Candidates for the ACS Board Election 2016

The ACS Bylaws call for an election of the association’s Board every four years, and since the current Board began its term in 2012, the time has come to elect a new Board.

The bylaws state that the Board has one Chair and one Vice Chair, plus regional representatives as follows:

Africa – 3 (one from Southern Africa)
Asia – 4 (one from Northeast Asia, one from Southeast Asia, and one from South Asia)
Australia and New Zealand – 2
Europe – 4 (one from Northern Europe, one from Central and Eastern Europe, and one from Western and Southern Europe)
Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean – 4
North America and the English- and French-speaking Caribbean – 4

Here are our candidates for the new Board (click on the name to view the candidate’s personal statement):*

Chair
Stephen Chan (Hong Kong)**

Vice Chair
Catherine Driscoll (Australia)**

Africa
Boulou Ebanda de B’beri (Cameroon/Canada)
Osée Kamga (Côte d’Ivoire)
Abraham Mulwo (Kenya)
Helene Strauss (South Africa)

Asia
Layla Habib Al Bloushi (United Arab Emirates)
Sumit Narula (India)
Aljosa Puzar (South Korea)

Austalia and New Zealand
Rob Cover (Australia)
Anna Hickey-Moody (Australia)
Nick Holm (New Zealand)

Europe
Janneke Adema (UK)
Jeremy Gilbert (UK)
Fanny Lignon, (France)
Ana Cristina Mendes, (Portugal)
Kris Rutten (Belgium)
Rainer Winter, (Austria)

Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean
Marta Cabrera (Colombia)
Anne Kristiina Kurjenoja Lounassaari (Mexico)
Ahtziri Molina (Mexico)
Rebeca Padilla (Mexico)
Rosario Radakovich (Uruguay)

North America and the English- and French-speaking Caribbean
Mark Hayward (Canada)
Matt Jordan (US)
Sonjah Stanley Niaah (Jamaica)
Fan Yang (US)

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*Additional candidate statements will be added to the page as they arrive.

**According to the bylaws, the Chair and Vice Chair also count as representatives of their respective regions. In this case, Stephen Chan represents Asia, and Catherine Driscoll represents Australia and New Zealand.

In addition to the election of the new Board, the current Board has drafted a proposed change to the ACS bylaws, which will also be presented to the membership for their approval. If three-fourths of the voting members approve the proposal, then the bylaws shall be amended accordingly.

The proposed change is designed to create more continuity between different versions of the Board. As things currently stand, the entire Board is chosen every four years, and a very real potential exists for a loss of institutional memory and experience in elections where large portions of the Board choose not to stand for re-election. This proposal revises the relevant sections of the bylaws to create staggered terms, such that roughly half the Board will stand for election every two years. It also allows for a one-time change in the term length for half the incoming Board, so as to set up the initial staggering of terms.

The full text of the proposal is as follows:

The ACS rules and by-laws shall be amended in two ways:

First, the following section will be added:

“4.2.1.  The terms of service for Board members shall be staggered across two election cycles, so that each of the global regions described in 4.1.2 except for Africa will choose half of its representatives every two years.  Africa will choose 2 representatives in one election cycle and 1 representative in the other.  The elections for Chair and Vice Chair shall be held during the same election cycle.”

Second, section 8.1 shall be revised to read as follows:

“8.1.  The Association has two types of regularly held General Assemblies, the General Financial Assembly and the General Election Assembly. These Assemblies will be held every two years on dates defined by the Board. When possible, these Assemblies will be held in association with the Crossroads conference as a single Assembly and called the General Assembly.”

Additionally, to set up the initial staggering of terms, the Board election scheduled for 2016 shall be adjusted on a one-time basis, so that half of the representatives for each global region will serve six-year terms (until 2022), while the other half will serve normal four-year terms (until 2020).  The Chair and Vice Chair elected in 2016 will serve six-year terms.  The remaining six-year terms will be filled by the highest vote-getters from each global region.  In the event that tie vote tallies render the “highest vote-getter” method of deciding who serves six-year terms moot, that decision shall be made by random lot.

Beginning in 2020, subsequent elections will happen every two years, and Board members chosen during those elections will serve normal four-year terms.

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Personal Statements

Stephen Chan

Stephen Chan is Professor of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. He created and led the BA (Hons) Cultural Studies program at Lingnan in 1999, then the first and only such degree in the Chinese-speaking world. He headed the new Cultural Studies Department from 2000 to 2003, and again from 2008 to 2010. Concurrently, from 2003 to 2008, he was Founding Director of the Master of Cultural Studies, a two-year part-time program taught primarily to cultural practitioners in the fields of education, media, and NGO services. In 2008 he received the Dr. and Mrs. James Tak Wu Award for Outstanding Service. Later, he went on to serve as Academic Dean of the Faculty of Arts from 2012 to 2013, and Associate Vice President (Academic Affairs) and Registrar, and Director of Core Curriculum and General Education from 2013 to 2015.

Chan has been a Board member of the international Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) representing the Asia constituency since 2008. He was director of the Eighth ACS Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, the first Crossroads to take place in east Asia, which was hosted by Lingnan University in 2010 on its Tuen Mun campus with over 700 participants. Subsequently, he became chairperson (2010-2013) of the Steering Committee of the Consortium for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Institutes, responsible for planning the biennial Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Summer School. The Consortium provides the institutional base and network for the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Society (IACSS), of which Chan has been a Board member since 2015. Presently, together with Meaghan Morris, Chan is co-director of the Fifth IACSS Summer School (with 55 international participants) to be held at Lingnan in 2016 on the theme of “Creativity and Social Movements.”

Chan received his education at the University of Hong Kong (BA in Chinese and Comparative Literature 1978, MPhil in Comparative Literature 1981) and the University of California, San Diego (PhD in Literature 1986). Prior to joining Lingnan in 1998, he had taught English, Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. There, from 1994 to 1997, he was Director of the Hong Kong Cultural Studies Program, the first fully-funded multi-institutional research initiative on cultural practices and cultural politics before Hong Kong’s return to China from British colonial rule in 1997. From this project, 15 cross-disciplinary titles (in Chinese) were published by the Oxford University Press (Hong Kong) in conjunction with The Chinese University of Hong Kong within a period of three years. Chan was the general editor of this Hong Kong Cultural Studies book series. Published internationally on Hong Kong culture, film, literature, education and cultural studies, Chan’s range of scholarly interests covers cultural policy and pedagogy, cultural politics and identity discourse, creative enterprise and audience development, performance and media cultures. He serves on the editorial board of leading journals in the field, including Cultural Studies, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, Router: A Journal in Cultural Studies, and Communication and Society. Last year, he guest-edited the special journal issue entitled “Hong Kong at a Crossroads” for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (vol. 16, no. 3, September 2015, pp. 327-494), a pioneering collective study on the extraordinary “Umbrella Movement” that took place in post-colonial Hong Kong in 2014.

As Director (2012-14) of Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Program at Lingnan, Chan advocated and promoted research in cultural education and policy, creative industries, intangible heritage, and performance studies. Since 2014, he has jointly started the multi-local “Modern Asian Thought” project across several Asian cities and convened the Hong Kong MAT Office, leading an archival project on ideas in social movement and social activism in Hong Kong.

Active in the civil society, Chan is a founding member of The Professional Commons and a policy fellow of the Community Development Initiatives. He was convener of the People’s Panel on West Kowloon and Heritage Watch, an advisor of the Hong Kong Institute for Contemporary Culture School of Creativity, and an independent member of the school management board of Tseung Kwan O Government Secondary School. He was appointed a member of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Central Policy Unit (2011-12), and served on the Hong Kong Arts Development Council (2008-2010) representing the Criticism constituency. Chan was elected to the HKSAR Chief Executive Election Committee for two consecutive terms (in 2007 and 2012 respectively) representing the Higher Education sub-sector. In 2016, he joined the newly-established non-profit organization “House of Hong Kong Literature” as a Board member to advocate the significance and role of literature in Hong Kong’s long-term cultural policy and future metropolitan projects. He is part of the core group of local academics who recently founded the Scholars’ Alliance for Academic Freedom, in view of the severe and escalating threats to academic freedom and institutional autonomy faced by all universities in present-day Hong Kong.

