Tim Barker is a Lecturer in Digital Media in the School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow. His research interests include the philosophy of time and media, German media theory, questions of technology and creativity and histories of ‘experimental’ art and cinema. He is the author of Time and the digital (Dartmouth College Press, 2012) and a number of essays and book chapters on materially oriented studies of media.

Roy Bendor is Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Design at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands. His research proposes a critical theory of interactive experiences, focusing on the values and assumptions that inform the design of participatory (or civic) new media, and on the ways in which interacting with these media may activate the public’s political imagination – stimulating political awareness, promoting democratic participation and fostering new modes of citizenship. Dr. Bendor’s work has appeared in The Journal of e-DemocracyFutures: The Journal of Policy, Planning and Futures StudiesInteractions, and Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology.

David M. Berry is Professor of Digital Humanities, and Co-Director of the Sussex Humanities Lab at the University of Sussex. His research examines the theoretical and medium-specific challenges of understanding digital and computational media, particularly algorithms, software and code. His work draws on critical theory, political economy, medium theory, software studies, and the philosophy of technology. Recent books authored or edited include Critical theory and the digitalPostdigital aesthetics: Art, computation and design, Understanding digital humanities and The philosophy of software: Code and mediation in the digital age.

Catalin Brylla is Senior Lecturer in Film at the University of West London. Focusing on cognitive film theory, phenomenology, representation and cultural studies, his practice-led research aims for a pragmatic understanding of spectatorship in relation to filmmaking. As a transnational filmmaker his work has been screened and broadcast internationally. Currently, he is completing a community impact study in Tanzania, and he is editing an anthology on ‘Cognitive theory and documentary film.’

Kenzie Burchell is a media sociologist and Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC) and at the Faculty of Information (iSchool) of the University of Toronto.  He received his PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London, where he also acted as a Lecturer and Visiting Tutor.  Prior to joining University of Toronto, Kenzie was the Research Associate of European Media Studies at the University of Manchester.

Nick Couldry is Professor of Media, Communications and Social Theory in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. His work has drawn on, and contributed to, social, spatial, democratic and cultural theory, anthropology, and media and communications ethics. His analysis of media as ‘practice’ has been widely influential. He is the author or editor of eleven books including Ethics of media (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013, co-edited with Mirca Madianou and Amit Pinchevski), Media, society, world: Social theory and digital media practice (Polity 2012) and Why voice matters: Culture and politics after neoliberalism (Sage 2010).

Shane Denson is Assistant Professor of Art and Art History (teaching in the Film and Media Program) at Stanford University. He is the author of Postnaturalism: Frankenstein, film, and the anthropotechnical interface (Transcript-Verlag/Columbia University Press, 2014) and co-editor of several collections: Transnational perspectives on graphic narratives (Bloomsbury, 2013), ‘Digital seriality’ (special issue of Eludamos: Journal for Computer Game Culture, 2014), and Post-cinema: Theorizing 21st century film (REFRAME Books, 2016).

Eve Forrest is an independent researcher, interested in everyday media practices . She is currently writing an ethnographic account of opinion-making and blogging, which is due to be published in 2017.  With a broad interest in phenomenological philosophy, cultural anthropology, visual and media studies Eve is interested in exploring and untangling how life is lived online and offline, as well as considering the more embodied aspects of technology use.

Graham Harman is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (on leave from the American University in Cairo). Calling his work ‘object-oriented philosophy,’ Harman has read Heidegger’s tool-analysis as a metaphysics of autonomous objects, challenging traditional phenomenological approaches that are centered on human perception. His books include Tool-being: Heidegger and the metaphysics of objectsPrince of networks: Bruno Latour and metaphysicsThe quadruple object and Immaterialism: Objects and social theory.

Matthew F. Jordan is Associate Professor of Media Studies at Penn State University. He is the author of Le jazz: Jazz and French cultural identity (University of Illinois Press, 2010), numerous articles, book chapters and short essays, which have appeared in outlets such as The Washington Post, Quartz, Fortune, The Conversation and The Huffington Post. He is co-director of the Social Thought Program at Penn State, and is currently a North American representative to the Board of the Association for Cultural Studies.

Zlatan Krajina was awarded his MA and PhD in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is presently Senior Lecturer in Media at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he teaches graduate courses about media cities, media audiences, and qualitative methodologies. He is the author of Negotiating the mediated city (Routledge, 2014, shortlisted for the Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award) and acts as a managing member of the ‘Media & the City’ group within ECREA (European Communications Research and Education Association).

