Charles R. Acland (Concordia University)
Charles R. Acland is Professor in Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal. His books include Screen Traffic: Movies, Multiplexes, and Global Culture (2003), Swift Viewing: The Popular Life of Subliminal Influence (2012), and the co-edited, with Haidee Wasson, collection Useful Cinema(2011), which received honourable mention as the SCMS Best Edited Book Award of 2013.
Farah Atoui (McGill University)
Farah Atoui is currently pursuing a PhD in Communication Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Her current research examines the recent state-sponsored museum boom in Abu Dhabi as a point of entry for critically investigating the cultural politics of the UAE as an emerging economy and a young modernizing multicultural Arab nation, marked by a high scale of labour migration. She is a doctoral fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and a member of Regards Palestiniens and Regards Syriens, two collectives dedicated to the organization of annual screening series in Montreal.
Hongwei Thorn Chen (Brown University)
Hongwei Thorn Chen is a Cogut Center postdoctoral research associate in International Humanities in the department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. He received his PhD in Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota, with a minor in Moving Image Studies. His research examines the historical relationship between moving images, sound media, and institutional power in peripheral contexts of uneven development. His current book project, “Moving Pictures, Empty Words: Audio-visual Instruction in China, 1900-1952,” based on his doctoral dissertation, elaborates the role played by cinema, radio, and magic lantern in Chinese instructional practices in the first half of the twentieth century.
Michelle Cho (McGill University)
Michelle Cho is the Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies and World Cinemas at McGill University. She has published on Asian cinemas in The Korean Popular Culture Reader, Cinema Journal, Acta Koreana, and Simultaneous Worlds: Global Science Fiction Cinemas, and Korean wave television, video, and pop music in Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media, the International Journal of Communication, and Asian Video Cultures. She is completing a book on South Korean genre cinemas titled Genre Worlds: Global Forms and Millennial South Korean Cinema, and conducting new research on concepts of global community envisioned by Kpop fan cultures, especially the value of vicarious experience promulgated by reaction videos, vlogs, dance covers, and other bodily spectacles of consumption.
Maria Corrigan (Concordia University)
Maria Corrigan is an assistant professor (LTA) in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University. She received her Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies from University of California Santa Barbara in 2015 and her M.A. from Emory University (2008). She is currently working on her book, The Factory of the Eccentric Actor: Soviet Cinema’s Can-Can on the Tightrope of Logic.
Kay Dickinson (Concordia University)
Kay Dickinson is Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University. She is the author of Arab Cinema Travels: Transnational Syria, Palestine, Dubai and Beyond (2016) and, with Glyn Davis, Lisa Patti and Amy Villarejo, Film Studies: A Global Introduction (2016).
Shanon Fitzpatrick (McGill University)
Shanon Fitzpatrick is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University, where her research and teaching focus on the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the relationship between America and the world, and the formation of transnational media networks. Her current book project is Pulp Empire: Macfadden Publications and the Globalization of American Mass Culture. She is also co-editor of Body and Nation: The Global Realm of US Body Politics in the Twentieth Century (Duke University Press, 2014).
Yuriko Furuhata (McGill University)
Yuriko Furuhata (Ph.D. Brown University) is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar of Cinema and Media History in the Department of East Asian Studies and a faculty member of the World Cinemas Program. She is the author of Cinema of Actuality: Japanese Avant-Garde Filmmaking in the Season of Image Politics (Duke University Press, 2013), which won the Best First Book Award from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. She has published articles in journals such as Grey Room, Screen, Animation, Semiotica and New Cinemas and edited volumes, such as Media Theory in Japan and Animating Film Theory. She is currently working on a book, tentatively titled A Political Genealogy of Media Environments, exploring the historical connections between wartime and Cold War military science and the rise of multimedia environments, including expanded cinema, computer art, and environmental art in Japan and North America.
Elmo Gonzaga (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Elmo Gonzaga is Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He obtained his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley specializing in the Visual and Spatial Cultures of Southeast Asia and the Global South. His latest publication is an essay in Cinema Journal on the global culture industry of poverty porn.
Sumanth Gopinath (University of Minnesota)
Sumanth Gopinath is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is the author of The Ringtone Dialectic: Economy and Cultural Form, and he co-edited, with Jason Stanyek, The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies. He is co-editing, with Pwyll Ap Siôn, Rethinking Reich, forthcoming in 2018. Gopinath’s creative projects include serving as the bandleader for the country/bluegrass/Americana band The Gated Community.
Stephen Groening (University of Washington)
Stephen Groening is an Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of Cinema Beyond Territory: Inflight Entertainment and Atmospheres of Globalization (BFI, 2104). Professor Groening has published numerous articles on media and mobility in Film History, Film Criticism, Visual Studies, History and Technology, Keywords, and New Media and Society. He is currently work on a book regarding the prospects of collectivity in the age of television.
