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Jonathon Allen is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University (WSU). Jonathon has twenty-five years’ university teaching, research, management and governance experience, the last half of which has been in significant leadership and governance roles at Western Sydney University, including Head of The Academy, Provost of Penrith Campus, Director of Academic Program for Visual Communication Design in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, and Associate Head of School of Engineering. His research, teaching and engagement interests typically see him work in collaboration with other disciplines, to progress design’s role in bringing together arts, science and technology with a strong social conscience. He has a broad range of research outputs, including traditional publications (book chapters, journal and conference papers), exhibitions and prototypical artefacts, and has a particular interest in material intelligence (smart materials, intelligent use of materials, and in the hidden stories of sourcing and selecting materials); the application of design thinking to address pressing concerns related to food security, climate change, and health; and in the use of Augmented Reality to interact and engage with the physical world.

Terry Anderson, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus and former Canada Research Chair in the Centre for Distance Education and the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Centre at Athabasca University. Terry has published widely in the area of distance education and educational technology and has co-authored or edited ten books and numerous papers. Much of Terry’s research work revolves around studying interaction amongst and between students, teachers and content. He claims to have organized (in 1992) the first virtual conference ever held using a variety of networks that preceded the Internet.

Doug Barlage has been a Professor in nanoelectronics for the past sixteen years. Prior to this, he was an engineer with Intel where he played a critical role in producing the first production high-k gate dielectric transistor and the first trigate transistor. For his role in demonstrating the functional transistors with gate dimensions below 30nm, he was in the MIT TR-35 class of 2002.

Jessie Beier is an Edmonton-based teacher, artist, writer and conjurer of strange pedagogies for uncertain futures. Working at the intersection between speculative philosophy, artistic production and radical pedagogy, Jessie’s research-creation practice explores the potential for visual and sonic ecologies to mobilize a break from orthodox referents and habits of repetition, towards more eco-logical modes of thought. Beier is currently completing her PhD at the University of Alberta, where she also teaches as an undergraduate instructor in the Department of Secondary Education and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Eric Benson is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois. He has worked as a professional designer for such companies as Razorfish and Texas Instruments. His research as a professor explores how design can be sustainable and consequently how to teach it. Eric has a BFA in Industrial/Graphic design from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Design from the University of Texas.

Karin Bolender (aka K-Haw Hart) is an artist-researcher who seeks ‘untold’ stories within muddy meshes of timeplaces. Under the auspices of the Rural Alchemy Workshop (R.A.W.), she explores dirty words and knotty wisdoms of earthly bodies-in-places through durational performance, writing, video, sound, and experimental books arts. Karin earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College and a PhD in Environmental Humanities from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She has lived and moved with a family herd of mammals and others on the semi-rural fringes of several university towns in the U.S. Southeast and West and presently makes a home in a small timber and rodeo town near a state university in the Willamette Valley/Champinefu Kalapuya territory in Oregon. 3Ecologies/punctum books published The Unnaming of Aliass, which reckons with two decades of barnyard becomings, in 2020.

Nick Byrd is a philosopher-scientist studying how differences in reasoning style relate to differences in judgments, decisions, and wellbeing. For example, Nick examines how reflection double checks our intuitions, how our evaluations of arguments and evidence can be biased, how our tendency to unreflectively accept our initial intuition predicts many of our philosophical beliefs, how our sense of identity influences our reasoning, how to debias our reasoning, and how our happiness can be influenced by our beliefs about happiness. Nick’s graduate coursework in cognitive science and philosophy was completed at University of Colorado and Florida State University. Institutions like the US Intelligence Community, the John Templeton Foundation, and universities have funded Nick’s research. You can find out more about Nick’s research on, social media, Psychology Today, the American Philosophical Association blog, podcasts, radio segments, and other venues.

Hart Cohen is Professor in Media Arts in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University, Australia. Dr Cohen is a member of the Institute for Culture and Society and supervises a number of MA (research), DCA and PhD students. He has published widely in the field of visual anthropology, communications and film studies. Hart has directed three Australian Research Council Projects related to the Strehlow Collection held at the Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs. He is the co-author of the award-winning book, Screen Media Arts: An Introduction to Concepts and Practices for Oxford University Press (2009), as well as the founding editor of The Global Media Journal (Australian Edition). His most recent book is The Strehlow Archive: Explorations in Old and New Media (Routledge).

