Organizing Committee


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Hudson MOURA Chair (Ryerson University, Canada)

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Hudson Moura is a lecturer on film, new media, and global justice at the Department of Politics and Public Administration and an associate faculty at the Immigration and Settlement Studies Program at Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University. His scholarly work has been presented in numerous international conferences and published in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. Currently, he is writing a book on refugees in films. As a documentarian, his films portray artists, writers, and culture. He served as a film programmer for several film festivals in Toronto. He has also facilitated numerous hands-on workshops on documentary, mobile filming, and video editing in universities and film festivals. He is a member of the Betinho Project Group, which aims to promote human rights and participatory democratic processes and against hunger. He chairs the Interactive Narratives and Interculturality on Film and Media Research Group, focusing on the politics of race, migration, gender, and minorities (Indigenous, Black, anti-racist trans- feminist and queer) related to technology, media, and digital practices. In addition, he is also a co-founder of the Cabra Audiovisual Collective, which purpose is defending democratic values, free speech, and citizenship through audiovisual production.

Heidi Rae COOLEY (The University of Texas at Dallas, USA)

Heidi Rae Cooley is an associate professor and serves as co-director of the Public Interactives Research Lab at The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas. Cooley investigates what it means to live in an age when mobile devices have become our partners, when our accessories keep track of our steps toward optimal health, when the landscapes around us are ever “smarter” and more responsive to our movements. Instead of interpreting mobile media as surveillance apparatuses, freedom machines, or both, she considers the routine practices—that is, habits—they engender and revise. To explore habit-change in the mobile connected present, she has collaborated with interdisciplinary teams to design geo-locative software applications that present unacknowledged histories of place (see: Cooley’s first book, Finding Augusta: Habits of Mobility and Governance in the Digital Era (2014), along with its digital supplement Augusta App, received the 2015 Anne Friedberg Innovative Scholarship Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. More recently, Cooley has been developing an interactive koi fish project that explores the relationship between delight and engagement in order to consider how to cultivate a community of participants—or interpreters—who maintain the “life” of the digital fish. The project serves as the basis for her new book, ”How to Play Nice,” which offers insights regarding collaboration.

Sonia Regina CUNHA (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)

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Dr. Sonia Regina Soares da Cunha holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences (USP, Brazil), and a Master's Degree in Media Studies (UFRN), and received the award from the Creative Economy Secretariat of the Brazilian Ministry of Culture for her dissertation on the film's production with Northeastern culture content. TV news journalist with several awards, including Creativity and Social Responsibility (ABTA/NEOTV). Documentary screenwriter for television at Derby University, UK. Audiovisual Producer and Educator at IORTVE, Spain. Former president of the Brazilian Association of Documentary Filmmakers (ABDeC-RN). Professor of Radio, and TV Scriptwriting at USP, and at DECOM/UFRN. Developer of audio description (subtitling of films for people with low visual acuity) and conversational flow for chatbots. Brazilian CNPq researcher for USP's 'Epistemology of Social Dialogue' group. Author of "The News Narratives on TV: From the Verbal to the Digital Code and from the Biological to the Cultural".

Greg ELMER (Ryerson University, Canada)


Dr. Greg Elmer (Ph.D., U. of Massachusetts Amherst) is Bell Media Research Chair and Professor of Professional Communication. Dr. Elmer is Director of the Infoscape Research Lab, a 15-year-old unit that serves as a space for collaboration among faculty, post-docs and graduate students. His research focuses on theories of surveillance, financialization and media theory, and also produces documentary films that focus on social movements and political histories. Research: How social media platforms have changed and reconfigured political communications and electoral campaigns, as well as research investigating the role that media and social media play in organizing and reporting on political protest and dissent. Currently writing a book on the financial histories of social media companies. Author/co-authorship: The Permanent Campaign: New Media, New Politics, with G. Langlois & F. McKelvey (Peter Lang, 2012), Infrastructure Critical: Sacrifice at Toronto’s G8/20 Summit, with A. Renzi (ARP, 2014), Preempting Dissent: The Politics of an Inevitable Future, with A. Opel (ARP, 2008), & Profiling Machines: Mapping the Personal Information Economy. (MIT press, 2004). Creative practice: Digital media research software and platform development for researchers and content producers. A digital media producer and interactive and creative commons documentary film-maker. Director of Preempting Dissent (2014) and The Canadian Delegation (2018).

David SWEENEY (The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland)

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Dr. David Sweeney Ph.D. was supervised between FoCI at GSA and GU’s English Literature Department, thesis title ‘Life in the Multiverse: Fictional Worlds, Territorialisation and the Reality of Fiction’. Dr. Sweeney is a Lecturer at the Forum for Critical Inquiry, Glasgow School of Art. His first degree is in English Literature and Language from the University of Glasgow, and his MPhil is in Art and Design in Organisational Context from GSA, thesis title: ‘In the Company of Supermen: Creativity and Collaboration in the American Comic Book Industry’. In addition to GSA Dr. Sweeney has taught in the following institutions: University of Glasgow (Department of English Literature, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Comparative Literature Programme); Forth Valley College, Stirling (Creative Industries, Art & Design, Media & Communications). His main areas of academic interest are Popular culture, Comic books, Science fiction, Utopian fiction, British Cinema, Fan networks and other ‘communities’ of interest. His publications include: ‘I Spy: Mike Leigh and Britpop’ in Devised By Mike Leigh, Marc Di Paolo (ed), Continuum (2013), Scanned Clean: A Critical Guide to the Novels of Michael Marshall Smith (PS Publishing, 2014).


Irina LYUBCHENKO (Independent Scholar, Canada)

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Dr. Irina Lyubchenko (Ph.D. in Communication and Culture at Ryerson). Dr. Lyubchenko is an instructor at the School of Media and Performing Arts, George Brown College.