Zehra Husain (The City University of New York)
Zehra Husain is a graduate student in the Anthropology department at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research lies at the intersection of media, race and Indian Ocean worlds. She has formerly worked as a journalist at Pakistan’s English daily newspaper, The Express Tribune.
Brian R. Jacobson (University of Toronto)
Brian R. Jacobson is Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and History at the University of Toronto and the author of Studios Before the System (Columbia UP, 2015). He is editing a book about global studios for the University of California Press and writing a book about energy’s visual culture. Recent articles appear in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Screen, Film Quarterly, and Framework.
Alix Johnson (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Alix Johnson is a PhD candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz and fellow with the Mellon Foundation / ACLS. She is currently a visiting scholar at Concordia University’s Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture, and Technology.
Aleksandra Kaminska (Université de Montréal)
Aleksandra Kaminska is Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication at the Université de Montréal, where she also co-directs the Artefact Lab. She is currently working on a media history of authentication devices. Her first book, Polish Media Art in an Expanded Field was published in 2016 by Intellect Press.
Philipp Dominik Keidl (Concordia University)
Philipp Dominik Keidl is a PhD candidate in Film & Moving Image Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. His research examines the material culture of cinema and institutional and technological shifts in moving image archiving, preservation, and exhibition. His dissertation project Plastic Heritage: Fans and the Making of History examines historiography as fan practice, including case studies on publication projects, restoration tutorials, and fan-curated exhibitions. Philipp holds an MA in ‘Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image’ from the University of Amsterdam.
Han Sang Kim (Rice University)
Han Sang Kim is a postdoctoral fellow in transnational Asian studies at Rice University. His fields of research include Cold War governmentality in East Asia, Korean and East Asian film history, and cultural history of mobilities. He is working on two concurrent projects. One is to develop his dissertation, “Uneven Screens, Contested Identities: USIS, Cultural Films, and the National Imaginary in South Korea, 1945–1972,” into a book manuscript on knowledge, culture, and identity in the postwar division system in East Asia. For the other project, he is working on a manuscript on the association between cinema and transportation mobility in twentieth-century Korea, based on his predoctoral research. This project will be his first book in English.
Burç Köstem (McGill University)
Burç Köstem is a PhD student in Communication Studies at McGill University. He is broadly interested in the intersection of political theory, social theory and media studies. Previously he has carried out research on the political and social implications of algorithms. He has recently co-authored a journal article on recommendation systems in Theory, Culture & Society and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Warwick.
Scott Kushner (University of Rhode Island)
Scott Kushner’s work unpacks the ways that familiar media objects and practices mask deeply held cultural assumptions while enforcing norms of behaviour, association, and expression. Current projects focus on events tickets, lurking in social media, and the intersection of collecting practices and streaming audio. Published essays have appeared in venues including New Media & Society, First Monday, and The Communication Review. Scott is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Rhode Island.
Thomas Lamarre (McGill University)
Thomas Lamarre teaches in East Asian Studies and Communications Studies at McGill University. He is author of numerous publications on the history of media, thought, and material culture, with projects ranging from the communication networks of 9th century Japan (Uncovering Heian Japan: An Archaeology of Sensation and Inscription, 2000), to silent cinema and the global imaginary (Shadows on the Screen: Tanizaki Jun’ichirô on Cinema and Oriental Aesthetics, 2005), animation technologies (The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation, 2009) and television and new media (The Anime Ecology: A Genealogy of Television, Animation, and Game Media, 2018).
Joshua Neves (Concordia University)
Joshua Neves is Canada Research Chair and Director of the Global Emergent Media (GEM) Lab at Concordia University. His research interests include global and digital media, cultural theory, and political theory. His work has appeared in Social Text, Discourse, Film Quarterly, Sarai, Cinema Journal, and the Media Fields Journal, among others. He co-edited Asian Video Cultures: In the Penumbra of the Global (Duke University Press, 2017) and is completing a monograph titled Faking Globalization.
Alessandra Renzi is Associate Professor in Communication Studies at Concordia University where she explores the relays between media, art and activism through ethnographic studies and practice-led co-research. Currently, she is completing the book Repurposing Media: Connective activism, co-research, transindividuation, on Italian pirate television and emerging forms of media activism before and after social media platforms. Her new research project is a collaboration with the Urban Poor Consortium in Jakarta, investigating collaborative media making, data justice and the right to housing in hyper-financialized urban environments.
Daniel Reynolds (Emory University)
Daniel Reynolds is Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies and Mellon Fellow in Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, where his research and teaching focus on the relationships among technology, media, and the mind. His writing has recently appeared in Game Studies, Film Quarterly, and Fibreculture.
