People

The project is led by Investigators Dr Joss Hands and Dr Jussi Parikka

Dr Joss Hands is senior lecturer in Media and Communication at Anglia Ruskin University and Co-Director of ARCDigital (Anglia Research Centre in Digital Culture). His research focuses broadly on the intersection between digital technology, politics and culture. He teaches courses in communication and technology, public sphere theory, globalization, digital culture and the political economy of the media at Anglia Ruskin University. He holds a PhD in critical theory from the Manchester Metropolitan University.

His published work has explored the interrelations of new media and democracy in the context of globalisation, in terms of both formal governance as well as activism and protest movements. This has included an address to the role of new media in contributing to the emergence of a specifically 'European' public sphere, with all the issues of identity, language and mediation entailed. He has also written on local democracy and online deliberation, and on new forms of political action emerging in the network society, which includes an engagement with a range of contemporary political and critical theory.

He has written for a range of journals such as "Information, Communication and Society," "Philosophy and Social Criticism," "Cultural Politics" and "First Monday," and co-edited the book "At the Interface: Continuity and Transformation in Culture and Politics" (Rodopi, 2004) with Eugenia Siapera.

His recent book is on activism and digital culture, titled "@ is for Activism: Dissent, Resistence and Rebellion in a Digital Culture," and is published by Pluto press. In th book he has developing many of the themes mentioned above, and expanded his analysis to include the impact of technologies such as mobile telephony and digital television on digital culture and politics.

Dr Jussi Parikka is Reader in Media Theory and History at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK. He is the Co-Director of the Anglia Research Centre in Digital Culture and from January 2010 onwards, the Director of the new interfaculty research institue at Anglia Ruskin, CoDE - Cultures of Digital Economy.

Parikka has published a book on 'cultural theory in the age of digital machines' (Koneoppi, in Finnish) and his "Digital Contagions: A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses" is published by Peter Lang, New York, Digital Formations-series (2007). Parikka has just finished a book on "Insect Media" (forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press), which focuses on the media theoretical and historical interconnections of biology and technology. In addition, the co-edited "The Spam Book: On Viruses, Spam, and Other Anomalies from the Dark Side of Digital Culture" (Hampton Press) is just out. Another co-edited volume "Media Archaeologies" (University of California Press) is forthcoming.

The project has an advisory board that consist of some of the leading scholars in this field:

Dr Greg Elmer, Director of the Infoscape Lab, Associate Professor at Ryerson University, Toronto  
Dr Alex Galloway, Associate Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University 
Dr Katrien Jacobs, Assistant Professor at City University Hong Kong 
Professor Douglas Kellner, George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair at UCLA
Dr Tiziana Terranova, Professor at University of Naples
Dr Eugene Thacker, Associate Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology