Speakers

Professor Mark Andrejevic

Mark Andrejevic
Mark Andrejevic (Professor, School of Media, Film, and Journalism, Monash University) contributes expertise in the social and cultural implications of data mining, and online monitoring. He writes about monitoring and data mining from a socio-cultural perspective, and is the author of three monographs and more than 60 academic articles and book chapters. He was the Chief Investigator for an ARC QEII Fellowship investigating public attitudes toward the collection of personal information online ($390,000; 2010-2014).

Andrejevic has experience conducting both quantitative and qualitative research and is experienced in the focus group and interview methodologies. His work on the personal information project, for example, generated a book, 11 articles and book chapters, and a report on Australian attitudes toward online privacy that was launched by the Federal Privacy Commissioner.

Twitter: @MarkAndrejevic

Moderator: Exploring and tracking dark ads (Thursday 8 October, 4.30pm)


Associate Professor Fay Anderson

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Dr Fay Anderson is an Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. She joined Monash University in 2012, and since 2018, she has been the Head of Journalism. Among other roles, Fay has been the Acting Head of Journalism and the Deputy Head of Journalism, 2016 – 2017; the Film Media Communication PhD Program Director, 2017; the PhD Journalism Convenor, 2014 - 2017; and the Deputy Head of the School of Media, Film and Journalism (Education) 2014.
Fay is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and La Trobe University. She has extensive experience in research and teaching in Journalism Studies, Australian Studies and History, having worked previously at the University of Melbourne from 2002 to 2011. From 2007 to 2009, Fay was the Director of the Australian Centre, and the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies Research Chair, 2010 and 2011.

Moderator: Is media freedom in the Asia-Pacific declining? (Thursday 8 October, 6.00pm)


Dilla Rahmalia Awaluddin

Dilla Awaluddin
Through her research fieldwork in Indonesia as part of her Master of Cultural and Creative Industries at Monash University, Dilla gained unique insights into practices in relation to culture, politics and economic realm of developing creative economy. Currently she drives the sustainability and social impact across South East Asia with Grab, a ride-hailing app company.

Panel Session:  Welcome back! Media and Culture graduates share their experiences (Thursday 8 October, 4.30pm)


Sophie Black

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Sophie Black is Head of Publishing at the Wheeler Centre (currently on maternity leave), where she has worked on projects such as the Walkley award winning The Messenger podcast, the national writers scheme The Next Chapter, the podcasting mentorship scheme Signal Boost and the ABC Radio National program Talkfest. Previously, she was Editor in Chief at Private Media, where she headed up titles such as Crikey, Women’s Agenda, Daily Review and SmartCompany.

In 2013, she delivered the Adelaide Festival of Ideas as Director. She is the co-chair of the Human Rights media outlet Right Now and sits on the advisory board for Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism. Sophie is a writer, journalist and the former editor of Crikey.

Twitter: @sophblack

Panel Session:  Melbourne during the pandemic (Thursday 8 October, 3.00pm)


Collette Brennan

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Collette Brennan is the CEO of Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne, Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct. She is also Chair of the Sunshine Coast Arts Advisory Board and a Board member of the International Society for Performing Arts. Previously she was: Director of International Development, Acting Executive Director of Arts Development, and Director of Market Development at the Australia Council for the Arts; Executive Director of Brisbane’s internationally acclaimed contemporary circus Circa; the founding Creative Director of The Edge, State Library of Queensland’s program for children and young people; General Manager of the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Out of the Box Festival for 3 to 8 year olds, and; Executive Officer of Youth Arts Queensland, the state’s peak body for youth arts and cultural development. Collette has also worked in schools as a drama and history teacher, as a lecturer with QUT and Griffith University, and as a youth arts worker in a range of school and community contexts with children and young people.

Panel Session: Festival and Performing Arts adaptation after the pandemic (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am)


Carlos H. Conde

Carlos Conde
Carlos H. Conde is the Philippines researcher for Human Rights Watch’s  Asia division. He monitors and documents many of the human rights issues in the Philippines such as the extrajudicial killings of drug suspects, political activists, and journalists. He has written reports about death squads, child labor, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, among others.

Before joining Human Rights Watch, Conde has worked as a journalist for 20 years, nearly half of that time as the freelance correspondent in Manila for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter and editor for various publications in the Philippines. His work – much of it about politics and on such issues as human rights, the communist and Islamic insurgencies, terrorism, and labor migration – has appeared in several publications in the Philippines and abroad.

