Disrupt This! MOOCs and the Promise of Technology by Karen Head, University Press of New England, 2017. LSE Review of Books

[2017Shifting Practices: Reflections on Technology, Practice, and Innovation by Giovan Francesco Lanzara, MIT Press, 2016. Science and Public Policy, 45(2), 04/2018, pp. 283-284.

Other Writing
[2018] Yana Boeva. "Critical Fabulations: Ways of Storytelling with Daniela Rosner in Review and in Conversation." 4S Backchannels Blog, 23.07.2018.

[2018] Yana Boeva. "How to Be Critical by Design? Notes on a Meeting of Different Epistemologies." 4S Backchannels Blog, 09.07.2018.

[2017] Yana Boeva. "Historical (In)Sensibilities I: Historicizing STS Methods." Transmissions: An SSS Companion Blog, 16.09.2017.

[2016] Yana Boeva, Bruno Chies. “Yet Another Industrial Revolution — A Dialogue on Tensions in Digital Fabrication.” EASST Review, Vol. 35 (4), December 2016.

2013—2018, Doctor of Philosophy, Science & Technology Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada. Dissertation: Break, Make, Retake: Making as a Design Practice. Committee: Edward Jones-Imhotep (S), Jan Hadlaw, Garnet Hertz.

2009—2011, Master of Arts, Media Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany. Thesis: “Augmenting Human Intellect:” Evolution of the Internet and New Media as Logical “Extensions of Man”. Supervisor: Wolfgang Ernst.

2002—2007, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Medien- und Informationswesen, Hochschule Offenburg, Germany. Thesis: Production of a short feature film “Erblicken”. Supervisor: Heiner Behring.



"Structures of Emancipation in Design-Centered Makerspaces." Meetings: Making Science, Technology and Society Together. EASST 2018 Conference, July 25-28, Lancaster, UK.

Panel "Situating Designs" (co-convenor). Meetings: Making Science, Technology and Society Together. EASST 2018 Conference, July 25-28, Lancaster, UK.

Special Issue Launch: DISEÑA #12 "Pedagogical Experiments with STS in Design Studio Courses” (invited guest commentator). Meetings: Making Science, Technology and Society Together. EASST 2018 Conference, July 25-28, Lancaster, UK.

"Resistance to Functional Performance." Functional Failures, Operative Fakes & Tenuous Techniques Workshop, Nov 21-23, Critical Media Lab Basel, CH.

“Making Sense of Place: Research Reflections from Two Multi-sited Ethnographies,” with Ellen K. Foster. Making Futures International Research Conference, Sept 21-22, Plymouth, UK.

“Reconstructing Historical Regimes of Design and Production in Digital Fabrication.” Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), Aug 30-Sept 2, Boston, MA.

“Process over Form: Making Design Visible with Participatory Making." SPT 2017: The Grammar of Things — 20th conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, June 14-17 at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.

“Emancipatory Infrastructure in Shared Machine Shops Down the Line?” 16th STS Conference: Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies, May 8-9, Graz, Austria.

“Materializing Design by Means of Making.” Spring University: “CAx: Dimensions of Computer-Aid in Architecture, Biological Sciences, Design and Medicine”, April 3-7 at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

“Dismantling Design’s Social Boundaries with Craft and Making.” 4S/EASST Conference 2016: Science and Technology by Other Means, Aug 31-Sept 3, Barcelona. Received: EASST Conference Grant.

“Opening the Walled Gardens of Design with Participatory Maker Technology.” Track 25: From Countercultural to Commercial — Social Change and Sustainability in Making and Design (track convenor). 15th STS Conference: Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies, May 9-10, Graz, Austria. 

“Of Making New and Improving Old: Tinkering as Design”. Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), Nov 14-17, Denver, CO. .

“Tinkering as Design: Users as Designers Repurposing Obsolescence”Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Oct 8-11, Albuquerque, NM. Received: Women in Technological History Travel Award, SHOT Travel Grant.


