Joshua Neves is Assistant Professor of Modern Culture & Media at Brown University. He does research in global and comparative media studies, critical theory, contemporary Chinese cinema and TV, urbanism, and anthropology of media. http://brown.edu/academics/modern-culture-and-media/joshua-neves
Bhaskar Sarkar is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara. He is the author of MOURNING THE NATION: INDIAN CINEMA IN THE WAKE OF PARTITION (Duke, 2009), and coeditor of DOCUMENTARY TESTIMONIES: GLOBAL ARCHIVES OF SUFFERING (Routledge, 2009) and a special issue of BIOSCOPE on Indian Documentary Studies (2012). He is currently completing a manuscript about the plasticity of global Bollywood. http://www.filmandmedia.ucsb.edu/people/faculty/sarkar/sarkar.html
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Paromita Vohra is a filmmaker, writer and curator whose work has focuses on urban life, popular culture, gender, politics and art. Her films have been widely screened in festivals, galleries and popular screening spaces, besides being included in university syllabi around the world. www.parodevi.com
Her films as director are Partners in Crime (2011), a documentary on culture, markets and the arts Morality TV and the Loving Jehad: A Thrilling Tale (2007), a documentary on tabloid TV news and moral policing(Best Short Documentary, Int.Video Fest, Trivandrum), Q2P,(2006) a film on toilets and the city (Best Documentary IFFLA and Bollywood and Beyond, Stuttgart); Where’s Sandra?(2005), a playful exploration of stereotypes of Catholic girls from a Bombay suburb; Work In Progress (2004) an impressionistic portrait of the World Social Forum held in Mumbai; Cosmopolis: Two Tales of a City,(2004), a short film which explores Bombay’s cosmopolitan self image through land and food politics, which won an award for mixing fiction and non-fiction at the Digital Film Festival, Un-limited Girls (2002), a personal take on engagements with feminism in urban India (Feminist News Award, Women’s Film Festival in Seoul; Best Film Award, Aaina Film Festival, India); A Short Film About Time (2000), a fiction short about the funny-sad relationship between a young woman with a broken heart, her psychotherapist and his watch;A Woman’s Place,(1999) an hour-length documentary for PBS looking at how women in India, South Africa and the USA negotiate the space between law and custom; and Annapurna (1995), about a women food worker’s cooperative in Bombay’s textile mill area.
Connerly Casey is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rochester Institute of Technology. Her work is interested in Islamic youth cultures and spatial (in)justice in Nigeria and in Kuwait, with particular attention to colonialism and postcolonial identity, religious and medical heterodoxy and political subjectivities and ‘affective citizenship.’ http://www.rit.edu/cla/sociology/faculty/casey.html
Jenny Chio is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Emory University. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MA in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Between 2009-2012, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the China Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney. Her current projects explore the intersections between mobility, modernity, and media in China’s cultural politics. http://anthropology.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/chio.html
Michelle Cho is a Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at McGill University. Her research concerns documentary film and video, the politics of popular culture, and the way film, video, and television represent the affect and temporality of compressed modernization in East Asia. She is currently working on a book about the appeal of genre cinemas in South Korea, since the transition from military to civilian government, and a new project on the relationship between popular culture and populism in South Korea that focuses on the “Korean Wave,” celebrity labor, and media liberalization. Her recent publications include “Face Value: The Star as Genre in Bong Joon-ho’s Mother” in The Kpop Reader(Duke UP, 2012) and “Recursive Fictions and the Citizen Celebrity: Tropes of Metatextuality in South Korean TV” in Hallyu 2.0 (University of Michigan Press, forthcoming). http://www.mcgill.ca/eas/faculty
Feng-Mei Heberer is a PhD student in Critical Studies at the University of Southern California. Her project examines hegemonic forms of subjectivation in video and performance works by Asian transnational filmmakers. Publications include “Back to Myself: Negotiating German Belonging and Transnational Asianness in Experimental Video,” in The Autobiographical Turn in German Documentary and Experimental Film, ed. Robin Curtis and Angelica Fenner, London: Camden and “My body, my self – filmic negotiations of self and Asian American female subjectivity,” in Asiatische Deutsche. Vietnamesische Diaspora and Beyond, ed. Kien Nghi Ha, Berlin: Assoziation A, 2012. (in German). In addition, Feng-Mei serves as programmer for several Asian transnational film festivals.
