Contributors - D

Geoff Danaher

Geoff Danaher teaches in the STEPS bridging program at Central Queensland University in Rockhampton. He has research interests in Traveller education, comic movements and gender and sport.

P.A. Danaher

P. A. Danaher is Associate Professor (Education Research) in the Faculty of Education, and Interim Leader of the Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Research Cluster in the Centre for Research in Transformative Pedagogies, at the Toowoomba campus of the University of Southern Queensland; he has research interests in Traveller education, educational research ethics and politics and educators’ work and identity; and he is the (co-)editor of three research books, three refereed conference proceedings and 20 guest edited theme issues of national and international refereed journals.


Aaron Darrell

Aaron Darrell is an Associate Lecturer at Macquarie University. His PhD in cultural studies involved research on Sydney, Cityspace and Synekism: Urban Bodies and the Limits of Semiosis. He has also presented conference papers on space, bodies, synthetics and embodied practices.

Toby Daspit

Toby Daspit is Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is the co-editor of Popular Culture and Critical Pedagogy: Reading, Constructing, Connecting(2000) and Science Fiction Curriculum, Cyborg Teachers, and Youth Culture(s)(forthcoming). When not "studying" his collection of Buffy the Vampire Slayertapes or making collage art with his partner Morna McDermott, Toby writes about the intersections of popular cultural studies and radical curriculum theorizing.

Christine Dauber

Christine Dauber is a confirmed Ph D Candidate at the University of Queensland She currently holds an Honours Degree in Art History from the same University. Her area of interest is the National Museum of Australia. She edits and writes for M/C.

Gabrielle Dean

Gabrielle Dean is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Washington, in Seattle. Her dissertation is on Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein and the relations between time, materiality and visual experience.

Roger T. Dean

Roger Dean is an Australian composer/improviser and sound-artist. He has performed in more than 30 countries, as bassist, keyboardist, and lap-top artist. His compositions include computer and chamber music and his works are published by Open University (UK/USA), Red House, La Trobe University, and Sounds Australian. His music is also available on more than 30 commercial recordings and he has published four books on improvisation in music. His most recent book is Hyperimprovisation: Computer-Interactive Sound Improvisation (A-R Editions, 2003). He is the founder and director of austraLYSIS, the international sound and intermedia arts group which has performed extensively internationally. Roger is also a research scientist and was until early 2002 the foundation director of the Heart Research Institute, Sydney. He is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra.


Andy Deck

Andy Deck makes media art. On the Internet his public address system is called It sounds a critical tone at a time when media mergers are portrayed as the emergence of progress. Deck interrupts regular network programming to announce a general sociocultural emergency in progress. His aesthetic program seeks a cultural break from the modernisation of passive consumerism. Applying techniques of détournement, parody, and defamiliarisation, he engages both the politics and semantics of interactivity. Combining code, text, and image, he demonstrates new patterns of participation and control that distinguish online presence and representation from previous artistic practices.


Nityanand Deckha

Nityanand Deckha is an urban anthropologist, and is writing a book on the role of heritage, community development, and cultural enterprise in the repackaging of London. He holds a PhD in Anthropology from Rice University. Recently returned to Toronto, he works in consumer research strategy and is a Fellow in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.

Maria Degabriele

Maria Degabriele teaches Communication Studies in the School of Business at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. She has published essays and reviews on Western constructions and representations of the East, as evident in literature, the mass media, and popular culture. Maria is presently exploring the relationships between e-communication, e-culture and e-commerce.

Jeannette Delamoir

Jeannette Delamoir is a senior lecturer at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia. She teaches media studies, creative writing and professional communications. Following a PhD dissertation that explored the construction of stardom in early Hollywood, she researches popular culture — in particular, celebrity, silent film, vaudeville, and women’s magazines — and is particularly interested in how these intersect with gender and race.

Elizabeth Delaney

Elizabeth Delaney is a casual lecturer and tutor in Journalism and Media Studies and a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Tasmania. Her 20-year career in journalism, which included many years as a sub-editor laying out and editing pages, has given her a keen interest in how meaning is made through layout and story structure.

Paul Denvir

Paul Denvir is a doctoral student in the departments of Sociology and Communication at the University at Albany, SUNY. His research interests include humor, interpersonal conflict, doctor-patient interaction and Conversation Analysis.

Stephanie Dickison

Stephanie Dickison has published over 400 non-fiction pieces, including articles, interviews, reviews, essays, columns, profiles and features in such publications as The Writer, Numb, The Dalhousie Review, New England Theatre Review, Hypergraphia, Surface & Symbol, Paste, Washington Asia Press Newspaper, Ascent and Ricepaper. She was recently asked to present a paper on popular culture and music at the Inscriptions in the Sand ‘05 academic conference in Turkey and has contributed entries to forthcoming books about cannibalism, American novels and novelists. An urban researcher and pop culturalist, Stephanie has recently contributed essays and articles about Cuba, Hello Kitty, collaborative art, The Sopranos, graphic novels, In Cold Blood: Reassessed, Desperate Housewives, the explosion of music genres, Barbara Gowdy, the music of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and the Hummer.

