Kirsten Drotner

Kirsten Drotner is Professor of media studies at the University of Southern Denmark and founding director of DREAM: Danish Research Centre on Education and Advanced Media Materials. Her research interests include audience studies in historical and contemporary perspective; media and information literacies; digital creativities and learning; media ethnography; and digital museum communication. Author or editor of 30 books and numerous academic articles and chapters in edited volumes, her most recent book is Museum communication and social media: The connected museum (edited, with Kim C. Schrøder, Routledge, 2013). She currently serves a chair of the Scientific Committee for the Humanities at Science Europe and is a board member of the Danish Council for Independent Research. Her past research-advice capacities include chairing the Danish Research Council for the Humanities 2005-2009 and being a member of HERA’s joint research programme board and NWO’s Spinoza Committee.She is an elected fellow of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.

Diogo Pires de Aurélio

Diogo Pires Aurélio is Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he has been lecturing, since 1982, in the areas of Communication, Politics and Philosophy. He has also taught at Catholic University and some other universities and academic centres, both in Portugal and abroad. His recent publications include Maquaivel & Herdeiros, (Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 2012); Terrorism: politics, religion and literature (co-ed., Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011); Sovereign Justice: Global Justice in a Word of Nations (co-ed., Berlin /New York, Walter de Gruyter, 2011); Um fio de nada. Ensaio sobre a Tolerância (São Paulo, Martins Fontes, 2010); Representação Política (Lisboa, Livros Horizonte, 2009). As a translator of classics, he was awarded the Prize for Scientific and Technical Translation into Portuguese Language by FCT and Latin Union, 2009, and a Honourable Mention in the same Prize, the same year. Besides his academic activities, he was a journalist (1974-1986), Director of Information at Portuguese Broadcasting Radio Network (RDP:1979-1980), founder and director of Prelo, a cultural magazine (INCM:1983-1990), a member of the board of Portuguese Mint and National Print Office (INCM:1989-1995), President of the Portuguese National Commission for UNESCO (1998-2002), Diário de Notícias’ ombudsman (1998-2001) and Director of the Portuguese National Library (2002-2005). Since 2006 he has been a consultant to the President of the Portuguese Republic.

Kees Brants

Kees Brants is honorary professor at the University of Amsterdam’s School of Communication Research (ASCoR) and professor emeritus of political communication at Leiden University. His research and publications focus on political communication, journalism studies and media policy. Before reading political science and mass communication at the University of Amsterdam, he studied journalism in Utrecht and worked for several years as a reporter for local and national newspapers in the Netherlands. He has published extensively, his latest English-language book being Political Communication in Postmodern Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), edited with Katrin Voltmer. With his wife he shares a, what some call morbid, fascination for the social construction in memory, history and lieux de mémoires of the First World War, about which they wrote two books.

Natalie Fenton

Natalie Fenton is a Professor in Media and Communications and joint Head of Department in the Department of Media and Communication, Goldsmiths, University of London. She is Co-Director of the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre and Co-Director of Goldsmiths Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy. She has published widely on issues relating to news, journalism, civil society, radical politics and new media and is particularly interested in rethinking understandings of public culture, the public sphere and democracy. Her most recent books are, (2010) New Media, Old News: Journalism and Democracy in the Digital Age (ed.) Sage; and (2012) Misunderstanding the Internet (with James Curran and Des Freedman) Routledge. Her next book New Media and Radical Politics will be published by Polity. She is on the Board of Directors of the campaign group Hacked Off and a founding member of the Media Reform Coalition.

Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs is professor at the University of Westminster’s Communication Media Research Institute. He is author of books such as “Social Media: A Critical Introduction”, “Digital Labour and Karl Marx”, “OccupyMedia! The Occupy Movement and Social Media in Crisis Capitalism”, “Foundations of Critical Media and Information Studies” and “Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age”. He edits the journal tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique (, is chair of the European Sociological Association’s Research Network on the Sociology of Communications and Media Research, and has had a leading role in multiple research projects at the European and national level.

Tristan Mattelart

Tristan Mattelart is professor of International Communication at the Department of Culture and Communication of the University of Paris 8. His work focuses on political, social, economic and cultural challenges of media internationalization. He published La mondialisation des médias contre la censure. Tiers monde et audiovisuel sans frontières (2002), Médias, migrations et cultures transnationales (2007), and Piratages audiovisuels. Les voies souterraines de la mondialisation culturelle (2011), as well as different articles and chapters in English.