Teodor MitewDr Teodor Mitew

Position: Senior Lecturer
Location:      25.157
Phone: +61 2 4221 4219

  • PhD Internet Studies (2008, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia);
  • Dip Computer Studies (2002, Cambridge University, Singapore);
  • MA History (2000, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland).


Dr Teodor Mitew joined the School of Social Sciences, Media and Communication from Curtin University of Technology, where he taught at the School of Internet Communications. His research specialization is in actor network theory and the proliferation of ambient socio-digital systems.


My research background is in actor network theory and internet studies. My current projects range across the internet of things, swarm content networks, memetic warfare, object oriented ontology, and smart textiles.


  • BCM112 Emergent Media
  • BCM206 Future Networks
  • BCM302 Advanced Digital Media Project

Potential Topics for HDR & Honours Supervision

Internet of things, actor network theory, memetic warfare, swarm networks, information warfare, design thinking, smart objects, AI, big data, surveillance, object oriented ontology.


Book Chapters

  • Mitew, T., Moore, C. (2017) ‘Histories of Internet Games and Play: Space, Technique, and Modality’. In Goggin, G. and McLelland, M. The Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories, London: Routledge.
  • Mitew, T., Celetti, M., Leong, S., Pearson, E. (2012). 'The Question Concerning (Internet) Time'. In Hughes, J. SAGE Internet Research Methods, SAGE Publications.

Peer-reviewed journal articles

  • Mitew, T., Shehabat, A. (2018) ‘Black-boxing the Black Flag: Anonymous Sharing Platforms and ISIS Content Distribution Tactics’, Perspectives on Terrorism, vol.12 (1), p. 81-99.
  • Mitew, T., Shehabat, A. (2017) ‘Distributed Swarming and Stigmergic Effects on ISIS Networks: OODA Loop Model’, Journal of Media and Information Warfare, vol.10, Dec 2017, p.79-109.
  • Mitew, T., Shehabat, A., Alzoubi, Y. (2017) 'Encrypted Jihad: Investigating the Role of Telegram App in Lone Wolf Attacks in the West.' Journal of Strategic Security, vol. 10, no. 3 (2017): 27-53.
  • Mitew, T., Foroughi, J., Ogunbona, P., Raad, R., Safaei, F. (2016) ‘Smart Fabrics and Networked Clothing’ IEEE Consumer Electronics, vol.5, no.4, 2016.
  • Mitew, T., Ballard, S., Law, J., Stirling, J. (2016) ‘Data natures: the politics and aesthetics of prediction’, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2016), Hong Kong, China.
  • Mitew, T. (2014) ‘Do Objects Dream of an Internet of Things?’ Fibreculture Journal, 2014 (23),
  • Mitew, T., Celetti, M., Leong, S., Pearson, E. (2009) ‘The Question Concerning (Internet) Time’, New Media & Society, 2009, 11: 1267-1285.
  • Mitew, T. (2008) ‘Repopulating the Map: Why Subjects and Things Are Never Alone’, Fibreculture Journal, 2008 (13),
  • Mitew, T. (2006) ‘Shaping Things’ Resource Centre for Cyberculture Studies (July 2006)
  • Mitew, T. (2005) ‘Beta-Utopian Order’, M/C Journal, 7(6),
  • Mitew, T. (2002) ‘Anti-representational History’, Historyka, vol. XXXII, 54-79.

Refereed conference papers

  • Mitew, T., Wall, T. (2017) 'Swarm networks and the design process of a distributed meme warfare campaign'. International Association of Media and Communications Research (IAMCR 2017), Cartagena, Colombia.
  • Mitew, T., Shehabat, A. (2016) ‘Black-Boxing the Black Flag: Anonymous Sharing Platforms and ISIS Content Distribution Tactics’, The Asian Conference on Media & Mass Communication (MediAsia 2016), Kobe, Japan.
  • Mitew, T. (2016) ‘Object Hierophanies and the Mode of Anticipation’, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2016), Hong Kong, China.
  • Mitew, T., O’Donnell, M., McDonald, F., Cairns, N. (2016) ‘Makerspaces and the remaking of higher education’, Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA 2016), Fremantle, Australia.
  • Mitew, T. (2012) 'From the Internet of Things to Sociable Objects', Internet Technologies & Society, International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS 2012), Perth, Australia.
  • Mitew, T. (2011) ‘Do objects dream of an internet of things: re-locating the social in ambient socio-digital systems’, Cities, Creativity, Connectivity, International Association of Media and Communications Research (IAMCR 2011), Istanbul, Turkey.
  • Mitew, T. (2007) ‘Durable affinities: timing and spacing the public,’ Strange Attractors: Unpredictable Combinations in Historical and Cultural Contexts, Limina Conference 2007, University of Western Australia, Perth.
  • Mitew, T. (2006) ‘Opening the Black Box: the political potential of tactical network cartography,’ Internet Research 7.0: Internet Convergences, Association of Internet Researchers Annual Conference, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
  • Mitew, T. (2005) ‘The Internet and the Evolution of Activism: movements, campaigns, adhocracies,’ Other Worlds: Social Movements and the Making of Alternatives, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney.

PhD Project Completions

  • Travis Holland: Participatory Media and Local Government in Australia

PhD Project Supervisions

  • Travis Wall: Design Thinking as Heterogeneous Engineering
  • Douglas Simkin: Networked Warriors: cognitive surplus and the lifecycle of conflict reporting
  • Ahmad Shehabat: Beyond Twitter Revolutions: the digital media logistics of terror communication networks in Iraq and Syria 2014-2016
  • Owen Godfrey: Labyrinth: diegetic cues and the formation of player actions and behavior in digital games
  • Richard Hall: Considering Games: Abstraction, Materiality, Confrontation
  • Li Ruomeng: Blue Sky Thinking: social media and the pollution debate in China
  • Thomas Green: 3D Printers and Australia: Those Magnificent Makers and their Printing Machines  
Last reviewed: 27 February, 2018