Personal Statement
As I was completing my doctoral work overseas, the Sino-British talks on Hong Kong’s future for 1997 and beyond came onto the headlines. I decided that I must return to the city for my career. In the subsequent ten years (1988-1997) I developed a strong scholarly interest and profile in Cultural Studies, as “1997” confronted me as such a historic moment at the end of colonialism. Everyone was shocked, and touched, despite the prolonged wait. I can never forget what I did that year with my students, my family and my colleagues from the academia, both local and international. Hence, when I first joined Lingnan at its Tuen Mun campus in Jan. 1998, my focus and desire was all about Cultural Studies. Some of you might by now have heard of this in the field, as it has been written about in the context of institutional history of the young discipline in Asia.

My engagement in teaching, research and academic administration has been evidence of a profile integrating a deep-rooted international perspective, multi-faceted regional (Asian) interests, and very strong local and Chinese knowledge. My academic standing and reputation in Cultural Studies have been established on firm grounds, if I might say so, especially in the rapidly growing areas of and domains in (inter-)Asian cultural studies (including, but not limited to, those pertaining to the various Chinese-speaking societies today). Back home in Hong Kong, I have been a full professor since 2003. At Lingnan, I have been involved in the building of the BA in Cultural Studies, the first and probably still the best known degree in the field in the Chinese-speaking world, and one of a handful of such degrees in Asia. I went on to establish the innovative Master of Cultural Studies, a fully self-financed taught program for cultural practitioners which we have been running for 13 years now. For the growth of our field in Asia, I served as the founding chair (2009-2013) of the Steering Committee of the Consortium for Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Institutions, leading a team of international scholars to create intellectual networks, educational and research collaborations, as well as exchange opportunities in the region. On the global scene, I have been one of three Asian representatives at the international Association for Cultural Studies since 2008. Despite the small campus and the limited resources we had at Lingnan (a liberal arts university with a total student body of 2,600), I brought the ACS Crossroads Conference here in 2010, attracting over 700 participants from approximately 50 countries.

My research and publication cover local, national and international terrains in literary and media cultural studies. Common to different phases of my scholarship is an emphasis on cross-cultural, bilingual contexts of communication and multiple forms of textual mediation (from literature, to film, drama, writing, and classroom discourse productions). My work revolves around themes in cultural change and transformation, ranging from the practice of textual narratives, creative industries, identity politics, to arts policy, education, and cultural citizenship. In research development, I have initiated and run various collaborative projects drawing on local expertise, Hong Kong/Chinese advantage, as well as regional networks and resources (e.g., in Chinese opera heritage, Performance Studies, bilingual pedagogies, the Inter-Asia Cultural Studies summer school, and the Modern Asian Thought [Hong Kong] project).

I have always had a special interest in institutional building. For me, Cultural Studies as a disciplinary practice is not separable from the needs, desires and problems of the institution. It has become for years a topic of my scholarly writing and research (e.g., on Cultural Studies and institution, the teaching of writing in the bi-lingual Cultural Studies classroom, the curricular reform of “Integrated Humanities” and “Liberal Studies” in schools). In brief, I see institutional building as a continuous, collective process tied to a deep engagement with problem solving in light of the core values and educational programs the institution commits itself to.

I built Lingnan’s Department of Cultural Studies from the ground up 16 years ago, serving twice as Head (2000-03, 2007-10). Since 2004, I had led the Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Program to grow as an active, self-sustainable research unit out of modest support from the University. While I was the Academic Dean at the Faculty of Arts (2010-2013), my job was to coordinate the work of 7 academic departments, 2 language centers, and 3 research units under the Faculty, as well as to run a Faculty Office to provide the groundwork in academic development. Thus, I have gained some experience in the building of a stable and effective foundation for various kinds of projects and initiatives. At the university level, in my two years (2013-15) as the Associate Vice President (Academic) cum Registrar, I have been involved in the coordination across faculties for both research assessment exercise and teaching quality ‘audit’ involving third-party international peers, as well as in institutional planning (on academic development proposals, for instance) for public funding purposes. I have been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate admission operations, and am fairly accustomed to working with partners from local and overseas universities, with stakeholders from the secondary schools here and across Asia, Europe and the Americas, as well as representatives of the local Education Bureau and university funding bodies.

During the last five years (2010-15) of experience in senior level university work, I remained a scholar and a teacher at heart as I learn to be efficient, dynamic and fair-minded as an academic. I am confident that I have the right inter-personal skills, sense of judgement, and command of thoroughness in project analysis and implementation. I am meticulous in my engagement with people – whether students or faculty, the academic or administrative colleagues — not only in light of the institutional practices and procedures we live in, but also with regard to the human and pedagogic interactions at issue, where often diverge interests and interlocking perspectives must be brought together, dis-entangled, mediated and re-aligned, as appropriate. I am target-oriented, open-minded, tolerant of differences, and proactive in identifying solutions to a problem. I am committed to engaging with the wide range of stakeholders in the process of making ACS a sustainable professional community true to its original commitment to scholarship and intellectual concerns. I prefer to adopt a flexible but hands-on approach to any complex operation, guided crucially by team-work in alignment with education-driven objectives. I am resource-sensitive, and fully cognizant of the kinds of options and consequences ACS must face in the trajectory of its development. I work to make things happen, and in the process, to facilitate the consolidation of our strengths, the growth of new consensus, and, above all, the shaping of a sustainable plan for possible new futures and organic intellectual communities in Cultural Studies.

For the next four years my preliminary thoughts are as follows, if I were given the chance to serve the ACS as Chairperson.
I believe strongly that the respect and appreciation of diversity, as well as the recognition and tolerance of differences, must be brought to the core of the scholarly and intellectual life of the Cultural Studies community. In addition to the well-established programs of ACS (the Crossroads Conference, the Summer/Winter Institute), we should put special efforts in promoting and developing a positive image, understanding and recognition of cultural studies education and scholarship among our stakeholders, and I think the best agents in this process are our students, as well as each and every one of us. It is therefore our job to provide the platform, the programs, and the opportunities for them in this regard. To spread our work as educators among students, our colleagues, university management and employers, we must target our stakeholders’ appreciation of what this approach to scholarly pursuit delivers, and do so with a view on clustering the creative and intellectual energies at multiple layers of the academic life for us. We need to be proactive in advocating the relevance of cultural studies and its unique role in education of the 21st century.

Nothing can be put to task and completed by one person or by the Board alone, and so the more support, input and help we could get from our members, the better. Let me reiterate that I see myself as an intellectual-cum-educator through and through, and, in whatever institutional role I do play, I am keen to help change and improve the ways things work. I am a pragmatic person from this point of view. Value-driven, people-centered and team-work oriented, I think the best academic institutional work is realized on the basis of trust, passion, and the rigor of scholarship. For ACS, my approach to institutional building is therefore both flexible and principled. With an understanding of the processes specific to the cultural studies community, I have a record in meeting agreed targets and setting new priorities. I am very keen for a collaborative work approach, and I believe in the long-term benefits of team building in/as institutional building. And, finally, to strengthen ownership of the institution and its established programs, active and productive participation of members in the management of Association affairs would be totally desirable.

Catherine Driscoll

I discovered Cultural Studies at the beginning of my doctoral research in the early 1990s and it is fair to say I was a rapid convert and have been apostolic about it ever since. In recent years I’ve been prompted several times to reflect on what attracted me about Cultural Studies at that time – in the introduction to a book that drew partly on the dissertation I started writing then (Modernist Cultural Studies, 2010) and more recently in a short piece on teaching cultural studies collected with other pieces in memory of Stuart Hall (in Cultural Studies Review). In both cases I struggled to find exactly the right way to talk about what it was that drew me to Cultural Studies although I think it matters that I’ve been asking myself this question simultaneously in the areas of research and teaching.

