Dr El Putnam

Media Studies

Assistant Professor

Iontas Building


I am Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University, where I teach digital media practice and theory classes on the BA Media Studies and BA Media and Cultural Studies programmes. Prior to coming to Maynooth in 2022, I worked at University of Galway for four years as programme director of the MA in Digital Media and TU Dublin. I hold a PhD from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visuals Arts in Visual Arts: Aesthetics, Art Theory, and Philosophy. In addition, I am a practicing artist who regularly exhibits nationally and internationally.

I also supervise PhD projects, with a focus on practice-based research in Digital Art and Media. I welcome correspondence on potential projects in relevant areas of my research, which can be found on my research profile.

Research Interests

Dr. Putnam's research interests include digital studies, philosophy of technology, and aesthetics with a focus on performed engagements with technologies and embodied experience.  She focuses on digital media from a visual arts and performance studies perspective, intersecting with maternal philosophy, gender studies, and critical race theory. In terms of practice, she engages with creative coding and generative media, digital performance,  wearables and physical computing,  video, and sound.


Year Publication
2024 Putnam, E (2024) Livestreaming: An Aesthetics and Ethics of Technical Encounter. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press.
2022 Putnam, E (2022) The Maternal, Digital Subjectivity, and the Aesthetics of Interruption. New York and London: Bloomsbury Academic. [Link]

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2024 Putnam, E.L. (2024) 'MotherHack: Creative coding as an artist-mother'. Gender, Work and Organization, . [Link] [DOI]
2024 Putnam, E.L. (2024) 'On (not) becoming machine: countering algorithmic thinking through digital performance art'. Frontiers In Communication, 9 . [Link] [DOI]
2023 Deliv, C; Devane, D; Putnam, E; Healy, P; Hall, A; Rosenbaum, S; Toomey, E (2023) 'Development of a video-based evidence synthesis knowledge translation resource: Drawing on a user-centred design approach'. Digital Health, 9 . [Link] [DOI]
2023 Putnam, E (2023) 'The Question Concerning Technology in Ireland?: Art, Decoloniality and Speculations of an Irish Cosmotechnics'. Arts, 12 (3). [Link] [DOI]
2023 Putnam, E.L. (2023) 'Pseudorandom: generative animation as performance in Emergent (2020–2022)'. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 19 . [Link] [DOI]
2021 McGarrigle C.; Putnam E.L. (2021) 'Affiliated issue with 2020 College Art Association Annual Conference, ‘flesh and circuit: rethinking performance and technology’ (Chicago, IL, USA)'. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 17 (2):189-195. [DOI]
2020 Putnam E.L. (2020) 'Entangled Gestures and Technical Objects: Illuminating embodiment and digital experience through diffraction in performance'. Performance Research, 25 (5):49-55. [DOI]
2017 Putnam E.L. (2017) 'Not Just ‘A Life Within the Home’: Maternal labour, art work and performance action in the Irish intimate public sphere'. Performance Research, 22 (4):61-70. [DOI]
2015 Putnam, EL (2015) '’Bring a Camera with You:’ The Posthumous Collaboration of Ahmed Basiony and Shady El Noshokaty'. 7 . [Link]

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2023 Putnam, E (2023) 'Leaking Milk and Beating Hearts: Technological Immanence and the Maternal Body' In: Feminist Philosophy and Emerging Technologies. New York : Routledge.
2021 Putnam, EL (2021) 'Pregnant Pause: Technological Disruption and the Neganthropic Aesthetics of Landscape in Ireland’s Borderland' In: Aesthetics, Digital Studies and Bernard Stiegler. New York and London : Bloomsbury. [Link]
2021 Putnam, EL (2021) 'Context Collapse' In: Mothers, Mothering, and COVID-19: Dispatches from a Pandemic. Bradford, Ontario : Demeter Press.
2021 Putnam E. (2021) 'Locative Reverb: Artistic Practice, Sound Technology, and the Grammatization of the Listener in the City' In: Technology and the City: Towards a Philosophy of Urban Technologies. Cham, Switzerland : Springer International Publishing. [DOI]
2021 Putnam, EL (2021) 'Strange Mothers: The Maternal and Contemporary Media Art in Ireland' In: Digital Art in Ireland. New York and London : Anthem Press.
2020 Putnam, EL (2020) 'Impossible Totalities: Political Performance as Palimpsest' In: Responding to Site: The Performance Work of Marilyn Arsem. Bristol, UK : Intellect.
2017 Putnam E. (2017) 'Performances of situated knowledge in the ageing female body' In: Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture. London : Palgrave Macmillan. [DOI]
2014 Putnam, EL (2014) 'Polyphonic Resonance: Sound Art in Ireland' In: Performance Art in Ireland: A History. Bristol, UK : Live Art Development Agency and Intellect Books.

Book Review

Year Publication
2018 Putnam, EL (2018) Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War. [Book Review] [Link] [DOI]
2013 Putnam, Emily Lauren (2013) Review of Horror After 9/11: World of Fear. [Book Review] [Link]

Conference Publication

Year Publication
2023 Bradbury, L; Putnam, E (2023) Art Tech Psyche Symposium Digital Art and/as Performance 24/03/2023-


Year Publication
2023 Putnam, E (2023) PseudoRandom. Boston, MA, USA: [Exhibition] [Link]
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