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Guest Speakers


Professor Rob Cover, RMIT University, Melbourne

Rob Cover is Professor of Digital Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. He leads a number of major funded research projects on young people, health and wellbeing and digital and broadcast media.  The author of around one hundred journal articles and chapters, he publishes widely on topics related to digital cultures in the context of social identities, young people, suicide prevention and resilience.  His recent books include: Queer Youth Suicide, Culture and Identity: Unliveable Lives? (Routledge 2012), Vulnerability and Exposure: Footballer Scandals, Masculinity and Ethics (UWAP Scholarly 2015), Digital Identities: Creating and Communicating the Online Self (Elsevier 2016) and Emergent Identities: New Sexualities, Gender and Relationships in a Digital Era(Routledge, 2019),  Flirting in the Era of #MeToo: Negotiating Intimacies (with A Bartlett and K Clarke; Palgrave 2019), and Population, Mobility and Belonging: Understanding Population Concepts in Media, Culture and Society (Routledge 2020). He is a co-editor of the anthology Youth, Sexuality and Sexual Citizenship (Routledge 2019). 


Adjunct Professor Jon Stratton, University of South Australia, Adelaide

Jon Stratton is an adjunct professor in UniSA Creative at the University of South Australia. Jon has published in Cultural Studies, Australian Studies, Popular Music Studies, Jewish Studies, Media Studies and on race and multiculturalism. He has published seventeen books including four that are co-edited. The publishers range from major international publishers like Routledge to a few smaller publishers like Black Swan Press. Jon has co-edited three journal special issues. Jon has also published over one hundred and fifty peer-reviewed journal articles and almost one hundred book chapters.  In 2020 Jon has published two books; Jon Stratton and Jon Dale with Tony Mitchell eds An Anthology of Australian Albums: Critical Engagements (Bloomsbury) and Multiculturalism, Whiteness and Otherness in Australia (Palgrave Macmillan). Over various years in the 1990s and 2000s Jon was a regular weekly commentator on Perth ABC radio discussing topics from the point of view of Cultural Studies. Jon has also been quoted in many newspapers and magazines including the Adelaide Advertiser, The Sydney Morning Herald,  The Age, The Independent and the Australian edition of Rolling Stone. 


Assoc. Professor Panizza Allmark, Edith Cowan University, Perth

Associate Professor Panizza Allmark is the Associate Dean of Arts, School of Arts and Humanities. Panizza is the chief editor of the internationally recognised journal, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, published by Taylor and Francis, which she has been involved with for over fifteen years. Panizza leads research in the field of photography, visual culture, identity, feminism and urban space, and has also been an invited speaker and given keynotes in the UK, US, Australia and Indonesia. As an artist, she has had fifteen solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally.  Her most recent work was a solo exhibition in London.


Associate Professor Tama Leaver, Curtin University, Perth

Tama Leaver is an Associate Professor of Internet Studies at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia, a Chief Investigator on the ARC Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child, and Vice-President of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). His most recent book is Instagram: Visual Social Media Cultures (Polity, 2020, co-authored with Tim Highfield and Crystal Abidin). He is @tamaleaver on Twitter, and his web presence is


Dr Tim Laurie,  University of Technology Sydney, Sydney

Dr Timothy Laurie is a Lecturer in the School of Communication in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. His core research interests include cultural theory, studies in popular culture, and gender studies, and he is a Managing Editor for Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. Currently, Timothy is a co-authoring a book with Hannah Stark on love and politics in feminist philosophy, and is a Chief Investigator on 'Australian Boys: Beyond the Boy Problem' (2021-2023), a Special Research Initiative funded by the Australia Research Council.


Dr Laura Glitsos, Edith Cowan University, Perth

Dr Laura Glitsos is a Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities at Edith Cowan University and the Major Coordinator of a newly launched program in Broadcasting and Digital Journalism. Specialising in the field of Media and Cultural Studies, Dr Glitsos published her first sole-authored monograph last year titled Somatechnics and Popular Music in Digital Contexts, which critiques the ways in which new media changes our relationship to sound, music and bodies. After working across music journalism, health and science journalism, and in broadcasting, Dr Glitsos shifted into academia in 2011 and since then has developed a keen insight into the world of sessional academia, the world of early-career researchers, and the complex negotiations between industry and the institution.

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