Date: December 17, 11:30am – 12:30pm

Venue: Pavilion 1, Building 100 (Design Hub), RMIT, City Campus


For the last 15 years, Genevieve Bell has made her way up through the ranks of one of America’s largest technology companies. She is one of a small number of women who have succeeded in Silicon Valley, and one of an even smaller number of social scientists. In this talk, Bell reflects on her time working beyond the academy, and on lessons learnt.

Genevieve Bell is an accomplished anthropologist and researcher who has spent the better part of the last 15 years working in Silicon Valley. A senior leader at Intel Corporation, she is a Vice President and director of Corporate Sensing and Insights in the company’s newly formed Corporate Strategy Group. She is also Intel Fellow, the company’s highest technical rank. In addition to her position at Intel, Bell is a highly regarded industry expert and frequent commentator on the intersection of culture and technology. Bell’s first book, “Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing,” written in collaboration with Paul Dourish, was published by MIT Press in 2011; she is currently working on a project around fear, magic and technology. Bell holds a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Stanford University, where she was also a lecturer.

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