Contributors - S

Tony Sampson

Tony Sampson is a senior lecturer at the University of East London. He has published work and presented papers at international conferences in the field of new media. His research includes an ongoing study of viral technologies and network vulnerability. He defines this work as an intensive philosophical exploration of the viral that considers both the role of code and environment. He is currently co-editing a book of selected essays on the anomalies and so-called \’accidents\’ of digital culture.


Jack Sargeant

Jack Sargeant is author of numerous books on underground film and culture, including Deathtripping: the Cinema of Transgression, Naked Lens: Beat Cinema, Cinema Contra Cinema and Suture, alongside true crime books such as Born Bad. He has contributed to numerous books on topics including the suicide of Harry Crosby, 1960s car crash pop songs, Andy Warhols films, and the cultural history of road rage, amongst others. In addition he has contributed to journals and magazines including World Art, Bizarre, Fortean Times, The Wire, Panik, Headpress, Senses of Cinema, and many others.

He has lectured widely on topics ranging from bestiality to amputee fetishism, from the history of freak shows to the nosological discourses of gynaecology. He has programmed film festivals and tours on three continents and has curated numerous international art events. He is currently enjoying a sabbatical from full time academia while he completes several projects.


Barry Saunders

Barry Saunders is a PhD candidate at QUT, researching online political discussion and blogging. He is currently working on an ARC Linkage research project in citizen journalism with QUT, SBS, Online Opinion, Cisco Systems and the Brisbane Institute, which ran the and hyperlocal citizen journalism projects. He has a background in citizen and community media production and development, and blogs at


John Scannell

John Scannell is a PhD candidate in the Department of Media and Communications at the University of New South Wales. He tutors on new media theory and web design and finds academic inspiration in his continuing engagement with music, most notably Hip-Hop culture.

Claudia Schippert

Claudia Schippert teaches at the University of Central Florida in Philosophy, Humanities and Religious Studies. Her research interests are in the areas of American cultural studies, feminist ethics, religions in America, feminist and queer theories, and comparative approaches to bodies and sexualities. Claudia Schippert is currently working on issues of queer pedagogy and questions of authenticity and embodiment.

Past publications include “Sporting Heroic Bodies in a Christian Nation-at-War” in the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture (Fall 2003), “Queer Theory” in The Encyclopedia of Women and World Religions (1998), “Containing Uncertainty: Sexual Values And Citizenship”, forthcoming in the Journal of Homosexuality and “Turning on/to Ethics”, in Bodily Citations: Religion and Judith Butler, edited by Ellen Armour and Susan St.Ville, in press with Columbia UP.

David Schmid

David Schmid is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University at Buffalo, where he teaches classes in twentieth-century literature, popular culture, and cultural studies. He has published articles on a variety of subjects, including crime fiction, Dracula, and African-American literature anthologies. His book, Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know: Serial Murder and Celebrity in American Culture, will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2005.

Simon-Astley Scholfield

Simon-Astley Scholfield completed his Honours at Griffith University with a dissertation on the motifs of the vagina dentata and anus dentatus in (not only) lesbian and gay visual art. He is currently writing his M.A. dissertation on representations of the anus in fin de millénaire cultural productions, and compiling an anthology of queer body art.


Trebor Scholz

Trebor Scholz is an artist, media theorist, activist, and organizer. In 2004 he founded the Institute for Distributed Creativity (iDC), which is an independent research network about sociable Web media. In 2005 the Institute organized “Share, Share Widely,” the first large conference about media art education at the CUNY Graduate Center in NYC. In April 2004, together with Geert Lovink, Scholz organized the Free Cooperation conference on the art of (online) collaboration. Scholz’s work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennial (with Martha Rosler/ The Fleas), the Sao Paulo Biennial, FILE (Sao Paolo) and many other venues. He has lectured in the United States and internationally at dozens of festivals and conferences. Scholz has written on media art, networks, education and participatory cultures for many periodicals such as Art Journal, Fibreculture Journal, Afterimage, and C-Theory. He has contributed essays to several books and co-edited The Art of Free Cooperation forthcoming with Autonomedia. Scholz has taught media art and theory at the University of Arizona (Tucson) and Bauhaus University (Weimar). Currently, he is professor and researcher in the Department of Media Study at the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Paul Scott

Paul Scott teaches in the Communication program offered by the School of Communication, Design and Information Technology at The University of Newcastle. He is working on a PhD on surfing magazines through Griffith University. He is currently producing a 12 part series for ABC Radio called Wet Dreaming that provides snapshots of Australian surfing.