Heath Diehl

Heath A. Diehl is an instructor of English at Bowling Green State University, where he has taught courses on women's literature, gay and lesbian literature, twentieth-century world drama, and critical theory. His work has appeared in Theatre Journal, The Journal of the Mid-West Modern Language Association, Theatre Research International, and Theatre History Studies. He currently is at work on revising his dissertation, Stages of Sexuality: Performance, Gay Male Identity, and Public Space, for publication.

Michael Dieter

Michael Dieter is completing a PhD in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. His research is focused on new media art, software design and political philosophy.

Steve Dillon

Steve Dillon is a senior lecturer in Music and Sound at Queensland University of Technology in the Creative Industries Faculty. He is internationally recognised as a leading researcher in the field of positive effects of school and community music programs, particularly on at risk youth. He is the Director of the save to DISC (Documenting Innovation in Sound Communities) research network, supervising a cohort of postgraduate students and collaborating with a team of international researchers.


Adam Dodd

Adam Dodd is a Master's candidate at the English Department, University of Queensland. His thesis "The Continuous Body" explores the cartography of anatomy and discusses inhabitants of unmapped or unmappable space such as "germs", insects and UFOs as central influences upon the development of the modern horror genre. While he's certain the truth is out there, he remains uncertain where "out there" actually is.

Marcel Dorney

Marcel Dorney is currently completing his Honours degree in drama at UQ. His dissertation for this degree, submitted in June 1999, dealt with the Bulldog Front project on which twelve actors, three crew members and one musician imagined that the Australian public thought consigning the unemployed to forced labour was by and large a good idea.

Kate Douglas

Kate Douglas is completing her Ph.D. in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland. She teaches and researches in Australian and British non-fiction/fiction, postcolonial theory, Australian studies and cultural studies. Her main interests lie in contemporary forms of self/life narration. She is the "screens" editor of M/C Reviews.

Robyn Dowling

Robyn Dowling, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Geography, Macquarie University, is an urban and cultural geographer. One of her key research interests is the idea and space of ‘home’ and its connections to gender and class. Robyn has recently completed an ARC-funded project, ‘Reinterpreting Suburbia’, which focuses on the nature of ‘home’ in contemporary Sydney, using qualitative research with householders in suburban Sydney to outline people’s creations of style, fashion, home and family. This material forms part of her recently published book Home, co-authored with Alison Blunt (University of London). This book develops a new critical geography of home, addressing its multi-scalarity and its political, social and cultural importance. Robyn’s current research explores the contours of privatisation and privatism in residential life in Sydney. Also funded by the ARC, and in collaboration with Pauline McGuirk (University of Newcastle) and Rowland Atkinson (University of Tasmania), this research is aimed at extending understandings of this new form of residential neighbourhood.


Daniel M. Downes

Daniel M. Downes is a communication scholar who specialises in the area of Internet studies and the social construction of communities on and off-line. He is a graduate of the Graduate Program in Communications at McGill University, Montreal. Currently, he holds a SSHRC post-doctoral Fellowship in Law at the Centre for the Study of Regulated Industries at McGill.

Leanne Downing

Leanne Downing is a Fellow of the Cinema Studies Department at the University of Melbourne, where she also teaches. Her research and teaching interests include philosophy and anthropology of the senses, urban entertainment space and cinema architecture/design. During the past ten years she has taught courses in Film History and Narrative, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Media Audiences, Media Communications, Cultural Identity, Globalization, The Carnivalesque, and Urban Entertainment Space.



Drew, the author of Toothpaste for Dinner and Married to the Sea, was born in 1979.

Drew is married to Natalie and lives in a house in Columbus, Ohio with two small dogs. They are generally considered to be “humorists” and make their living by selling merchandise based on their comics.


Maya Drozdz

Maya Drozdz holds a BA in Philosophy and Critical Theory from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and an MFA in 2D Design with a focus on New Media from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Her work has been exhibited across the US and internationally, including the Transmediale International Media Art Festival in Germany, VI International Biennial of Experimental Poetry in Mexico, Southern Graphics Conference in Miami, FL, and the New York Hall of Science, and has been reviewed by the New York Times, ZDTV's Internet Tonight, and Internet Cool Guide. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, IN.


Kerry Dunne

Kerry Dunne is Associate Professor of German at the University of New England. Her current research interests are gender questions in German literature and film, and online language learning.

Vince Dziekan

Vince Dziekan is Lecturer of Digital Imaging in the Faculty of Art & Design at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. He is Coordinator of Digital Imaging and Photomedia in the Department of Multimedia and Digital Arts. Vince is also a practicing artist who works curatorially; such projects being the exhibition, The Synthetic Image: Digital Technologies and The Image and Archival Permanence: Time and Timelessness in 100 years of Australian Photography. He is currently undertaking an interdisciplinary investigation of virtuality and art museums as his Ph.D. research project with Monash.