Presenters

Arturo_ArriagadaArturo Arriagada is PhD candidate in Sociology at the London School of Economics. His thesis is focused on the intersection between processes of cultural mediation and uses of digital communication technologies.


James_AshJames Ash is a senior lecturer in media and cultural studies at Northumbria University. Trained in human geography, James’s work investigates the relationship between technology, embodiment and space. His current work explores how videogame environments and interfaces are designed to create attentive subjects. He has published work on videogames and technology in a number of journals including Theory, Culture and Society and Body and Society. He is currently writing a monograph entitled The Interface Envelope which will be published by Bloomsbury in 2015.


Paul_CaplanPaul Caplan’s work explores software as an object. He uses practice-research – creating digital practice as a way of answering research questions – to explore issues of governmentality and visuality. A former photographer, journalist and digital consultant he recently received his PhD from Birkbeck, University of London and now teaches at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. His latest paper ‘Software Tunnels Through the Rags ‘n Refuse: Object Oriented Software Studies and Platform Politics’ is forthcoming in Culture Machine and he is developing a book series that uses the affordances of mobile devices to create ‘Active Books’ that act as practice-research objects.


Miya_ChristensenMiyase Christensen is Professor of Media Studies at Stockholm University and Guest Professor at the Department of Philosophy and History, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. She is an editor of Popular Communication: International Journal of Media and Culture and the Chair of the Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division of ICA. Christensen’s research focuses, from a social theory perspective, on globalization and social change; technology, culture, identity; and, politics of popular communication. Christensen’s latest co-edited books include Media and the Politics of Arctic Climate Change (in-press, Palgrave); and, Online Territories: Globalization, Mediated Practice and Social Space (2011, PeterL.).


Patrick_CroganPatrick Crogan teaches film and media at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He is a founding member of UWE’s Digital Cultures Research Centre. Guest editor of the Stiegler issue of Cultural Politics (2010) and guest co-editor of the ‘Paying Attention’ issue of Culture Machine (2012), he also wrote Gameplay Mode: War, Simulation and Technoculture (2011). Crogan has interviewed, translated and written on Stiegler’s philosophical activism for several journals and collected works. He is working on a longer project exploring the potential of Steigler’s account of technicity for thinking the ‘digital transition’ to the post-cinematic media milieu.


Shane_DensonShane Denson studied philosophy, English, and political science at Southwest Texas State University and the Leibniz Universität Hannover. His doctoral dissertation, Postnaturalism: Frankenstein, Film, and the Anthropotechnical Interface, was directed by Ruth Mayer (American Studies, Hannover) and media theorist Mark B. N. Hansen (Program in Literature, Duke University). He is currently a post-doctoral research associate in Hannover, where he also coordinates the Initiative for Interdisciplinary Media Research. A member of the interdisciplinary research unit “Popular Seriality – Aesthetics and Practice,” his current work deals with the interrelations between seriality and mediality, with particular focus on media changes, transitions, and transformations.


Leighton_EvansLeighton Evans is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political and Cultural Studies at Swansea University. Having previously studied Philosophy and worked in the IT industry, Leighton’s research interests are primarily in digital media and new media, and the phenomenological implications of the use of mobile media on everyday living and experience of the world. Leighton is also interested in the shaping of perception and everyday experience by algorithms and code, and how software increasingly shapes everyday life experiences.


Vernita_Pearl_FortVernita Pearl Fort completed an international diplomacy career as an economist, ecologist and manager with USAID, working in 40 countries and managing some of the world’s largest development portfolios. Currently, she is completing Ph.D. dissertation research on Music, Morality, Mind: Voices from Jamaica’s Music Community, Ethics and Neuroscience Intersect, through the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She holds an MS degree from Yale University in evolutionary ecology and a BS degree from the University of California, Berkeley in natural resource systems-science. She studied economics as a National Economics Association Doctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland. She pursues dance/music/film as avocations.


Sun-ha_HongSun-ha Hong is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. He analyses the intersection between (1) the phenomenological and intersubjective experience of everyday discourse, to (2) the conceptual imaginaries which furnish the axiological and epistemological perceptions of digital space. Through discourse, notions like digital transparency and embodiment are knitted into a relational schema that constitutes our practical reason of knowledge and trust online. He is also currently investigating online crowdfunding, video games, and the Dublin IT scene.


Matt_JordanMatt 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 and book chapters, and is a frequent contributor to 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.