For me, Cultural Studies involves a commitment to thinking about the world in which we live – thinking, importantly, not just through the workings of institutions or social systems and not just through individual or collective experiences and certainly not just through texts produced in it. It neither excludes nor exclusively privileges those approaches in looking at how the world is being lived through the largest cultural forms and practices (like the state) or the smallest (like my own everyday habits). While it probably isn’t necessary for me to have a polished definition of Cultural Studies in order to stand for election to a professional association like the Association for Cultural Studies, I think my commitment to the field does matter and so does my long commitment to thinking about what Cultural Studies offers not just to Australian PhD students but to scholars with different kinds of experience working in many different contexts.

Since that PhD I’ve been employed at three different Australian universities – Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney – where Cultural Studies had very different kinds of institutional presence and support. In the past twenty years I’ve thus taught undergraduates and supervised postgraduates and worked in teams of colleagues who faced very different kinds of intellectual and institutional challenges. I’ve designed coursework, from individual subjects through to entire degrees to suit those different conditions and faced the difficulties that come with changes to structures of recognition, reward and institutional management that are particularly pointed for a discipline that is still situation as “new” and “non-traditional” despite its now significant history.

Advocating for Cultural Studies has been crucial to my professional life, within and outside institutions – from management of research reporting for the field at Sydney, through consultancy work on regulating girls media and on Indigenous girls’ education, to my own research which doesn’t only circulate within Cultural Studies, and my teaching, which isn’t only to Cultural Studies students. And over the years as my career progressed I’ve managed programs too, including both research programs (I was an Associate Dean responsible for research at both Adelaide and Sydney) and teaching programs (I was Chair of my department at Sydney as it transformed from a Gender Studies department to a Gender and Cultural Studies department). In these roles I have recruited and supported a new generation of staff and now probably two generations of postgraduate students.

I’ve been particularly invested in improving postgraduate research culture where ever I was working and I hope to bring more attention to this in an expansion of my role on the ACS board. The innovations in postgraduate research culture in the department where I work at Sydney have been right praised but there is much to learn from how the experience of new researchers, during and after their doctorate, is shaped by specific cultural contexts. For this reason attention to how research students work, learn and engage with our shared field has been crucial to my engagement with the institutional and intellectual contexts of Cultural Studies outside Australia.

As a visiting scholar I’ve worked in universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, but my service to the field has been more international than that. Over the years I have read theses, grant applications, and submitted articles and chapters from many countries, and although I only work in English this has included bilingual and translated research. My current research is engaged with colleagues from and in the US, the UK, India, Japan, China and Brazil as well as Australia. I have also become an external member of EU Cost-Action groups, served as Chair of the Inter-Asian Consortium of Cultural Studies Institutions since 2014, and helped found the International Girls Studies Association in 2011. Seeking ways to learn to speak across international contexts has been important to my teaching, supervision, and research but also, in this way, to my institutional labor. Perhaps most importantly I have served on the ACS international advisory board since 2012 and feel I understand both the practical and the aspirational dimensions of working the ACS Chair and the ACS board to further its aims to represent and support Cultural Studies research around the world. As Chair of the upcoming ACS Crossroads conference I’ve kept the importance of such communication at the forefront of our planning – not only because it is crucial to the association and its commitments, but because it is crucial to mine.

As well as a strong commitment to postgraduate and early career researchers in the field I want to help build for ACS a sense of excited engagement with the field on an international scale. This must include drawing effectively on the resources of a whole board to engage with institutions and scholars around the world, maximizing the effective use of our lines of communication between members and, of course, recruiting energetic new board members when vacancies arise. In none of the regions that make up the ACS constituency are the conditions of academic research, of Cultural Studies, or of teaching and research universities static, and as an international association we need to be engaged with what is happening not only in our field in intellectual terms, but with how it is being lived in practical institutional terms. I believe I can bring my pragmatic skills in building teams and institutional frameworks to bear on developing new ways the association can serve its members and I think my passion for Cultural Studies as an historically grounded but always changing field of intellectual inquiry will help me remember that the central aim of ACS is to bring us together to think about the world in which we live.

For more information about me:
http://sydney.edu.au/arts/gender_cultural_studies/staff/profiles/catherine.driscoll.php
https://sydney.academia.edu/CatherineDriscoll

Boulou Ebanda de B’béri

Dr. Boulou Ebanda de B’béri is a Full Professor of Communication, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Ottawa (Canada). He’s represented the “big” continent of Africa in ACS’ Board and requests your blessing to continue doing so for another mandate.

Osée Kamga

I participated in numerous ACS events, presenting papers in various Crossroad conferences, among others, Kingston (2008), HongKong (2010) and Paris (2012). Actually I organized the panel African Future: Beyond Postcolonial Perspectives? during the Paris conference. The African continent has been at the centre of my research, reflexion and thoughts. Needless to reiterate my attachment to the continent of my roots. At times concerned by its tragedies, but always hopeful. Always uplifted by the prowesses of its children, both inside and outside of its boundaries; always interested in initiatives meant to shed light on its life, to make meaning of its practices, or to bring hope to its people… my people.

Helene Strauss

I believe that I have much to contribute to fostering a vibrant, interdisciplinary and diverse global community of cultural studies scholars if given the opportunity to join the Board of the Association for Cultural Studies. I have been an active member of the ACS since 2012, when I attended my first Crossroads conference in Paris. Since then, I participated in the Crossroads in Tampere, where I presented two papers (one as part of a ‘Spotlight Panel’ on ‘African Cultural Studies and/in Global Cultural Studies’); I attended the 2013 ACS Institute in Klagenfurt, Austria; and I subsequently served as the Local Director of the 2015 ACS Institute in Bloemfontein, South Africa (see: http://www.acssibloemfontein2015.co.za). If elected to the Board, it is my hope to contribute particularly to expanding the Association’s visibility and membership across Africa, an objective towards which I believe hosting the 2015 ACS Institute in South Africa made a significant contribution.

My own research on a range of topics in African cultural studies has over the years been centrally concerned with expanding the field’s critical purview, and I have actively worked towards facilitating intellectual collaboration with other cultural studies scholars across the globe. I co-organized, for instance, the 2014 John Douglas Taylor conference on “Contemporary Orientations in African Cultural Studies” at McMaster University in Canada (see: https://africanculturalstudies.wordpress.com), which brought together a range of established and emergent critical voices in the field. This conference has since yielded a sizeable body of scholarship, most notably forthcoming Special Issues of the journals Safundi and Critical Arts. The first of these, which I just finished co-editing with Jessie Forsyth and Sarah Olutola, explores “Contemporary African Mediations of Affect and Access,” and the second, which I am co-editing with Jesse Arseneault, Sarah D’Adamo and Handel Kashope Wright, maps “Contemporary Orientations in African Cultural Studies” more broadly.

As the chair, since 2013, of the Department of English at the University of the Free State, South Africa, I have steered an extensive process of curricular review aimed at better facilitating research in cultural studies, and at introducing students to scholarship on the complex linkages between power, culture and everyday life. Prior to joining the University of the Free State, I was an assistant professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University, Canada, where I taught a range of courses in cultural studies. My current research includes a book project on aesthetic responsibility and the political life of feelings in contemporary South Africa. I have published on topics such as political emotion, migrant subjectivity, race, intercultural interaction, gender and sexuality in journals and books such as Interventions, Subjectivity, Safundi, Wasafiri, African Identities, English Academy Review, Journal of Literary Studies and Burdened by Race: Coloured identities in southern Africa. I currently serve on the editorial boards of ARIEL, English in Africa and Acta Academica.

