John Postill is an anthropologist who specialises in the study of media. He is Senior Lecturer in Media at Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and Fellow of the Digital Anthropology Programme, University College London (UCL). He is the author of Media and Nation Building (2006) and Localizing the Internet (forthcoming) and co-editor, with Birgit Bräuchler, of Theorizing Media and Practice (in press).
Anthropologist (BA, MA, PhD). Postdoctoral researcher at C3RI (Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute), Sheffield Hallam University (UK). Lecturer in Anthropology at University of Chile. Fulbright Fellow. Pre-doctoral studies Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania (USA). Director of the journal “Cinta de Moebio” devoted to social science epistemology.
Elisenda Ardévol is a social and cultural anthropologist. She is Senior Lecturer at the Arts and Humanities Department, Open University of Catalonia (UOC), Spain, and collaborates in the Master and PhD Interdisciplinary Program on the Information and Knowledge Society, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN·3-UOC). Current research lines in media anthropology and digital ethnography.
Bart Barendregt is lecturer at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University, where he teaches classes on media anthropology, information technology and development as well as Southeast Asian Studies. At present he is coordinator of the research project ‘Articulating Modernity: The Making of Popular Music in 20th Century Southeast Asia and the Rise of New Audiences’. As a senior researcher he is affiliated to the Leiden comparative project ‘the Future is Elsewhere: Towards a Comparative History of the Futurities of the Digital (R)evolution’, in which he focuses on Islamic perspectives on the Information Society as well as on fair technology in a Southeast Asian context.
Hisham Bilal is Lecturer in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Khartoum, in Sudan. He gained a MSc in 2007 and is currently preparing for PhD research. He is interested in the interaction between society and technology, specifically the mobile phone. His prospective field site is Karima, a town in Northern Sudan where mobile phones were introduced in 2003.
Philipp Budka is a social and cultural anthropologist interested in media and communication technologies, transnationalism, social and cultural theory, ethnicity, concepts of sociality, production and transfer of knowledge, and ethnographic methods. He is PhD candidate and part-time lecturer with the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology as well as employee at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Vienna, Austria. Currently he is doing work in a variety of fields such as Northwestern Ontario, Canada, several internet environments, and the University of Vienna.
Heather A. Horst
Heather A. Horst is sociocultural anthropologist at the UC Humanities Research Institute <http://uchri.org/>, University of California, Irvine. Her research focuses upon the new media, migration and material culture. She is the co-author of The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication (with Daniel Miller) and Hanging Out, Messing Around and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with Digital Media (with Mizuko Ito, et. al.). She is currently working on a manuscript that explores youth, new media and changes in domestic life.
Eleanor Lockley (BA, MA, PhD). Post-doctoral researcher at C3RI (Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute), Sheffield Hallam University (UK). She has conducted a sociological study of UK public and private mobile phone use and co-authored Moments of Separation: Gender, (Not So Remote) Relationships, and the Cell Phone with Simeon Yates in 2007 and Usability Evaluation of OpenWeb Transcoding in 2009 with Roast et al.
Stephanie Ludwig is cultural and social anthropologist (University of Vienna) specialized in media and economic anthropology. She carried out ethnographic field research on socio-economic impacts of mobile financial services on low-income entrepreneurs in Kenya. Stephanie holds a Master’s in Business (University of Applied Sciences, Campus Vienna; Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires), with specialization on marketing and communication. Currently she combines her experience in both fields by working for a global management consultancy analysing markets, players and processes in the field of mobile financial services. Stephanie studied, researched and worked in Europe, Latin America and Eastern Africa.
Daniel Miller is Professor of Material Culture at the Department of Anthropology, University College London. He has worked on new media for a considerable time. He published the pioneering volume The Internet: An Ethnographic Approach with Don Slater in 2000, and subsequently The Cell Phone: An Anthropology of Communication with Heather Horst in 2006. He has recently completed a manuscript based on a study of Facebook. In addition, with Mirca Madianou of Cambridge he is carrying out a comparative study of new media and long-distance relationships in Trinidad and the Philippines.
Katrien Pype holds a PhD in social and cultural anthropology. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher (Marie Curie IOF), working at the Science, Technology & Society Program at MIT (USA), where she is studying the interfaces of ICTs and the lifeworlds of old aged in Kinshasa. In her previous projects, she analyzed the production of evangelizing TV drama, and also memory, propaganda and TV journalism in Kinshasa. Her findings have been published in journals such as Journal of African Media Studies, Africa, Visual Anthropology, Journal of Southern African Studies and Journal of Modern African Studies. A monograph on Kinshasa’s TV series is forthcoming with Berghahn Books.