  • Social Studies of Science (4S)

  • European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST)

  • Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)

  • Design Research Society (DRS)

2017—2018, Provost Dissertation Award
2013—2017, Ontario Trillium Scholarship

2018, Graduate Development Fund, York University
2017, Graduate Development Fund, York University
2016, Design Research Society Student Research Bursary
2016, Research Cost Fund, York University
2016, Fieldwork Cost Fund, York University
2016, Graduate Development Fund, York University
2013, York Graduate Scholarship, York University
2006, Graduate Scholarship of the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts
of the State Baden-Württemberg, Germany


Research associate (postdoc), LEONARDO - Zentrum für Kreativität und Innovation, Technische Hochschule Nürnberg Georg Simon Ohm, 10.2018 - ongoing.

Course instructor, Seeing the Line: An Inquiry into the Line as a Knowledge and Design Element (Seeing the Line: Rekonstruktion der Linie als Wissens- und Gestaltungselement), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Fall 2018.

Guest instructor, lecture: “Tacit Knowledge, Expertise, and Automation,” Undergraduate course: „Tacit Knowledge“ — Zur Wissensgeschichte des Nicht-Wissens, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Course instructor: Jason Papadimas. June 28, 2017.

Course instructor, Mathematical Foundations in Media Studies (Mathematische Grundlagen der Medienwissenschaft), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Summer 2013.

Teaching assistant, York University:
2016—2017, Physics for World Leaders and Informed Citizens (NATS 1945), Robin Metcalfe.
2014 Summer term, History of the Environment (NATS 1510), Ian Slater.
2013—2014Computer, Information and Society (NATS 1700B), Robert Levine.

Research and graduate assistant
2014—2016Edward Jones-Imhotep, Science & Technology Studies, York University. Setup of STS digital fabrication research lab; bibliographic research on the history of photographic production facilities and technical drawing practices; logistics and liaison for two academic conferences. 

2015—2016, Kids DIY Media Research Project, University of Toronto. PIs: Sara Grimes, Deborah Fields. Research project on mapping trends and policy implications of children’ creative cultural production online. Qualitative content analysis, case studies, project management. 

2010—2011, Media Theory Chair (Wolfgang Ernst), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Organization and coordination of weekly research colloquium “Medien, die wir meinen”; website administration; bibliographic research for chair publications; design and layout for book publications.

2003—2004, Audio-Video-Lab, Hochschule Offenburg. Technical assistance in audio-visual-production.


12.2017, "Zusammen-Bau-Workshop" (Critical making workshop on smart cities infrastructure), prepared for and held at research project "Smarter Together", Munich Center for Technology in Society, Department of Architecture, Technical University of Munich, Germany.
08.2015, Volunteer Instructor, 3D printing workshop for children, Maker Festival, Toronto.
11.2014, Designer for TalkBox Project Manual (GaMaY Lab, Lassonde School of Engineering, York University) and Workshop Instructor, Maker Festival, Toronto.


Assistant Editor, 4S BackchannelsSTS Commentary from North America, Europe, and Australia, 2018–2020.
Co-President & Treasurer, Science & Technology Studies Graduate Student Association (STS GSA), York University, Toronto, 2015–2016.
Research Workshop Coordinator, Science & Technology Studies Graduate Program, York University, Toronto, 2015—2016.
Council Representative YUGSA, STS GSA, York University, Toronto, 2014–2015.
Co-organizer, Annual STS graduate conference, York University, Toronto, 2014.
Liaison & co-organizer for the Norwegian National Researcher-Training School in Berlin (2011). 
Conference Volunteer: 4S Conference, Boston, MA (2017), 4S Conference, Denver, CO (2015), NEXT Berlin, Professional conference on digital technologies, Berlin, Germany (2012), re:publica, Conference on social media, blogs and the digital society, Berlin (2012), 
IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Basel, Switzerland (2011).