Kirsten Seale

Kirsten Seale is a doctoral candidate in the Department of English, University of Sydney. Her dissertation is on writer Iain Sinclair and his engagement with the imbricated notions of refuse and refusal. She is an editor of the online journal Philament.

Beth Seaton

Beth Seaton has recently left the comforts of a tenured position at York University, where she was faculty in the Communication Studies Programme and the Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture, and has returned to her home in British Columbia, Canada. She is Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Women’s Studies and Gender Relations at the University of British Columbia and is teaching at UBC and Simon Fraser University. Her numerous publications investigate not only the discursive and disciplinary embodiments of social identity, but engage non-representational considerations (such as affect) as well.

Ylva Hård af Segerstad

Ylva Hård af Segerstad is a PhD student at the dept. of linguistics at Göteborg University in Sweden. She is currently working on her thesis which deals with the adaptation of Swedish written language to different types of electronic communication, including studies of email, chat, avatar chats, and Web awareness tools.


Gregory J. Seigworth

Gregory J. Seigworth is an Associate Professor in the Communication and Theatre Department at Millersville University. He has, most recently, co-edited a special issue of the journal Cultural Studies (2004) on “philosophies of everyday life” and, in 2000, co-edited an issue of the same journal focussed on the work of Deleuze and Guattari. Greg has previously published essays and articles in a variety of books and in such journals as Antithesis, Architectural Design, Cultural Studies, and Studies in Symbolic Interactionism. His most recent essay “One Paradigm Less” on Raymond Williams and Deleuze in cultural studies is coming out in 2006 in a book entitled New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory from Edinburgh University Press.

J. Shantz

J. Shantz is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at York University in Toronto, Canada, and a member of the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty (OCAP) and host of “The OCAP Report” on community radio station CHRY.

Alison Sheridan

Alison Sheridan is an Associate Professor with the New England Business School, University of New England. Her research publications have predominantly been around women’s experiences of the workforce.

Ilana Shiloh

Ilana Shiloh received her Ph.D. in American literature from Tel Aviv University, where she taught detective fiction in the Department of English. She is currently lecturer and Head of English Studies in the College of Management in Rishon Lezion, Israel. She is the author of Paul Auster and Postmodern Quest: On the Road to Nowhere (Peter Lang, 2002) and her book Metaphors of Paradox in Detective Fiction and Film is forthcoming from Peter Lang. She has published a range of articles on contemporary fiction, film and theater.

Eric Shouse

Dr. Eric Shouse is an Assistant Professor of Communication at East Carolina University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in 2003. His teaching and research interests include rhetoric, cultural studies, and the role of humour in popular culture.

Rochelle Siemienowicz

Rochelle Siemienowicz has a PhD in Philosophy and Cultural Inquiry from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. Her thesis explored globalization and its effects on the autonomy of contemporary Australian cinema, and her research interests include national identity, narrative and the field of cultural production. She currently works as the editor of the film pages of the Australian edition of The Big Issue magazine where she is a regular film, DVD and book reviewer, and writer of feature articles dealing with film and media issues.

Gauti Sigthorsson

Dr. Gauti Sigthorsson is lecturer in media in the Dept. of Creative, Critical and Communication Studies, University of Greenwich, UK.

For publications and research projects, see his Website:


Jane Simon

Jane Simon is an artist and writer from Sydney. She works with contemporary and obsolete media such as super-8 film, polaroids and slide machines. She is also involved in small press publishing and book binding. Jane is completing a PhD in the Department of Gender Studies at the University of Sydney which crosses the fields of cultural studies, film theory and art criticism. She is currently writing a paper on amateurism and Super-8 film making for Continuum and has previously published an essay on reading and experimental film in M/C Journal.

Ilana Simons

Ilana Simons is an English Ph.D. candidate at New York University, where she has taught classes on Existentialism and Writing.