Conde has been a fellow at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, both based in Manila. He was also a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii, where he tackled issues on peace, conflict, and terrorism in the Philippines.

Twitter: @condeHRW, @hrw_ph

Panel Session: Is media freedom in the Asia-Pacific declining? (Thursday 8 October, 6:00pm)


Associate Professor Sharyn Davies

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Associate Professor Sharyn Davies is Director of the Monash Herb Feith Indonesian Engagement Centre. She is recognised internationally as an expert in the field of Indonesian Studies and for her contributions on policing in Indonesia, police corruption, social media, surveillance, gender and sexuality. Her outstanding contributions to education and research have earned Associate Professor Davies acclaim including her co-edited book ‘Sex and Sexualities in Contemporary Indonesia’, which won the Ruth Benedict Prize for outstanding edited collection awarded by the American Anthropology Association (2015) and the International Convention of Asian Scholars award (2017).

Twitter: @sharyndavies

Panel Session: Creative Entrepreneurship Students Pitching Session (Thursday 8 October, 1.00pm)


Brenda Lorena Diaz Alva

Brenda Lorena Diaz
Brenda Lorena Díaz is a Mexican journalist who completed the Master of Cultural and Creative Industries at Monash in July 2020. She is now a Curator at Twitter, working with global and local news for the Spanish-speaking markets and highlighting the most meaningful conversations happening in the platform. She is also currently a consultant for Closer Productions, a filmmaking collective based in Adelaide, where she collaborates with information and insights around Mexico for a screenwriting process.

Prior to moving to Australia she worked for almost a decade in Reforma, a national newspaper based in Mexico City, where she started as a reporter and later took a coeditor position. During this time, she wrote and edited for sections that ranged from society to education, arts, entertainment, fashion and lifestyle, covering events in Mexico as well as in countries such as the USA, Italy, Netherlands, China, Brazil, Colombia and Qatar.

She holds a Bachelor in Communications from the Monterrey Institute of Technology, as well as a Bachelor of English Literature from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where she graduated with a final dissertation on the links between Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita and Greek mythology.

Panel Session:  Welcome back! Media and Culture graduates share their experiences (Thursday 8 October, 4.30pm)


Merindah Donnelly

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Merindah Donnelly is a proud Wiradjuri woman living in Meanjin, Queensland and is currently Executive Producer BlakDance. Merindah has worked in Market Development at the Australia Council for the Arts and as creative producer for ISEA; International Symposium of Electronic Art, APAM 2014, National Indigenous Theatre Forum 2015 and National Indigenous Dance Forum 2017. In 2015 Merindah was a global International Society of Performing Arts Fellow and managed the Industry Series for the Talking Stick festival in Vancouver. In 2020 Merindah attained a Masters in Cultural Leadership at NIDA.

Twitter: @merindahd

Panel Session: Creative labour after Covid-19 (Wednesday 7 October, 6.00pm)


Professor Doris Ruth Eikhof

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Professor Doris Ruth Eikhof is a critical creative economy scholar who specialises in diversity and inclusion in cultural work. Her recent projects on the screen industries – film, TV, video games, animation – look to identify and remove structural barriers to inclusion. She is particularly interested in the things we do every day, consciously or unconsciously, that enable or close off opportunity for others.

As AHRC Leadership Fellow Professor Eikhof currently leads the project ‘Everyday Diversity in the UK Screen Sectors’ (with BFI and Creative Diversity Network), and she works on CDN’s ‘Doubling Disability’ initiative and BAFTA’s ‘British Academy Film Awards Review’. Her previous research in the UK creative economy includes the BFI’s ‘Workforce Diversity Evidence Review’ (2018), ‘One by one: building the digital literacies of UK museums’ (AHRC), the ‘Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture in Scotland’ (AHRC, Nesta & Creative Scotland), as well as projects with Creative Scotland and various arts organisations.

Before joining the University of Glasgow. Professor Eikhof worked at the Universities of Leicester, Stirling and Hamburg. From 2016-2020, she was Deputy Director of the CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies at the University of Leicester.

