BARRETO Naraya is a Ph. D. Candidate in communication and culture at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and researcher of CNPQ – National Council of Scientific and Technological Development where she develops research in the area of communications technology and aesthetics, with emphasis on the study of feminist pornography and its political and cultural developments. Integrates the “Technological Imaginary” research group, coordinated by Professor Ieda Tucherman. Also develops activities in NEX- research group for the study of excess in Audiovisual Narratives, coordinated by Professor Mariana Baltar Freire.

COOKE Michèle is Professor of Translation Studies in the Centre of Translation Studies at the University of Vienna, Austria. She holds degrees in French and English Literature and Translation (German, English, French). Her research interests embrace the philosophy of translation, bioethics of intercultural communication and the public understanding of science. She is an author of The Lightning Flash: Language, Longing and the Facts of Life (Translation Happens).  

ELLMITT Michele is a physiotherapist, visual artist and writer. I have participated in and curated art exhibitions in the last twenty years in Mildura and Canberra and had short stories published and read on ABC National. I am currently working on a PhD at the University of Canberra in Communication (Research) after completing a MA: “Reconfiguring family: the politics of love” (2012).

GRATZKE Michael is Professor of German and Comparative Literature as well as Head of School. He previously held a post as Senior Lecturer in German at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. His research focuses on representations of extreme experiences and states of mind such as in masochism, war, and love. He is the author of two monographs (Liebesschmerz und Textlust, 2000) and (Blut und Feuer, 2011). He has widely published on German literature from the 1750s to the present. Authors include Ewald von Kleist, Lessing, Goethe, Heinrich von Kleist, Eichendorff, Sacher-Masoch, Ernst Jünger, Bert Brecht, Heiner Müller, Elfriede Jelinek, Christoph Geiser and Wolfgang Herrndorf. He is currently working on a third book addressing representations of love in 21st century literature written in German, English and Finnish. This project links in with the international, multidisciplinary Love Research Network which he has founded in 2011. He is also German Subject Editor of Forum for Modern Language Studies (Oxford University Press) and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal for Popular Romance Studies which is published online

HAMPTON John G. holds a Masters in Visual Studies – Curatorial Studies from the University of Toronto. He is the Artistic Director of Trinity Square Video and the Curator in Residence at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre. In 2014 he was listed on Blouin Artinfo’s “30 under 30,” and received an Ontario Association of Art Galleries “Exhibition of the Year” award. His writing has appeared in the Journal of Curatorial Studies, Magenta Magazine, Blackflash Magazine, and various exhibition

HOWE Adrian is adjunct research fellow, Socio-legal Studies Centre, Griffith University Australia. Recent publications include: ‘Dramatising Intimate Femicide─Petitions, Plays, Public Engagement (with a Shakespearean Gloss)’, Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, 26, 2014; ‘Fatal Love’, Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity 2(1) 2014; ‘Mastering Emotions or Still Losing Control?—Seeking Public Engagement with Sexual Infidelity Homicide’, Feminist Legal Studies 21(2) 2013; ‘“Red Mist” Homicide Sexual Infidelity and the English Law of Murder (Glossing Titus Andronicus)’ Legal Studies 3, 2013; ‘Enduring Fictions of Possession—Sexual Infidelity and Homicidal Rage in Shakespeare and Late Modernity (glossing Othello)’, Griffith Law Review 21, 2012; ‘A Right to Passions?  Compassion’s Sexed Asymmetry and a Minor Comedy of Errors’ 23(2) Law and Critique 2012.

JANSDOTTER Jenny is a PhD Candidate at Karlstad University, Sweden. She is currently working on a thesis with the work-in-progress title The Mediatization of Intimacy – Academic Nomads in the Digital Age. The research project is empirically based on a narrow-scope qualitative ethnographic study on a group of highly mobile elite academics. Focused topics are the mediated negotiations of close relationships and the re-articulation of home and a sense of belonging in times of physical separation from family and friends. The study encompasses consequences of media dependency for structuring social relations and everyday life, conceptualized as mediatization – a meta-process as proximate to the socio-cultural changes of our times like e.g. globalization and the mobilities turn. The social field of highly mobile academic elites is especially relevant to this social transformation as they establish a forefront for structural and discursive development and thus are co-constitutive of the rapid changes under study. Moreover, the traditionally slow temporal logics of the academic field contrast the accelerating demands for updated knowledge and instantaneous response brought by mediatization, in a way that make these changes particularly proliferate and distinct. Jenny Jansdotter has presented research at international conferences. Additionally, she is producing a documentary film on research related topics that is planned to premiere in 2016.

