My name is Katta Spiel.

In my research, I look at the margins of technology design.  I largely focus on notions of Gender and Disability, with a specific interests on non-binary identities and neurodivergent folks.  In doing so, I draw from a range of methods centred on notions of participatory research and design.  Hence, some of my work takes the form of epistemological and methodological musings around situated knowledges and their meaningful co-construction.

Currently, I research the attitudes, desires and interests of neurodivergent youth concerning play with digital games. This work is part of a postdoctoral project between KU Leuven and Universität Wien and conducted by me in collaboration with Kathrin Gerling and Fares Kayali.  Before,  I was part of  Social Play Technologies and a PhD student at OutsideTheBox project, both at TU Wien (Vienna University of Technology). There I investigated the experiences of autistic children in technological contexts, moving away from empathy and developed a concept for Participatory Evaluation. Both my bachelor degrees in Media Culture (B.A.) and Media Systems (B.Sc.) as well as my Master’s degree in Computer Science and Media (M.Sc.), I have acquired at Bauhaus Universität Weimar.

Outside (and sometimes inside) of my research, I also like to craft, predominantly with textiles and am engaged in the Roller Derby community.  I have also been a member of the City Council of Weimar (2009-2014).

My pronouns are they/them.  You may address me as Mx. or Dr.