Twitter:@deikhof

Panel Session: Creative labour after Covid-19 (Wednesday 7 October, 6.00pm)


Dr Ben Eltham

Ben Eltham
Dr Ben Eltham is a Lecturer in Media and Communications at Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism. Ben is a passionate teacher who leads several of the core subjects in Monash's innovative Masters of Cultural and Creative Industries. Before taking up his position at Monash, he lectured at Deakin University in the School of Communications and Creative Arts. After completing his doctoral thesis at Western Sydney University's Institute of Culture and Society in the field of cultural policy, he held a three year post-doctoral fellowship at Deakin in the Centre for Memory, Imagination and Invention.

Ben’s primary research interest is the public policy of culture in Australia, particularly at federal level. He has published peer-reviewed journal articles, conference presentations, creative works, and edited book chapters. His monograph, When the Goal Posts Move: Patronage, power and resistance in Australian cultural policy 2013-2016 was published by Currency House in 2016. His key research collaborations are currently with Professor Mark Andrejevic's Culture Media Economy group at Monash, and with Professor Deb Verhoeven’s Kinomatics Group for digital humanities at the University of Alberta.

Ben also works extensively in the popular media as a journalist and essayist. Ben has covered federal politics for a decade as the National Affairs Correspondent at New Matilda, and he is a regular contributor to journals such as Crikey, Guardian Australia, Overland, Meanjin and the Sydney Review of Books. He is also sought out as a cultural policy consultant by federal, state and local policymakers, penning reports for the federal Department of Industry, Creative Victoria, the Victorian Music Development Office, and the City of Sydney.

Twitter:  @beneltham

Moderator: Creative labour after Covid-19 (Wednesday 7 October, 6.00pm); Festival and Performing Arts adaptation after the pandemic (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am) and Independent Journalism in a time of radical change (Thursday 8 October, 1.00pm)


Nick Evershed

Nick Evershed
Nick Evershed is an award-winning journalist who is the data and interactives editor for Guardian Australia.

After a short stint as a scientist, he switched careers to journalism and now combines research skills learned in science with traditional journalistic techniques. Using a combination of data analysis, data visualisation, and programming he has worked on everything from large investigations like the Nauru Files and Panama Papers to detailed analysis of trends in popular Australian music over time, and using council datasets to determine naming trends for dog breeds.

He has won a Walkley award for his work on the Deaths Inside investigation into Indigenous deaths in custody. He has also been shortlisted in the Walkleys for the Nauru Files, and for a project visualising Australian census data. He has twice been a finalist in the international data journalism awards.

Twitter: @NickEvershed

Panel Session: Exploring and tracking dark ads (Thursday 8 October, 4.30pm)


Dr Robbie Fordyce

Robbie Fordyce
Robbie completed his PhD, Radical Platforms, at the University of Melbourne, graduating in 2019. His thesis engaged in a critique of autonomist Marxist theories of imperialism. This included a wide engagement with the work of post-fordist and autonomist scholars, as well as platform studies, theories of globalisation and imperialism, and media theory. The thesis involved an investigation into activist and disruptive technologies; this included 3D-printing, blockchain services, wikileaks, interactive entertainment, social media, and pirate networks.

Robbie's research continues and advances these interests, expanding into research areas such as digital ethics, smart cities, infrastructure, automation, surveillance, and fabrication.

Panel Session:  Exploring and tracking dark ads (Thursday 8 October, 4.30pm)


Jonathan Green

Jonathan Green
Jonathan Green has been an editor, writer, commentator and broadcaster in a 40-year career as a journalist. The bulk of his career has been spent in newspapers, beginning with a cadetship at The Canberra Times and taking in a small Cook’s tour of Australian papers: the Melbourne Herald, The Herald Sun, the Sunday Herald, The Sunday Age and 15 years at The Age. After stints as a senior editor, columnist and a year as editor of the Sunday Age, Jonathan left The Age in 2006 to work for the first time online as editor of Crikey. After three years there he was hired by the ABC as founding editor of ABC online’s The Drum. He now presents Blueprint for Living on the ABC’s Radio National. His work as an editor continues. Since 2015 Jonathan has been editor of leading Australian literary journal Meanjin. He has written a number of books, including The Year My Politics Broke (MUP 2013) and Around Australia In 80 Days (Thames and Hudson 2010).

