RCC Speakers

Caroline Bassett is Research Director of the School of Media, Film and Music at Sussex, and Director for the Centre of Material Digital Culture and the Digital and Social Media Theme Leader. She is widely published on gender, mobile computing, narrative and cultural form, is currently completing research exploring hostility to computing across a series of professional and community arenas using historical archives in the UK and US. She co-leads the digital media stream of ECREA, the European Communication and Research Association and in this role has developed a strong European research community. Bassett is also a highly experienced technology journalist. In this role she covered the emerging new media industries from the point of view of economy, creative industries, and users and has an insider as well as a critical and theoretical grasp of the development of the digital economy of the UK. She has won high quality awards (including the UK Press Gazette Awards) for her columns on digital and social change and commendations for her editing.

Clare Birchall is Senior Lecturer in the Institute of North American Studies, King’s College London. She is author of Knowledge Goes Pop: From Conspiracy Theory to Gossip and co-editor of New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory. She is also part of the team behind Living Books About Life and Liquid Books. Her recent work is on secrecy and transparency in the digital age.

Kieran Connell is Research Fellow in the department of Modern History at the University of Birmingham. Kieran’s research examines the cultural manifestations of race in contemporary Britain. He is currently working with Professor Matthew Hilton on a project that explores the working practices of the Birmingham Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies. To mark the forthcoming 50th anniversary of the Centre’s establishment, an archive of Centre material has been established at the Cadbury Research Library, including deposits from Stuart Hall, Richard Johnson, Michael Green and Anne Gray; in addition Keiran is organising a major conference and exhibition, “50 Years On: The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies“.

Jeremy Gilbert is Professor of Cultural and Political Theory at UEL and Editor of the journal New FormationsHis most recent book is, Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism (Pluto 2013) and he has co-authored books on the philosophy of dance music and the relationship between culture and politics in Blair’s Britain as well as publishing numerous articles on cultural theory, politics and music. Jeremy was a founder organiser of both Signs of the Times and the London Social Forum and a convenor of the Radical Theory Forum at the European Social Forum, Paris in 2003 and London in 2004. He writes with varying degrees of regularity for Open DemocracyComment is Free Soundings and Red PepperHe is also a member of Lucky Cloud Sound System and sometimes plays records at Beauty and the Beat.

Gary Hall is Professor of Media and Performing Arts, Director of the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry University, UK, and Visiting Professor at the Hybrid Publishing Lab – Leuphana Inkubator, Leuphana University, Germany. His publications include Culture in Bits (Continuum, 2002) and Digitize This Book!: The Politics of New Media, or Why We Need Open Access Now (Minnesota UP, 2008). His work has appeared in numerous journals, including American Literature, Angelaki,Cultural StudiesNew Formations, The Oxford Literary Review and Radical Philosophy. He co-founded Culture Machine in 1999 and Open Humanities Press (OHP) in 2006.  Together with Clare Birchall and Joanna Zylinska he published the JISC-funded project Living Books about Life (Open Humanities Press, 2011), a series of over twenty open access books about life. More details are available on his website http://www.garyhall.info.

Matt Hills is Professor of Film and TV Studies at Aberystwyth University. Matt is the author of five monographs, starting with Fan Cultures (Routledge 2002), including Triumph of a Time Lord: Regenerating Doctor Who in the Twenty-first Century (IB Tauris 2010), and coming up to date with his sixth book, an edited collection, New Dimensions of Doctor Who, published just before the show’s 50th anniversary last year. He has articles in press and forthcoming this year in theInternational Journal of Cultural Studies, the Journal of Fandom Studies, the Journal of Transformative Works and CulturesCritical Studies in Television, and the Journal of Science Fiction Film and Television, and is currently working on an academic study of Sherlock, entitled Detecting Quality Television.

Colin Homiski is Research Librarian at the Senate House Library, University of London, curating the Visual and Performing Arts, Philosophy and Theology collections.  Prior to the University of London, he worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the New England Conservatory of Music among others.  With over twenty-five years library experience, he has presented and written on perception and the ‘new’ materialism, the role of libraries as technological facilitators and on twentieth-century avant-garde music in Italy. He holds postgraduate qualifications in Library and Information Science and Music Composition receiving joint academic and performance honours in the latter.

Roger Luckhurst is Professor of Modern and Contemporary Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is the author of books on J. G. Ballard, The Shining and Alien, and of cultural histories of telepathy, science fiction, trauma, and late-Victorian mummy curses. He is currently completing a book on zombies for Reaktion.

Holly Pester is a poet, practice-based researcher and multidisciplinary writer. In 2013 she designed and catalogued an innovative new archive of Text Art at the Bury Art Museum, Greater Manchester and has written about the interchange of art practice and archives. Her doctoral research examined the poetics of noise and sound poetry archives. She has performed as a poet at international events and festivals, including a British Council funded visit to Mexico City, an artist’s residency at the dOCUMENTA 13. She is currently writer in residence at the Women’s Art Library at Goldsmith College’s special collections.

Ernesto Priego is Lecturer in Library Science at the Centre for Information ScienceCity University London. Researcher affiliated to the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. Editor-in-chief of The Comics Grid Journal of Comics Scholarship. His work revolves around scholarly communications (including social media), academic publishing and comics scholarship. More details are available on Ernesto’s website http://epriego.wordpress.com/.

Agnes Woolley is Lecturer in the School of Humanities, University of Lincoln; she completed her PhD at the University of Leeds in 2011. Her research interests are in postcolonial literature and film, focusing particularly on concepts of migration and diaspora. She is working on developments in postcolonial ecocriticism, the ethics and politics of climate change and the relationship between literature and activism. She has published on contemporary literature and film, and her book, Contemporary Asylum Narratives: Representing Refugees in the Twenty-First Century, has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan. She is a regular contributor to the online think tank Open Democracy, reporting on migration issues. Agnes has recently presented on this topic for BBC Radio 4.