Lisa Slater

Lisa Slater is a Research Fellow at the Globalism Institute, RMIT, Melbourne. She is currently working on a research project examining Indigenous festivals as vehicles for the realisation of artistic, cultural and socio-political goals.

Robyn Sloggett

Robyn Sloggett is Director of the Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation at the University of Melbourne. She trained as an art historian (graduating in Art History and Philosophy) and went on to study materials conservation in order to qualify as a conservator. Her research interests include the development of ethnographic collecting, the scientific analysis of artwork including authentication and identification, analysis and cultural issues in the technical examination of Middle Eastern manuscripts, and conservation policy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Hazel Smith

Hazel Smith is a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Creative Communication, University of Canberra, and a member of the Sonic Communications Research Group. She is author of The Writing Experiment: Strategies for Innovative Creative Writing, Allen and Unwin, 2005 and Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O’Hara: Difference, Homosexuality, Topography, Liverpool University Press, 2000; co-author with Roger Dean of Improvisation, Hypermedia and the Arts since 1945, Harwood Academic, 1997. She is also a creative writer and has published two volumes of poetry, three CDs of performance work and numerous multimedia works. She is a founding member of austraLYSIS, the sound and intermedia arts group.


Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith is an embedded systems engineer and part time hacker / XML evangelist. He has been working on the M/C Journal publishing software which aims to take much of the technical work out of publishing an M/C issue.


Royce Smith

Royce W. Smith is a doctoral candidate in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland. He lectures at the University of the Sunshine Coast and the University of New South Wales in the fields of rhetoric, cultural studies, and visual studies. He is also a freelance curator whose last show, With and without You: Re-visitations of Art in the Age of AIDS, was the main cultural event associated with the 2002 Sydney Gay Games cultural programme.

Sean Aylward Smith

Sean is in the final year of his Ph.D., desperately trying to finish a ridiculously multi-diciplinary study of the semiotics, sociology and political economy of the mobile telephone. Like all postgraduate students, he has no life outside his thesis, except in his case, television, a burgeoning CD collection and playing soccer with the local shinbreakers.

Aaron Smuts

Aaron Smuts is working on his PhD in philosophy at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. He primarily works in the philosophy of art, concentrating on the relationship between art and morality. Aaron is interested in the philosophy of film and has written several articles and book chapters on horror. He has also written articles on humor, David Hume, and video games. Aaron has written for journals such as Kinoeye, Text Technology, Film Philosophy, and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. His latest work focuses on video games, in particular on the question of whether they have anything new to tell us about major issues in the philosophy of art, such as the paradox of suspense.

Collette Snowden

Collette Snowden is Program Director of the BA in Communication and Media Management and Co-ordinating Program Director of the undergraduate programs in Communication and Media Management, Journalism and Multi-Media in Malaysia for UniSA. She previously worked as a journalist, political advisor, public affairs manager and was involved in the promotion of research, innovation and technology transfer. Her research focuses on the impact of new technologies and communication processes, particularly those related to oral communication and face-to-face communication.

Zoë Sofoulis

Zoë Sofoulis (who also publishes as Zoë Sofia) likes to ponder various dimensions of the relations between bodies, genders, technologies and worlds in the 20th century and beyond. She has been Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Sydney, Nepean since 1995. Her publications include "Whose Second Self? Gender and (Ir)rationality in Computer Culture" (Deakin University, 1993), and various papers on feminism, technology and contemporary art. She currently working on a book about technologies of containment and supply.

Randy Jay C. Solis

Randy Jay C. Solis is a 26-year-old Instructor from the Ateneo de Manila University. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Management (2001) and Masterís degree in Communication (2005) from the Ateneo. He presently teaches research in the Department of Communication. Aside from teaching, Randy Solis also engages in training and consultancy work with organizations like the UNICEF-Philippines. He has recently presented a related paper on mobile romance during the Mobile and Pop Culture in Asia 2006 Conference in Gwangju Korea. He is a Research Associate of the Institute for Philippine Culture and a member of the Philippine Association for Media Education and the Philippine ICT Research Network. He is also a freelance performing artist for dance and theater.