Twitter:  @GreenJ

Panel Session:  Melbourne during the pandemic (Thursday 8 October, 3.00pm)


Dr Xin Gu

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Dr Xin Gu is an Expert appointed by UNESCO 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Expression of Cultural Diversity (2019-2022). She heads the Master of Cultural and Creative Industries (MCCI) at Monash University in Australia. She has published widely on urban creative clusters and agglomerations, cultural work, creative entrepreneurship, cultural and creative industries policy, media cities, maker culture and cyberculture. Xin has worked with policy initiatives in the UK, China and Indonesia to support small-scale local creative industries development services. Her work focuses on the transformation of creative cities and the creative economy under different social, economic and political conditions. Xin’s current research concerns the digital creative economy, looking at the democratization of creativity through vast transformative digital media ecosystems. Her co-authored book Red Creative historicises the rise of creative economy in China, to be published by Intellect in 2020.

Twitter: @guxin2010

Moderator:  Creative entrepreneurship students pitching session (Thursday 8 October, 1.00pm)


Madeline Hayman-Reber

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Madeline Hayman-Reber is a proud Gomeroi woman and award-winning Indigenous affairs journalist. Earlier this year she left her role as Victorian Correspondent for NITV News to go freelance. She is also co-host of Read The Room on 3RRR.

Twitter: @madelinehayman

Panel Session: Independent journalism in a time of radical change (Thursday 8 October, 1.00pm)


Troy Henderson

Troy Henderson
Troy Henderson is a Political Economist with a particular interest in Basic Income Studies, economic and social policy reform, and the Political Economy of Work. He is completing his PhD thesis on ‘Basic Income as a Policy Option for Australia’ (2020) and has extensive teaching experience across the Political Economy Curriculum. Between 2017 and 2019 he worked as a Research Economist at the Centre for Future Work at the Australia Institute. He has published widely on Basic Income and labour market issues, presented at numerous Australian and international conferences, and appeared regularly in the media. He is on the Local Organising Committee for the 20th Basic Income Earth Network Congress to be held in Brisbane in September, 2020.

Twitter:  @TroyCHenderson

Panel Session:  Basic income for artists (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am)


Dr Natalie Hendry

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Natalie Ann Hendry is a Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Media and Communication. Her research explores everyday social media and digital technology practices in the context of critical approaches to education, mental health, media, wellbeing, youth studies and policy. This draws on her experience prior to academia, working in community education, secondary schools and hospital settings, and consulting for health organisations and industry.

Twitter: @projectnat

Panel Session: Exploring and tracking dark ads (Thursday 8 October, 4.30pm)


Rob Hoge

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Robert Hoge leads communication, marketing, media, and digital and stakeholder engagement at Queensland Health. He has previously worked as a journalist, a speechwriter, a science communicator, and a political advisor to the former Queensland Premier and Deputy Premier. At Queensland Health he has focussed the state’s Covid-19 communication efforts on maintaining transparency and trust with the community and producing clear, actionable advice.

Twitter: @RobertHoge

Panel Session: Communicating and reporting a crisis: crisis communication and journalism in the moment of COVID-19 (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am)


Damien Hodgkinson

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Damien works as Executive Director with Melbourne International Comedy Festival. His career includes leadership positions in the areas of organisational management and governance, communications and marketing, and private support. His executive and non-executive experience crosses festivals, performing arts, visual arts, artists with a disability, arts for young people and tertiary arts education; and he has held national leadership roles in the government, not-for-profit and corporate sectors.

Damien recently retired from the Board of leading arts and disability organisation Arts Project Australia, having served as President for the final year of his term. Damien is a Board Member of the Georges Mora Fellowship and a Member of the Academic Advisory Board for the Arts and Cultural Management Program in the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University. He is a Fellow of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership program and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Twitter: @D_Direct

Panel Session:  Festival and Performing Arts adaptation after the pandemic (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am)


Royce Kurmelovs

Royce Kurmelovs
Royce Kurmelovs is an award-winning journalist and writer whose work has been published by the ABC, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera English, VICE, The Guardian and elsewhere He is the author of the best selling and critically acclaimed books The Death of Holden, Rogue Nation, and Boom and Bust. His latest book Just Money is out now through UQP.

Twitter:  @RoyceRk2

Panel Session: Independent journalism in a time of radical change (Thursday 8 October, 1.00pm)


David Li

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David Li is the Executive Director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab which facilitate the collaboration between global smart hardware entrepreneurs and Shenzhen Open Innovation ecosystem. Prior to SZOIL, he co-founded XinCheJian in 2010, the first hackerspace in China to promote hacker/maker culture and open source hardware. In 2011, he co-founded Hacked Matter, a research hub on maker movement and open innovation. In 2015, he co-founded Maker Collider, a platform to develop next generation IoT from Maker Community.

