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Martin Laba

Martin Laba is a professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is the author of many academic and popular publications, and is a well-known commentator on issues in media and culture in the Canadian national media. Over the past two years, he has worked on international communication projects, specifically with NGOs and community-based groups in Pakistan on communication strategies and interventions for social change. To this day, he remains grateful to his colleague-hosts for their considered guidance in all matters related to cricket during his brief time at Macquarie University in Sydney.

Chih-Hui Lai

Chih-Hui Lai is a PhD student in the Department of Communication, Rutgers University. Her research interest is focused on mobile communication and the evolution of social relationships. Particularly, she is interested in the emerging design of mobile applications employing cross-cultural perspectives.

Lori Landay

Lori Landay teaches Media Studies at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts. As of September 2001, she will be Assistant Professor in the Department of General Education at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Her publications include Madcaps, Screwballs, and Con Women: The Female Trickster in American Cultureand Millions Love Lucy: Commodification and the Lucy Phenomenon. Current projects include a CD-ROM on Jazz Age America, animated music videos, and a book on American film comedy. If she could, she would spend all her time making abstract shapes dance around to weird sounds in Flash, but she has found even fewer real-world applications for them than for her scholarly work.

Henry Lawton

Henry Lawton has been an independent scholar in the field of psychohistory for 25 years. He is author of The Psychohistorian's Handbook, still the only how-to text for the field. He is Book Review Editor of the Journal Of Psychohistory, Secretary of the International Psychohistorical Association, and director of the Group for the Psychohistorical Study of Film. He may be reached at: 266 Monroe Ave, Wyckoff, NJ 07481-1915, USA, or by e-mail.

Bronwyn Lea

These days, Bronwyn Lea lives and writes in Brisbane, Australia, where she is also a tutor and postgraduate student at the University of Queensland. Often, when she writes, she thinks of Robert Hass's hearty declaration: "Life is hunger moving". And what is hunger if not desire?

Patricia Leavy

Patricia Leavy is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at Boston College specialising in popular culture, qualitative research methods, feminism and deviance. She also has a great love of art, music, and film. Writing is her life?s passion.

Carrie LeBlanc

Carrie LeBlanc is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Manchester, England, working on a dissertation regarding the construction of meaning in and around British art of the 1990s. She holds a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Art History, both from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. A combination of these interests has led her to focus her research on the cultural and social construction of meaning within contemporary visual arts and the art world generally.

C. Jason Lee

C. Jason Lee is Lecturer in American Studies in the Department of Cultural Studies, University of Central Lancashire, England. His The Metaphysics of Mass Art-Cultural Ontology was published in 1999. He is working on a book on child abuse and film for Wallflower Press.

Andrew Leggett

Andrew Leggett is a psychiatrist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, writer, editor and part-time academic. He has published poetry, fiction, critical reviews and social research in psychiatry, as well as papers on medical and literary ethics, professional boundaries, clinical and supervisory processes in psychotherapy, aesthetics, creativity and appropriation theory. In addition to his medical, psychiatric and psychotherapy trainings, he has recently completed a research masters degree in Creative Writing and is in the process of writing his doctoral dissertation in Media and Cultural Studies in the School of English Media Studies and Art History at UQ. The topic of his current research is In Dreams I Walk with You: The Place of Dreams in the Cinematic Work of David Lynch. Dr Leggett works in private practice in Brisbane, where he is Senior Lecturer in the Graduate Medical School at University of Queensland. He is co-editor of Australasian Journal of Psychotherapy. His latest collection of poetry Dark Husk of Beauty was published by Interactive Press in 2006.

Kirsty Leishman

Kirsty Leishman is a former student of the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), where she completed her Honours thesis "Resisting Identities: Australian Grunge Fiction". With memories of the real world as a succession of soul-destroying jobs, she opted to avoid it. Kirsty is enrolled in the University of Queensland English Department, where she is researching for a Masters degree on zines and zine culture in Australia.

Susanna Leisten

Susanna Leisten is currently embarked on a Higher Degree Research Scholarship, focussing on the investigation of alternatives to copyright. Prior to this she taught Internetworking and Data Security in the Faculty of Information Technology at Queensland University of Technology. Susanna’s prior studies in applied mathematics and data security enable some comprehension of the encroaching detrimental side effects caused by rigorous application of Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies and Intellectual Property laws to assist copyright owners in maintaining some degree of control over access to and usage of their work. Susanna has presented conference papers on this subject, and has a publication in the Feb 2005 edition of the Media International Australia (MIA) journal.

David Leith

David Leith is undertaking research of workplace communication of health and safety for a Ph.D. at Edith Cowan University. He was previously a journalist and communications consultant, after graduating in arts (University of New England) and law (University of Western Australia).

Chris Leslie

Chris Leslie is a doctoral candidate in English at the City University of New York Graduate Center. His research interests include the intersection of interactive technology and pedagogy and hypertext theory.


Linda Leung

Linda Leung is Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Interactive Media and Learning, University of Technology, Sydney. She has previously taught and/or conducted research at the universities of London, East London, North London, Miami and Western Sydney. She is the author of Virtual Ethnicity: Race, Resistance & the World Wide Web (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2005).

Greg Levine

Greg Levine is currently trying to complete a Bachelor of Media (Honours) at Macquarie University. His academic interests involve media theory in general and the way information is modified as it recycles itself. An interest in sport was ingrained in him from an early age, by parents who were both athletes and believed: healthy body = healthy mind = child too exhausted to make trouble. His promising career as a Junior Australian Rules player took a nose dive when he told a member of the Swans recruiting staff that there was more to life than football, however he continues to enjoy sport and wishes the world was like the Olympics all the time.