Ted Dawson is an Assistant Professor of Practice in German studies and faculty affiliate at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He researches and teaches Austrian and German literature and culture from the nineteenth century to the present, focusing especially on environmental humanities, digital humanities and sound and media studies. Before coming to Nebraska, he was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, where he helped establish an interdisciplinary environmental humanities research community.

Petra Dolata is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Calgary, Canada. From 2014-2019 she was Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the History of Energy. She holds an MA degree in American Studies from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where she also received her PhD in International Relations with a study on U.S.-German (energy) relations in the late 1950s and early 1960s which was published in 2006 with VS Verlag (Die deutsche Kohlenkrise im nationalen und transatlantischen Kontext). She is the co-convenor of the Energy In Society research group at the Calgary Institute for the Humanities. Petra’s current research focuses on European and North American energy history after 1945 as well as the history and politics of the Canadian and circumpolar Arctic. She has published on Canada’s natural resources, foreign and Arctic policies, and the concept of energy security.

Christa Donner is an artist, mother, curator and organizer who investigates the human/animal body and its metaphors through a variety of media, from large-scale drawing and installation to guided visualizations and small-press publications. Her practice often incorporates social exchange and collaboration rooted in personal narrative and sensory experience. Christa’s work is exhibited widely, including projects for the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany), The Worldly House at dOCUMENTA 13 (Kassel, Germany); BankArt NYK (Yokohama, Japan); Chiaki Kamikawa Contemporary Art (Paphos, Cyprus); the Museum Bellerive (Zurich, Switzerland), ANTI Festival of Contemporary Art (Kuopio, Finland), the Centro Columbo Americano (Medellin, Colombia), and throughout the United States. Her work can be found at Lai-Tze Fan is an Assistant Professor at Waterloo University, Canada, and a Faculty Researcher of the Critical Media Lab. She researches digital storytelling, media theory and infrastructure, research-creation or critical making, and systemic inequalities in the design of tech and tech labour. She makes digital and material art about e-waste and crafts. She is the Co-Editor of 2020 collection Post-Digital: Dialogues and Debates from electronic book review, and her research appears in Mosaic, Convergence, Digital Studies, and elsewhere. Fan serves as an Editor and the Director of Communications for electronic book review, one of the oldest academic journals on the Internet, and Co-Editor of the digital review.

Priscilla Ferronato is a Lead User Experience Researcher and PhD candidate in Informatics at University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with over five years of experience in qualitative user experience research. Currently, she works with a fintech leading the research on the future of automation in finances and its impact on human behavior. Her PhD dissertation investigates the influence of individual differences on the formation of trust in autonomous systems.

Alison Gill is Senior Lecturer in Design at Western Sydney University. Alison’s research interests in design philosophy, cultural theory and socio-material studies are evident in publications about social practices of repair, alternative conceptions of use and visual narratives; sports product advertising; deconstruction fashion; audience/user practices and sustainable design education. Her current research projects investigate cultures of everyday resourcefulness like sharing, reuse, customization, and repair to encourage transitions to more sustainable economies.

Amanda Starling Gould, PhD (she/her) is currently the Senior Program Coordinator for Educational Programs & Digital Humanities at the Duke University John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. She directs the Duke Story+ Interdisciplinary Humanities Research program, consults on digital humanities projects and innovative pedagogical interventions for Duke’s Humanities Labs and Digital Humanities Initiative, and collaborates with partners across Duke (and beyond) to design creative—and sometimes remote—research and storytelling experiences. She teaches graduate and undergraduate classes on environmental humanities, critical digital practice, redesigning futures, and ‘learning to fail’.

Maryella Hatfield is a Lecturer in Screen Media (SoHCA) at Western Sydney University. She is also a filmmaker, and the director of The Future Makers, which tells the story of key Australians leading the way on the world stage in renewable energy (broadcast on Discovery Channel, 2008-2010). A graduate from the AFTRS in directing, her work has been shown with a range of international festivals and broadcasters. Eden, a short environmental documentary, was highly commended in the Dendy Awards. Range of Experience was nominated for an AFI Award, and was screened in numerous festivals including Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals, LA Women in Film Festival, Portugal’s Fantasporto Festival, Flickerfest et al. She worked as an independent director/producer over many years, and brings this experience to her work in higher education. The Living Lab project at South Vineyard Creek was highly commended in the Australasian Green Gowns Awards in 2020.

Mél Hogan is the Director of the Environmental Media Lab ( and an Associate Professor in Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary. Her work on data storage and cloud imaginaries has been published in journals like Ephemera, First Monday, Television and New Media, Big Data and Society, Culture Machine and the Canadian Journal of Communication, among others. Website:; Twitter @mel_hogan /@ EnvMediaLab

Joshua Korenblat is an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. Prior to joining the Art Department faculty at SUNY New Paltz, Joshua worked as an art director, artist, writer and educator. Joshua has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Visual Art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MA in Teaching from Brown University and an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Also, Joshua has a dual-degree BFA and BA from Washington University in St. Louis. From 2007 until 2014, Joshua was on the Graphic Design faculty of the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts, Washington, DC campus. Professionally, Joshua has seven years of experience in the Art Department at National Geographic Magazine and Science News. In 2012, Joshua helped to co-found Graphicacy, a data visualization design firm based in Washington, DC. Today, Joshua works as an Art Director with the team at Graphicacy.

Kristine Kowalchuk is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, and an instructor of English and Ethics at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). Her research focuses on ecological humanities, including writing on food and farming systems. In 2017 she published Preserving on Paper: Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen’s Receipt Books through the University of Toronto Press.

Michael Leung is an artist/designer, researcher and visiting lecturer. He was born in London and moved to Hong Kong in 2009 to complete an MA in Design. His projects range from collective urban agriculture projects such as The HK FARMers’ Almanac 2014-2015 to Pangkerchief, a collection of objects produced by Pang Jai fabric market in Sham Shui Po. Michael is a Visiting Lecturer at Hong Kong Baptist University where he teaches Social Practice (MA). His research focuses on Insurrectionary Agricultural Milieux, rhizomatic forms of agriculture that exist in local response to global conditions of biopolitics and neoliberalism.

Abby Mellick Lopes is an Associate Professor in Design Studies at University of Technology, Sydney. Abby’s collaborative research focuses on the relationship between design and social arrangements to support the transition to more sustainable cultures and economies, with recent projects tackling the social impacts of heat and development trends on the urban commons; civic trust in drinking water; and food and waste economies and cultures of repair, with a particular focus on the communities of Western Sydney. Abby has published in Design Studies, Design and Culture, Cultural Studies Review, ACME : an international e-journal for critical geographies and elsewhere, and written several book chapters on design, sustainability and transdisciplinarity. Her work has been presented in the UK, the USA, Canada, Cyprus, Spain, Malaysia and China.

Natalie S. Loveless is Associate Professor, Contemporary Art and Theory, at the University of Alberta, where she directs the Research-Creation and Social Justice CoLABoratory and co-leads the Faculty of Arts’ Signature Area in Research-Creation. Loveless is author of How to Make Art at the End of the World: A Manifesto for Research-Creation (Duke UP 2019), editor of Knowings and Knots: Methodologies and Ecologies in Research-Creation (University of Alberta Press 2019), and co-editor of Responding to Site: The Performance Work of Marilyn Arsem (Intellect Press 2020). Loveless has held fellowships and visiting positions in the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture (CISSC) at Concordia University (Montreal), the Centre for the Humanities at the University of Utrecht, and Western University (London, Ontario). In 2020 she was elected to the Royal Society of Canada (College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists) for her scholarship at the intersection of research-creation and social and ecological justice.

Chelsea Miya is a PhD Candidate and CGS SSHRC fellow in English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta where her work focuses on the cultural history of data. She is a researcher and podcaster with the SpokenWeb, a multi-institutional interdisciplinary project dedicated to the discovery, preservation, and analysis of sonic artifacts.

Howard Nye is an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alberta. He works primarily in the areas of normative ethics, practical ethics, and metaethics, and has related interests in political philosophy, the philosophy of mind, and decision theory. One line of Howard’s current research investigates challenges to the common assumption that life is less of a morally important benefit to beings who lack the intellectual abilities of typical human adults. Another line of his research concerns the ethics of collective action, focusing on the argument that individual actors and institutions should reduce their contributions to harmful practices because their contributions have small chances of making very important differences. A third line of Howard’s research investigates what it takes for an entity to have beliefs, desires, and sensations that represent or are about the world in a sense that admits of genuine, underivative error, with applications to the sentience and mental lives of various non-human animals, intellectually less able humans, and possible future artificial intelligence systems.