Layla Habib Al Bloushi

I am Layla and I am from the United Arab Emirates. I completed my Master of Business Administration MBA at the Dubai campus of Wollongong University of Australia in 2003 with the Top Graduate Award – UAE Nationals.

I started my career in banking for fifteen years starting with banking products but then shifted to human resources. I was the head of the training and education section at HSBC and was involved in designing and delivering training courses in the UAE, Bahrain, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman etc. In addition, she was in charge of managing the HSBC University program for the entry-level staff.

In 2006, I moved from banking to education as the Deputy Director General for HR and Finance at the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) which is a government vocational education school with six campuses in the country.

Currently I am a full time consultant and trainer specializing in cultural diversity, career planning, career counseling, coaching and various management skills training. I have served as an adjunct faculty at a number of academic institutions including the University of Dubai and the Canadian University of Dubai. Additionally. I have conducted training programs in many countries including the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, France, Austria, Finland, China, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Among my clients are international leading organizations such as EADS, Borealis, Standard Chartered Bank, Abu Dhabi Businesswomen Council, Mercedes Benz, MAN Trucks, French Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nancy, Abu Dhabi Police Department, Borouge, Royal Bank of Scotland etc.

I am a Certified Trainer, Cultural Detective and Certified Trainer, Culture in the Workplace as well as Certified Coach for AMG (Mercedes Benz). I am about to release the second edition of my book “what’s After High School”. I am also a co-author of the Cultural Detective Arab Gulf

I am in the final stages of delivering my DBA dissertation in Paris and expect to complete it by end of the year 2016.

I have been a member of ACS for few years. I do believe that my work experience in banking and the corporate world plus in education, will add value to Board where my objective is to make a real significant contribution to ACS

Sumit Narula

Dr Sumit Narula is an Ph.D in Electronic Media and Conflict Resolution from Panjab University, Chandigarh. He is presently working as Director/Head of Institution in Amity School of Communication Studies in Amity University, Madhya Pradesh. He has got three masters and two Post Graduate diplomas to his credit. He is presently doing his D.Litt/Post Doctorate in Social and Peace Building.

He has published five books on Mass Communication/Journalism and several national and international research papers in journals. He has also been to Dubai, Slovenia and Amsterdam for his research work and paper presentations. The core areas for his research are New Media/Convergence Media, Media Research Print Media, Electronic Media, etc.

He is also as the elected Board Member ACS representing Asia since 2012. He is also the Member ISOC since 2011, Member EROGMAS since 2009 and Member ISA since 2010. He is also the invited Editor of the journal of the special issue entitled: “Advertising and Public Relations: Challenges and Implications” to be issued in August 2013 is organized by OMICS Group based in USA. He is also reviewer of AEJMC since 2010 and IAMCR since 2013.

He is also the Member of Editorial Board of International Research Journal of Journalism and Mass Communication. He is also the Member of Editorial board of the journal SHIV SHAKTI INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL IN MULTIDISCIPLINARY AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH (SSIJMAR) (ISSN 2278 – 5973)

Aljosa Puzar

My name is Aljosa Puzar, and I am a feminist ethnographer and professor of cultural studies who has been living and working in South Korea for almost a decade. I feel quite humbled by this nomination.

Somebody, a long time ago, related our anti-discipline with the notion of “anthropology of the home.” Yet, what happens for those among us whose home is what we left behind, or what needs to be imagined/posed elsewhere or differently? Not to mention those in cultural studies in search of their institutional and methodological “home”, living the (in)convenient mimicries and compromises of the academic market. In many ways, our perennial “becoming home” happens to be “our thing,” even our pride, but it is also a very personal and tangible burden, and not just methodologically or ethically. It was such a commonplace to talk about our elusive home in 1995, people were tenured by talking about it; in 2016 many seem bored by the question. Still, the problem is here to stay.

My home is Asia now, East Asia, Korea. Yet, Croatian I am, a non-metropolitan creature with enough Italianness blended in. In my past lives, I co-created the first full cultural studies BA and MA programs and departments in Croatia, and was the founder and first chairperson of the Croatian Cultural Studies Association. My “East” was always (un)comfortably “near.” We were misrepresented, boratized, and postcommunist-transitional, tamed into obedience, impoverished, violently ethnic, and even postcolonial, yet always quite white. Whom should I represent now after my years of Korean research and teaching, my new family, the Tokyo walks, the Hong Kong conversations, the Americanized colleges, the neoliberal quantification of personal “achievements,” the ongoing postponement of our extramural impact, the white privilege with a twist, the clumsy, and the unassimilable? At no point have I pretended to know where I am or where I am heading. My positionality is chaotic and my gaze is vacillatory.

My wish is, therefore, to represent those cultural studies practitioners who often feel to be nowhere and, possibly, everywhere. I asked several times in ACS assemblies if we could adjust the statutory provisions to allow for such people to be directly represented. So far, due to the legal intricacies involved, this has not been formally possible. If elected, I hope to work on this and other issues that stand close to my heart, like keeping track of the places and projects (institutional or not) that present “home” for our intellectual project (or a number of projects that we embraced and advocated).
My travel with ACS started in Jamaica, continued on to many other beautiful academic destinations, always with a great bunch of smart and fun people, and it will certainly carry on in many new places (including those in my head), regardless of the outcome of this election. Be that as it may, I hope the gaze of those who will care to Google-gaze me will be merciful and soft. Thanks!

Rob Cover

I am an Associate Professor in Media and Cultural Studies at The University of Western Australia, with work orientation towards ensuring feasible community impact (including minorities, youth and health issues) from contemporary cultural studies research.

I have served as a member of the Cultural Studies Association of Western Australia (CSAA), with responsibility for representing the often-isolated state of Western Australia. In that role I have been responsible for a number of initiatives that I would be keen to help foster in similar settings through both CSAA and ACS. Among these has been the establishment of state-based cultural studies group of scholars among the relevant discipline leaders at each of the main universities in Western Australia. Together, we work to ensure resource-sharing in a scholarly resource-scarce city, and run several active and lively programs for networking and research-culture-building for early-career researchers and doctoral candidates. We are currently using our collective work to help ensure that cultural studies scholars from more-isolated settings (where the disciplines are often at risk within cost-cutting institutions) are able to achieve strong representation on government and research council boards and committees to help foster an environment in which cultural studies scholarship can continue in widespread sites, cities and institutions.

Details of my publications, research funding and leadership roles can be found at: http://www.web.uwa.edu.au/people/rob.cover

Anna Hickey-Moody

I am a collegial, hard working and inspired team member known for my leadership in the field of Cultural Studies. If appointed, I will make it my mission to increase the presence of Aboriginal (Indigenous) Australian Scholars in Crossroads both in terms of raising membership numbers and presenting at conferences. I will create a panel for Aboriginal Australian Cultural Studies at each Crossroads event held from this year onwards. Racism in Australia and Australian scholarship is endemic in the whiteness of Cultural Studies in Australia and New Zealand and I will do all I can to change this. My investment in Cultural Studies as a field and my capacity for leadership in this field is evidenced by the fact that I am a managing editor of Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies and was Victorian state representative for the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia from 2004-2009. I am an Editorial Board member of a number of journals (British Journal of Sociology of Education, Actual/Virtual: Online Journal of Deleuze Studies, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Writing from Below (La Trobe) and book series (Cultural Studies and Transdisciplinarity in Education (Springer), Routledge Critical Studies in Gender, Sexuality and Education (Routledge), The Goldsmiths’ Press (Goldsmiths, London-MIT, USA)). I am a well respected, robust scholar with strong international networks.

Nick Holm

I am a Lecturer in Media Studies at Massey University in Aotearoa New Zealand, where I took up a permanent appointment in 2013. My research is primarily concerned with the political potential of popular aesthetics, particularly humour, and more broadly I am interested in the interrelation of aesthetic theory, political economics and popular culture. I am currently working on a monograph addressing contemporary humour as an aesthetic formation bound up with the priorities and problems of (neo)liberal capitalism and postmodern epistemology and a textbook introducing students to the critical study of advertising from the perspective of textual, political economic and cultural industries approaches. I’ve also written about squirrels.