Linda Levitt

Linda Levitt is a doctoral student in communication at the University of South Florida. Her research interests include memorialization, temporality and audience studies.

Li Li

Li Li is a doctoral candidate at School of Journalism and Communication, Peking University, a lecturer in Changsha University of Science and Technology, China, and a research fellow in Asia Culture Academy, South Korea. Over last two years, she has been researching and publishing on the social and cultural consequences of new media such as the Internet and the mobile phone.

Jonathan Lillie

Jonathan Lillie recently earned a Master's in the United States at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jonathan's scholarly interests include Internet studies, information and communication technologies, international communication and development issues. His Master's thesis, "Cultural Uses of New, Networked Internet Information and Communication Technologies: Implications for US Latino Identities" is available online. Jonathan is currently working as a Web Developer at Persimmon IT, an Internet Software company based in North Carolina and England.


Angel Lin

Angel Lin holds a Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. She teaches and researches in the areas of multilingual and multicultural education, critical discourse analysis and feminist cultural studies. She is an Associate Professor at the Department of English and Communication, City University of Hong Kong.

Vicky Liu

Vicky Liu is an associate lecturer in the School of Software Engineering and Data Communications, Faculty of Information Technology, at Queensland University of Technology. Her Masters dissertation is entitled “Visually Sealed and Digital Signed Electronic Documents: Building on Asian Tradition”. She is currently undertaking her Ph.D. research project in the area of information security focusing on trusted computer systems.

Robert V. Lloyd

Robert Lloyd: Over twenty years working as a community arts facilitator and co-ordinator. Workshops in arts and drama with many different community groups in health and care settings and arts centres. Freelance commissioned arts work. Interests in performance art as interactive change agent and a social and political group expressive activity. Gained First Class BA honours in Combined Studies; Postgraduate Certificate in Community Theatre and MSc in Applied Behavioural Sciences. Future research work in both environmental art projects and advocacy arts.

Kara-Jane Lombard

Dr Kara-Jane Lombard teaches in the Faculty of Media, Society and Culture at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Western Australia. Kara-Jane has an active interest in youth issues and has carried out volunteer work with a drug intervention and awareness program, the Salvation Army, Inner City Agency Network, and Perth Youth Advisory Council. Her current research interests lie in youth culture, governmentality theory, creative industries, neo-liberalism and media policy.

Julienne van Loon

Julienne van Loon is completing her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland, under the supervision of Amanda Lohrey. She lives in Perth, where she is a lecturer in the Faculty of Media, Society and Culture at Curtin University of Technology.


Mario Lopez

Mario Lopez has an M.A. in Social Anthropology and is enrolled on a PhD program at Kyushu University, Japan. He is currently researching the relationship between Japan and the Philippines with a special interest in international marriages and their politics of representation.

Elizabeth Losh

Elizabeth Losh writes about the “virtual state”, the media literacy of authority figures like parents, teachers, and policy-makers, and the rhetoric surrounded regulatory attempts to limit videogame play, file-sharing, and the use of social networking sites. Her first book, Virtualpolitik, will be published by MIT Press in early 2009. She is currently the Writing Director of the Humanities Core Course at U.C. Irvine, where she also teaches a popular course on social media. She writes a daily online column on the politics of digital rhetoric at Virtualpolitik, which won the John Lovas Memorial Award for best academic Weblog in 2007, and is a regular contributor to Siva Vaidhyanathan’s popular Weblog about free culture and intellectual property, Sivacracy.


Geert Lovink

Geert Lovink is a Brisbane-based media theorist and Net critic, co-founder of numerous Internet projects such as, and most recently the collaborative weblog He is a researcher at UQ's Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies. In 2002 MIT Press published his collection of writing on critical Internet Culture, Dark Fiber and his collected interviews called Uncanny Networks. In September 2003, in Rotterdam (NL) brings out his next study on Net culture, My First Recession.


Elanna Herbert Lowes

Elanna Herbert Lowes is a third year (Creative) doctoral candidate in the Department of Creative Communications, The University of Canberra. The creative component of her thesis, Hannah’s Place, is planned as her first novel. She has had poetry and short stories published in anthologies, magazines and online journals. Elanna was the 2001 recipient of the Marian Eldridge Award for aspiring women writers. She holds a BA from the Australian National University and a Graduate Diploma in Communications from the University of Canberra. Her first collection of short stories is expected to be published early in 2005. It is titled ‘Frieda and the Cops’ and other Laminex Table Stories.

Susan Luckman

Susan Luckman is a lecturer in the Media and Cultural Studies Centreat the University of Queensland. She is the author of articles on cyberfeminism, youth cultural practices and contemporary cultural studies, and intends to complete her thesis on contemporary dance music scenes in Australia by early next millenium.

Alexandra Ludewig

Alexandra Ludewig lectures in German and European Studies at the University of Western Australia.

Scott A. Lukas

Scott A. Lukas is professor and chair of anthropology and sociology at Lake Tahoe College. He received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Rice University in 1998, and previously taught at Valparaiso University. He has published extensively on the subjects of themed spaces, gender and popular culture, and is a contributor to the Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education (Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers) and The Routledge International Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities. He served as the principal author and editor of Sociology: A Contemporary and Critical Perspective (National Social Science Press). His book, The Community College Life, is forthcoming with Anker Publishing Company. In 2003 he was one of four California community college faculty selected for the Hayward Award for Excellence in Education, an honour recognising the professional contributions of faculty. In 2005 he participated in the NEH Seminar, Culture and Terror, at Stanford Univerty.