Sam_KinsleySam Kinsley is a Lecturer in Geography at the University of Exeter. He is a cultural geographer with particular interests in the spatial imagination and material experience of technology. Sam has presented and published his research in various disciplinary contexts. Before his post at Exeter, Sam worked as a Research Fellow in the Digital Cultures Research Centre at UWE, Bristol. With his UWE colleague Patrick Crogan, Sam co-edited the 2012 Paying Attention theme issue of Culture Machine. His PhD (2010) conducted at the University of Bristol concerned the practices and politics of future-oriented spatial imagination in technology research and development.


Daniel_KnappDaniel Knapp is Director of Advertising Research at IHS. He advises international media companies and regulators on strategy, market and consumer trends. He also is a PhD student at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he investigates the lived experience of surveillance on the internet and the role of human perception in a social world increasingly shaped by algorithms. Previously, Daniel worked at the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) and was a Research Fellow at the European Institute for the Media, an academic think tank. He holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Erfurt, Germany.


Sebastian_KubitschkoSebastian Kubitschko is undertaking a PhD in Media & Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research interrogates the efforts of political collectives – amongst them one of the world’s oldest and largest hacker communities, the Chaos Computer Club – to shift democratic legitimacy and to change the boundaries of the political. Aspects of his research can be found in the forthcoming publication: Kubitschko, S. (2013) ‘Hacking Authority’ in C. Calhoun and R. Sennett (eds.) Creating Authority. New York: NYU Press. He is European editor of Arena Magazine, Melbourne, and an editorial member of the graduate journal PLATFORM: Journal of Media and Communication.


Eyal_LaviEyal Lavi is a media professional and academic. He researches media and the experience of everyday urban, national and diasporic place. His interests also include mediated public connection and privacy. He has worked as a journalist and a developer across broadcast, print and new media.


Brenton_MalinBrenton 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 of Communication Theory, Media, Culture and Society, Media History, Technology and Culture, and the Journal of Social History. His book, Feeling Mediated: A History of Communication Technology and Emotion in America, is forthcoming from New York University Press.


Fenwick_McKelveyFenwick McKelvey (PhD, York University, 2012) is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. His work investigates how software affords new forms of control in digital communication systems. He explores the issue of control through studies of Internet routing algorithms and political campaign management software. His articles have appeared in Fibreculture, Global Media Journal and First Monday. He is also co-author of The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics with Dr. Elmer and Dr. Langlois. He is presently developing a book manuscript entitled Media Demons: Algorithms, Internet Routing and Time.


Joel_McKimJoel McKim is a Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. His research focuses on spaces of political communication in the urban environment and the intersection of media and architectural design. He is broadly interested in tracing lines of communication across human, material and ecological systems. More specifically, he is completing a book entitled Memory Complex: Competing Visions for a Post-9/11 New York, examining the intersection of architecture, media and politics in the aftermath of September 11, and he is also conducting research on the “mediatic infrastructure” that is increasingly underpinning our urban spaces.


NikolicMirko Nikolić is a visual artist and doctoral candidate in the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media at University of Westminster. His doctoral research explores uses of digital data as medium for perception of quotidian rhythms of human, biological and technological ecologies. The research aims to build a theoretical/practical methodological framework which weaves together the experience of these diverse rhythms through networked performance.


Tereza_PavlickovaTereza Pavlíčková is a PhD Candidate at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. Her research is primarily concerned with the media audiences and their interpretation and use of media. She is also interested in exploring the relevance of philosophical hermeneutics and the theory of paratext for audience research. Currently she is writing her thesis on audiences’ understanding of the author and its role in the process of interpretation. She is part of the departmental project on Post-socialist media audiences dealing with the transformation of audiences in Central and Eastern Europe.


Dimitri_PavlounisDimitrios Pavlounis is a doctoral student in the department of Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan. He is currently working on a project that aims to uncover alternative histories of sound recording and that places the idea of sound recording within a broader cultural framework of recording in general. He is particularly interested in how technologies of recording and storage are imagined and theorized through popular discourses, with an emphasis on cinematic narratives.


Mark_PedeltyMark Pedelty is associate professor of Communication Studies and Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of War Stories: The Culture of Foreign Correspondents (Routledge 1995), Musical Ritual in Mexico City: From the Aztec to NAFTA (University of Texas 2004), Ecomusicology: Rock, Folk and the Environment (Temple University Press 2012), and several journal articles dealing with music as environmental communication. He is co-editor Political Rock (Ashgate forthcoming 2013) with Kristine Weglarz, and is working on a book concerning environmentalist music for Indiana University Press’s Music, Nature, Place series. Dr. Pedelty teaches courses in ethnographic methods, environmental communication, and music.


