Notes on Contributors


#2 (December 2012)

editors: Robert Briggs & Niall Lucy, Curtin University



Mark Balnaves is Professor in the School of Design Communication and Information Techology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He has co-authored a number of books in media and communication studies, including Mobilising the Audience (with Tom O’Regan and Jason Sternburg, University of Queensland Press, 2002), A New Theory of Information and the Internet: Public Sphere meets Protocol (with Michele Willson, Peter Lang, 2011) and Rating the Audience: The Business of Media (with Tom O’Regan and Brian Shoesmith, Bloomsbury, 2011).


Benjamin Forster is a cross disciplinary artist, whose practice explores drawing, bringing together digital and biological technologies, installation and performance. He has exhibited and performed work throughout Australia, including at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Fremantle Arts Centre, 24HrArt in Darwin, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Venn Gallery and Paper Mountain in Perth and eMerge Media Space in Townsville. He has been awarded several awards and residencies, including the Fremantle Arts Centre Print Award and SymbioticA Research Residency in 2010, Australia Council for the Arts New Work (emerging) Grant in 2011. See his work at emptybook.


Glen Fuller is Assistant Professor in Journalism and Communications, University of Canberra, Australia. He researches the relation between enthusiasm and media, with a particular interest in cultures of vernacular epistemologies. He blogs at eventmechanics.


Tero Karppi is a PhD candidate in Media Studies, University of Turku, Finland. His doctoral research deals with the political economy of user engagement in social media and network culture and is informed by theories of non-human and affective turn. His work has been published previously in a range of international journals of new media, including Transformations and Simulation & Gaming. More information can found at his website and his twitter feed.


Tama Leaver is Lecturer in Internet Studies at Curtin University, Australia, Research Fellow at the ARC Centre for Excellence in Creative Industries and Innovation, and a member of Curtin’s Centre for Culture & Technology. His research interests include social media, online identity and media distribution, and he has published in Popular Communication, Media International Australia, Comparative Literature Studies and Fibreculture, among other journals. He is the author of Artificial Culture: Identity, Technology and Bodies (Routledge, 2012) and is currently completing a monograph with Matthew Allen on 'web presence'. More information can be found at his website and his twitter feed.


Ken Miller lectures in screen arts at Curtin University, Australia. He has a background in film and television directing and producing, and his research interests include performances across a range of media.


Jane Mummery is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Education and Arts at the University of Ballarat in Australia. She is the author of The Post to Come: An Outline of Post-Metaphysical Ethics (Peter Lang, 2005) and Understanding Feminism (with Peta Bowden, Acumen, 2009), as well as a number of articles on the ethico-political possibilities of (post-)Heideggerian philosophy, with a particular focus on revisions of enlightenment heritage. She is currently researching questions of radical democracy, the democratic possibilities of new media, and the possible trajectories of post-Enlightenment applied ethics.


Nicole Pepperell is Lecturer in the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT, Melbourne. Her research interests include Marx and historical materialism, and post-Kantian philosophy more generally. She has published numerous articles on Marx and Marxism, and her doctoral thesis, Disassembling Capital, is soon to be published as part of Brill’s Historical Materialism series.


Martin Štefl is a PhD student in the Department of Anglophone Literatures & Cultures at Charles University, Prague. His research focuses on philosophical conceptions of place, space and spatiality, and on the relationship between ‘physical and psychical spaces’ in modernist literature, especially in D.H. Lawrence. His M.A. thesis on Lawrence won the ‘Vilém Mathesius Award’ for English literature.


Michele Willson is Associate Professor in Internet Studies at Curtin University, Australia. Her research interests include technology and sociality, online communities and network theory, as well as the materiality of technology and the politics of software and algorithms. She is the author of Technically Together: Rethinking Community within Techno-Society (Peter Lang, 2006), A New Theory of Information and the Internet: Public Sphere meets Protocol (with Mark Balnaves, Peter Lang, 2011) and of a number of articles exploring technologically-mediated ways of being together. 




Ctrl-Z: New Media Philosophy

ISSN 2200-8616


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