Panel Session: Creative Entrepreneurship Students Pitching Session (Thursday 8 October, 1.00pm)


Louisa Lim

Author, Journalist and Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne

Twitter: @limlouisa

Panel Session:  Is media freedom in the Asia-Pacific declining? (Thursday 8 October, 6.00pm)


Professor Paul Long

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Professor Paul Long came to the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash in November 2019. Prior to this appointment he worked for several years in the Birmingham School of Media at Birmingham City University where, in 2009, he co-founded the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research.
Paul completed his doctoral studies in 2001 at the University of Warwick under the supervision of Carolyn Steedman. His PhD, The Aesthetics of Class in Post-War Britain, was examined by Bill Schwartz and James Hinton and resulted in his first book 'Only in the Common People', published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2008.
Prior to this, Paul completed his Master's degree in the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at the University of Birmingham. His dissertation, supervised by Michael Green (there at the founding of CCCS in 1964), concerned would-be authors and creative writings groups - a first foray into the exploration of cultural work and field. Birmingham was where he produced the research for his first article on public history and memory in the city, a place where he has lived most of his life and which informs the empirical base for some of his research and public activities.
Paul also read Film and Literature at the University of Warwick, a subject influenced by a number of graduates of the CCCS whose creative enthusiasm and commitment to their subject and its value has impelled his own approach ever since even as it has moved beyond a concern with film and a focus on the text.
Twitter:  @plongy

Panel Session:  Creative labour after Covid-10 (Wednesday 7 October, 6.00pm)


Coco Xintong Lu

Coco Xintong Lu
Coco is International Business Officer at Tea Industry Committee of China Association for the Promotion of International Agricultural Cooperation (CAPIAC), English-Chinese Translator,based in Beijing.  She works to support sustainable growth of the International tea marketing sector through cross-cultural communications, analysis of emerging trends, and engagement across China and North America.

Coco was previously the visa officer at Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing and is an Alumni of Master of Communications and Media Studies.

Panel Session:  Welcome back! Media and Culture graduates share their experiences


Catri Menzies-Pike

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Catriona Menzies-Pike has been the Editor of the Sydney Review of Books since 2015. She was Arts
Editor of The Conversation and managing editor of the pioneering New Matilda website. She holds a PhD in English from Sydney University and her essays and criticism have been widely published. Her book The Long Run was published by Affirm in Australia in 2016 and by Crown in the US in 2017.

Twitter: @catri

Panel Session: Independent journalism in a time of radical change (Thursday 8 October, 1.00pm)


Associate Professor Tony Moore

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Tony Moore is a cultural historian and Associate Professor and Head, Communications and Media Studies at Monash University. Tony is author of the critically acclaimed Dancing with Empty Pockets: Australia’s Bohemians since 1868 (2012), Death or Liberty: Rebels and Radicals Transported to Australia 1788 – 1868 (2010) (adapted as a TV documentary, 2015) and The Barry McKenzie Movies (2005). Tony is lead investigator on the ARC Discovery Project Fringe to Famous: Australian culture as an innovation system (2014) and the Linkage Project Conviction Politics: the convict routes of Australian democracy (2019): Tony was specialist consultant on the major exhibition Bohemian Melbourne, held at State Library Victoria 2014-15 He is a former ABC TV documentary maker and commissioning editor at Pluto Press and Cambridge University Press. His documentaries include Bohemian Rhapsody: rebels of Australian culture, TimeFrame history of ASIO, Lost in Space: Australians in their cities and Nobody’s Children.

Moderating:  Melbourne during the pandemic (Thursday 8 October, 3.00pm)


David Parrish

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David Parrish is a specialist in the creative and cultural industries. He works as a business adviser, consultant, trainer and conference speaker. His international work experience spans more than 50 countries worldwide. David is the author of two books written for creative entrepreneurs: 'T-Shirts and Suits: A Guide to the Business of Creativity’ and ‘Chase One Rabbit: Strategic Marketing for Business Success’. Davidparrish.com

Twitter: @davidparrish

Panel Session: Creative Entrepreneurship Students Pitching Session (Thursday 8 October, 1.00pm)


David Pledger

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David is an artist, curator, cultural commentator and thinker working within and between the performing, visual and media arts. He has created interactive media, television documentary, live performance, site-specific festivals, locative installations and discursive events for broadcasters, theatres, galleries, arts centres, museums and public sites in the context of arts and film festivals, visual arts and performance programs in Australia, Asia and Europe. His practice interests include the body, the politics of power, public space and climates changing. In 2020, he co-created the collaborative futuring practice 'The Things We Did Next' with impact producer, Alex Kelly.

