Kripe, Z. (Zane) MA

  • PhD candidate
  • Lecturer
  • Information society
  • Geek culture
  • Southeast Asia
  • Online Ethnography

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6699
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen, Instituut CA/Ontwikkelingssociologie
Office Address: Pieter de la Court gebouw
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Room number 3A29

Zane Kripe is a PhD candidate researching geek culture and ideas about technological futures in Southeast Asia, in particular Singapore and Indonesia. It is part of a NWO funded project: 'Towards a Comparative History of Digital Futurities'. She holds an MSc in Media Technology (Leiden University) and BA in Political Science (Riga Stradins University). 

She finished her MSc in Media Technology at Leiden University. One of her MSc projects, exhibited amongst others at Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, was a chocolate vending machine called Formamat. It returns candy when people delete files from their digital storage devices. Formamat is an interactive art installation and scientific-philosophical inquiry about the value of data in the age of information abundance. (


In her current PhD research, Zane explores what it means to be a geek in contemporary Southeast Asia, in order to understand the various experiences and aspirations linked to the unfolding of the so-called digital revolution. Following the geek quest of building 'Asian technology for Asia' and the 'Silicon Valleys of Southeast Asia', she examines the position of geeks in Southeast Asia in relation to state, economy and globalization. Geeks form an non-governmental and non-activist elite group, yet play an important role in the development plans of the societies. Zane researches what the future will look like for them. By focusing on popular forms of gathering, such as BarCamps and Hackerspaces, Zane researches the ways in which the young technology enthusiasts try to influence and create their own futures.

Zane's research interests also include the theoretical and practical consequences that arise from online ethnography, on which she has taught the course ‘Anthropology of Information Society’ at Leiden University.

Relevant links


Kripe Z. (2011) The making of Southeast Asian silicon valleys: the perspective of the geeks. In: The Newsletter, International Institute of Asian Studies, 58: 14-15