JANSSON André is Professor in Media and Communication Studies and his research is oriented towards questions of media use, identity and power from an interdisciplinary perspective. His work links various theoretical strands from social phenomenology, human geography and sociology of culture. A particular interest regards the relationship between mediatization processes and the production of social space. Jansson has studied this relationship in relation to a number of contemporary phenomena, such as the post-industrial city, tourism, expatriate lifestyles, surveillance culture and the urban-rural divide. Jansson currently leads the research project Kinetic Élites: The Mediatization of Social Belonging and Close Relationships among Mobile Class Fractions, funded by the Swedish Research Council (2012-2015). Jansson is a board member of the SOM-Institute (Society-Opinion-Media, Gothenburg University) and the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden (ACSIS, Linköping University). He is also a member of Review Panel 3 of Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ), as well as the Sector Committee for the Mediatization of Culture and Everyday Life (RJ). Latest publications: News Media Consumption in the Transmedia Age: Amalgamations, Orientations and Geo-Social Structuration Jansson, André; Lindell, Johan (2015); The Mediatization of Eliteness: New Media and Communicative Doxa in the Field of UN Professionals. Jansson, André (2014); Indispensable Things: On Mediatization, Materiality, and Space Jansson, André (2014).

JYRKIÄINEN Senni is a Ph.D. Candidate in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki. She is researching young expectations of love in Egypt. Her work focusses on gender and sexuality, Islam, youth and social media.

KAPUSTA Nestor D.  MD, PhD is Associate Professor at the Department for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy at the Medical University of Vienna (MUW), where he works as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and leads the Capacity to Love Research Lab ( and Suicide Research Group. His commitment to psychoanalytic theory and the understanding of attitudes towards living and dying started with a career in Suicidology. However, understanding suicidality needs an understanding of those forces that keep us alive. The construct of Capacity to Love derived from psychoanalytic object relations theory provides a framework to understand such inner drives.
Prof. Kapusta is in the scientific advisory board of the Austrian Ministry of Health, which is implementing the National Suicide Prevention Austria (SUPRA) programme. He is the initiator of the open access journal Suicidology Online and is in the editorial board of CRISIS and co-editor of the German Suizidprophylaxe journal. He received several awards, published over 80 papers in international peer-reviewed journals and gives lectures in crisis intervention, psychoanalytic theory and suicide prevention.

KNIGHT Kimberley-Joy is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Sydney node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Her major research project at the CHE analyses the relationship between love, desire, sexuality and marriage in medieval Norway and Iceland (c.1100-1500). In addition, Kimberley is pursuing research on medieval love tokens and a public engagement project entitled ‘Love in Objects’.

KOWALSKA Kinga is an Independent Scholar holding degrees in English Cultures and Literatures and Applied Languages (English and French). Previously involved in studies of Canadian culture and literature, she was president of the Canadian Studies Student Circle at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia. Currently, as an alt-ac and acafan, her academic interests lie predominantly in fandom studies, focusing on fanfiction and other fan-practices aiming to [re]claim platforms and spaces for mis- and underrepresented groups.

MASŁOŃ Sławomir is a Professor at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia, Poland. He is an author of two books: Père-Versions of the Truth: The Novels of J.M. Coetzee (2007) and Stating the Obvious: Celan–Beckett–Nauman (2012).

MYDLA Jacek is Professor of Literary Studies at the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia, Poland. He holds an MA in philosophy and in English philology, as well as a PhD in literary studies. He conducts research and lectures in the history of British literature (e.g. Gothic fiction and drama and narrative theory). His book-length publications include: The Dramatic Potential of Time in Shakespeare, Spectres of Shakespeare and Shakespearean Tide. Forthcoming is a book on the ghost stories of M. R. James. In his recent articles, in Polish and English, Mydla has been concerned with romantic drama, British empiricism in the eighteenth century, and the supernatural in fiction.

