Speakers

SarahSarah Pink is Distinguished Professor and Director of the Digital Ethnography Research Centre at RMIT University. In 2016-17 she is KK-Stiftelsen Foundation International Visiting Professor, at Halmstad University, Sweden. She is also Visiting Professor at Loughborough University, UK, and Guest Professor in Visual and Media Anthropology at Free University, Berlin, Germany. Her most recent books include Digital Materialities, (2016), Digital Ethnography (2016), Screen Ecologies (2016), Doing Sensory Ethnography 2nd edition (2015), Un/Certainty iBook (2015), Media, Anthropology and Public Engagement (2015). Forthcoming books include Theoretical Scholarship and Applied Practice (2017) and Future Anthropologies (2017). Her current research involves using digital and visual approaches across a range of projects funded by national research councils, EU Horizon 2020 and/or in collaboration with industry partners in Australia, Sweden and Spain.

GarretBradley L. Garrett is a social geographer at the University of Southampton currently working on the politics of public space. His first monograph, Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City (Verso Books), is an account of his adventures trespassing into ruins, tunnels and skyscrapers in eight different countries. Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital (2014, Prestel Publishing), is a photographic dissection of what lies underneath the streets of London, layer by layer. 2016 marks the release of the final book in his urban exploration triptych; London Rising: Illicit Photos from the City’s Heights (Prestel Publishing), which documents the social, infrastructural and corporate verticalities of the city. He writes a column for Guardian Cities (UK) on global public and private space issues and his research has been featured on media outlets worldwide including the BBC (UK), ABC (Australia), and Time Magazine (USA). He was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Early Career Alumni award from James Cook University.

Visul Lab.jpgThe BIDS lab is a collaborative research team incorporating experts from a wide range of disciplines encompassing the sciences and humanities including: botany, computer science, physics, cinema studies, sound and vision sciences. The main objective of the lab is to develop bio-inspired digital solutions to different perceptual problems. Its core members: Scarlett Howard, Jair Garcia and Adrian Dyer use eye tracking technology to understand how colour and visual complexity affect decision making in humans and animal species. Current eye-tracking research includes a wide range of applications in fields such as forensics, marketing, visual ecology and animal vision with emphasis in pollination and food production.

Jennifer.jpgJennifer Deger is an anthropologist, filmmaker, and research leader at James Cook University. Her practice-led research explores digital media, social creativity and experimental museology. She is a founding member of Miyarrka Media, a collective of Aboriginal and non-indigenous artists and filmmakers based in the community of Gapuwiyak in northeast Arnhem Land. In recent years Miyarrka Media have made a number of award winning films, and created exhibitions in major museums in the US and Europe. Jennifer herself has published widely on Aboriginal visual culture, experimental ethnography and indigenous aesthetics. She has held visiting fellowships at The Centre for Religion and Media, New York University and Aarhus University, as well as several ARC fellowships, including a Future Fellowship entitled Digital Relations: New Media in Arnhem Land.

11-Paolo-Favelo-OKPaolo Favero is Associate Professor in Film Studies and Visual Culture at the Department of Communication Studies, University of Antwerp. With a PhD in Social Anthropology from Stockholm University focusing on questions of globalization and cultural identity among young people in Delhi, resulting in a book entitled India Dreams (2005), Paolo has devoted the core of his career to the study of visual culture in India and Italy. He is also a specialist of the integration of new technologies within ethnographic methods. Presently he conducts research on image-making practices in contemporary India. Paolo has taught at the University Institute Lisbon (Portugal), University College London (UK), University of Foggia (Italy) and Stockholm University (Sweden) and has published, among others, for Cultural Anthropology, Visual Studies, the Journal of Material Culture, Social Anthropology, and Anthropological Quarterly. His most recent publications focus on interactive documentary filmmaking and on the meaning of images in a digital landscape. Paolo is also an active photographer and filmmaker. In 2004 he directed Flyoverdelhi, a film on youth in Delhi that was screened by Swedish and Italian national broadcasters. He is presently an elected member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and one of the founders of the ECREA Visual Culture network.

ShantiShanti Sumartojo is a Research Fellow in the Digital Ethnography Research Centre in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. Shanti has published in several areas: public memorials and memory narratives; the impact of creative practice on public space, including collaborating on performance and built installations; and collective spatial experience understood through the conceptual frame of ‘atmosphere’. She is the author of Trafalgar Square and the Narration of Britishness, 1900-2012: Imagining the Nation (2013) and co-editor of Nation, Memory, and Great War Commemoration: Mobilizing the Past in Europe, Australia and New Zealand (2014) and Commemorating Race and Empire in the Great War Centenary (2017). In addition to ongoing work on spatialised national identity narratives, current collaborative projects include a suite of ethnographic investigations into how people encounter and make sense of data in their everyday lives; a new book on theories and methods for investigating atmosphere; the relationship between design and wellbeing in healthcare settings; and new digital visual methodologies.

Edagr_Gomez_CruzEdgar Gómez Cruz is a Vice-Chancellor Postdoctoral Research Fellow at RMIT, Melbourne. He has published widely on a number of topics relating to digital culture, ethnography and photography. His recent publications include From Kodak Culture to Networked Image: An Ethnography of Digital Photography Practices (2012) and the edited volume Digital Photography and Everyday Life: Empirical Studies in Material Visual Practices (2016, with Asko Lehmuskallio). Current research investigates screen cultures and citizenship, which is funded through RCUK and Vice Chancellor research grants. His blog is Imagenaciones.

Larissa.jpgLarissa Hjorth is an artist and digital ethnographer in the School of Media & Communication, RMIT University. She studies the socio-cultural dimensions of mobile media and play in the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, Hjorth’s work focuses upon intergenerational and cross-cultural approaches. Hjorth’s books include Mobile Media in the Asia-Pacific (2009), Games & Gaming (2010), Online@AsiaPacific  (2013), Understanding Social Media (2013), Gaming in Social, Locative and Mobile Media (2014), Digital Ethnography (2016), and Screen Ecologies: Art, Media, and the Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region (2016). Research projects include: Locating the Mobile and Games of Being Mobile.

A_YoungAlison Young is the Francine V. McNiff Professor of Criminology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Alison is the author of Street Art World (2016, forthcoming), Street Art, Public City (2014), The Scene of Violence (2010), Street/Studio (2010), Judging the Image (2005) and Imagining Crime (1996), as well as numerous articles on the intersections of law, crime, and the image. She has researched graffiti and street art for many years, and her ongoing research engages with the ways in which we live in and govern city spaces: she is currently developing a study of crime and neighbourhood change in Australia and Japan. At the University of Melbourne, she is a member of the executive of the Research Unit in Public Cultures and in 2016, she founded the Urban Environments Research Network to create a collaborative forum for the exchange of ideas and information among a range of international artists, academics and architects.

Alison is an Honorary Professor in the Law School at City University, London, and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Law, Griffith University. She has been a visiting research fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University and was the Karl Loewenstein Fellow in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College.

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Melinda Hinkson is Associate Professor of Anthropology and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow based in the Alfred Deakin Institute, Deakin University. She has published widely on Warlpiri engagements with visual media, on the contested cultural politics of the Northern Territory Intervention, on the work of Australian anthropologist WEH Stanner and on the broad field of contemporary cultural attitudes to images. Her book Remembering the Future: Warlpiri Life through the Prism of Drawing (Aboriginal Studies Press 2014) accompanied a related exhibition she curated for the National Museum of Australia. Melinda’s current research explores significant episodes of Warlpiri placemaking activity through the prism of visual cultural production.

 

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