Paul Roquet (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Paul Roquet is assistant professor of Japanese Studies and Mitsui Career Development Chair at MIT. He is the author of Ambient Media: Japanese Atmospheres of Self (Minnesota, 2016), and other essays on mediated emotion as environmental design. This talk draws from his current research on the social aesthetics of ambient intelligence and the internet of things.
Rafico Ruiz (University of Alberta)
Rafico Ruiz is a SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta. In the winter of 2018, he will be the Fulbright Chair in Arctic Studies at Dartmouth College. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies and the History & Theory of Architecture from McGill University. He studies the relationships between mediation and social space, particularly in the Arctic and Subarctic; the cultural geographies of natural resource engagements; and the philosophical and political stakes of infrastructural and ecological systems. His work appears in a number of journals and edited collections, including the International Journal of Communication, the Journal of Northern Studies, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, and Communication +1. His work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Smallwood Foundation, Media@McGill, the McCord Museum and Archives, and the Harvard Medical School, amongst others.
Masha Salazkina (Concordia University)
Masha Salazkina’s work incorporates transnational approaches to film theory and cultural history with particular focus on different forms of film education. Her first book In Excess: Sergei Eisenstein’s Mexico (University of Chicago Press, 2009) positions Eisenstein’s unfinished Mexican project and theoretical writings within the wider context of post-revolutionary Mexico and global cultures of modernity. In 2014 she co-edited the collection Sound, Speech, Music in Soviet and Post-Soviet Cinema (Indiana University Press). Her new book project traces a trajectory of materialist film theory through the discourses of early Soviet cinema, institutional film cultures of the 1930s-1950s Italy, and critical debates surrounding the emergence of New Latin American Cinemas. Dr Salazkina has published in Cinema Journal, October, Screen, KinoKultura, and in several edited collections, and has been coordinating the publications of translation of film theory and criticism from around the world. Most recently, she guest-edited a special issue of Framework on Geopolitics of Film and Media Theory (Fall 2015), and co-edited a dossier of Canadian Journal of Film Studies on Les rencontres internationales pour un nouveaucinéma which reconstructs the history of the important international meeting of political film makers, critics and producers which took place in Montreal in 1974. She is also involved in a collaborative research project investigating the broader history of international festivals of Asian, African, and Latin American cinema in the 1960s-70s.
Daniel Schwartz (McGill University)
Daniel Schwartz is an assistant professor in Russian and German cinemas in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. His research focuses on the intersection of urban studies, Russian and German cinema, and sound studies. Currently, he is at work on a book project, City Symphonies 1913- 1931: Sound, Politics, and the Avant-Garde, which explores the relationship between audial practices and the composition of political communities in the work of figures such as Arseny Avraamov, Bertolt Brecht, Walter Ruttmann, and Dziga Vertov. Through both historical and textual analysis, he seeks to question the relationship between utopias and their use of everyday sounds, spaces, and practices as aesthetic materials.
Marc Steinberg (Concordia University)
Marc Steinberg is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. He is the author of the books, Anime’s Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) and Naze Nihon wa “media mikkusu suru kuni” nano ka (Why is Japan a “Media Mixing Nation”?) (Tokyo: KADOKAWA, 2015), and is co-editor of Media Theory in Japan (Duke University Press, 2017).
Will Straw (McGill University)
Will Straw is James McGill Professor of Urban Media Studies in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at the McGill University in Montréal. He is the author of Cyanide and Sin: Visualizing Crime in Fifties America (PPP Editions, 2006) and more than 150 articles on popular music, cinema, print and urban culture. He is currently working on the ways in which cities regulate, represent and intervene in their cultures of night.
Theo Stojanov (Concordia University)
Theo Stojanov is a sound engineer and media researcher based in Montreal. He is currently a doctoral student in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University, where his research involves a critical examination of the socio-technical aspects of the creative industries, their production practices, policies, and people.
Alanna Thain (McGill University)
Alanna Thain is Associate Professor of Cinemas and Cultural Studies, Director of the Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies and Director of the Moving Image Research Laboratory (MIRL), devoted to studying the body in moving image media, at McGill University. She is author of Bodies in Suspense: Time and Affect in Cinema (2017). Current project research projects include “Anarchival Outbursts: Dance and Movement Practices of Post Digital Media” and “Dissensuality: Form and Feeling Across Resistant Media.”
Darren Wershler (Concordia University)
Darren Wershler is the Concordia Research Chair in Media and Contemporary Literature and the co-founder of the Concordia Media History Research Centre. With Jussi Parikka and Lori Emerson, he is writing THE LAB BOOK: SITUATED PRACTICE IN MEDIA STUDIES, under contract with University of Minnesota Press.