MemberBrett M. Neilson

I am Research Director at the Institute for Culture and Society, University of Western Sydney ( Currently I coordinate the transnational research projects Transit Labour ( and Logistical Worlds ( My main interests are in interdisciplinary studies of culture and society with a focus on borders, migration, labor, political theory and digital transformations. I have a disused blog at (one day I might even update it).

MemberThomas Barker

I’m currently Associate Professor and Head of Film and Television at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus and Deputy Director of the Centre for the Study of Communication and Culture (CSCC). I am a sociologist by training with expertise in cultural and creative industries, especially cinema, with a focus on Malaysia and Indonesia. I have written on Islamic pop culture, new media, cinema, film, creative labour, Chinese transnationalism, and cinematic history of Southeast Asia. Previously I was a Visiting Research Fellow at National Cheng Chi University (2018), Visiting Scholar at the Department of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA (2016), a Visiting Researcher at PUSKAKOM Universitas Indonesia (2015), and a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Sociology National University of Singapore (2011).

MemberValerie Billing

Valerie Billing is Assistant Professor of English at Central College, where she teaches courses in Shakespeare, medieval and early modern English literature, world literature, LGBTQ+ literature, and disability literature. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Early Modern English Literature from the University of California, Davis. Valerie’s current research project investigates the erotics of size in a range of early modern drama, poetry, prose, and visual art.

MemberMaryanne Dever

Professor Maryanne Dever is joint Editor-in-Chief (with Lisa Adkins) of the journal Australian Feminist Studies (Routledge/Taylor & Francis). She is an Associate Dean in Arts & Social Sciences at the University of Technology Sydney.  She was previously Director of the Centre for Women’s Studies & Gender Research at Monash University and President of the Australian Women’s & Gender Studies Association (AWGSA). She has held posts at the University of Sydney and the University of Hong Kong, as well as visiting posts at McGill University, University College London and the University of Tampere. Her research interests encompass feminist literary & cultural studies and critical archival studies. Her current research  is on the status of archived paper with the advent of digital technologies. This will appear in the book Paper, Materiality and the Archived Page (forthcoming 2019). She co-edited a special issue of  Archives and Manuscripts on ‘Literary Archives, Materiality and the Digital’ (2014) and one on ‘Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research’ for Australian Feminist Studies (2017) which has since appeared as an edited book with Routledge and won a 2018 Mander Jones Award from the Australian Society of Archivists. 

MemberChristopher Prior

I am a historian of Britain and the British Empire in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I studied History at Durham, completing a PhD in Imperial and African History there under the supervision of Professor Justin Willis. Before joining Southampton, I taught at Durham, Leeds and University College Dublin. I am primarily interested in the socio-cultural and intellectual connections between Britain and the colonies within the British Empire, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa. My recent research has concerned the intellectual and socio-political networks that created and underpinned Britain’s imperial actions and sensibilities in the modern era. I am currently researching British foreign policy in sub-Saharan Africa in the wake of decolonisation, considering the roles that the British government tried to create for itself in this newly emerging postcolonial context. The resultant monograph will address key policy aims such as the management of external emerging actors such as the United States, key thematic concerns such as democracy and communism, and key policy actions such as military intervention and counter-espionage MI6 intelligence.