Clemens Apprich

Concordia University

Clemens Apprich works across the fields of new media studies, media theory, cultural studies, and political philosophy, with a special interest in practices and formations that have emerged in the last three decades through the engagement with digital media technologies. Currently his focus lies on the epistemological, social and technical analysis of filtering algorithms, asking how they are organising digital cultures, what role they play in the transformation of democratic societies, and to what extent they can be explained by the latest push in computation, in particular in automated data analysis and machine learning. Together with Wendy Chun, Hito Steyerl, and Florian Cramer he has co-writen a book on “Pattern Discrimination”, which investigates the centrality of race, class, gender and sexuality to big data network analytics and bridges research fields in the arts, humanities, and data sciences. 

Timon Beyes

Leuphana University Lüneburg

Timon Beyes is Professor of Sociology of Organisation and Culture at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Germany and at Copenhagen Business School, Denmark. He is a director of Lüneburg’s Centre for Digital Cultures. His research focuses on the spaces, technologies and aesthetics of organization in the fields of media culture, art, cities as well as higher education. Recent and forthcoming publications include ’The media arcane’ (with C. Pias, Grey Room 75, 2019); The Creativity Complex. A Companion to Contemporary Culture (ed., with J. Metelmann, Bielefeld 2018); The Oxford Handbook of Media, Technology and Organization Studies (ed., with R. Holt and C. Pias, Oxford 2019); Organize (with L. Conrad and R. Martin, Minneapolis 2019)

Greg Elmer

Ryerson University

Greg Elmer is a Professor at Ryerson University and the Director of Catalyst, a research space in the Faculty of Communication and Design. His research focuses on how social media platforms have changed and reconfigured poltical communications and electorial campaigns, as well as research investigating the roles that media and social media play in organising reporting on political protest and dissent. He is currently writing a book on the financial histories of social media companies. 

Bonnie Honig

Brown University

Bonnie Honig is Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media (MCM) and Political Science at Brown University, and (by courtesy) Religious Studies (RS) and Theater and Performance Studies (TAPS). She is author of Political Theory and the Displacement of Politics (Cornell, 1993, Scripps Prize for best first book), Democracy and the Foreigner (Princeton, 2001), Emergency Politics: Paradox, Law, Democracy (Princeton, 2009, David Easton Prize), Antigone, Interrupted. (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Public Things: Democracy in Disrepair (Fordham, 2017). She has edited or co-edited several collections, including Feminist Interpretations of Hannah Arendt (Penn State, 1995) and Politics, Theory, and Film: Critical Encounters with Lars von Trier (Oxford, 2016).  Her articles have appeared in Arethusa (Okin-Young Prize for best article in feminist theory), New Literary HistoryPolitical Theory, Theory&Event,Social Textdifferences, the American Political Science Review, and more.  She is currently writing a book based on her 2017 Flexner Lectures, titled: “Give me glory” - Feminism and the Politics of Refusal. Her most recent publication is “12 Angry Men: Care for the Agon and the Varieties of Masculinity,” fc Theory&Event 2019.

Ioana Jucan

Brown University

Ioana Jucan is a PhD candidate in the Theatre and Performance Studies program at Brown. Her research lies at the intersection of theatre and performance studies, philosophy, and media studies. Her dissertation is entitled “Out of Concern: Performance Modes of Engaging with the World.” Her writing has appeared in journals (TDR: The Drama Review; Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies; Parallax; Revista Caracteres; Nerve Lantern) and in edited volumes (most recently, in Adorno and Performance; Palgrave, 2014). At Brown, Jucan runs the Performance (and) Philosophy working group affiliated with the Performance Philosophy research network.

In the Fall 2015, Jucan was the Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow in Theatre and Dance at Wheaton College (Norton, MA). She is currently guest researcher at the Vilém Flusser Archive at the Berlin University of the Arts.

Kara Keeling

University of Chicago

Kara Keeling is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies. Her research has focused on African American cinema and media; theories of race, sexuality, and gender in cinema; critical theory; and cultural studies. Her book The Witch’s Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense (Duke University Press, 2007) explores the role of cinematic images in the construction and maintenance of hegemonic conceptions of the world and interrogates the complex relationships between cinematic visibility, minority politics, and the labor required to create and maintain alternative organizations of social life. Keeling’s second monograph, Queer Times, Black Futures, will be published by New York University Press in the spring of 2019.


Laura Kurgan

Columbia University

Laura Kurgan is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she directs the Center for Spatial Research and the Visual Studies curriculum. She is the author of Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics (Zone Books, 2013). Her work explores the ethics and politics of digital mapping and its technologies; the art, science and visualization of big and small data; and design environments for public engagement with maps and data. From 2004 - 2015, she founded and directed the Spatial Information Design Lab at GSAPP. The SIDL "Million Dollar Blocks" project is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and her work has also been shown at Palais De Tokyo and the Fondation Cartier in Paris, MACBa in Barcelona and the ZKM in Karlsruhe. In 2009, Kurgan was awarded a United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship.

Ganaele Langlois

York University

Ganaele Langlois is Associate Professor in Communication studies at York University, Canada, and Associate Director of the Infoscape Centre for the Study of Social Media ( Her research interests lie in media theory and critical theory, particularly with regards to the shaping of subjectivity and agency through and with media technologies. She published a book entitled Meaning in the Age of Social Media (Palgrave, 2014). Professor Langlois is currently co-principal investigator on a SSHRC standard research grant to study the politics of social media platforms. She has co-edited a book on the topic entitled Compromised Data? From Social Media to Big Data (Bloomsbury, 2015). She is currently working on a research project about textile as communication. Her research has been published in New Media and Society, Culture Machine, Communication and Critical-Cultural Studies, Television and New Media, and Fibreculture.

Tara McPherson

University of Southern California

Tara McPherson is Chair and Professor of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts and Director of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Studies.  She is a core faculty member of the IMAP program, USC’s innovative practice based-Ph.D., and also an affiliated faculty member in the American Studies and Ethnicity Department.  Her research engages the cultural dimensions of media, including the intersection of gender, race, affect and place.  She has a particular interest in digital media.  Here, her research focuses on the digital humanities, early software histories, gender, and race, as well as upon the development of new tools and paradigms for digital publishing, learning, and authorship.  

Lisa Nakamura

University of Michigan

Lisa Nakamura is Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She is the inaugural Director of the Digital Studies Institute at the University of Michigan and a founding member of the Precarity Lab collective (

She is the author of four books on race, gender, and digital media and gaming.  She is currently working on a book on women of color’s work building the Internet, and how the internet defined woman of color identity in the 21st century.  Her areas of interest include histories of indigenous electronic manufacture in post-war America, content moderation by women of color on social media, and virtual reality’s claims to produce racial and gender empathy. 

Richard Rogers

University of Amsterdam

Richard Rogers, PhD holds the Chair in New Media & Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is Director of the Digital Methods Initiative, which develops tools and methods for 'natively digital' research. Among other works, Rogers is author of Information Politics on the Web (MIT Press, 2004), awarded the best book of the year by the American Society of Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), and Digital Methods (MIT Press, 2013) awarded Outstanding Book of the Year from the International Communication Association (ICA). Rogers is a three-time Ford Fellow and has received research grants from the Soros Foundation, Open Society Institute, Mondriaan Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and Gates Foundation. His most recent book is Doing Digital Methods (Sage, 2019).