Emily regularly contributes essays, reviews and art writing to exhibition catalogues, academic journals and magazines. Most recently, she has written for Paragrana, Finance and Society, Esse Magazine, E.R.O.S. (with School of the Event Horizon), Message and the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. Recent catalogue contributions include texts for Charlotte Warne Thomas, "Limitaction" (Window Space Gallery, London Metropolitan University); Burcu Yagcioglu and Ulgen Semerci, "In Fog: Icebergs and Wild Boars" (Operation Room, Istanbul); "Who Thinks The Future?" curated by Tom Trevatt (Lewisham Arthouse, London); and Rowena Harris, "P.A.R.T.S." (Coleman Projects, London).
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Her PhD thesis, "Economies of Character (or, Character in the Age of Big Data)", examines the roles that literary, philosophical and moralistic concepts of character play in "economizing" personhood: transforming personhood (a complex concept speaking to both familiarity with another entity, whether human or otherwise, in a relational sense; and to right, responsibility and citizenship in a legal sense) into narrative image through acts of circulation. Conversely, the thesis examines minor forms of economic thought with an inherently qualitative dimension, which make a strong case for "character" itself as a reflexive economic concept (as in, for instance, Gabriel Tarde's understanding of imitative, psychological processes - such as the contagion of confidence or fear - as integral to the market). "Character" - as circulated self-image and as economic index - becomes increasingly integral to contemporary art since the so-called post-conceptual narrative turn. More broadly, "character" bears the brunt of new pressures placed on personhood by increasingly ubiquitous forms of social control such as big data, “nudging” in corporate and governmental policy, the reputation economy (fuelled, in part, by “World 3.0” businesses such as Airbnb), and credit scoring. Many forms of data analytics predict individuals’ future actions by analyzing their past behaviour, or statistically situating them within a framework of norms in their social network. Such techniques have been shown to have great predictive success; but what happens to more open-ended conceptions of futurity as these practices take hold in ever more aspects of life? What happens to individuals as they are made to bear the weight of such seemingly certain (and most often hidden) predictions about their future activities, while all the while facing, on the whole, increasingly uncertain living conditions thanks to precarious job, housing and financial markets?