David Savat

Dr, BA PhD Murd.

  • The University of Western Australia (M257), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


David's research interests are focused on technologies of communication, especially digital media, and some of their political, economic, and social effects. Through this work he has also developed an interest in biopolitics, surveillance technologies, including big data, and the emergence of new forms of political action, including the theorisation thereof. David also has a keen interest in the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari and its application in a variety of fields. Some of his other research interests include the social impact of robotics, game design and gamification, and related emergent media, including their impact on education. With Tauel Harper he published /Media After Deleuze/ (Bloomsbury 2016), and prior to that the monograph /Uncoding the Digital: Technology, Subjectivity and Action in the Control Society/ (2013, Palgrave MacMillan). With Mark Poster he is co-editor of /Deleuze and New Technology/ (2009), and is co-editor of the book series "Schizoanalytic Application,” published by Bloomsbury. David is also the Executive Editor of the interdisciplinary journal /Deleuze and Guattari Studies/ published by Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/loi/dlgs. He supervises a wide range of PhD projects on topics such as "Implantable Technologies," "Game design and Gender," "Globalisation and Digital Art," "Digital Time," "The representation of climate change in the media," "Polemics of contemporary kinetic art history," "Civic engagement and Digital Media", and "Governmentality in the digital context".

Roles and responsibilities

David is the School Honours Coordinator of the School of Social Sciences, and was previously Discipline Chair of Communications Studies, as well as International Coordinator of the Faculty of Arts, and coordinated the delivery of the School of Social Sciences programmes in Hong Kong and Singapore. In addition to this he was Masters Coordinator and Honours Coordinator of Communication Studies. He is currently the Executive Editor of /Deleuze and Guattari Studies/, and Series Editor of /Schizoanalytic Applications/. He has expertise in a wide range of areas, and can supervise a range of topics in Communication and Media Studies, Political Theory, as well a wide range of topics involving the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari.

Previous positions

Lecturer, Internet Studies, Curtin University
Lecturer, Politics and International Studies, Murdoch University

Current projects

He is currently working on several projects, including adaptive learning technologies, the infantilisation of education, robots and play, schizoanalysis and politics, and a book on privacy in the digital age, which is a follow up to his book Uncoding the Digital.

Teaching overview

COMM1002: Cultures, New Media and Communications
COMM3003: Designing Play
COMM3901: Television and Video Production
COMM4001: Concepts in Communication
COMM4406: Research Methods


Surveillance; Control society;Deleuze; Digital culture; Digital media and politics; Games and play; Philosophy of technology;Big data; Adaptive learning


and English

Research expertise keywords

  • Assemblage Theory
  • Play And Games
  • Power
  • Technology And Society
  • Media Studies
  • Deleuze
  • Digital culture
  • Digital media and political theory
  • Games
  • Power and politics
  • Virtual reality
  • Surveillance
  • Philosophy of technology


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