I have been a member of the CSA since I first attended the Crossroads Conference at Paris in 2012, where I was so enthused by the range of global perspectives and productive frictions that I felt compelled to attend in Tampere despite returning home to the other side of the globe in the intervening years. Prior to my involvement with the CSA, I was a regular attendee at Canadian Association of Cultural Studies events during my graduate studies from 2009, and I am now an active member of the Australasian association. In addition to my involvement with international and national cultural studies associations, I have also sought to contribute to the development of discussions pertinent to the field through involvement in complementary projects. In 2013, I was involved in the organisation of the “You Can’t Be Serious” conference at McMaster University, Canada, investigating the idea of “seriousness” in the contemporary humanities, and in 2015 hosted delegates at Massey University to discuss human-nature entanglements in the Anthropocene at the “Working with Nature” conference.

If elected to the CSA board, my goal would be to continue to facilitate conversations regarding issues of contemporary relevance to cultural studies scholars in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australasia, and internationally. I am committed to cultural studies as an intellectual project engaged in critically-orientated scholarship regarding everyday life, popular culture and media contexts. I believe that the CSA is the leading organisation in promoting a meaningful and productive agenda for cultural studies and I would be thrilled to be able to contribute to that work as a representative of the Australia-Aotearoa New Zealand region.

Janneke Adema

My name is Janneke Adema, I am a research fellow in digital media at Coventry University’s Centre for Disruptive Media (CDM) in the UK. My research is motivated by a drive to critique and rethink our current systems of scholarly publishing. Together with my colleagues at the CDM I advocate experiments with different forms and practices of communicating our research-in-process, from living and remixed books, to anonymous, post-digital and iterative forms of publishing. I am interested in exploring how, why, and where we publish and with what intention (to communicate, collaborate, share, gift, attribute, credit, improve, brand, etc.), and whether we can make potentially more informed and meaningful decisions with respect to how we share our research.
I see my research as performative, as a critical and practical intervention into the practices and relations—such as individual authorship, originality, linearity, the fixed book, and copyright—that our current, mostly market- and profit-driven, publishing systems promote. Yet these practices and relations tend to be sustained, often uncritically, by our own disciplinary publishing practices too. To challenge this hegemony and conformity I have, as part of my research, explored and promoted scholar-led, not-for-profit publishing alternatives, as well as experiments in and with scholarly publishing and communication. These initiatives and experiments aim to rethink how we publish by making different publishing choices, choices that tend to shape how we act as scholars and with that how we shape our fields and environments. But also how we connect with other (cultural studies) practitioners inside and outside the university, and which barriers to access we impose. In this respect I want to highlight with my interventions the importance for us as cultural studies scholars to address in a continual manner our own practices, media technologies, and institutions, as sites of contemplation, critical enquiry, resistance and intervention.
As part of my nomination to become a board member for the ACS, I want to push for these issues, in order to rethink how we communicate with our peers and for what reasons, and to experiment with how we can make our field more inclusive and attentive to difference through our communication practices. For me to be part of the ACS as a (board) member means to be involved, continuously, with how cultural studies currently operates and defines itself within and through academic institutions, but also how it connects to cultural studies practices outside these confines. What is the role of the ACS as a scholar-led organisation in establishing these kinds of relations, connecting cultural studies practitioners from around the world, and how can it meaningfully intervene in how the cultural studies project is reshaped and continuously reinvented for the future?

Jeremy Gilbert

I’ve been a member of the ACS board for several years and was a plenary speaker at the 2012 Crossroads in Cultural Studies. I’m the editor of New Formations and am active in teaching and promoting Cultural Studies not just in the university but among activist networks and the wider community in London and further afield. More information can be found at www.jeremygilbert.org.

Fanny Lignon

Dr. Fanny Lignon holds a PhD in Film Studies (1997) and a Master’s Degree in Philosophy of Art (1991). She also holds a professional graduation in Filmmaking. She is an Associate Professor at University Lyon 1 (France) in the Department of Education.

She teaches still and moving images analysis and creation in a communicational perspective. Her main teaching themes are: digital and media literacy, gender and images, videogames and pedagogy.

She is a member of THALIM research centre and a specialist of the American film director Erich von Stroheim to whom she dedicated many papers and a book: Erich von Stroheim: du ghetto au gotha (1998). Besides, she works on gender representations in TV series, school textbooks and videogames. She published several articles and book chapters on these topics including Construction du masculin et du féminin dans les productions des industries culturelles contemporaines: le cas Elodie Bradford (2015), Etude des stéréotypes de genre dans les manuels scolaires (2013), Analyse vidéoludique et stéréotypes de sexe (2013), Des jeux vidéo et des adolescents: à quoi jouent les jeunes filles et garçons des collèges et lycées? (2014), Teach them all! (2010). In 2012, she coordinated the international conference Genre et jeux vidéo / Gender and Videogames. In 2015, she edited the volume Genre et jeux vidéo. For the last two years, she is also coordinating the seminar « Gender Cultural Performances » (THALIM/CEIAS) with Dr. Anne Castaing, Dr. Mehdi Derfoufi and Dr. Tiziana Leucci.

Full list of publication: http://www.thalim.cnrs.fr/auteur/fanny-lignon

Ana Cristina Mendes

Ana Cristina Mendes is Research Fellow at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (CEAUL/ULICES, where she is co-principal investigator of the group English Studies: Culture), and teaches Discourse Analysis and Cultural Studies at the School of Arts and Humanities, University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is currently Visiting Scholar at the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis (ASCA) – Cultural and Social Critique research constellation – and the Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies (ACGS), University of Amsterdam.

Within the field of cultural studies, her area of specialization is postcolonial studies, with an emphasis on the representations of alterity in the cultural industries and reception in the global cultural marketplace. Alongside her interests in Victorian afterlives (the global/postcolonial dimensions of Victorianism and neo-Victorianism), visual culture and critical theory (the theorization of aesthetics by the Frankfurt School), and Indian cinema and literature in English, she has recently been pursuing research in contemporary visual arts and celebrity (with Nalini Malani, Banksy, and Vhils as case studies). Her publications include the collection Re-Orientalism and South Asian Identity (Routledge 2011) and Salman Rushdie and Visual Culture (Routledge 2012), the monograph Salman Rushdie in the Cultural Marketplace (Ashgate-Routledge, 2013) and Walls and Fortresses: Borderscapes and the Cinematic Imaginary (2015), a special issue of Transnational Cinemas. She is co-editing the special issue “New Directions in Rushdie Studies” of The Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2017) and the collection Victorians Like Us: Domestic Intimacies, Public Performances. She has published articles in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Third Text, Interventions and Adaptation, and served as peer-reviewer for numerous journals. The monograph based on her MA dissertation received the 2008 Fernando de Mello Moser Literary Essay Prize from the APEAA (Portuguese Association for Anglo-American Studies) and the monograph based on her PhD thesis was Shortlisted for the 2014 Book Awards for Junior Scholars, Cultural Studies in English, ESSE (European Society for the Study of English).

Ana Cristina Mendes is conference chair of the upcoming conference “David Bowie Interart |text|media” which calls for an examination of Bowie’s oeuvre and its global legacies across the many media platforms and art spheres his creative output intersects with (more information at http://davidbowieconference.org/). As a result of her collaboration in research projects, she possesses established connections with international research networks, such as the Postcolonial Studies Initiative (PCI) (Utrecht University), the Network for Migration and Culture (NMC-University of Copenhagen) and the Memory Studies Platform (Goethe University). She is on the Conference Committee of the Postcolonial Studies Association (PSA).

