Media Futures Hub Director
Dr Tanja Dreher is an ARC Future Fellow, Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor in Media at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. Tanja’s research focuses on the politics of listening in the context of media and multiculturalism, Indigenous sovereignties, feminisms and anti-racism. Tanja has an emerging interest in data justice, with a focus on competing social imaginaries and on listening out for marginalised voices.
Media Futures Hub Director
Dr Michael Richardson is a Senior Research Fellow in Media at UNSW. Michael’s transdisciplinary research investigates the intersection of affect, power and violence in culture, technology and politics with an emphasis on witnessing and testimony. He is currently working on a major project funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (2019-2021) on drones and witnessing in war and culture. Alongside drones, Michael is interested in algorithmic and climate change imaginaries as future sites of political transformation.
Edgar Gómez Cruz
Media Futures Hub Director
Edgar Gómez Cruz is a Senior Lecturer in Media (Digital Cultures) at the UNSW in Sydney. He has published widely on a number of topics relating to digital culture, digital ethnography and digital photography. His recent publications include: From Kodak Culture to Networked Image: An Ethnography of Digital Photography Practices (2012) and the edited volumes Refiguring Techniques in Visual Digital Research (2017, with Shanti Sumartojo and Sarah Pink) and Digital Photography and Everyday Life: Empirical Studies in Material Visual Practices (2016, with Asko Lehmuskallio). Current research investigates technologies of life and visual/digital ethnographic methods.
Andrew Brooks is Lecturer in Digital Media Cultures in the School of Arts and Media, UNSW. His research proposes strategies for reading and listening to contemporary media events, systems, and infrastructures. His current research is organised around three main projects: the politics of noise and listening; infrastructural inequalities; and the politics of race and embodiment in media culture.
Dr. Adam Fish is a Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor in Media at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. He is a cultural anthropologist, and documentary video producer who works across social science, computer engineering, environmental science, and the visual arts. Adam employs ethnographic, participatory, and creative methods to examine digital industries and digital activists working networked technologies: television, video, the internet, and newer platforms such as drones and other remote sensors.
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Ramaswami Harindranath is Professor or Media at UNSW. Hari’s research interests include global media cultures and economies; race, class and marginalisation; digital technologies and socio-political change; postcoloniality and decoloniality; mobility, multiculturalism and citizenship; South Asian cultural politics; and transnational cultural formations. He is currently working on a book tentatively entitled Southern Discomfort that examines diverse aspects that constitute the Global South.
Andrew works across: media; technics (technologies, techniques, technical systems and modes of organisation); ecology, climate change and climate change communication; process philosophy, social theory, and affect; the politics of organisation. Specifically, “the world as medium” and/vs a “third media revolution” (AI and automation; VR, augmented and mixed reality; data and signaletics; genetics, drones and the internet of things, etc). This subsumes cultures of representation into the radical in-folding of world and media. Other projects: the wicked problem of “catastrophic multiplicities” at the intersection of radical media, environmental and social change; “against data”—questioning basic concepts of data/exploring alternative technics.
Emma A. Jane
Dr Emma A. Jane is a Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW Sydney. She researches the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies using futures and transdisciplinary methods to propose interventions. Having previously led a major study on gendered cyberhate, her current projects include a study of radicalized misogyny and research into the future of sex and gender. Prior to her career in academia, Emma spent nearly 25 years working in the print, broadcast, and electronic media during which time she won multiple awards for her writing and investigative reporting.
Elaine Jing Zhao
Dr. Elaine Jing Zhao is Senior Lecturer in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Elaine researches cultural production, industry transformations and governance challenges in digital media economy. Her main interest is the social, cultural and economic implications of digital technologies and platforms in transitional China and beyond borders.
Kyla Allison is a PhD Candidate at the University of New South Wales with interests in Media and Cultural Studies. Her current research focuses on affect, media, and sexual assault, while her past research areas include video games and gaming culture.
Jillian Gardner is a PhD Candidate at the School of Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney Australia. Jillian’s research is focused on the role that image-making and memory plays in the construction of identities, such as Aboriginality and Whiteness, in a settler colonial society through the prism of intimacy. Other areas of interest include violence and representation and systems of categorisation in the media landscape. Jillian has an extensive professional background in news and current affairs as a video editor.
Danielle Hynes is a first year UNSW Scientia PhD candidate working under the supervision of A/Prof Tanja Dreher and Prof Janet Chan. Danielle is exploring how data justice can function as a framework in the analysis of urban injustice. She is particularly interested in how discourses surrounding new technology in cities are shaping urban imaginaries, and who is included and excluded within the idea/ideal of the smart city.
Diana Kreemers is a PhD Candidate in the School of Arts and Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at UNSW Sydney. Her research interests include representation, recognition, mediatisation and listening practices of professionals in democratic institutions. She has over eight years of experience working with policymakers, bureaucrats, journalists and media users. She worked on research projects on community media to develop new professional practices. More recently she investigated listening practices in political context in a two-year participatory research project at the Dutch government. Her current research analyses the politics of listening necessary to support the democratic potential of refugee media.
Bronwyn Miller is an academic and professional researcher in digital cultures. Bronwyn’s academic research focuses on social justice and technology. Beginning in 2020, she is undertaking a PhD project at UNSW, titled ‘Data Justice: Technology, policy and community impact’. From 2016-2019 Bronwyn was a Senior Research Analyst at a Berlin software company. A Sydney University graduate [BA (Hons) Digital Cultures (1st Class)] her honours thesis examined the male gaze in video games and was presented at the conference ‘40 Years of Alien’ in Bangor, Wales, 2019. Bronwyn undertook her Master of Arts at Universität Potsdam (supported by a DAAD scholarship) and her Masters thesis examined the politics of YouTube’s algorithmic development and was presented at three academic conferences in 2019.
Kevin Witzenberger is a Scientia PhD candidate in the School of Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. His research focuses the impact of artificial intelligence on education.