Keynote Speakers

ANZCA 2017 Paula GardnerPaula Gardner, PhD, is a feminist interdisciplinary scholar, whose multimedia practice and text-based scholarship binds feminism, media studies, human computer interaction, and science and technology studies. Gardner is the Asper Chair in Communications in the Faculty of Communication Studies and Multimedia, McMaster University (Canada) where she runs Pulse Lab, and is Senior Adjunct Faculty at OCAD University, where she co-founded the Mobile Experience Lab ( Gardner is incoming President of the International Communication Association, sits on the Steering committee for FemTechNet, and was a founding PI on the Canadian GRAND NCE network. Gardner’s research creation practice has been supported by Canadian funders including SSHRC, Heritage Canada, and National Centres of Excellence. Gardner’s current research creation projects employ visual aesthetics, participatory design, critical feminist, mobile and locative theory to create mobile, gesture-based and biometric platforms establishing unique art experiences, and therapeutic interventions. She is completing a documentary film on US asylum system problematics since 9/11/01 and is working on a book entitled Pace, the Affective Labour of Activity Trackers. Her scholarship has been published in Body and Society, Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology, the Journal of Medical Humanities, the Canadian Journal of Communication, and Aether: Journal of Media Geography, among others.

Wanning Sun ANZCA 2017Wanning Sun is Professor of Media and Communication Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UTS. She is best known for her research in Chinese media and cultural studies; soft power, public diplomacy and communication in China; rural-to-urban migration in China; and transnational migration and diasporic Chinese media.

She worked briefly as a journalist in China in the 1980s, and since then has taught media and communication at undergraduate and graduate levels in a number of universities in Australia, the US and China in the disciplines of media, communication and journalism.

Her recent works include:

  • Subaltern China: Rural Migrants, Media and Cultural Practices (2014),
  • Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia (2016, with T. Lewis & F. Martin), and
  • Media and Communication in the Chinese Diaspora: Rethinking Transnationlism (2016, eds. with J. Sinclair).

Profesor Daya Thussu ANZCA 2017Daya Thussu is Professor of International Communication and founder and Co-Director of India Media Centre and research advisor to the China Media Centre at the University of Westminster in London.

Author or editor of 18 books, his latest publication is Communicating India’s Soft Power: Buddha to Bollywood (Sage India, 2016). Among his other key publications are: Mapping BRICS Media (co-edited with Kaarle Nordenstreng, Routledge, 2015); International Communication: Continuity and Change (Third edition, Bloomsbury, forthcoming); Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives (co-edited with Des Freedman, Sage, 2012); Internationalizing Media Studies (Routledge, 2009); News as Entertainment: The Rise of Global Infotainment (Sage, 2007);  Media on the Move: Global Flow and Contra-Flow (Routledge, 2007). 

He is the founder and Managing Editor of the Sage journal Global Media and Communication and Editor-in-Chief of the new Sage journal Global Media and China. In 2014, Professor Thussu was honoured with a ‘Distinguished Scholar Award’ by the International Studies Association.

Silvio Waisbord ANZCA 2017Silvio Waisbord is Professor and Associate Director in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication (2015-2018) and served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics (2008-2014).
He has authored and co-edited ten books, including Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin Americas(Zed, 2016), Reinventing Professionalism: Journalism and News in Global Perspective (Polity, 2013) and Media Sociology: A Reappraisal(Polity, 2014), and published on news and politics, and communication and social change.