He is published in books, magazines and journals including The Conversation, Arts Hub, Artlink, Dancehouse Diary and The Green Institute on matters of artistic practice, cultural policy, arts activism, artists’ rights and international cultural relations, most recently in Intermedial Theatre (Palgrave MacMillan 2019) and The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics (2019). His 2013 Platform Paper (Currency House), Re-Valuing the Artist in the New World Order is in a second print-run.

In 2017, he completed his PhD at the Spatial Information Architecture Lab, RMIT University, Melbourne as an interactive concept album, Wall of Noise, Web of Silence, which investigates the neo-liberalisation of the arts sector through the effect of ‘noise’ on our social, cultural, corporeal and political systems. Artistic Director of 'Not Yet It’s Difficult' (NYID), one of Australia’s seminal arts outfits, he lives on the lands of the Boon wurrung People of the Kulin Nation.

Panel Session:  Basic income for artists (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am)


Dr Aneta Podkalicka

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Aneta is a media researcher and lecturer in Communications and Media Studies, in the School of Media, Film and Journalism (MFJ) at Monash University, Melbourne. She is dedicated to collaborative, interdisciplinary academic work that engages communities and industry. She has researched in the areas of media and everyday life, social inclusion, consumption, and environmental sustainability, working together with government, commercial and not-for-profit partners. At Monash, she has taught media units in both undergraduate and postgraduate programs, with the focus on the influence of media on social life and social change. Aneta has supervised students across disciplines of media and communication, the sociology of consumption and design.

Aneta is co-author of two book manuscripts: Using Media for Social Innovation (Intellect, 2018, with Ellie Rennie), and Grand Designs: Consumer Markets and Home-Making (Palgrave, 2018, with Esther Milne and Jenny Kennedy), and co-editor of the cultural history of skiing (Palgrave, 2018, with Philipp Strobbl).

At MFJ she is part of the ‘Environment and Media’ and ‘Culture, Media, Economy’ research programs, and Deputy Director Research Impact and Engagement. She is currently researching digital marketplaces and secondhand economies, environmental media and the impacts of digitisation on the future of work.

Moderator: Basic income for artists (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am)


Simon Pristel

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Simon started as a copyboy on the afternoon Herald newspaper in 1989 and later began a cadetship on the newly formed Herald Sun.

He worked for News Ltd's South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, the Boston Herald and spent several years in the paper's Canberra Bureau and in 1999 while based in the paper's Sydney Bureau flew to Indonesia and covered the Australian troops landing in Dili, East Timor.

In 2000, he returned to Melbourne as Herald Sun Chief of Staff, then assistant editor of the daily paper and deputy editor of the Sunday Herald Sun.

In 2005 he became editor of the Sunday Herald Sun, Victoria's highest selling newspaper and held the position for four years before being appointed Editor of the Herald Sun in 2008 and served a further four years.

In 2012 he became News Director of Channel Seven Melbourne and left in 2019 to co-found the public relations agency HeadlinePR which now has more than 30 clients in Melbourne, from ASX-listed companies to government bodies and high-profile individuals.

Panel Session: Communicating and reporting a crisis: crisis communication and journalism in the moment of COVID-19 (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am)


Professor Keith B. Richburg

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Keith Richburg is a journalist and former China correspondent who spent more than 30 years overseas for
The Washington Post , serving as bureau chief in Paris, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Nairobi, and Manila. He covered the invasion in Iraq, the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the US military intervention in Somalia, the genocide in Rwanda, and the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to China. He was also the Post’s Foreign Editor from 2005-2007 and helped cover the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

After retiring from the Post in 2013, he became a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University and a lecturer of international reporting at Princeton University. Keith’s coverage has won numerous awards, including two George Polk Awards, and was twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his reports from Somalia. His 1997 book, Out Of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa, chronicles his travels across Africa. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.