Leanne Olson is an artist, educator and writer. She has maintained a near two decade self-taught and community engaged art practice since completing a BA in Film Studies in 2003 at the University of Alberta. In 2019, she returned to campus and is an MFA candidate at the University of Victoria. Olson’s work focuses on land and water bodies that are tasked with jobs, such as landfills, sulphurous springs, and recreational lakes. Her practice includes repeat visitation and empathic documentation of these sites as they are entangled in massive change. The subjects in her images are often micro captures of ecosystems adapting to human odds and responding to the effects of time. Olson received international media coverage for her recent exhibition at the Mitchell Art Gallery at MacEwan University and for her 2018 residency with the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.

Allison Paradise has inspired thousands of people to see themselves, their relationship to others, and their relationship to the planet in a new way. She is the founder and former CEO of My Green Lab, a non-profit organization with a mission to build a culture of sustainability through science. Under her leadership, My Green Lab established the first-ever sustainability criteria for laboratory operations and products, transforming an industry half the size of the automotive industry into a paragon of sustainability. My Green Lab was founded on the philosophy of questioning our own behavior, and this continues to be the guiding philosophy behind her most recent project, Open Spaces, Open Minds (OSOM). In her work at OSOM, Allison empowers children and adults to question, explore, and connect with themselves and nature with true curiosity and joy. Allison is a frequently invited speaker at sustainability events and scientific meetings. She holds degrees in neuroscience from Brown and Harvard.

Geoffrey Rockwell is a Professor of Philosophy and Digital Humanities, Director of the Kule Institute for Advanced Study and Associate Director of the AI for Society signature area at the University of Alberta. He publishes on textual visualization, text analysis, ethics of technology and on digital humanities including a co-authored book, Hermeneutica, from MIT Press (2016). He is co-developer of Voyant Tools (, an award-winning suite of text analysis tools.

Oliver Rossier has a BA in History and Political Science, and an MA in Communications and Technology, both from the University of Alberta. He has over twenty years of post-secondary administrative experience, facilitating collaborative research projects and strategic initiatives. He is committed to helping research teams find the right tools and techniques to navigate transitions caused by the tandem tsunamis of COVID-19 and significant budget reductions.

Gem Shoute has a PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta. She is the Co-Founder and CEO of Synthergy, a company which aims to improve the efficiency and sustainability of the nano-manufacturing technique used to make semiconductors and advanced coatings.

Francesca Sidoti is a PhD candidate at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University. Her research focuses on the role of place, particularly in the lives of young adults in regional New South Wales.

Scott Smallwood is a sound artist, composer, and performer who creates works inspired by discovered textures and forms, through a practice of listening, field recording, and improvisation. In addition to composing works for ensembles and electronics, he designs experimental instruments and software, as well as sound installations and audio games, often for site-specific scenarios. Much of his recent work is often concerned with the soundscapes of climate change, and the dichotomy between ecstatic and luxuriating states of noise and the precious commodity of natural acoustical environments and quiet spaces. He performs as one-half of the laptop/electronic duo Evidence (with Stephan Moore) and has collaborated with many artists and ensembles including Continuum Ensemble, Ensemble SurPlus, Seth Cluett, Mark Dresser, Cor Fuhler, John Butcher, Pauline Oliveros, Cindy Baker, Jen Mesch, Sean Caulfield, Sydney Lancaster, Yanira Castro, Marilène Oliver, and many others. He teaches as an associate professor of composition at the University of Alberta, where he also serves as the director of the Sound Studies Institute.

Deb Verhoeven is currently the Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta. Previously she was Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at the University of Technology Sydney, and before this she was Vice Chancellor’s Library Fellow and Professor of Media and Communication at Deakin University. Between 2008 and 2011 she was Inaugural Deputy Director of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia. She currently serves on the boards of the Canadian research infrastructure organisations CANARIE and NDRIO.

Andrew S. Yang works across the naturalcultural flux by way of the visual arts, natural sciences, and expanded research. His projects have been exhibited from Oklahoma to Yokohama, including the 14th Istanbul Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. His writings have appeared in Leonardo, Biological Theory, Art Journal, and in the forthcoming books Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations and the Routledge Handbook of Art, Science, and Technology Studies. He was recently inaugural artist-in-residence at Yale-NUS College in Singapore, is a Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, and an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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