Bryce_RenningerBryce J. Renninger is a Ph.D. candidate in the Media Studies program at Rutgers University’s School of Communication & Information. He teaches courses that explore media technologies through history, production, and theory. He also writes extensively about independent and world cinema, serving as a contributing writer for the film website indieWIRE. He is also a film programmer who has worked on NewFest: New York’s LGBT Film Festival (2008-11), and the series Films for the Occupation (December 2011) and Dirty Looks: On Location (July 2012). He is currently working on his dissertation, Radical Kinship Online: Resisting Marriage-as-Ideal in the Information Age.


Peter_RocciaPeter J. Roccia, an assistant professor at MacEwan University (Edmonton, Canada), teaches grammar, rhetoric, media theory, and popular culture in the Bachelor of Communication Studies program. His research centres on the generation of meaning through sequences of words (syntax), images (comic books), and media (memetics). He’s delivered papers on English syntax and linguistic imperialism (Lille, ICA, 2012), reading direction and the Arabic comic The 99 (Moscow, Global Studies, 2012), and prose “translations” of Renaissance epic poetry (Tokyo, International Milton Symposium, 2012). He’s currently developing a book proposal, tentatively titled The panels of perception: A media archaeology of the comic book.


Eleanor_SandryEleanor Sandry is an Early Career Development Fellow at Curtin University in Western Australia. Her research is concerned with the rich possibilities of accepting a broad understanding of communication between self and other, which considers the differences between interlocutors as valuable, as opposed to as problems that must be overcome. Having written a doctoral thesis exploring communication theory and practice by analysing human-robot interactions in science fact and science fiction, her more recent research involves taking some of the ideas formulated in her thesis to consider how they might be extended into thinking about communication online.


Margaret_SchwartzMargaret Schwartz is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. She has recently completed a book manuscript titled An Iconography of the Flesh: How Corpses Mean As Matter, upon which her talk is based.


Christine_ServaisChristine Servais is currently professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science of Communication at the University of Liège. She has a PhD in Information and Communication Sciences (University of Lyon 2), and is working on media and cultural reception using an aesthetic approach. Drawing on contemporary philosophy (Derrida, Lyotard, Habermas, Jauss, Rancière) to articulate media and cultural reception both as a unique experience and as a socio-political phenomenon, she raises questions about, for instance, community membership and participation in the public sphere, which brings her to develop a theory of mediation and destination.


Thomas_StreeterThomas Streeter has been a faculty member of the Sociology Department of the University of Vermont since 1989. He has also taught for the School of Cinema-Television at the University of Southern California. His publications include The Net Effect: Romanticism, Capitalism, and the Internet (2011), Selling the Air (1996), and with Zephyr Teachout, Mousepads, Shoe Leather, and Hope (about the use of the internet in Howard Dean’s pathbreaking run for President of the U.S., published in 2007). He has published articles in outlets ranging from the Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal to the Journal of Communication to Critical Inquiry.


Daniel_SutkoDaniel Sutko is Teaching Fellow at Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information and Doctoral Candidate in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media at North Carolina State University. His research draws on new, digital and poststructural media theory, as well as mobilities and critical-cultural studies. His dissertation considers sea and media piracy as struggles over reorientations of power prompted by new transportation and transmission technologies. Recent publications study the unequal production of mobility and space through mobile media and propose material and interdisciplinary methods for researching ICTs. He co-edited, with Adriana de Souza e Silva, Digital Cityscapes: Merging Digital and Urban Playspaces.


Maren_WehrleMaren Wehrle studied philosophy, historical anthropology and German literature at the University of Freiburg. She obtained her PhD in 2011. In her PhD-thesis she developed a dynamical interdisciplinary approach to the phenomenon of attention. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Copenhagen and research assistant at Husserl-Archive, University of Freiburg. Currently she inhabits a position as post-doctoral assistant at the Husserl-Archives, International Centre for Phenomenological Research, KU Leuven, Belgium. Publications include: Horizons of Attentions (forthcoming 2013); ‘The Normativity of Experience’, in Husserl Studies (26/2010); and Cyberanthropology: Being Human on the Internet (with T. Breyer, J. Sprondel), SSRN/open access (2011).