Twitter: @keithrichburg

Panel Session:  Is media freedom in the Asia-Pacific declining? (Thursday 8 October, 6.00pm)


Annika Smethurst

National Political Editor, The Sunday Telegraph

Twitter: @annikasmethurst

Panel Session:  Is media freedom in the Asia-Pacific declining? (Thursday 8 October, 6.00pm)


Gene Smith

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Gene is a writer, producer and programmer, and Associate Director of Melbourne Writers Festival. In 2020, he lead the programming and delivery of MWF Digital, Melbourne Writers Festival’s first completely online festival. Prior to joining Melbourne Writers Festival in 2018, he was at Sydney Writers’ Festival coordinating their Live & Local live stream program.

Twitter:  @gene__smith

Panel Session:  Festival and Performing Arts adaptation after the pandemic (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am)


Anna Spargo-Ryan

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Anna Spargo-Ryan is the author of The Gulf and The Paper House, and a winner of the Horne Prize. Her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Island, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, Good Weekend, the Guardian, and many other places. She is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Deakin University, and nonfiction editor at ISLAND Magazine.

Twitter: @annaspargoryan

Panel Session:  Melbourne during the pandemic (Thursday 8 October, 3.00pm)


Alison Stieven-Taylor

Alison Stieven-Taylor
Alison Stieven-Taylor is a media communications professional with more than 20 years experience as a strategic communications consultant working with multinational brands and non-profit organisations. She is also a freelance journalist and published author.

Alison is currently a lecturer with Monash’s School of Media, Film and Journalism and teaches in journalism, the PR specialisation and strategic communications. Alison’s research interests focus on visual communication in the digital media space. She is an international commentator on photography as social change and the publisher of the widely-read blog Photojournalism Now.

Twitter: @stieventaylor

Moderator: Communicating and reporting a crisis: crisis communication and journalism in the moment of COVID-19 (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am)


Dr Melissa Sweet

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Melissa Sweet is a Public Health Journalist, and Managing Editor of Croakey Health Media, an innovative, non-profit public interest journalism organisation that she helped to establish.  Initiatives include the rotated curated Twitter account @WePublicHealth, the Croakey Conference News Service, and a number of crowd-funded projects such as #JustJustice. Read more about Croakey here.

Melissa is a founding member of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation, and specialises in covering public health matters, with a focus on under-served areas and issues. Her work appears in many professional and general publications, including the online publication Inside Story. More details about her books are here. Melissa has been writing about health and medical issues since the late 1980s, and has covered health and medicine for The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Associated Press, and The Bulletin magazine. She has been a freelancer since the late 1990s.

Her particular areas of interest include climate change and health, Indigenous health, decolonising practice, public health, equity-related issues, the social determinants of health, mental health, rural health, media and health, health policy, conflicts of interest, consumer participation in decision-making, evidence-based care, and quality and safety issues.

Twitter: @melissasweetdr

Panel Session: Communicating and reporting a crisis: crisis communication and journalism in the moment of COVID-19 (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am)


Dr Verity Trott

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Verity Trott is a lecturer in digital media research. Her published research explores feminist connective actions, indigenous women’s use of social media, everyday political talk in third spaces, and analyses of rape culture and feminism in popular media. Her current research projects focus on the intersectional issues of the #MeToo movement, and cultures of toxic masculinity online. Her research combines big data analytics with ethnographic practices in an innovative and cross-disciplinary methodology. Her teaching and research practices involve developing and implementing a range of computational tools and methods for analysing the political, cultural and social dimensions of digital media technologies. She is proficient in a range of data acquisition, analysis and
visualisation methods and tools.

Twitter: @VezzieT

Panel Session: Exploring and tracking dark ads (Thursday 8 October, 4.30pm)


Dr Emily van der Nagel

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Dr Emily van der Nagel researches social media identities, platforms, and cultures, with a focus on anonymity and pseudonymity.

She has published work on secondary or alternative social media accounts, ways people negotiate unknowable algorithms , embodied verification on NSFW Reddit, and the shift from usernames to profiles in social media. Emily’s most-cited article, co-authored with Jordan Frith, argues that we would lose dynamic, engaging social media practices in a move to the “real name web”.

Emily’s book, Sex and Social Media, co-authored with Katrin Tiidenberg, takes a feminist, sex-positive approach to how social media platforms shape and restrict sex, and how sexual identities, practices, and communities must all negotiate platforms to survive and thrive.

