Professor of Cyberculture and Transmediality
Journalist and Cultural Manager




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Academic Research and Teaching

Carolina Fernández-Castrillo (accredited as Full Professor, ANECA 2016) is Professor of Cyberculture and Transmediality at the Department of Communication and Media Studies (Carlos III University of Madrid) and researcher in the group TECMERIN (Television-cinema: memory, representation and industry) as the driving expert in the area of Media Archaeology. She is also Research Fellow at the Venice Centre for Digital and Public HumanitiesUniversità Ca’ Foscari Venezia as Principal Investigator of the project “Digital Media Culture: Intercreativity and Public Engagement” on Digital Innovation and Activism in connective environments. 

Currently, she is also professor and coordinator of the following Academic Programs in Digital Communication and Innovation:

  • Master in Transmedia Documentary and Reportage (UC3M/RTVE) –  Mobile and Interactive Storytelling
  • Master in Advertising Communication (UC3M) – Cultural Creativity
  • Master in Visual and Digital Media (Business School, IE) – Digital Media Culture

She also teaches Communication and Participation of Civil Society in the Internet in the Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Film, Television and Media Studies (UC3M), a pioneer subject on the Information Society from Civic Engagement and Cyberactivism.

In the last two decades, she has developed her teaching and research activity in many renowned international institutions. It is remarkable her work as professor responsible for the area of “Experiential Learning” at New York University-Madrid, an essential experience in her contribution to the field of Innovation in Educommunication. She usually collaborates as Guest Lecturer in several international PhD programs as the Doctorate Program of Culture and Media Industry at Bayreuth Universität, a benchmark in Transmedia Studies. She has also coordinated the area of “Research in Digital Media” of the Doctoral Program at Madrid Open University and she was the Academic Director of the Master in Digital Communication and the Master in Education and New Technologies.

Regarding her academic background, she is European PhD at Complutense University of Madrid and Sapienza University of Rome (2009), where she has also been a Lecturer. Her contribution to Intermedia Studies on the relation between the old and digital Avant-garde gained a great recognition, she won the Extraordinary Doctorate Award and the Excellence Mention from Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard together with an invitation as Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. She conducted this research between Spain, Italy and the United States with the funding program from the Official Credit Institute Foundation and the Ministry of Education. Among the international institutions of her Predoctoral training, we find also Universiteit Utrecht and Bremen Universität.

From 2009, she is Associate Researcher at ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, where she develops her projects in Digital Innovation on Interactive and Immersive Communication. She has also been Visiting Scholar at Yale University and has conducted her Postdoctoral research at Bayreuth Universität and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.

In the last years, she has been the Director of several international research groups as Studies on Intermediality and Intercultural Mediation (SIIM/UCM) or Visual Media and Digital Communication (UDIMA) and she is part of several national funded research projects. She has collaborated with multiple institutions and research centers as expert in Digital Culture as the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at Open University of Catalonia, founded by Manuel Castells.

In addition to her remarkable international career, she is the author of several publications of theoretical innovation in prestigious academic journals and editorial houses as Amsterdam University Press, Manchester University Press, Bulzoni Editore, etc. She has been Invited Lecturer in several international seminars and conferences at Queen Mary University of London, New York University or School of Creative Media (CityU of Hong Kong), invited by the director Jeffrey Shaw, and in several public presentations in the context of the Jean Monnet Chair “The Culture of European Integration”.

Her academic research is currently focused on Transmedia Activism. She has recently shared her las contributions on Hacktivism and Expanded Information in Artnodes, ISEA (International Symposium of Electronic Arts), EADH (European Association for Digital Humanities), among other institutions. In 2022 she has organized the International Conference on Transmedia Activism: Creativity & Expanded Information (UC3M, VeDPH, Istituto Italiano di Cultura-Madrid) with the participation of Carlos Scolari and Paolo Cirio, among others. 

FYI: she is working in the edition of a specialized volume on TRANSMEDIA ACTIVISM, a CFP will be soon available for those interested.

Journalism & Cultural Management

She conducts her research together with the cultural management in Media Art. For over a decade now, she has collaborated with the Contemporary Audio-Visual & New Media Arts Festival (MADATAC) and with Juan March Foundation. Regarding this last institution, it is especially remarkable her contribution as Media Archaeology expert in the curatorial project Futurist Depero (2015). Fernández-Castrillo has also collaborated as critician in several specialized magazines as Lápiz. International Art Magazine, where she has been permanent collaborator for many years.

She is a cultural consultant of several institutions as Factoría Cultural Madrid (MATADERO), the Innovation Advisory Commission at Madrid Press Association or, more recently, the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome. She has been previously involved in several projects of Visual Media and New Technologies at the Cervantes Institute, and she has been the jury member of several cultural events, as ALCINE International Film Festival, among others.

From the Institute of Visual Media at ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe she produces her Arts & Innovation projects as the awarded EncyCloudPrado, an immersive and interactive installation for data visualization, created with Bernd Lintermann for the Prado Museum.  She is currently organizing several events on Digital Culture as Media Art curator from Venice.

Together with her contribution as expert editor in Digital Culture and Transmedia Communication, she is also part of the advisory committee of several international indexed journals.