Contributors - W

Yvonne Wærn

Yvonne Wærn is professor in Communication Studies at Linkoping University in Sweden. She has been working with research related to collaborative learning and computer mediated communication since 1992. Before that, her main research area was Human-Computer Interaction.

Kathryn Waddell Takara

Kathryn Waddell Takara, Ph.D., received her M.A. in French from U.C. Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii. She is currently a spoken word poet, professor of Africana Studies in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at the University of Hawaii with a focus on cultural politics, and an adviser to interdisciplinary studies majors. Current projects include her biography on Frank Marshall Davis, writer and activist, research on the African diaspora in the islands, and working on a 12th manuscript of poetry, inspired by her travels in Zimbabwe, China and 30 year residency in Hawaii from an African American perspective.
Her first book of poetry was published by Ishmael Reed Publishing Company.

Derek Wallace

Derek Wallace is a lecturer in academic and professional writing and communication at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. The bulk of his research has focussed on the role of writing in the formation of public policy, with particular reference to New Zealand. He is also a member of the Knowledge Policy Research Group of the Humanities Society of New Zealand (HUMANZ) which is working to advance understanding of the role of culture in the ‘knowledge society’. Work in progress is a study of the ways different polities across time and space orient towards and conceptualise the future.

Brian Ward

Brian Ward completed his PhD in the Department of English at The University of Western Australia in 1998 on The Literary Appropriation of Chaos Theory. He is currently the Journals Manager in Curtin Business School at Curtin University of Technology. His interests include the Literature of Pop Culture, motorcycle riding, and Formula 1. Read his recent paper "The Ultimate Grand Prix Car"at AtlasF1: The Journal of Formula One Motorsport.


Christopher Grant Ward

Christopher Grant Ward is a visual-rhetorical theorist, researcher and practicing media designer from San Francisco, CA. He holds an MA in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently earning an MFA in Media Design from the Art Center College of Design. Before returning to graduate school, Christopher worked for eight years as a creative director and designer for firms in San Francisco, Portland and Madrid. Christopher currently resides in Pasadena, CA.


Ianto Ware

Ianto Ware is currently completing his PhD in English at Adelaide University. He is researching methods of cultural critique within the writing of English imperialism. Additionally he is interested in zines and zine culture, and will be researching them specifically some time in the future.

McKenzie Wark

McKenzie Wark teaches at the New School in New York City. His most recent book is Dispositions (Salt Publishing).

Frederick Wasser

Frederick Wasser teaches in the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College CUNY. He is the author of the award winning University of Texas book entitled Veni, Vidi, Video: The Hollywood Empire and the VCR. He is also a contributing columnist to Flow: An Online Critical Forum on Television and Media Culture. He is on the board for the Journal of Explorations in Media Ecology. His interests include film and television, media and technology, political economy of media, communication law and policy and cultural criticism. He worked for many years in the American film and television industry. He received his Ph.D. (1996) from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Megan Watkins

Megan Watkins is Lecturer in Literacy and Pedagogy in the School of Education at the University of Western Sydney. Her research interests are in the areas of literacy pedagogy, affect and embodiment. She has recently co-authored the book Genre, Text, Grammar: Technologies for Teaching and Assessing Writing (UNSW Press, 2005). She has also published scholarly articles in the areas of genre theory, pedagogy and the role of the body in learning.

Robert Watson

A former motion picture studio executive researcher, Robert Watson’s recent publications are ‘Girl On The Beach: Future Story: Screenplay, Game and Motion Picture’, Working Papers In Communications, Griffith University 2005; and ‘Eyes And Ears: Dramatic Memory Slicing’, SPIN Conference Proceedings (in press), QUT 2005.

Oliver Watts

Oliver Watts is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Theory at the University of Sydney and holds a law degree from the University of Sydney. His research interests include the intersection of art history, visual studies and the sociology and semiotics of the law.

Margaret Weigel

Margaret Weigel is a recent graduate of MIT's Comparative Media Studies program, and a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University this coming fall. Her research interests include urban media, signage, and the spectacular.

Patrick West

Patrick West is a Senior Lecturer in Writing in the School of Arts at Griffith University, Gold Coast campus, Queensland, Australia. His research interests include: moving image texts; scriptwriting; literary journalism; and creativity. Patrick is also the Reviews Editor of TEXT: The Electronic Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs. He is widely published in academic, creative non-fiction and fiction genres, has received many awards for his short fiction, and has a PhD on the work of Julia Kristeva from The University of Melbourne.

Melissa Western

Melissa Abigail Western was born in Manchester, UK, the only daughter of a jazz-singing English father and an award-winning Sri Lankan model mother. She performs internationally, acting, singing and dancing in musical theatre shows and cabarets, writing and producing new works and singing as a feature vocalist with a range of jazz ensembles.

Performance Highlights: Melissa & the Cunning Accompanist (Adelaide Fringe), Ella, Marilyn, Marlene and Me (Edinburgh Fringe - official 'sell out' show), Wicked Bodies (La Boite Theatre, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre), The Madness of Sweeney, Taliesan (Mog Roith / Eugene Gilfedder), The Dinosaur Show, Captain Flash and the Fantastic Flying Machine, Santa of the Never Never (Tell Tales Entertainment), Boneless Chicken Brecht, Inheritance, Schoolies, An Entirely New Sensation (Cracka Theatre Troupe).