Gwendolyn Stansbury

Gwendolyn Stansbury is a PhD candidate at the University of New England where she is working on her thesis, "Culture or Capital? The Diffusion of Italian Food in Australia, 1950 -1975." She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and continues to work as a freelance journalist focussing on food and food-industry related topics.

Paul Starr

Coming north from Sydney in 1995, Paul Starr left behind an Honours thesis on apocalyptic fiction, heading for an MA on alternate history. Currently writing a PhD thesis which has nothing to do with science fiction, he would describe himself as doing "American literature, a bit of film and a bit of cultural theory". Or "Paul Auster, Atom Egoyan and David Thomson", depending on who's asking.

D. Bruno Starrs

D. Bruno Starrs holds masters degrees from Bond University and the University of Melbourne, Australia. His 2009 PhD at the Queensland University of Technology has led to a Research Fellowship at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra and publication of the monograph Dutch Tilt, Aussie Auteur: The Films of Rolf de Heer (VDM-Verlag, Germany, 2009). Creative writing that has sprung deformed and grotesque from his much troubled mind includes several stage-plays and the novel I Woke Up Feeling Thailand (Sid Harta, Hartwell, Vic., 2004). Journal editors have begrudgingly accepted his quasi-academic ramblings on subjects as diverse as Werther, Dracula, Derek Jarmanís The Tempest, Quidditch, televisionís Big Brother, Red vs. Blue and Australian film. He edited (with Sean Maher) the 'equal' issue of M/C Journal in May of 2008. Starrs is currently Professor of Film Studies at Technologica de Monterrey, Mexico, where he is learning to duck stray bullets.

Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is an associate lecturer in architectural theory at the University of Technology, Sydney, and a PhD candidate in the department of architecture at the University of Queensland. Her PhD addresses recent museum architecture and the ways in which it has been affected by issues in contemporary museology.

John Stephens

John Stephens is Professor in English at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, where his main teaching commitment is children's literature, but he also teaches and supervises postgraduate research in narrative fiction, post-colonial literature, and discourse analysis. He is the author/editor of five books and around sixty articles about children's (and other) literature. His primary research focus is on the relationships between texts produced for children and young adults (especially literature and film) and cultural formations and practices.

John-Paul Stephenson

John-Paul Stephenson is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Sunderland, UK, in Media, Language and Cultural Studies. He teaches sociolinguistics, with a particularly focus upon media discourses and critical discourse analysis. His main research interest is taboo language in the media.

Peta Stephenson

Peta Stephenson finished an MA in the English Department at the University of Queensland. Peta is currently doing her PhD in the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne. The thesis looks at the way whiteness, Aboriginality, and 'Asianness' have been imagined in Australia from federation to reconciliation.

Stephen Stockwell

Dr Stephen Stockwell is an Associate Professor in Journalism and Communication at the School of Arts on Griffith Universityís Gold Coast campus. He previously worked as a journalist for 4ZZZ, JJJ and Four Corners and as a press secretary and political campaign consultant. He is author of Political Campaign Strategy (2005) and co-author of The All Media Guide to Fair and Cross-Cultural Reporting (2000). His research interests focus on the intersection of politics and the media and he is developing a particular interest in trash culture and global democracy.


Maurice Swanson

Maurice Swanson is the Chief Executive of the National Heart Foundation (WA Division). He is responsible for operations and management including resource management and accountability, income development programs, health promotion programs, public relations and media advocacy.

Robert Sweeny

Robert Sweeny is an assistant professor of Art and Art Education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is coordinator of the Art Education program, and earned his PhD in Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 2004. He has published widely on the topics of digital visual culture, digital aesthetics, and the relationship between surveillance, works of art, and the gaze. He has presented his research at both national and international conferences. He is also a working artist, having earned his MFA from Maryland Institute, College of Art in 2000. His work explores similar territory as his research, deriving sculptural forms and large-scale drawings from the intersections of complex self-organizing biological systems, networked digital technologies, and cartoons.

Adam Swift

Adam Swift is a PhD student and associate lecturer within the Creative Industries Faculty, QUT. His thesis discusses the anthropomorphising of abstract human attributes as they are relocated to non-human strata.