Eyal Lavi is a London-based lecturer and media professional. His PhD thesis, completed in 2012 in the Department of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London, is a phenomenology of media and diaspora.

Brenton J. Malin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches and conducts research about media history, theory, and criticism, with concentrations in cultural studies, critical theory, intellectual history, technology studies, and the rhetoric of inquiry.  His essays have appeared in such journals as Communication Theory, Media, Culture and Society, Media History, Technology and Culture, and the Journal of Social History.  He is the author of Feeling mediated: A history of communication technology and emotion in America (New York University Press, 2014).

Tim Markham is Reader in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck, University of London. His latest book is The politics of war reporting: Authority, authenticity and morality (Manchester University Press, 2012) and he is co-author of Media consumption and public engagement: Beyond the presumption of attention (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007; 2010). Other publications tackle topics including the phenomenology of media, celebrity advocacy, creativity in journalism and the anti-democratic aspects of citizen journalism and social media.

Joel McKim is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. His research considers questions of political communication in the built environment and the intersection of media, architecture and urban planning. His writing on these topics has appeared in such journals as Theory, Culture and Society, Space and Culture, borderlands and PUBLIC, and in the edited collections Informal architectures (Black Dog), DIY citizenship (MIT Press) and Architecture and radical philosophy (Bloomsbury). Prior to taking up his current position he held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh and McGill University.

Shaun Moores is Professor of Media and Communications at the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland. He is the author of books including Interpreting audiences: The ethnography of media consumption (1993), Media and everyday life in modern society (2000), Media/theory: Thinking about media and communications (2005) and Media, place and mobility (2012). His co-edited books are The politics of domestic consumption: Critical readings (1995) and Connectivity, networks and flows: Conceptualizing contemporary Communications (2008), and a new co-authored book is entitled Communications/media/geographies (in press).

Lisa Parks is Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT. She is author of Cultures in orbit: Satellites and the televisual and Vertical mediation and the war on terror (forthcoming), and co-editor of: Signal traffic: Critical studies of media infrastructuresDown to earth: Satellite technologies, industries and culturesPlanet TV: A global television reader; and Life in the age of drones (forthcoming). Her work has consistently questioned what constitutes a ‘media object,’ exploring such sites as orbital domains, the ends of cable lines, electronics salvage yards, and fringe areas to understand the far-reaching and varied effects of media globalization.

Ingrid Richardson is Associate Professor in Digital Media at Murdoch University, Western Australia. She has a broad interest in the ‘human-technology relation’, and has published on topics such as scientific technovision, virtual and augmented reality, games, mobile media and small-screen practices, urban screens, remix culture and web-based content creation and distribution. She is contributing co-editor of Studying mobile media: Cultural technologies, mobile communication and the iPhone (Routledge, 2012, with Jean Burgess and Larissa Hjorth), and co-author of Gaming in social, locative and mobile media (Palgrave MacMillan, 2014, with Larissa Hjorth).

Scott Rodgers is Senior Lecturer in Media Theory at Birkbeck, University of London. His research specializes in the relationships of media and cities and the geographies of communication. Scott also has broad interests in media production practices, digital and networked technologies, journalism, urban politics and ethnographic methodologies. His publications have appeared in journals such as Society and Space, City and Community, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Space and Culture and Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.

Paddy Scannell is Professor at the University of Michigan. He is best known as a historian of broadcasting, whose work has focused particularly on the phenomenological study of talk as the everyday communicative medium of radio and television. Scannell is a founding editor of Media, Culture and Society, and his books include Radio, television and modern life, Media and communication and Television and the meaning of live.

Dan Sutko is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media at California State University, Fullerton. He studies digital media and culture through material, historical, and social-theoretical lenses to understand how technologies perpetuate unequal power relations. He currently researches how piracy animates normative understandings of technologies that disenfranchise and marginalize innovators and users. He has published in top communication and media journals about digital culture, mobile technologies, video games, and social theory. He co-edited, with Adriana de Souza e Silva, Digital cityscapes: Merging digital and urban playspaces.

Rowan Wilken is Associate Professor in Media and Communication, and a senior researcher in the Swinburne Institute for Social Research, at Swinburne University of Technology. His research interests include mobile and locative media, digital technologies and culture, theories and practices of everyday life, domestic technology consumption, and old and new media. He has published widely on mobile and location-based media. He is the co-editor of The afterlives of Georges Perec (with Justin Clemens, Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming), Locative media and Mobile technology and place (both with Gerard Goggin, Routledge, 2014; 2012), and author of Teletechnologies, place, and community (Routledge, 2011). He is also the editor of Media International Australia journal.