Dr Travis Holland is Course Director in Communication and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University, and a lecturer and researcher in Communication and Digital Media. Travis teaches both undergraduate and masters’ level subjects on digital media, communication theory, and research strategies. Before joining CSU, he lectured and tutored at the University of Wollongong in communication and media studies for several years, specialising in digital communication. Travis’s PhD dissertation applied Actor-Network Theory to media networks in three New South Wales local government areas. His writing, teaching, and research includes work on pedagogy, fan studies, politics, digital media, television, and local government. Outside of academia, Travis has worked as both a contracted and freelance journalist, as a freelance content producer for marketing agencies, and in politics
I am a researcher on the project Cultural Conflict 2.0 which is headed by Professor David Herbert. The project investigates the development of cultural conflicts, as well as production and reproduction of social order, via social media, collective rituals, city promotion and planning, etc. in different cities in Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands. My research interests are located at the intersection of modern social and technological history, historiography and theory of history, and secularity studies and political theology. As a historian of modernity, I am interested in the material technological/performative mediation of “modern” concepts of temporality, autonomy, and immanence. I have taught modules in the theory of history, religious studies, culture and communication, worldview pluralism, and philosophy of science. I have lectured on rhetoric, nineteenth-century British history, and theories of secularity and secularisation.
Garrett Lynch (IRL) is an artist, lecturer, curator and theorist. His work deals with networks (in their most open sense) within an artistic context; the spaces between artist, artworks and audience as a means, site and context for artistic initiation, creation and discourse. Recently most active in live performance Garrett’s networked practice spans online art, installation, performance and writing. Currently Garrett’s research and practice focus is exploring the thesis that networks are a transformative factor in contemporary art practice. How both cultural and technological developments in the latter half of the 20th century e.g. the dematerialisation (Lippard, 1997) of art as object, art as process (Alloway, 1972) and the adoption of a systems approach to a number of fields, have enabled practice to become above all concerned with relationship and behaviour. Art has always suggested connections to the world it is embedded within. Contemporary art continues to do this at a now hyper accelerated pace within a globalised cultural and social context (Castells, 2000) however it can also facilitate actual connections through (new) media as discussed in new media theory. Relationships are produced as a result of connections which enable performative scenarios. As a result of its key concerns this practice should be considered a networked practice and not because of the media forms which may or may not be its technical enabler or carrier. Post-graduate of interactive research at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD), Paris, France and PhD of networked art at South Bank University, London, England Garrett has taught on several new media courses throughout England and Wales.
the “long” eighteenth century, literary theory, theorizing new and emerging media, authentic humanities assessment
Eliot Bates is an ethnomusicologist and recording engineer with a special interest in the social studies of technology. His research examines recording production and the social lives of musical instruments and studio recording technologies. A graduate of UC Berkeley (2008) and ACLS New Faculty Fellow (2010), he is currently an Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. He has also taught at the University of Birmingham (UK), Cornell University, and the University of Maryland, College Park. He is currently the Vice-President of the Society for Asian Music, and formerly served on the Board of the Society for Ethnomusicology. He has written two books: Digital Tradition: Arrangement and Labor in Istanbul’s Recording Studio Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016), and Music in Turkey: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture (Oxford University Press, 2011)—and, with Samantha Bennett, co-edited Critical Approaches to the Production of Music and Sound (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018). He is also a performer and recording artist of the 11-stringed oud.
My research sits at the intersection of technology and the mind. I write on everything from robotics and AI to the politics of digital culture. My dissertation defends a conception of machine participation inspired by Turing’s discussion of the Lady Lovelace objection and the enactivist approach to cognition. I’m interested in the implications of Turing’s view for contemporary debates over machine autonomy. More generally, I’m interested in the organization of complex networks of diverse participants. At the social level this manifests as an interest in digital politics and internet culture. At the metaphysical level this manifests as an interest in network theory and the unification of the sciences. I teach Engineering Ethics at NJIT. I write continuously on G+ and FB.