If elected for the Board, as a representative from Western and Southern Europe, you would have her enthusiasm, energy and commitment to expand the role of the ACS in her region and worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.ulices.org/english-culture/ana-cristina-mendes.html.

Kris Rutten

Hereby I would like to stand for election for the new term of the ACS Board. I studied Art History and Comparative Cultural Studies, and obtained a PhD in Educational Sciences with a dissertation on the rhetorical and narrative turn in education. I am currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Educational Studies of Ghent University and specifically within the research group Culture & Education. My main research interests are (new) rhetoric, cultural studies, literacy studies, educational theory and the ethnographic turn in contemporary art. I received the KBS Emerging Scholar Award at the 9th triennial conference of the Kenneth Burke Society (St. Louis, July 2014). I am lecturer-in-charge for Cultural Studies and co-lecturer for Culture and Education and Qualitative Research Methods and Interpretation. I provide teaching support for Culture, Media and Education and Teaching Methodology: Behavioural and Social Sciences. I was a visiting scholar at the Department of Education of the University of Bath (January, 2009), at the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education of the University of British Columbia (November-December, 2010), at the School of Education/ Laboratory for Educational Theory of the University of Stirling (January-February, 2012) and at the Institute of Education and Society of the University of Luxemburg (January-February, 2014). For international VLIR and VVOB projects on capacity building I have been conducting workshops on Qualitative Research Methods in Mozambique, South Africa and Ecuador. I was chair of the first ACS Summer Institute on Critical Literacies (2011) and was faculty at the subsequent ACS Institutes in Klagenfurt (2013) and Bloemfontein (2015). I am a guest editor of a number of special issues of scholarly journals and I edited books for academic presses that have led to the current research programme. I guest edited for example special issues of the International Journal of Cultural Studies (on Cultural Studies and Critical Literacies). I am member of the editorial board of Critical Arts and specifically the editor of an annual themed issue on ethnography. As a member of the ACS Board I hope to continue my engagement as a scholar within the field of Cultural Studies and specifically to keep supporting the biannual ACS Institutes which according to me are important events for junior and emerging scholars within the academic field of Cultural Studies.

Rainer Winter

Rainer Winter is Professor of Media and Cultural Theory at the Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt in Austria. He studied Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology at the universities of Trier and Frankfurt/M. (Germany). He took his phd in Sociology at University of Trier and his “Habilitation” at RWTH Aachen University. He had guest professorships at the Capital Normal University Beijing and the Shanghai International Studies University. In 2012 he became adjunct professor of Charles Sturt University Sydney. He is the editor of the book series “Cultural Studies” (Transcript) and on the editorial board of “Cultural Studies” (Routledge) and “European Journal of Cultural Studies” (Sage). Further he is the chair of the section Sociology of Media and Communications in the German Sociological Association. In 2005 he organized the international conference “The Landscapes of Cultural Studies” and in 2013 he hosted the 2nd ACS Institute under the theme “The Sights/Sites of Cultural Studies” in Klagenfurt. Rainer already gave a talk at the very first Crossroads in Cultural Studies and ever since. Besides many other conferences, workshops and sessions he organized together with Huimin Jin and Mike Featherstone in 2011 a symposium on “Property, Aestheticization and Global Cultural Studies” at Shanghai International Studies University. Rainer was one of was one of the first and most prominent to make the cultural studies approach in a Birmingham spirit popular in German speaking countries with own publications, editions and translations of major texts in the field by Stuart Hall, Ien Ang and many others. He published widely on cultural studies and media studies. He is the author of “Der produktive Zuschauer [The Productive Spectator]“ (2nd ed. Herbert von Halem 2010) and „Die Kunst des Eigensinns [The Art of Obstinacy]. Cultural Studies als Kritik der Macht. (Velbrueck Wissenschaft 2001) and „Widerstand im Netz“ [Resistance on the Web] (Transcript 2010). He is the editor besides others of “Die Zukunft der Cultural Studies” [The Future of Cultural Studies] (Transcript 2011, chin. translation Renmin University Press 2012), “Transnationale Serienkulturen” [Transnational Serial Culture] (together with Susanne Eichner & Lothar Mikos, Springer VS 2013), “Global America? The Cultural Consequences of Globalization” (together with Ulrich Beck & Nathan Sznaider, Liverpool University Press 2003, chin. Translation Henan University Press 2012), “Kultur, Medien, Macht” [Culture, Media, Power] (together with Andreas Hepp, 4th ed. Springer VS 2008), “Widerspenstige Kulturen” [Unruly Cultures] (together with Karl H. Hoerning, Suhrkamp 1999). Further he edited anthologies of Norman Denzin, John Fiske, Lawrence Grossberg and Douglas Kellner. Currently he is involved in projects on television serials, mobile games, sociology of film and Jacques Rancière’s politics of aesthetics. For more information, see http://rainerwinter.net

Marta Cabrera

Associate Professor
Department of Cultural Studies
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá – Colombia

Cultural Studies have been institutionalized in Latin America since the late 1990s-early 2000s. Since then, the public interest in the field has grown and new challenges have emerged. Postgraduate programs (such as the one at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, which was pioneer in Colombia and one of the first ones in Latin America) need to undertake serious assessments of their developments at these point in time and confront the challenges that have emerged along the way – how to uphold the political relevance of these programs within the neoliberal University, how to expand our dialogue beyond our region, how to disseminate our regional intellectual production – among other issues. In this regard, the establishment and/or reinforcement of north-south and south-south networks, as well as a widening of our local conversations are key issues. For these reasons, I would like to nominate myself as a representative of the region of Latin America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean to the board of the international Association for Cultural Studies.

Anne Kristiina Kurjenoja Lounassaari

Anne Kristiina Kurjenoja is Associate Professor of the Department of Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as of the Ph.D Program in Creation and Culture Theories of the Department of Philosophy, Literature and Art History in the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico (UDLAP). She has M.Sc in Architecture in the area of Housing of the University of Technology of Helsinki, Finland (1986), and Ph.D in Creation and Culture Theories of the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, in the area of the History of Contemporary Architecture, (Magna Cum Laude). Her Ph.D thesis was titled “Architecture Seen through Female Eyes. The Body as a New Sensible Centrality” (2010).

In the area of international educational cooperation, she has been the Local Coordinator of the Virtual Design Studio with Texas A&M University (2000-2005) and with Ball State University, Indiana (2006-2011). Besides this she has directed groups of architectural students participating in the summer seminar titled “Architecture, Our Environment and The Poetics of Water”, in the University of Stanford, California (2001), in the “Living Hope”-project also with the University of Stanford, of the architectural design and construction of an asylum for abandoned children in Cholula, Puebla (2000-2001) and in the Landscape Design Workshop with the University of Montreal, Canada, of the design of urban voids of Montreal (2005-2006).

She has participation in the following research projects: “National and Global Repositioning of Mexican Cities to Transnational Problems: Energy, Environment, Migration and Urban Security and Culture” (2016-2017); “City, Capital and Culture: Trends and Strategies of Urban Development in Puebla” (2014-2016) and “Streetscape+Soundscape: Aural Architecture of an Urban Geography” (2011-2014) with María Emilia Ismael Simental, Ph.D and “Epistemologies Beyond the Text. Cultural Practices of the Information Age” (2014-2016). Besides the projects mentioned, she also belongs to the following research networks: Latin American Network of Graduate Studies on Culture (RELAPEC), Globalopolis Network and LAC Investigation Consortium between Finnish and Latin American Universities and research teams.

