Eugenia Stamboliev




  • AI ethics/AI critical studies with a transdisciplinary approach to content and methods (critical media methodologies and intersectional focus)
  • Post-Critical AI literacy
  • Explainability of AI in democracy
  • Further topics; Climate&AI narratives; 'emotional' AI; trust and distrust around platforms; labour and maintenance of platforms


Eugenia is an Austro-Bulgarian media scholar and philosopher of technology holding a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vienna. She works on ethical issues around artificial intelligence and algorithmic/data structures while studying political, socioeconomic, and normative concerns. Her project Interpretability and Explainability as Drivers to Democracy focuses on the influence of complex algorithmic structures (like covid models) and democratic concepts and examines conceptual shifts in institutional power, social trust and explainability (XAI).

From 2024 to 2027, she is affiliated with the Prague University of Economics and Business as a co-PI in a project exploring the role of Large Language Models in democracy (funded by the Czech Science Foundation, in collaboration with assistent professor Petr Specián and associate professor Miroslav Vacura). In 2022/2023, she held a visiting fellowship at the Philosophy Department at Tilburg University (NL), exploring the concept of trustworthiness in EU policy (in collaboration with assistant professor Tim Christiaens). 

She published, among others, on a post-critical AI literacyalgorithmic uncanniness of health applicationscare robots, tracking and performative ethics; care robots on the theatre stage; the philosophy of screen bodies through the work of Flusser and Münsterberg; and on visual narratives of refugee camp life in documentary film. She is involved in the European research project on personalised robotics PERSEO, and is a mentee in the postdoc:muv program at the University of Vienna. She acts as a reviewer for various national and international forums, like the TU Wien Academic Press and the Czech Science Foundation while also teaching courses on Data and AI ethics.


Eugenia regularily speaks at conferences, panels and public events. More can be found here.


PhD in Transdisciplinary Studies, specialised on ethics of media and technology, part of a Marie-Curie ITN 'CogNovo', Plymouth University, United Kingdom

Doctoral courses in PACT (Philosophy, Art & Critical Theory), European Graduate School in 2014, Saas-Fee, Switzerland

Diplom (BA and MA) in Media and Communication Studies, University of Arts Berlin, Germany

Vordiplom in Law Studies, Free University Berlin, Germany