Tzu-hui Celina Hung is Assistant Professor of Literature at NYU, Shanghai. She was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in Asian Languages and Cultures, and Comparative Literature at UCLA from 2011-13. Her research takes on postcolonial criticism to engage cultural articulations of interethnic dynamics in modern times, particularly through the lens of Asian migrations. Her current book project examines multilingual articulations of creolized and diasporic Chinese networks in visual and print cultures across the 20th– and 21st-century Sinophone Pacific, as a critical intervention to the ongoing politics of Chineseness shadowed by a stagnant ethnonational and linguistic hegemony. http://shanghai.nyu.edu/academics/faculty-members-entry/hung-tzu-hui-celina
Mariam Beevi Lam is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Media & Cultural Studies, and Director of Southeast Asian Studies (SEATRiP) at the University of California, Riverside. She is founding co-editor of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, and author of Not Coming to Terms: Viet Nam, Post-Trauma and Cultural Politics (Duke UP, 2013), which analyzes cultural production and community politics within and across Viet Nam, France, and the United States, and Surfin’ the Cold Wave: New Circulations of Culture and Global Capital (in progress) that examines the neoliberal postsocialist and postcolonial development of film and broadcast television, media mobility and cultural education pedagogy across Viet Nam, Cambodia and Laos. She has published on literature, visual arts, gender, diaspora, language and translation, tourism and academic disciplinarity. http://complitforlang.ucr.edu/people/faculty/bio.html?page=lam.html
Rahul Mukherjee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with graduate emphases in Global Studies and in Technology and Society. His research interests include critical/cultural theory, science and technology studies, development discourses, and public cultures of uncertainty. His dissertation project involves exploring mediated technoscience debates. http://www.filmandmedia.ucsb.edu/people/grads/mukherjee/mukherjee.html
Nishant Shah is the founder and Director of Research for the Bangalore-based Centre for Internet and Society and visiting fellow at the Center for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University. His doctoral work at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, examines the production of a Technosocial Subject at the intersections of law, Internet technologies and everyday cultural practices in India. As an Asia Scholarship Fellow (2008-2009), he also initiated a study that looks at what goes into the making of an IT City in India and China. He is the series editor for a three year collaborative project on “Histories of the Internet(s) in India” that maps nine alternative histories that promote new ways of understanding the technological revolution in the country.
Abhigyan Singh is a Ph.D. candidate at Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in a project collaboration with NHL University of Applied Sciences, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. His research explores socio-cultural and technological aspects of various Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). His research interests include participatory research, informatics, ethnography and interaction design. Prior to his PhD studies, he graduated with Master in New Media Design from Aalto University School of Art and Design, Finland (formerly known as University of Art and Design Helsinki). http://studiolab.ide.tudelft.nl/studiolab/singh/
Niranjan Sivakumar’s research interests lie at the intersection of law, computing, and science studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in computer science from Syracuse University and Cornell University. Niranjan has earned a JD from Cornell Law School, has studied law at Waseda Universit in Tokyo, and is admitted to the bar in New York state. He is currently a pursuing his PhD in Sociology at the London School of Economics.
Nathaniel Smith is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Arizona and formerly served as the Japan Foundation Faculty Fellow in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at UC Santa Barbara (2011-2013). His doctoral dissertation (Yale 2011), “Right-Wing Activism in Japan and the Politics of Futility,” is an ethnography of the moral and social worlds of Japan’s prominent rightist groups. Smith’s research interests include sound and visual anthropology, international music subcultures, modern Japanese history and film, bicycle craftsmen, and the history of anthropology. His most recent publication is “Facing the Nation: Sound, Fury, and Public Oratory among Japanese Right-Wing Groups,” a contribution to the edited volume Sound, Space, and Sociality in Modern Japan (J. Hankins and C. Stevens, eds. Routledge 2013). http://eas.arizona.edu
Rolando B. Tolentino is Dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication and faculty of the UP Film Institute. He has taught at the Osaka University and National University of Singapore, has been Distinguished Visitor of the UC-Berkeley and UCLA Southeast Asian Studies Consortium, and was recipient of the Obermann Summer Research Fellowship. He is author ofNational/Transnational: Subject Formation and Media in and on the Philippines (2001), and editor of “Vaginal Economy: Cinema and Sexuality in the Post-Marcos Post-Brocka Philippines” (positions, 2011), and Geopolitics of the Visible: Essays on Philippine Film Cultures (2002). He is a member of the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Filipino Film Critics Group) and the Congress of Teachers and Educators for Nationalism and Democracy (CONTEND-UP). http://filminstitute.upd.edu.ph/?p=159
Chia-chi Wu received her Ph.D from Critical Studies, School of Cinematic Arts at USC, and is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at National Taiwan Normal University. She has contributed essays on festival reception of Taiwan New Cinema to Cinema Taiwan, and on Chinese language queer cinemas in Screen, among others.
Patricia R. Zimmermann is professor of screen studies at Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York, USA. She is also codirector with Tom Shevory of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival. She is the author of Reel Families: A Social History of Amateur Film; States of Emergency: Documentaries, Wars, Democracies; coeditor with Karen Ishizuka of Mining the Home Movie: Excavations in Histories and Memories ; and coeditor with Erik Barnouw of The Flaherty: Four Decades in the Cause of Independent Cinema. She was the Ida Beam Professor in Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa and the Shaw Foundation Professor of New Media at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. http://faculty.ithaca.edu/patty/