PETTMAN Dominic is a cultural theorist and author. He is Professor of Culture and Media at Eugene Lang College and of Liberal Studies at the New School for Social Research (New York). He has held previous positions at the University of Melbourne, the University of Geneva, and the University of Amsterdam. Pettman’s work combines cultural studies, media studies, and philosophical approaches on topics ranging from new media, European literature, popular culture, affect theory, philosophies of technology, and animal studies. Pettman’s books include After the Orgy: Toward a Politics of Exhaustion, Love and Other Technologies: Retrofitting Eros for the Information Age, Human Error: Species-Being and Media Machines (published as part of the “Posthumanities” series at the University of Minnesota Press), Look at the Bunny: Totem, Taboo, Technology, and In Divisible Cities.

PIECZKA Dominika received her MA from the University of Silesia in November 1999. At present she teaches British literature and practical aspects of English at the Teacher Training College in Gliwice. She has recently resumed her works on her PhD dissertation in the field of cyberpunk. Her research focuses on British and American literature and culture as well as the influence of technology on various scopes of human activity.

SALT Yvonne is carrying out her doctoral research, called The Love Migration Project, in the department of Geography at the University of Sussex. Her academic trajectory spans Fine Art, Linguistics, and Anthropology. She is a member of The Love Research Network and writes about her research at

ŞENEL Burcu is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication Sciences and member of Digital Storytelling Workshop Unit at Faculty of Communication, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey. She holds a MSc in Communication Sciences completed at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey and a BA in English Language and Literature from Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey.

ŞIMŞEK Burcu is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Coordinator of Digital Storytelling Workshop Unit, Faculty of Communication, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey (PhD, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia) (MSc Women Studies , Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey), (BA English Language and Literature, Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey)

SKOVBJERG Paldam Camilla is Associate Professor and PhD in Art History, Aarhus University, Denmark. She also holds MA in comparative literature and sociology. She studied at Aarhus University, University College London, Freie Universität (Berlin) and École des Hautes Études en Science Sociales (Paris). Since 2013 leader of the research unit ‘Sexuality Studies’ at Faculty of Arts, University of Aarhus. Research and publications within areas such as sexuality studies, avant-garde art and theory, especially surrealism, and surrealist legacies in contemporary art. Editor of ‘Art, Technology and Nature’, Ashgate 2015. Author of ‘Surrealistiske collager. Underfulde billeder i kunst og litteratur’ (‘Surrealist Collages – Marvellous Images in Art and Literature’), Aarhus University Press, 2011.

STĘPIEŃ Justyna is an Assistant Professor in Literary and Cultural Studies in the English Department of Szczecin University, Poland.  She is the editor of Redefining Kitsch and Camp in Literature and Culture (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014) and the author of British Pop Art and Postmodernism (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015).  Her research interests encompass the commodification of cultural productions, aspects of everyday aesthetics, and auto-creation processes analyzed from an interdisciplinary perspective. She has published essays on popular culture, postmodern literature, film and visual arts, combining her interests in philosophy and critical theory.

SZATANIK Zuzanna is an assistant professor in the Department of Canadian Studies and Literary Translation at the University of Silesia, Katowice. Her research interests have so far focused on contemporary Canadian women’s writing, animal studies, and feminist psychology. She has recently co-edited a special issue of Review of International American Studies titled Bodies of Canada/C-or(p)ganismes du Canada and published a monograph titled De-shamed. Feminist Strategies of Transgression. The Case of Lorna Crozier’s Poetry. She is now working on a book devoted to cultural meanings of agoraphobia.

TUCHERMAN Ieda is a PhD in communication from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ, post-doctorate at Ircam-Centre Georges Pompidou. Currently she is an associated professor IV and researcher in Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and productivity researcher of CNPQ – National Council of Scientific and Technological Development. Author of the book “A brief history of the body and its monsters” published in the catalog of the Prestigious collection of Passages of Vega Publisher, Lisboa9 1999-2004. Coordinates the “Technological Imaginary” research group in the School of Communication of Federal University of Rio de Janeiro  – ECO/UFRJ.

WIERZCHOWSKA Justyna is Assistant Professor at the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw. She holds a double MA in American studies and philosophy, and a PhD in American studies. She is the author of The Absolute and the Cold War: Discourses of Abstract Expressionism (2011), co-editor of In Other Words: Dialogizing Postcoloniality, Race, and Ethnicity (2012), and the author of numerous academic articles published in Poland and abroad. Her academic interests revolve around contemporary visual art, critical and politically engaged art, popular culture and gendered readings of culture. She translates into Polish American modern fiction and art-related books.