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".

Anna WIEHL (University of Bayreuth, Germany)

Dr. Anna Wiehl has been a lecturer and research assistant at the University of Bayreuth, Germany, and has been a research fellow with i-docs at the Digital Cultures Research Centre, the University of the West of England, Bristol. Her transdisciplinary research focuses on documentary theory, digital media cultures, interactive and participatory medial practices and epistemic media. Apart from her academic career, Anna has worked among others for ARTE and the German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk. In 2010, she received her Ph.D. in the international program Cultural Encounters, from 2017 to 2019, she directed a research project on interactive documentary with the title New Documentary Networks and Worknets. Emerging Practices of Participation and Co-Creation in Interactive Documentary Ecologies, and in 2019, she finished her habilitation project The 'New' Documentary Nexus. Networked|Networking in interactive assemblages. Currently, she is leading a research network on The Documentary and the Digital.

Stefano ODORICO (Leeds Trinity University, UK)

Dr. Stefano Odorico is a Reader in Contemporary Screen Media at Leeds Trinity University where he is the director of IRIS (International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling). He has published numerous works on film and media theory and practice, documentary studies, and interactive documentaries. He is the vice-chair of the MeCCSA (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association) practice network and he is a co-founder and member of the editorial team of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media. He is currently collaborating with Dr. Judith Aston on a project focusing on polyphonic documentary theory and practice.


Irina LYUBCHENKO (Independent Scholar, Canada)

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.