P David Marshall – Director

P David Marshall holds a Professorship and Personal Chair in New Media, Communication and Cultural Studies at Deakin University in Melbourne Australia. He is the world-leading scholar in the study of celebrity and public personality systems.Along with many articles and book chapters, Professor Marshall’s books include Persona Studies: An Introduction(2019),Advertising and Promotional Cultures: Case Histories (Palgrave, 2018), Celebrity and Power(Minnesota, 2ndedition 2014), Celebrity Persona Pandemic(Minnesota, 2016), New Media Cultures(Oxford Arnold, 2004),Web Theory(2003) and Fame Games (Cambridge, 2000). His edited or co-edited books include A Companion to Celebrity (Blackwell-Wiley, 2016), Contemporary Publics (Palgrave, 2016), and The Celebrity Culture Reader(Routledge, 2006). His current research has focused on the concept of persona and the now associated sub-field of Persona Studies which investigates the strategic construction of the public display of the self, both in its online forms and in other transforming contexts. His forthcoming research and publications include: the General Editor of the 6-volume Cultural History of Fame (for Bloomsbury Academic), the co-authored),and the future book Emoji Culture and Gestural Communication (McGill Queens University Press, 2020). His expertise has led to interviews published in many newspapers including the New York Times, Globe and Mail and the Sydney Morning Herald as well as appearances on other legacy media including the BBC, CNN, Fox News, the ABC and many other media outlets around the world. Professor Marshall has also appeared in the recent documentary film about celebrity called Big in Japan (2017). Along with occasionally publishing more journalistic articles and other media, he maintains a very intermittent personal blog at www.pdavidmarshall.com.

Kim Barbour

Dr Kim Barbour is a qualitative new media scholar. As a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, Kim’s teaching focuses on digital and online media, identity, and storytelling. Kim’s research looks at online persona, the strategic production of identity through digital media, and particularly focuses on the everyday use of social media. Kim is the co-founding editor of the Persona Studies journal, an online, open access journal based at Deakin University. Her co-authored book Persona Studies: An Introduction (Wiley Blackwell) was released in 2019. She has published articles in Celebrity Studies, TDR: The Drama Review, M/C Journal, Media International Australia, and First Monday. Kim has chapters in edited collections published by Palgrave McMillan, Routledge, and Adelaide University Press. Her paper ‘Performing Professionalism | Validating Artistness’ won the Grant Noble award for best post-graduate paper at ANZCA 2014. Kim is a member of the Public Engagement in Science and Technology at Adelaide interdisciplinary research cluster. You can often find her on Twitter: @kjbarbour.

Christopher Moore

Christopher Moore is a senior lecturer in Digital Communication and Media at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Chris is a researcher in internet studies, fans and celebrity, analogue and digital games and online persona. His research in Game Studies has examined the affective dimensions of first-person video games and the role of screenshots and virtual items in the expression of gamer persona. Chris is currently investigating the use of social media in the support of niche creative workers in the cultural industries. He is the co-author of the Persona Studies: An Introduction (Wiley, 2020) and a co-editor of the journal of Persona Studies.

Jackie Raphael – Regional Chair (Australia and the Pacific region)

Dr. Raphael currently teaches and researches at the University of Western Australia. For more than a decade, she has researched celebrity culture, social media, endorsements, branding, iconic status, persona and bromances. Some of her recent publications include Aussie Fans: Uniquely placed in global popular culture (2019), Authentic Activism: Challenges of an Environmental Celebrity (2019), Personas and Places: Negotiating Myths, Stereotypes and National Identities (2018), Disassembling the Celebrity Figure: Credibility and the Incredible (2018), X-Men Bromance: Film, audience and promotion (2018), The function of hosts: enabling fan–celebrity interactions at pop culture conventions (2017), True Bromance: The authenticity behind the Stewart/McKellen relationship (2017), and Marvel Media Convergence: Cult following and buddy banter (2016). – https://drjackieraphael.wordpress.com/

Celia Lam – Regional Chair (Asia)

Celia Lam is Associate Professor in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China. Her research focuses on the cultural and aesthetic impact of digital technologies on media production and consumption, audience reception and fan studies. With Jackie Raphael, she is also researching the cultural impact of Hollywood Bromances. Her work has been published in journals such as Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, Northern Lights: Film & Media Studies YearbookContinuum and Celebrity Studies Journal.

Barry King

Barry King is Professor of Communications at Auckland University of Technology. His published research covers the political economy of culture, the semiotics of acting and celebrity culture. He is the co-author (with Sean Cubitt, Harriet Margolies and Thierry Jutel) of Studying the Event Film: The Lord of the Rings (Manchester University Press, 2008). His book, Taking Fame to Market: On the Pre-History and Post-History of Hollywood Stardom (Palgrave Macmillan) was published in 2014. A second book, Working as a Sign is being completed. He is part of the advisory board of Celebrity Studies and Persona Studies.

Nicholas Qyll

Dr. Nicholas Qyll is a practitioner, researcher, and lecturer in the field of design. He studied communication design at the Nuremberg University of Applied Sciences and completed a postgraduate course in communication design with a focus on brand development, modern aesthetics and cultural studies at the universities of Wuppertal and Essen. This was followed by doctoral studies at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne and a doctorate with a design thesis on ›Visual Person Branding‹ at the Saarbrücken University of Fine Arts (HBKsaar). Nicholas Qyll’s teaching, research and publication activities focus on branding, persona studies, storytelling, media rhetoric and visual communication. Recent publications include Visual design of person brands: A semio-cognitive approach (2019), Persona as Key Component in (Cultural) Person Branding (2020), Social Media in Self-marketing (2021) and the book Visual Person Branding (2021). He offers practical and theoretical courses on the subject of design at various universities; currently as a lecturer for ›design studies‹ at the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Nicholas Qyll lives and works in Cologne (Germany).