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The CCIE Advisory Board consists of prominent national and international figures in the fields of education, cultural studies and other interdisciplinary fields. The Advisory Board plays a major role in steering the future direction and activities of the centre, in collaboration with other international scholars, the director, and a local steering committee. The Board also plays a role in fostering links and connections with other centres, programmes and organizations undertaking similar work and Board Members have the opportunity to initiate and participate in major international collaborative projects with others involved with the centre. In addition, the Advisory Board provides advice on the centre’s research projects, conferences, speakers, symposia etc, and proposes initiatives that meet the centres mandate.

Dr. Pertti Alasuutari

Pertti Alasuutari
Department of Sociology
University of Tampere

Pertti Alasuutari is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the International School of Social Sciences at the University of Tampere, Finland. He is editor of the European Journal of Cultural Studies, and has published widely in the areas of cultural and media studies and qualitative methods. His books include Desire and Craving; A Cultural Theory of Alcoholism (SUNY Press 1992), Researching Culture: Qualitative Method and Cultural Studies (Sage, 1995), An Invitation to Social Research (Sage 1998) Rethinking the Media Audience (Sage 1999), and Social Theory and Human Reality (Sage 2004).

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Dr. Jody Berland

Jody Berland
Associate Professor
York University

Jody Berland is an Associate Professor and a member of the graduate programs in Communication and Culture, the Department of Music, and the Graduate Programme of Social and Political Thought at York University.  Her teaching and research interests include cultural theory; Canadian communication theory; cultural studies of nature, science, technology and the environment; music and the media; space and place.  In addition to publishing on such a wide range of topics, Dr. Berland is also one of three North American representatives to the international board of the Association of Cultural Studies. She also serves as editor of Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, published by University of Toronto Press and edited at York. Currently, she is completing a book-length manuscript on culture, technology and space, entitled North of Empire: Culture and the Technologies of Space.

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Dr. Kuan-Hsing Chen

Kuan-Hsing Chen
Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies
National Chiao Tung University
Hsinchu, Taiwan

Kuan-Hsing Chen is Professor in the Institute for Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. He has held visiting professorships at universities in Singapore, Korea, China, Japan, and the U.S. He has published extensively in both Chinese and English, including edited volumes in English: Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies (Routledge 1996; with David Morley) Trajectories: Inter-Asia Cultural Studies (Routledge 1998) and Inter-Asia Cultural Studies Reader (Routledge 2007; with Chua Beng Huat); and in Chinese: Cultural Studies in Taiwan (2000) and The Partha Chatterjee Seminar--Locating Political Society: Modernity, State Violence and Postcolonial Democracies (2000). His own books include Media/Cultural Criticism: A Popular-Democratic Line of Flight (1992, in Chinese), and The Imperialist Eye (2003, in Korean). Towards de-imperialization—Asia as method (2006, in Chinese) is a more recent publication. He was founding chair of the Cultural Studies Association, Taiwan and is on the board of the international Association for Cultural Studies. A member of the Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies, he has been a co-executive editor of the journal, Inter-Asia Cultural Studies since 2000.

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Dr. George Dei

George Dei
Department of Sociology and Equity Studies
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

George Sefa Dei is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at the OISE/UT. He is author of Schooling and Education in Africa (2004); Anti-Racism Education (1996) and Hardships and Survival in Rural West Africa (1992). He is the co-author of Playing the Race Card: White Power and Privilege (2004) and Reconstructing ‘Drop-out’:A Critical Ethnography of the Dynamics of Black Students’ Disengagement from School (1996). He has co-edited seven books, including: The Poetics of Anti-Racism (2006); Anti-Colonialism and Education (2006); African Education and Globalization (2006); Schooling and Difference in Africa (2006); Critical Issues in Anti-Racist Research Methodologies (2005); and Indigenous Knowledges in Global Contexts (2000). Professor Dei has served as a board member for several community-based organizations in Ontario. He is a member and founder of several advisory committees on education, and has received numerous awards.

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Dr. Henry Giroux

Henry Giroux
Department of English and Cultural Studies
McMaster University

Henry Giroux is the Global Television Network Chair in English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. He lectures frequently both in the United States and abroad and his research focuses on a variety of issues including cultural studies, youth, critical pedagogy, democratic theory, public education, social theory, and the politics of higher education. Professor Giroux has published extensively in a wide ranging number of scholarly journals and books. His most recent books include: Elestirel Pedagoji ve Neoliberalizm Kalkedon Yayinlari (Turkey 2007) Against the Terror of Neoliberalism: Politics Beyond the Age of Greed (2008), Elistirel Pedagojinin Vaadi Kalkedon Yayinlari (Turkey 2008), Youth in a Suspect Society: Democracy or Disposability? Palgrave-Macmillan (2009), Take Back Higher Education: Race, Youth, and the Crisis of Democracy in the Post Civil rights Era (2004); The Terror of Neoliberalism (2004);  Border Crossings (2005) and  Schooling and the Struggle for Public Life (2005); Against the New Authoritarianism: Politics After Abu Ghraib (2005); America on the Edge: Henry Giroux on Politics, Culture, and Education (2006); The Giroux Reader (2006);  Beyond the Spectacle of Terrorism (2006), Stormy Weather: Katrina and the Politics of Disposability (2006), and The University in Chains: Confronting the Military-Industrial-Academic Complex (2007).

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Dr. Ann Gray

Ann Gray
Department of Media Production
University of Lincoln

Ann Gray is Professor of Cultural Studies at UL and Co-director Centre for European Cultural Studies. Her main research interests are in media and popular culture but she has focused more recently on television studies in particular. Her first book Video Playtime: the gendering of a leisure technology was a study of the uses of the video cassette recorder, relating this to an understanding of media use in everyday life with particular reference to gender. In addition to writing on aspects of feminist cultural studies, she has also written about the intellectual and institutional politics of research methods in her book Research Practice for Cultural Studies. Professor Gray also has a strong interest in the history of cultural studies. In 1993, with Jim McGuigan, she edited Studying Culture : an introductory reader and in 1996 with Helen Baehr Turning it On : a reader in women and media. In 2005, Professor Gray, working with her colleague, Dr Jirina Smejkalova secured a British Academy grant for their project ‘Re-thinking Cultural Studies in the New Europe’ (link) which has established a European network of cultural researchers who are bringing different intellectual histories and perspectives to cultural studies.

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Dr. Larry Grossberg

Larry Grossberg
Department of Communication Studies
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Lawrence Grossberg is Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies and Director of the University Program in Cultural Studies. His research interests include cultural studies and cultural theory (including Marxist, feminist, British, "postcolonial," post-structuralist, and postmodernist); modern and contemporary philosophy; popular music (rock culture) and popular culture; contemporary political culture of the U.S. He has published numerous books and edited collections. These include We all Want to Change the World: the Intellectual Labor of Cultural Studies (Duke University Press), It's a Sin: Essays on Postmodernism, Politics and Culture (1988), We Gotta Get Out Of This Place: Popular Conservatism and Postmodern Culture (1992), Dancing in Spite of Myself: Essays in Popular Culture (1997) and Caught in the Crossfire: Kids, Politics and America’s Future (2005). His current research focuses on other Modernities, contemporary US political & economic struggles, state of youth in the US.

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Dr. John Hartley

John Hartley
Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation (CECII)
Queensland University of Technology

John Hartley, Federation Fellow, is Research Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation at Queensland University of Technology. He is a Distinguished Professor of QUT and Adjunct Professor of the Australian National University. He was foundation Dean of the Creative Industries Faculty (QUT) and previously head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University. He is the author of 15 books, translated into a dozen languages, including Creative Industries (ed., Blackwell 2005), A Short History of Cultural Studies (Sage 2003), The Indigenous Public Sphere (W. A. McKee, Oxford 2000), Uses of Television (Routledge 1999) and Popular Reality (Arnold 1996). He is Editor of the International Journal of Cultural Studies (Sage). Hartley serves on ministerial advisory bodies for educational renewal (Queensland) and international education (Federal). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and recipient of the Centenary Medal.


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Dr. Patti Lather

Patti Lather
Department of Anthropology
Ohio State University

Patti Lather is a Professor in the Cultural Foundations program at Ohio State University where she teaches qualitative research and gender and education. She has held visiting positions at the University of British Columbia, Goteborg University, York University, the Danish Pedagogy Institute, the Humanities Research Institute, University of California-Irvine and a 1989 Fulbright to New Zealand. She is the author of Getting Smart: Research and Pedagogy With/in the Postmodern that received a 1991 Critics Choice Award, Troubling the Angels: Women Living with HIV/AIDS, co-authored with Chris Smithies, that received a 1998 CHOICE Award, and Getting Lost: Feminist Efforts Toward a Double(d) Science (SUNY Press, 2007).

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Dr. Meaghan Morris

Meaghan Morris
Department of Cultural Studies
Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Meaghan Morris is Professor at the Centre for Cultural Research, University of Western Sydney, Australia; and  Chair Professor of Cultural Studies and Coordinator of the Kwan Fong Cultural Research and Development Programme at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She works on rhetorics of nationality in colonial and transnational conditions and her recent books include Identity Anecdotes: Translation and Media Culture (2006), Hong Kong Connections: Transnational Imagination in Action Cinema (co-ed. with Siu-leung Li and Stephen Chan Ching-kiu, 2005); New Keywords: a Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society (co-ed with Tony Bennett and Lawrence Grossberg, 2005); and “Race” Panic and the Memory of Migration (co-ed. with Brett de Bary, 2001) She is Senior Editor of Traces: a Multilingual Journal of Cultural Theory and Translation, and Chair of the Association for Cultural Studies.

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Dr. Mica Nava

Mica Nava
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of East London

Mica Nava is Professor of Cultural Studies and Chair of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research at the University of East London. Her publications include Gender and Generation (1984); Changing Cultures: Feminism, Youth and Consumerism (1992); Modern Times: A Century of English Modernity (1996); and Buy This Book: Studies in Advertising and Consumption (1997); and, most recently, Visceral Cosmopolitanism: Gender, Culture and the Normalisation of Difference (2007). Her current research is on representations of migration and racial difference in 1950s UK social science, fiction and film. She was a member of the UK Higher Education Funding Council RAE2008 subpanel on Communication, Media and Cultural Studies and has been a consultant and/or referee for numerous journals, university presses and research council funding applications in UK and abroad.

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Dr. Roger Simon

Roger Simon
Department of Sociology and Equity Studies
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Roger Simon is a Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies. He is the Faculty Director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Education and Director of the University of Toronto Testimony and Historical Memory Project. Simon has written broadly on critical approaches to culture and education. His research over the last decade has addressed questions of the pedagogical and ethical dimensions of practices of cultural memory. Most recently Simon has addressed these questions in regard to the possibilities and problems inherent in the practice of museum exhibition. Simon’s work on memory and the development of historical consciousness is part of his on-going writing and teaching devoted to exploring the inter-sections of social and political theory, cultural practice and pedagogy in regard to the project of securing a public sphere enabling a just and compassionate society. Simon is currently completing a book length manuscript, Undeserved Grace: Public Pedagogy, Museum Exhibitions and the Re-framing of Archival Photographs of Lynching in America, examining various exhibitions of archival photographs that document racist, systemic violence. He is also part of a curatorial collective that has organized War at a Distance, a Fall 2009 Toronto based exhibition and symposium exploring the relationship between visual representations and public conversations regarding Canadian involvement in the current war in Afghanistan.

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Dr. Graham Smith

Graham Smith
Department of Education
University of Auckland

Graham Hinangaroa Smith is a prominent Maori education scholar who has been at the forefront of alternative Maori initiatives in the education field and beyond. His recent academic work has centered on developing theoretically informed transformative strategies related to intervening in Maori cultural, political, social, educational and economic crises. He is involved in the development of Tribal Universities and is the recently retired foundation Chairperson of Te Whare Wananga O Awanuiarangi Council – an institution that has grown to become an indigenous PhD granting Academy. In his former position as Pro Vice Chancellor (Maori), he was responsible for developing a Maori University structure within the University of Auckland. He has contributed widely to educational developments for Maori and indigenous peoples across many fronts within the Tertiary education sector.

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dr. Sonjah Niaah

Sonjah Stanley Niaah
Lecturer and Rhodes Trust Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies, 2005
Institute of Caribbean Studies
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Sonjah Stanley Niaah is the inaugural Rhodes Trust Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies (2005) and Lecturer (Cultural Studies) at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Her work on Jamaican popular dancehall culture, Black Atlantic performance geographies, and the city and the performing body has appeared in several academic journals and book chapters. Stanley Niaah is an Assistant Editor of Wadabagei: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Diasporas and serves on the Editorial Boards of Cultural Studies and Dancecult. She is the author of DanceHall: From Slave Ship to Ghetto (University of Ottawa Press, forthcoming 2009).

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Professor Keyan Tomaselli

Keyan Tomaselli
Professor, Research Director and Outreach Coordinator in Culture Communication and Media Studies (CCMS)
University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Keyan Tomaselli is a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, where he is also Director of the Centre for Cultural and Media Studies. Professor Tomaselli's seminal books include The Cinema of Apartheid (Lake View Press, Chicago, 1988); and Appropriating Images: The Semiotics of Visual Representation (Intervention Press, Denmark, 1996). In addition, Professor Tomaselli has worked in the film industry and serves on a number of editorial boards, including for such journals as Media, Culture & Society, Para*doxa, Continuum, Visual Anthropology, SA Theatre Journal. His interests are in political economy, African cinema and visual anthropology.

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