Nico Carpentier is Extraordinary Professor at Charles University in Prague; he also holds part-time positions at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB - Free University of Brussels), as Associate Professor, and at Uppsala University, as Senior Researcher. Moreover, he is a Research Fellow at the Cyprus University of Technology and Loughborough University. Earlier, he was IAMCR Audience Section Chair (2010-2012), ECREA Treasurer (2005-2012) and Vice-President (2008-2012), IAMCR Treasurer (2012-2016) and IAMCR Participatory Communication Section Chair (2016-2020). Currently, he is IAMCR president. His latest books are The Discursive-Material Knot: Cyprus in Conflict and Community Media Participation (2017, Peter Lang, New York); Cyprus and its Conflicts. Representations, Materialities, and Cultures (2018, co-edited), Critical Perspectives on Media, Power and Change (2018, co-edited), Respublika! Experiments in the Performance of Participation and Democracy (2019, edited), Communication and Discourse Theory (2019, co-edited) and Communication as the Intersection of the Old and the New (2019, co-edited).
Athina Karatzogianni is a Professor in media and communication at the University of Leicester. She is currently Principal Investigator for the H2020 DigiGen The Impact of Technological Transformations on the Digital Generation, leading work on ICT and the transformation of civic participation (2019-2022). Her most recent book is Platform Economics: Rhetoric and Reality the "Sharing Economy", co-authored with Cristiano Codagnone and Jacob Matthews (Emerald, 2018).
Marco Briziarelli studies critical approaches to media and communication, especially as these fields intersect with broader issues in political and social theory, intellectual and cultural history. Dr. Briziarelli is currently interested in media and social movements, critical conceptualization of digital labor, and left wing populism. His work has appeared in Communciation and Critical/Cultural Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Triple C, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Journalism, and in many edited volumes. He is the author of several books: The Red Brigades and the Discourse of Violence: Revolution and Restoration, Gramsci, Communication and Social Change, and soon to be published Spectacle 2.0: Reading Debord in the Context of Informationalism Capitalism; Podemos and New Political Cycle.
Susana Martinez is an Associate Professor in the department of Communication at the University of New Mexico, USA, and affiliate faculty with the Latin American and Iberian Institute, also at UNM. She currently serves on the executive board of EDiSO (Association of Studies in Discourse and Society https://www.edisoportal.org). In her research, she draws on discourse studies and cultural studies to study the ideological dimensions of institutional, mediated, and everyday practices in relation to immigration, place, space, social movements (anti)racism, multilingualism, and their connection to material conditions.
Nikos Smyrnaios is an Associate Professor at the University of Toulouse, France where he teaches theory, history, sociology and economics of the media and the internet. Born in Athens, Greece, in 1976, he obtained a PhD in Information and Communication Sciences from the University of Grenoble, France. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in English, French and Greek and has presented at international conferences on the political economy of communication, digital journalism and the political use of social media. He is the author of Internet Oligopoly: The Corporate Takeover of Our Digital World, Emerald, 2018.
Nello Barile is Associate Professor teaching Sociology of Media and Digital media management at IULM University of Milan where he coordinated for 6 years the Master programme in Creativity Management. He holds a PhD in Communication at University of Rome “La Sapienza”. He published several books in Italy and articles and short essays in France, Brazil, Russia, Germany, Spain and USA. Such as: "The Automation of Taste: A Theoretical Exploration of Mobile ICTs and Social Robots in the Context of Music Consumption" (Springer 2015).