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Elisa Aaltola

Elisa Aaltola has an MA in Film and Television Studies from Turku University, Finland, which explored the images of animals - and especially animal monsters - in popular culture. She has a Lic.Soc.Sc in Philosophy, and is currently working as a researcher and lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, University of Turku. Her research interests are broadly in animal ethics, ranging from normative ethics to cultural understandings of animals. She has published many articles on the field, and also works closely with both animal welfare organisations and "animal user" groups, such as animal experimentation committees and biotechnology.

Charles Acland

Charles R. Acland is an assistant professor in Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, where he teaches media and cultural theory. His research involves film and television culture, with an emphasis upon issues of taste formations and nationhood. He has published work on Canadian film societies, IMAX, music video, the colorisation of film classics, and U.S. philanthropy and Canadian cultural organizations. Acland's books include Youth, Murder, Spectacle: The Cultural Politics of "Youth in Crisis"(Boulder, CO: Westview, 1995) and a co-edited collection, with William J. Buxton (Concordia, Communications), Harold Innis in the New Century: Reflections and Refractions(Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1999). Acland's current research deals with recent changes to film exhibition and distribution. This project traces the industrial discourses of the "global audience", and the implications this has had for motion picture theatres. An essay version of this work, "Cinemagoing and the Rise of the Megaplex", is forthcoming in Television and New Media.

Matt Adams

Matt Adams lives in Cambridge, UK and researches and teaches in Sociology, Psychology and Communications at Nottingham Trent University and Open University. His research interests tend toward a social theory of identity, attempting to incorporate the irrational, ambiguity, the role of friendship, social difference and such things. He is emerging as one of the most self-aggrandizing academics on the circuit and his work must not be missed.

Paul Allatson

Paul Allatson coordinates and teaches in the Latino USA and Spain programs at the Institute for International Studies, the University of Technology, Sydney. He is the author of Latino Dreams: Transcultural Traffic and the U.S. National Imaginary (2002).

Deborah Allison

Deborah Allison is a London-based cinema programmer. She holds a doctorate in Film Studies from the University of East Anglia, where she has also taught. Her writing has appeared in an international range of journals including Film Criticism, Film International, Film Quarterly, Senses of Cinema, Screening the Past, Screen and Scope. She has also contributed several entries to The Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film.

Panizza Allmark

Panizza Allmark has a PhD in Media Studies from Edith Cowan University, where she is currently coordinator of Media and Cultural Studies as well as Mass Communications. She is also a practising photographer. Her recent research discussing her photography include “Traversing One’s Space: Photography and the feminin.” in Geographical Sensibilities in the Arts and “Flagging Australia: Photographs of Banal Nationalism” in Illumina. She is also the co-editor of the special issue of Illumina on Australian National Identity, Politics, Performance and Pop Cultures.

Anne Aly

Anne Aly’s PhD research constituted the major portion of this funded research. She has recently accepted a position as Postdoctoral Fellow with the Centre for Applied Social Marketing Research in the Faculty of Business and Law at Edith Cowan University, Perth.

Judy Anderson

Gold Coast-based artist and art educator Judy Anderson works predominantly in photo media, video, mixed media, and artist books. Her current body of work explores the relationship between objects and bodies, and forms part of her PhD research on touch and desire in the School of Arts at Griffith University. Her work is represented by Art Galleries Schubert, Marina Mirage, Gold Coast. She has exhibited widely nationally and overseas.

David L. Andrews

David L. Andrews is an associate professor in the Sport Commerce and Culture Program, Department of Kinesiology, at the University of Maryland, College Park. His teaching and research focuses on the constitutive relationship between sport and late capitalism.


Charles Antaki

Charles Antaki is Reader in Language and Social Psychology at the University of Loughborough, England. As a member of the Discourse and Rhetoric Group, his interests are in conversation analysis, especially as it illuminates things tradtionally thought to be the preserve of social psychology. Among his recent publications is Identities in Talk, edited with Sue Widdicombe.

Jacki Apple

Jacki Apple is a visual, media, and performance artist, writer, and producer who lives in Los Angeles, CA where she is a core faculty member at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, and a former contributing editor of the late High Performance magazine. She is currently writing a book Breaking the Broadcast Barrier: American Radio Art 1980-94. For more about her media work see


Luis O. Arata

Luis O. Arata is Chairman of the Department of Fine Arts, Languages, and Philosophy at Quinnipiac University, CT, U.S.A. He has written on cultural studies, science studies, theatre, and film. His current interest is in areas of interaction between sciences and the arts.

John Armitage

John Armitage teaches politics and media studies at the University of Northumbria, UK. He is the editor of Paul Virilio: From Modernism to Hypermodernism and Beyond(2000) and Virilio Live: Selected Interviews(forthcoming, 2001), Sage Publications in association with Theory Culture & Society.

James Arvanitakis

James Arvanitakis is a lecturer in the humanities at the University of Western Sydney and a member of the university’s Centre for Cultural Research. A former banker, he had an epiphany on the side of a mountain in Bolivia and has since held various positions with human rights based organisations including AID/WATCH and Oxfam Hong Kong, and also founded The Commons Institute. James has worked as a human rights activist throughout the Pacific, Indonesia and Europe and is also a research associate with the Centre for Policy Development. His research focus now includes economic and environmental justice, and is currently investigating different the complex nature of citizenship. A regular media commentator on ABC and Triple J, James’s latest book, The Cultural Commons of Hope, is due to be launched in May 2008.

Malcolm Ashmore

Malcolm Ashmore is a lecturer in sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at Loughborough University. He is the author of The Reflexive Thesis(Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1989); and, with Michael Mulkay and Trevor Pinch, of Health and Efficiency(Open UP, 1989). He is currently researching the recovered memory/false memory controversy.

Michelle Atkinson

Michelle Atkinson is a writer, actor and illustrator. She has performed on TV in such productions as "Cybergirl" and "Roar", and in the film "Paperback Hero". On stage, she played the lead roles in Starbuck Production's "And Then There Were None" at QPAC and "Wait Until Dark" at Nash Theatre. She has written for Channel Ten's "Out of the Box", Nickelodeon Cartoon Network where she wrote and animated her own cartoons, and wrote, directed and presented her documentary "Free Ride" for Channel Ten. She currently is working on her feature film screenplay "cOZmonauts" which has been optioned by Pictures in Paradise, and writes reviews and interviews for internet social pages "".

Paul Attallah

Professor Paul Attallah is the Associate Director of the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. He has written extensively on communication and cultural theory, including two books: Les Théories de la Communication: Sens, Sujet, Savoir(Éditions Boréal, 1991) and Les Théories de la Communication: Histoire, Context, Pouvoir(1989). He is a leading expert on North American television and has produced many articles and commentaries on contemporary culture, in both academic and popular sources. Although he may remember how to, he rarely drives. His memory, as far as we know, is still intact.