My name is Teodor Mitew, and this is my list of flaneur musings, in no particular order, on no particular topic. Like Scaramouche, I was born with the feeling that the world is mad, a feeling facilitated by being Polish/Bulgarian in a region and time of transition. I lived through and remember well the collapse of communism, witnessed the birth of what comes after, and took as much as I could from the tuition. I have far too many interests, and far too little time to indulge them all.
Intellectually, my background is in philosophy of history, internet studies and actor network theory. I earned my Master of Arts degree at the turn of the millennium in the area of philosophy of history from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. My interest in complex systems and economics on the other hand was the result of attending a series of lectures on the Austrian School from Georgetown University, shortly thereafter in Prague. After a sojourn in the dull corporate universe during which I managed to get a Diploma in Computer Studies in Singapore, I returned to academy to work on a doctoral thesis in the vague area of internet research.
I received my PhD in 2008 from Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, with a thesis applying actor network theory to the formation of online publics. Currently I am a Discipline Leader in the Creative Industries and senior lecturer in digital media and communication at the University of Wollongong, where I teach subjects across digital media.
As a researcher I am interested in the internet of things, object oriented ontology, information warfare, and distributed content networks. I am also interested in phenomena such as smart textiles, peer-to-peer clothing, open source maker communities, memetic warfare, and virtual reality.
As a flaneur, I voraciously read a chaotic range of writings, with a pendulum of amusement generally oscillating between the fantastic and the baroque. I am passionate about medieval history and culture and I practice archery and barefoot running.
I am also happily married and the father of a wonderful boy. I live in Wollongong, New South Wales, midway between the beach and a mountain.