Assistants to the Leeds Conference:

Martin Carter

Caroline Jones

Jie Zuo

Ruben Gonzalez Macias


Professor Alison Beale (Simon Fraser University)

Madalina Bodea (Research Assistant).
I have a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Bucharest (2004) and an M.A. in Theoretical Philosophy from the same University (2006). I am a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Letters (2008 onward).

My previous research focused on the interpersonal communication in small social networks and media and advertising studies: audience profiles, brand communication strategy.

Currently my research interest has moved more to the junction of cultural studies and communication, like sociology of literature, gender stereotypes, media and pornography.

Dr. Karen Boyle (University of Glasgow) Dr Karen Boyle is a Lecturer in Film & Television Studies at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of Media & Violence: Gendering the Debates and has published articles on pornography and its mainstream representation in a number of edited collections and journals including Women’s Studies International Forum and Feminist Media Studies. She has given evidence to the Equal Opportunities Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the impact of pornography.

Despina Chronaki (National Kapodistrian University of Athens)
Despina Chronaki holds a bachelor degree of Communication, Mass Media and Culture Faculty (Panteion University of Social and Political Studies, Athens) and is now a postgraduate student of the MA in “Political Communication and New Technologies” at the Mass Media and Communication Faculty of the National Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Along with her MA studies, she is a member of the Greek national team of EU Kids Online Network as well as of the Social Research Laboratory of the Mass Media and Communication faculty (University of Athens) where she works as a researcher on a regular basis.

She is interested in media social research as well as in the Internet safety and opportunities issues and the use of ICTs by children in general.

Professor Gail Dines (Wheelock College, Boston)

Associate Professor Mary Griffiths (The University of Adelaide)

Professor Sheila Joy Jeffreys (The University of Melbourne)

Valentina Marinescu, Ph. D, Reader at the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work – Bucharest University (Bucharest, Romania). She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in media and society, and methods of researching mass communication. Her interests lie in media and communication studies in Eastern Europe, particularly in Romania, and in gender studies. She has also published articles and book chapters on those two subject matters: , La définition de l’« Autre » dans la communication quotidienne en Roumanie ,in Gunter Krause (ed.) « L’Autre : création et médiation », Peter Lang Pbl. House, 2008, ;Kadina ve Cocuga Uygulanan Siddetin Meyaya Yansimasi: Romania’ daki Merkezi Gazetelu [The Mediatisation of Violence Against Women and Children: The Case of Romanian Central Newspapers], in Kadin Calimaru Dergisi, 2007;Le 8 mars roumain-Un concept publicitaire ( in Revue Sciences de la Societe, Universite Toulouse Le Mistral, France- 2007-Special number: Le 8 Mars a la Une), Les enjeux pratiques et interactionnels du chat présenté par la Délégation de la CE en Roumanie : les questions divisent (in Patterson, R., (ed) Enjeux et usages des TIC – reliance sociale et insertion professionnelle – ULB – Bruxelles), Rumanien, (in U. Hasebrink, W. Schutz (eds.) Internationales Handbuch Medien, Hans Bedrow Institute, Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2004).

Steven McDermott(Research Assistant) He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Communications Studies (University of Leeds). He has a B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy and Sociology from The Queen’s University of Belfast, an M.A. in Philosophy and Social Theory from the University of Warwick and a Master of Research in Social Research from the University of Aberdeen. His research explores the socio-political dimensions of the Internet and other technologies, using Social Network Analysis and Critical Discourse Analysis. He was awarded a Research Student Scholarship in 2008 and is currently the Research Assistant on the ‘Socialisation of the Global Sexually Explicit Imagery: Challenges to Policy and Research Project’.

Associate Professor Kiran Prasad

Kiran Prasad is Associate Professor in Communication and Journalism, Sri Padmavati Mahila University, Tirupati, India. She was Commonwealth Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for International Communication Research, Institute of Communication Studies, University of Leeds, UK and Canadian Studies Research Fellow at the School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She is also the youngest ever recipient of the ‘State Best Teacher Award’ for university teachers from the Government of Andhra Pradesh, India. She has researched extensively in India, Bangladesh, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada and the UK on the interrelations between communication and development studies. A prolific writer and well known communication philosopher, she is author/editor of over fifteen books. Her recent books include Communication for Development: Reinventing Theory and Action (2008, in 2 Vols.); Communication, Modernisation and Social Development: Theory, Policy and Strategies (2002, in 2 Vols.); Political Communication: The Indian Experience (2003, in 2 Vols.); Information and Communication Technology: Recasting Development (2004); Women, Globalization and Mass Media: International Facets of Emancipation (2006); Media Law and Ethics: Readings in Communication Regulations (2008, in 2 Vols.); HIV and AIDS: Vulnerability of Women in Asia and Africa (2008); Feminist Development Communication: Empowering Women in the Information Era (2009); and e-Journalism: New Directions in Electronic News Media (2009). She is series editor of Empowering Women Worldwide, a book series published by the Women Press, New Delhi.

Dr. Katharine Sarikakis (University of Leeds)

Associate Professor Rebecca Sullivan(University of Calgary)
Dr. Rebecca Sullivan is an Associate Professor in Communications specializing in feminist film and media studies. Her interest in the popular and legal discourses of sexuality extends through reproductive technologies, sexual education, virginity and celibacy, and pornography. Dr. Sullivan is the author of Visual Habits: Nuns,Feminism and American Postwar Popular Culture, the co-author of Canadian Television Today, and co-author of the forthcoming Becoming Biosubjects: Contemporary Canadian Biotechnology Discourse.

Dr. Liza Tsaliki (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)





Associate Professor Marcus Breen (Northeastern University)


Assistant Professor Jennifer Johnson (Virginia Commonwealth University)