Her most recent articles in peer-reviewed journals and congress proceedings are “Ciudad como imagen: Xanenentla, Puebla, México, la ‘Ciudad Mural’” (“The City as an Image: Xanenentla, Puebla, Mexico, the ‘Mural City'”) (2015) with Ismael, M.E. in Revista Internacional de Humanidades; “Cultural Processes, Social Change and Education for Development” (2015), with Azor Hernández, I., in Procedia Journal of Social and Behavioral Science, vol.174; “The Subaltern Knowledge of the Urban Space: Contesting Architectural Learning and Understanding” (2014), in INTED 2014, 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference Proceedings; and “El espacio subalterno de Xanenetla y Xonaca: Estudios sobre la identidad urbana postcolonial en Puebla.” (“The Subaltern Space of Xanenetla and Xonaca: Studies on the Postcolonial Urban Identity in Puebla”) (2013) with Ismael, M.E., in Revista Internacional de Humanidades, vol. 2, no.1,; and chapters in books: “La participación de la mujer en la arquitectura del hombre. Repensar el espacio habitable desde la óptica femenina” (“Women in Male Architecture. Rethinking the Habitable Space from the Female Perspective.”) (2015) in M.D. Cuecuecha Mendoza, M.E. Jaime Espinosa (coord.) Estudios de género. La perspectiva de las Humanidades en México (Gender Studies. From the Perspective of the Humanities in Mexico.); “La narrativa espacial de los cuerpos femeninos” (“The Spatial Narrative of Female Bodies”) (2015), in C. Ríos and L. Elizalde (coord.). Cuadernos AMEST: Estética de las imágenes y sus representaciones sociales (AMEST Booklets: Aesthetics of Images and Their Social Representations, no. 3); “Narratividad no textual: el cuerpo subalterno en los murales de Xanenetla.” (“Non-Textual Narrative: the Subordinate Body in the Murals of Xanenetla.”) (2014) with Ismael, M.E., in Kunz M. and C. Mondragon (eds.). Nuevas Narrativas Mexicanas 2: Desde la Diversidad, (New Mexican Narratives 2: from the Diversity), besides following book chapters in press: “Design Art, políticas de la cultura material y re significación de un objeto” (“Design Art, Material Culture and Resignification of an Object”. in A. López Cuenca, M. Torres and L. Grijalva (eds.), El lugar de la creación hoy: conocimiento, ética, política y tecnología. (The Place of Creative Practices Today: Knowledge Making, Ethics, Politics and Technology) and “Puebla, ¿Ciudad creativa ó Inteligente?” (“Puebla, Creative or Smart City?”.) with Ismael M.E. in M.E. Ismael, A. Cordero and A.K. Kurjenoja, (eds.), Puebla, Ciudad, Capital y Cultura (Puebla, City, Capital and Culture).

Her most recent paper presentations have been “Puebla, ¿Ciudad creativa ó Inteligente?” (“Puebla, Creative or Smart City?”.) (2016) with Ismael, M.E. in the III Jornada Puebla, Ciudad, Capital y Cultura (the III Puebla, City, Capital and Culture-Day), Puebla. “La etnografía en el Land Art finlandés” (“Ethnography in the Finnish Land Art”. Keynote Speaker, in the V Coloquio Acercamientos Interartísticos. El Autor en las Artes Visuales y la Literatura (the V Colloquium of Interartistic Approaches. The Author in Visual Arts and Literature) in the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca and “Urbanismo ilegítimo: The American Dream y otros sueños en las comunidades peri-urbanas poblanas” (“Illegitimate Urbanism: The American Dream and Other Fantasies in the Peri-urban Communities of Puebla”.) (2014) with Ismael, M.E and Meza, E. in the I Congreso: Cultura en América Latina: Prácticas, significados, cartografías y discusiones (the I Congress: Culture in Latin America: Practices, Meanings, Cartographies and Discussions) in Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes.

Personal statement
Culture, in its most wide meaning, has evidently began to occupy a significant role in our globalized world as a connecting piece between areas so distant from each other as high arts, politics, technology and economics. Terms like orange economics, cultural and creative industries, art markets, cultural tourism, etc. are appearing as descriptions of new driving forces of the economic development, meanwhile ethno-cultural conflicts have converted into focus points in the world politics through the uncontrolled migratory flows and transboundary frictions between nations. Cultural studies have also had to be more transdisciplinary to be able to respond to the local needs in the global world.

Which is my location in the middle of this myriad of new focus points and dimensions in cultural studies? What could be my contribution to the work of Cultural Studies Association? Two of my areas of interest form a kind of pair of opposites and the third one a connector between them. As seen from my biographical notes, I have done research work in the area of urban culture, especially focused on the peripheral urbanities, and the impact of technocratic urban development and public politics molded by economic forces of globalization to their local popular cultures having the gentrification as their main manifestation. On the opposite side of my interests, there is the contemporary object culture and especially the resignification of places and individuals through objects and artifacts, the designed image of which, their brand, has converted to the sign of the socio-economic value of persons, communities and even nations. And finally, as a kind of connecting issue, there is my interest in subordinated groups and especially women and their cultural agency in the two before mentioned areas; the empowerment of women through the cultural niches considered marginal areas and those of less importance by the Modern Movement of the XX Century, and which in the globalized economy and its creative industries have found themselves in the core of the new creative economy, such as interior, industrial and textile design, among others. Thus, my interest to be an ACS Board Member is to foster transdisciplinary research and research networks in order to be able to contribute to the reinforcement of the extension of cultural studies to new, critical areas that have a direct impact in the development of diverse human communities and their cultures.

Among the distinctions granted for her, there is the selection of her research project with Ismael, M.E.: “City, Capital and Culture: Tendencies and Strategies of Urban Development in Puebla”, as the representative of UDLAP, to obtain the recognition of the American Chamber of Commerce as a Corporation with Social Commitment (2015). In 2006 and 2008 she was granted with Sketch06 (bronze medal) and 08 (gold medal) Architectural Design Awards by the GVA Foundation for her achievements in the teaching of landscape architecture and the project directed by her, titled “From the Bronze Age to the Cyber Space”, was one of the representatives of Mexico in the competition Celebration of Cities of the International Union of Architects (UIA), and exposed in Paris in 2004.

Ahtziri Molina

Researcher at Centro de Estudios en Artes CECDA. Universidad Veracruzana, México.

On this occasion I´m standing for re-election as a board member representing Latin-America. The main reasons why I am running again is because I consider that until recent times, our continent had been underrepresented and it was only until the previous election the four possible members of the region were elected. At this time other three colleagues and I had the chance to bring in the Latin American voices to the ACS board. The main actions that were taken at this time were bringing relevant themes of our realities into the Crossroads Conference in Tampere 2014, as well as demanding diversity in the keynote speakers and grants for the continent for the conference and the summer institutes.

Personally I participated actively on the planning of the previous institute and the one coming up in Chicago. I also had an active role discussing the changes to the bylaws of the ACS, the same that will enhance more chances for diversity and wider representation.

My research topics in cultural management and cultural policy have led me to be part of such networks in the continent, so over the years I have acquired a good knowledge of the field in our countries. This I see it as a chance to enhance the presence of the ACS in Latin America as well as viceversa, to enhance the presence of Latin America in the ACS. There are always things to be done, one of them would be to bring the Crossroads conference or the Institute to Latin America, to exchange views on how and why Cultural Studies are done as well as to exchange visions, experiences and reasons to do them.

Rebeca Padilla

Colleagues of my university asked me to postulate as a regional repesentative candidate for Latin America and Spanish-speaking Carribean for ACS. I have accepted because Latin american academics can enrich this association due to their strong intelectual tradition, experience in the study of culture and power, and the interesting and challenging scenario in which we live, research and teach. I am interested in contributing to a more visible participation of this region in this solid international association and particularly in promoting it among developing young researchers. I studied my Master and Ph. D. degree in the sociocultural perspective of communication studies at the Universidad de Guadalajara and the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores, ITESO in Mexico.

