Dr. Mary Chayko is a sociologist, professor, and Director of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies for the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University (USA). She is also an affiliate professor in Rutgers’ departments of Sociology and Women & Gender Studies, and has been honored as a Rutgers University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Contributor to Undergraduate Education. She received a B.A. in Communication and Psychology from Seton Hall University, Ed.M in Counseling Psychology, and an M.A., and Ph.D. in Sociology, from Rutgers University. Dr. Chayko’s research is on the impact of the internet and digital technology on community, society, and self. She is the author of four books, most recently Superconnected: The Internet, Digital Media, and Techno-Social Life (Sage, 2nd Edition 2018, with translations in Serbian, Korean, and Turkish), plus many published articles. She speaks widely on digital connectedness and consequences, social media use, and the educational applications of digital technologies.

Dr. Joanne Garde-Hansen is Director of the Centre for Cultural & Media Policy Studies, University of Warwick. She is principal investigator of the Afterlives of Protest Research Network (AHRC). Her research interests include media and memory, digital memory studies, media heritage and archives and media and water (flood, drought, weather data and storytelling). She has published extensively on media and memory.

Dr. Raphaela Henze is professor of Cultural Management at Heilbronn University, Germany. Prior to joining Heilbronn University in 2010 she worked in several senior management positions in universities, ministries and foundations. Her main research focus is on the impacts of globalisation and internationalisation on arts management and arts management education. Raphaela studied law at Humboldt-University Berlin and Paris X-Nanterre in France, received her Ph.D. from Ruhr University Bochum, was a postdoc at the ‘Law, Media & Culture Project’ at Yale Law School, USA, as well as at the National Institute for Educational Policy Research (NIER) in Tokyo, Japan. She has an executive MBA from the University of London. In 2016 she co-founded the international and interdisciplinary network ‘Brokering Intercultural Exchange’ (www.managingcultre.net). She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and visiting professor at universities in e.g. Denmark, Finland and Poland. Her research has been translated into several different languages.