Pablo R. Velasco // PhD candidate, CIM, Warwick

I'm currently pursuing a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at University of Warwick Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, trying to explore the materiality of digital currencies observed as political devices. I'm specially interested in the rationale behind their design and in the interwoven relations between State, borders, politics and cryptocurrencies' distribution of power. You can see some of my work (and the maps and code that I've made as part of it).

I did my BA and MA studies in Philosophy, at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). I worked on Heidegger's Concept of Truth and Language. Before joining CIM I worked as a Research Assistant in three different universities in Mexico, on a diversity of subjects including Political Networks, Theory of Theatre and National Security.

In my spare time I draw and write fiction (in spanish). You can peek on a digitally-embodied writing project (also in Spanish).

Recent Publicactions

Recent Presentations


  • The people’s platforms: Bitcoin and Blockchain technology as an open, distributed, social value exchange, Society through the lens of the digital – Herrenhausen Conference, Hanover, Germany, 31st May [poster]

  • Blockchain morphology: an historical perspective on the affaire between money and networks, Renewable Futures Conference – Economia, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 29th Apr [slides]


  • Digital Singularity: the techno-political design of Bitcoin, Intellectual Property / Information Technology / Media Law Discussion Group, University of Edinburgh, UK, 14th Nov [slides]

  • Rule-bending: disruption, consensus, and decision-making in Bitcoin hard-fork, 8th Annual S.Net conference: The Co-Production of Emerging Bodies, Politics and Technologies, University of Bergen, Norway, 12th Oct

  • Not for all the world’s coffees: the un-forkability of the Bitcoin blockchain. Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies Post-graduate Conference. University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. 30 Jun.

  • Excessive Research Stream. Transmediale/conversationpiece. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany. 4 Feb.


  • Logics of excess, waste and surplus in Bitcoin mining. Excessive Research PhD research workshop. Participatory IT Research Centre, Aarhus University; transmediale/art&digitalculture and School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. John Lennon Art and Design Building, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. 3-5 Nov.

  • Sketching Bitcoin topologies: machines and markets. Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies Post-graduate Event. University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. 26 Jun.

Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
University of Warwick