My academic interests are centered in the political and sociocultural analysis of media practices, studying soap opera audiences, gender identities, media and citizen´s geographies, young people´s political practices on the internet and information and communication technologies for development and social change. The Consejo Nacional para la Ciencia y Tecnología, National Council for Science and Technology has awarded me with a level 2 as a member of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores, National System of Researchers. I am a full time professor and researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes in pregraduate and graduate programs in communication and culture and part of the basic academic staff of the doctoral program of Sociocultural Studies which is a member of the Latin American Network of Graduate Studies in Cultural Studies. I participated with this network in the organization commitee of the First Congress of Culture in Latin America and have been active in the Mexican Association of Communication Researchers as representative of the western and center region of my country, vicepresident and as editor of its annual publication. I will commit to articulate my academic networks to strengthen those of the ACS in my region.

Rosario Radakovich

DR. ROSARIO RADAKOVICH (CV)- Rosario Radakovich is Associate Professor at the ‘Universidad de la República’ (UDELAR) in Uruguay. She is Phd in Sociology at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Also she has an specialization in “Audiovisual Content in the Digital Era” in the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB) in Spain and “International Studies” in the Universidad de la República (UDELAR), Uruguay. She is researcher of the National Agency of Innovation and Research (ANNI), Level I. Dr. Radakovich is researcher in cultural consumption patterns, creative industries and public media in Uruguay. Since 2010, she is leading researcher in the “Audiovisual Creative Industries and Cultural Consumption Research Group” (Crea) in the Information and Communication Faculty (FIC) at the Universidad de la República (UDELAR) working about moviegoers, cinephilia and cinema industry. Since 2015 she is also co-coordinator in “Cultural Policies in the XXI Century Uruguay” research project (Crea + Obupoc) supported by Research Scientific Council (CSIC) at the Universidad de la República. From 2002 she is part of the Cultural Policies Observatory in the same university. She is professor in the Master of Information and Communication and Posgraduate Course about “Cultural consumption in the Río de la Plata” in the Latin American Social Sciences Council (CLACSO) virtual seminars. She has written the books “Television territories”(2004) and “Cultural portrait”(2011) and several articles in journals and chapters in books as “Innovative creative industries in Uruguay” (Radakovich et al, 2014), “Mapping Digital Media Uruguay” (Radakovich et al, 2014), “Imaginaries and cultural consumption of the Uruguayans” (Achugar et al: 2002, Dominzaín et al: 2009, Dominzaín and Radakovich et al, 2015), “Women’s cultural consumption in Uruguay” (Dominzaín et al: 2011), “Cultural regions in Uruguay” (Arocena et al: 2011), among others. Dr. Radakovich currently serves on the boards and editorial collectives of several academic associations, journals and institutions including ACS. She is part of the ACS in the last twelve years. E-mail: rosario_radakovich@yahoo.comrosario.radakovich@fic.edu.uy

Mark Hayward

This will be my second term as a member of the ACS board and it would be a great privilege to serve for another four years. As an international organization, the ACS is uniquely positioned to encourage dialogue and engagement between researchers, artists and activists who identify in some way with the project of Cultural Studies. To this end, I am committed to continue the board’s initiatives to ensuring that the ACS’s activities remain accessible to as many individuals as possible. With the goal of encouraging this openness, I am also interested in helping the board to improve relations between ACS and various national organizations that also work to promote Cultural Studies research. Finally, I look forward to contributing to the ongoing development of the Cultural Studies Institute as an important counterpart to the Crossroads conferences with the goal of bringing one of these events to North America in the near future.

Matt Jordan

Matt Jordan
Associate Professor, Media Studies
Penn State University
USA

Over the past four years, I have had the privilege of serving as one of the representatives on the Board from North America. During that time, I have gained important institutional knowledge about the ACS, its bylaws, its challenges and its aspirations. I served as a faculty at the last ACS Summer Institute in Bloemfontein, SA, where I learned how unique and valuable the institute is. I look forward to using this experiential knowledge to helping the Board grow the Association and be more responsive to the needs and concerns of its members.

Sonjah Stanley Niaah

The inaugural Rhodes Trust Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies (2005) and a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI) at Mona, Sonjah Stanley Niaah currently heads the UWI’s Institute of Caribbean Studies, and is a leading author, teacher and researcher on Black Atlantic performance geographies, popular culture and the sacred, and Caribbean Cultural Studies more broadly. She is the author of Reggae Pilgrims: Festivals and the Movement of Jah People (forthcoming Rowman and Littlefield Int’l), Dancehall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto (2010, University of Ottawa Press), and editor of “I’m Broader than Broadway: Caribbean Perspectives on Producing Celebrity’ (Wadabagei, Vol. 12: 2, 2009). Dr Stanley Niaah currently serves as Vice Chair of the international Association for Cultural Studies for which she coordinated the first conference held in the South at the UWI (2008). A Jamaican nationalist and Caribbean regionalist at heart, she is involved in efforts to promote national and regional development through her past work as Assistant Chief Examiner for the Caribbean Examination Council Advanced Proficiency Examination in Caribbean Studies, service in the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture and recent service on boards such as that of the Museums Division of the Institute of Jamaica. This continued in her recent secondment to JAMPRO (2014/15) where work on the State of the Music Initiative she commenced in 2014 was advanced in the Creative Industries Unit. Her contribution to the areas of culture and entertainment continues also in her service as a director / board member on the National Entertainment Advisory Board, Edna Manley College of the Visual & Performing Arts, and the Monitoring and Content Committee of the Broadcasting Commission, Jamaica. Dr Stanley Niaah currently serves on the boards and editorial collectives of numerous academic associations, journals and institutions including Cultural Studies and DanceCult.

Fan Yang

Fan Yang is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). As an interdisciplinary scholar of culture and globalization, Yang would bring to the ACS board a distinct transnational profile in both research and personal experiences. She hopes to further promote the border-crossing activities and exchanges to which ACS has been dedicated over the years.

Yang became a member of the Association for Cultural Studies (ACS) in 2010, a year before she finished her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from George Mason University – the first stand-alone Ph.D. program of this kind in the U.S. (There, she was the recipient of a High Potential Fellowship.) Yang has participated as a presenter and panel organizer at the Crossroads in Cultural Studies conferences in Hong Kong (2010), Paris (2012), and Tampere (2014). After attending the second ACS Institute in Klagenfurt, Austria in 2013, Yang went on to direct a seminar, “China and/in Globalization,” at the following institute in Bloemfontein, South Africa in December, 2015. In all of these events and many others, Yang has built and facilitated alliances among scholars from different nations and continents as well as disciplines. As a member of the ACS board, Yang will seek to expand the ACS’s role as an important node for nurturing such transnational and trans- disciplinary networks.

Yang’s scholarship crisscrosses such diverse fields as cultural studies, global studies, Chinese media studies, visual culture, and increasingly, (Asian) American studies. As a Chinese-born scholar working in the United States, Yang has long been interested in broadening the (Euro-American) scope of cultural studies. Her first book, Faked in China: Nation Branding, Counterfeit Culture, and Globalization (2015), is a critical account of China’s cultural transformation after its 2001 entry into the World Trade Organization. Yang’s analyses of wide-ranging artifacts, practices, and discourses in transnational circulation make a unique contribution to globalization studies by bringing the project of decolonization closer to the postsocialist Chinese context.

Yang’s articles on branding and space, internet culture, and transnational television have appeared in Theory, Culture & Society, New Media & Society, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, among other international journals. She also has several pieces on Chinese media and urban cultures forthcoming in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Verge: Studies in Global Asias, and positions: asia critique. With this track record, Yang would be in a good position to encourage more collaborations in the field, especially by creating more opportunities for scholars from the global south and/or the non-English-speaking world to present their work. She is currently looking to bring together a group of researchers from India, Argentina, South Africa, North America, and other locales to contribute to a special journal issue that critically examines China’s increased presence in the global south. This is an example of the kinds of critical dialogue that Yang will aim to foster, by bringing cultural studies perspectives to bear on “China’s rise” in contemporary globalization while mobilizing “China” as an impetus for further globalizing cultural studies.

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