Twitter: @emvdn

Moderator:  Welcome back! Media and culture graduates share their experiences (Thursday 8 October, 4.30pm)


Zainub Verjee

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Zainub Verjee is the laureate of 2020 Governor General's Visual and Media Arts for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts in Canada. She is currently involved in the national campaign on Basic Income and is the co-author of the public letter to the Prime Minister of Canada on Basic Income Guarantee. #artists4basicincome

An artist, critic, a writer, a keynote speaker, arts administrator with expertise in cultural policy and cultural diplomacy, over four decades she has contributed to international and national policies and legislation pertaining to the culture sector including the international instruments like the Status of the Artists and Cultural Diversity. She continues to work on issues of Artist Labour, Artist Income, Racial Equity, Cultural Planning, Intellectual Property, Digital Ecosystems of Art, Cultural Institutions, Cultural Diplomacy and Culture Trade.  Former Executive Director of the Western Front, her work on the British Columbia Arts Board led to the formation of British Columbia Arts Council, as well as she has contributed to the formation of many other institutions. An active member of civil society, she was the Vancouver Moderator of the Spicer Commission – The Citizen's Forum on Canada's Future. Currently, she is the executive director of the Ontario Association of Art Galleries in Toronto. More info: zainubverjee.com

Twitter:  @zainubverjee

Panel Session:  Basic income for artists (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am)


Emma Webb

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Emma Webb is a curator, producer and activist. Working across independent projects, small-to-medium organisations and festivals, she has focused on commissioning, developing and producing socially engaged and experimental art projects. She has been Director at multidisciplinary arts organisation Vitalstatistix, Port Adelaide, Kaurna Yerta, since 2010. Her recent focuses include curating a five-year climate change program called ‘Climate Century’. Each year she curates an annual national arts lab called Adhocracy. She is also focused on supporting feminist and queer art work and artists. She is now commencing a multi-year commissioning project about art, labour and the future of work, called ‘Bodies of Work’. She is a member of the executive committee of the Arts Industry Council of South Australia, as well as being involved in local politics in her home community, the proud union city of Port Adelaide.

Twitter: @emmwebb

Panel Session: Creative labour after Covid-19 (Wednesday 7 October, 6.00pm)


Abby Wild

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Abby Wild is a Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks, part of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, where she works on a range of environment and social inclusion projects with government and industry partners. She has an undergraduate degree in neuroscience and history from Harvard (USA), obtained an M.Phil. in Criminological Research at Cambridge University (UK) and returned to Cambridge on a Gates Scholarship for her PhD to conduct an ethnographic study of how people in prison engage with rehabilitative programming. Abby has conducted research, communication and monitoring and evaluation work across a range of projects and clients in the US, the UK, Singapore and Australia. Her research uses participatory methods to engage with various stakeholders and combine those insights with theoretical models to develop behaviour change interventions. She is currently engaged in projects related to circular economy practices in manufacturing, facilitating human connection to nature in institutional spaces and in engaging CALD communities in post-COVID economic recovery.

Panel Session: Communicating and reporting a crisis: crisis communication and journalism in the moment of Covid-19 (Thursday 8 October, 11.00am)


Faye Wongsodiredjo

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Faye Wongsodiredjo is the CEO and Co-founder of KUMPUL, a startup and entrepreneurship ecosystem builder. Through its co-learning platform, KUMPUL empowers its 60+ hubs in 28 cities through programs that focus on entrepreneurial growth. Faye is President of Coworking Indonesia, the national association of coworking spaces and coworking players in Indonesia. Her vast experience working in the development sector across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East instilled her passion for active citizenship, women empowerment, and community development. She believes Coworking is a crucial element in growing the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and entrepreneurship is key to innovation and economic development.

Panel Session: Creative Entrepreneurship Students Pitching Session (Thursday 8 October, 1.00pm)


Liu Yan

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Liu Yan is an award-winning social entrepreneur who has been advocating a new way of working and learning since 2004. She established China’s first coworking center Xindanwei listed by Fastcompany as “The World’s Top 10 most innovative company in China”. She is part of the founding team of Xinchejian, the pioneer of Asia’s maker movement. Liu Yan is also the co-founder and chief curator of China Australian Millennium Project (C.A.M.P), a unique 100-day incubator program designed to train, mentor and empower emerging young Australian and Chinese leaders and entrepreneurs.

Panel Session: Creative Entrepreneurship Students Pitching Session (Thursday 8 October, 1.00pm)