Venue and festival highlights: The Vault - Edinburgh Fringe Festival, L'église – Avaux (France), Powerhouse Theatre - Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Brisbane Jazz Club, Spiegeltent - Qld Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, QPAC, The Basement – Gold Coast Arts Centre, Valley Jazz Festival, Mackay Entertainment Centre, The Tivoli, Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club.

Training highlights: Musical theatre RADA (London), Broadway Dance Centre (New York), Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Luis Pinto (Street Dance), Jasmine Meakin (Hip-hop, Sexy Cool), Simone Pope (flamenco).

Melissa was Valedictorian of her graduating Bachelor of Arts at UQ, holds a University Medal from the University of Queensland, first class Honours degree and was awarded her Masters of Philosophy in the field of Drama in 2006.

Melissa was the President of the Brisbane Jazz Club from 2004 – 2007. She was the youngest President in the club's 35+ year history.


Naomi White

Naomi White is Associate Professor in the School of Social and Political Inquiry, Monash University in Australia. She has written on travel, childhood, youth, and the transition into adult and parental responsibilities.


Peter B. White

Peter White is Associate Professor in the Media Studies Program at La Trobe University, Australia with an interest in the sociology of the new media, travel and communication policy.

Carol Wical

Carol Wical has just completed her MPhil thesis Stand Still, Look Pretty: Re/presentation and Tradition in Mainstream American Women’s Country Music 1972-2005 at the University of Queensland. She plans to continue her interest in popular cultures, women, identity and personae for her PhD using the discourses of women’s professional tennis as her text. When not attending to her own research, Carol is privileged to work on the Australian Magazines project for AustLit: The Resource for Australian Literature.

Scott A. Wickman

Scott A. Wickman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University in the Department of Counseling, Adult, and Health Education. Research interests include conversation analysis of therapeutic communication, the role of conceptual metaphor in meaning construction, developmental approaches to school counselling, and the use of computer-mediated communication in counselling.

Diane R. Wiener

Diane Wiener is a teacher, social worker, and activist. She is an Assistant Professor at Binghamton University, and has a Ph.D. in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies from the University of Arizona. Her work in feminist media theory, mental health, and disability studies has been published in a variety of places. Diane has a longstanding interest in folkloristics and critical humor theory, and she wishes that her Yiddish was a lot better.

Ulf Wilhelmsson

Ulf Wilhelsson has always been interested in film. Since 1996 he has been a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Film and Media studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is working on a dissertation about point of view/being in computer games, with an experientialist cognitive theory as a theoretical framework. He also teaches digital sound recording and postproduction, cognitive film theory and audio-visuality at the Department of Humanities, University of Skoevde, Sweden.

Jordan Williams

Jordan Williams teaches writing and communication theory and practice in the School of Creative Communication at the University of Canberra. Her research interests include the merging of creative writing with cultural theory research frames, and the theory and practice of new media in the creative industries.

Marise Williams

Marise Williams is a PhD Candidate in the English Department at the University of Sydney. Her thesis is currently entitled Heathcliff and O.J.: The Gothic Male Muse.

Rosemary Williamson

Rosemary Williamson is currently completing a PhD in the School of English, Communication and Theatre, University of New England. Her research interests include special-interest magazine publication in Australia, particularly craft magazines, and the ways in which the magazines foster the personal and professional development of their readers as individuals and as members of extended communities.

Nadine Wills

Nadine Wills is a tutor and doctoral candidate at the School of Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Griffith University, Brisbane. Her recent work, "Star Spangled Girls: 1930s Femininity and Hollywood Musicals", develops new film genre methodologies using costume conventions to theorise popular culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. This year she is chasing an endless summer through both the Southern and Northern hemispheres.


Jason A. Wilson

Jason Wilson is a Research Associate in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. He has written and published internationally on citizen journalism, videogames and mobile media. Previously he worked in the UK at RIMAD at the University of Bedfordshire, and he is still on the editorial team for the journal, Convergence. Since returning to Australia, he has been closely involved in two major ARC-funded citizen journalism initiatives, Youdecide2007 and Qlddecides, which covered two Australian elections.


Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson is a researcher/tutor in the School of Humanities, Media and Cultural Studies at Southern Cross University. Her PhD topic is The Practice of Goodness: Australian Government Refugee Policies since 2001 and she recently won a Fellowship to Varuna Writers' Centre to complete her first novel, a fictional memoir that explores notions and practices of goodness, and the way these are played out in the life of an ordinary woman who is preparing herself for death.

Heather Wolffram

Heather is another immigrant from the "Land of the Long White Cloud" (NZ). She is currently an Honours student in history, writing a thesis on the relationship between psychiatry and religion in 19th-century Britain. She also has interests in cultural criticism.

Michael C. Wolffram

Michael C. Wolffram is a resident of Tokoroa, New Zealand. He is a registered funeral director with FDANZ and an embalmer running his own small business in the South Waikato. He is a member of the New Zealand Embalmers Association and was President of the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand. Previously, he was a social worker with the Child Welfare Department and Social Welfare. His interests include family, critical incident stress management, victim support, poetry, reading, motorcycle touring. In Michael's musical interests, the Grateful Dead still do it for him.

Rita Wong

Rita Wong grew up in Calgary and currently lives in Vancouver. She has worked as an archivist, as an English teacher in China and Japan, and as a coordinator for the Alberta/NWT Network of Immigrant Women. Her work has appeared in Kinesis, Tessera, West Coast Line, absinthe, Contemporary Verse 2,and Fireweed;and in the anthologies The Other Woman: Women of Colour in Contemporary Canadian Literature, Another Way to Dance, Millenium Messages, Hot & Botheredand Kitchen Talk.