Co-Conveners: David Lavery and Jane Marcellus (MTSU), Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs and Michael Goddard (University of Salford).
Dr. David Lavery is Director of Graduate Studies and Professor in the English Department at Middle Tennessee State University (1993- ). The recipient of the University’s 2006 Distinguished Research Award, he is the author of over one hundred and fifty published essays, chapters, and reviews and the author / co-author / editor / co-editor of twenty-one books, including Joss Whedon, A Creative Portrait: From Buffy the Vampire Slayer to The Avengers, TV Goes to Hell: An Unofficial Road Map of Supernatural, The Essential Cult Television Reader, and The Essential Sopranos Reader. The co-convener of international conferences on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the work of Joss Whedon and The Sopranos; co-founder of the Whedon Studies Association and its journal Slayage and founding editor of Critical Studies in Television, he has lectured around the world on the subject of television (Australia, Turkey, the UK, Portugal, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany), been a guest/source for the BBC, NPR, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, The New York Times, A Folha de Sao Paulo (Brazil), Publica (Portugal), Information (Netherlands), AP, The Toronto Star, The Financial Times, USA Today, and from 2006-2008 taught film and television at Brunel University in London. He blogs at http://thelaverytory.blogspot.com/
Dr. Jane Marcellus teaches media history, feature writing, and graduate seminars including qualitative research methods and cultural studies. Her research focuses on media history and gender, with a particular interest in representation of employed women in the 1920s and 1930s. She is the author of two books: Mad Men and Working Women: Feminist Perspectives on Historical Power, Resistance, and Otherness, co-authored by Erika Engstrom, Tracy Lucht, and Kimberly Wilmot Voss (Peter Lang, 2014) and Business Girls & Two-Job Wives: Emerging Media Stereotypes of Employed Women (Hampton Press, 2010) and essays published in Journalism, Mass Communication Quarterly, American Journalism, Women’s Studies: an Interdisciplinary Journal, The Journal of Popular Culture, and The Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, master’s degrees from the University of Arizona and Northwestern, and a bachelor’s from Wesleyan University in Connecticut. She is a former journalist.
Dr. Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs holds a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from The University of Salford, where she currently serves as Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance and Arts and Media International Lead for the Americas. She has co-convened international conferences including The Big Reveal, Style, Class and Industry (2007), the first international conference on lifestyle television and I’ll See You Again in 25 Years: Twin Peaks and Generations of Cult TV (2015), as well as co-organizing the 2010-2013 Screens and Mediations seminar series and is the co-founder of the Salford International Television Studies Conference Series. She was an early publisher in the celebrity studies field and am a member of the editorial board of the international journal Celebrity Studies (Routledge). She is the author of Beyoncé: Celebrity, Feminism and Pop Culture (Tauris, 2016); co-author of American Cinema: A Contemporary Introduction (forthcoming from Palgrave, 2017), and co-editor of such edited collections as The Arena Concert: Music, Media and Mass Entertainment (Bloomsbury, 2015). She has lectured internationally on a number of topics, most recently, stand up comedy and gender at Second City Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, and Middle Tennessee State University and celebrity feminism at KMH Royal College of Music Stockholm. She blogs at http://kirstyfairclough.wordpress.com/.
Dr. Michael Goddard is Reader in Media and PGR Director in the School of Arts and Media at the University of Salford. He has published widely on Polish and international cinema and visual culture as well as cultural and media theory. He recently published a book, Impossible Cartographies on the cinema of Raúl Ruiz. He has also been doing research on the fringes of popular music focusing on groups such as The Fall, Throbbing Gristle and Laibach and culminating in editing two books on noise, Reverberations and Resonances. He is currently completing a research project, Guerrilla Networks, examining radical media ecologies in film, TV, radio and radical politics in the 1970s from a media archaeological perspective. Most recently, his research focuses on contemporary audiovisual popular culture and urban space. He is currently a CAPES/Science without Borders Special Visiting Researcher, working with a team of researchers at Unisinos on the project, “Cities, Creative Industries and Popular Music Scenes.” He is also co-editing two journal issues on the return of Twin Peaks and an edited collection on music video.