Louise Fryer - Goldsmiths
Louise Fryer has just completed a PhD in psychology exploring the impact of visual impairment on perception, experience and "presence" – that sense of being immersed in a mediated environment. Louise is particularly interested in blind people's engagement with media through the means of Audio Description, an added commentary that translates visual images into words. She has had papers published in a number of journals including the British Journal of Visual Impairment, the American Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, the Journal of Media Psychology and Perspectives: Studies in Translatology. Louise has presented at international conferences including the 15th International Conference on Presence, Vienna, 2014; Media4All, Dubrovnik, 2013; Languages and the Media, Berlin 2010 & 2012; ARSAD (Advanced Research Seminar on Audio Description), Barcelona 2011 & 2013 and SITAU (Seminar on Translation and International Accessibility), Granada 2011. Louise has worked as an Audio Describer in the UK since the National Theatre began its service in 1993. She also works for VocalEyes describing plays, musicals and live events and trains gallery assistants and curators in developing ways to make their collections more accessible. Louise was the BBC's describer for the Audetel project, piloting AD for television in the mid-90s. She has trained describers in the UK and Australia. Louise is a Visiting Lecturer in Audio Visual Translation at University College London. She is also a regular broadcaster for BBC Radio 3.

Carol MacGillivray - Goldsmiths
For 20 years, Carol MacGillivray worked as an animator and film editor. She won an AHRC award to study MA Digital Moving Image at London Guildhall. She then went on to publish her first textbook ‘3D for the Web – Interactive 3D Animation using 3DS Max, Flash and Director' (Elsevier) in 2005. She became a senior lecturer in animation at the University of West London and was awarded both a Teaching Fellowship and Enterprise Fellowship, going on to become Associate Dean of Research and Enterprise in the Faculty of the Arts at that university in 2009. An increased interest in combining theoretical research with practice led Carol to undertake a PhD in Arts and Computational Technology at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her PhD, Choreographing time: Developing a system of screen-less animation, chronicles the development of the Diasynchronoscope (D-Scope®). Carol has published widely on Animation, Design and (with collaborative partner Bruno Mathez) on the D-Scope®. Website: http://www.trope-design.com/

Heather Richardson - Open University
Heather began her first novel as part of an MA in Creative Writing at Lancaster University, (Magdeburg, published in 2010 by Lagan Press), and her next project – an historical novel set in late 17th Century Edinburgh - was developed it into a PhD proposal. Heather has presented at the Great Writing conference organised by Bangor University, and was part of a panel for the 2010 NAWE (National Association of Writers in Education) conference, alongside my supervisors.

Karen Tam - Goldsmiths
Karen Tam is a Canadian artist whose research focuses on the various forms of constructions and imaginations of seemingly opposing cultures and communities, through her installation work in which she recreates spaces such as the Chinese restaurant, karaoke lounges, opium dens, curio shops and other sits of cultural encounters. She has exhibited her work in Canada, Europe and the US since 2000. Past residencies include the Deutsche Börse Residency at the Frankfurter Kunstverein (Germany), RONDO Studios (Austria), Djerassi Resident Artist Program (California), Breathe Chinese Arts Centre (Manchester, UK), Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin), Centre A (Vancouver), and 501 Artspace (Chongqing, China). She has received grants and fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts du Québec, Fonds de recherché sur la société et la culture de Québec, Fonds pour la Formation de Chercheurs et l'Aide à la Recherche, and Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada. Past exhibitions were held at Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery (UK), University of Toronto, Wilfred Laurier University (ON), Third Space (NB), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), CUE Art Foundation (New York), Chelsea Art Museum (New York), Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, and New Art Gallery of Walsall (UK). Upcoming activities include Montréal Museum of Fine Arts' Impressions Residency, the Vancouver Biennale International Artist Residency (Vancouver), and exhibitions at the Mendel Art Gallery (SK), The Drawing Center (NYC), and The Art Gallery of Windsor (ON).

Tam lives and works in Montréal (Canada) and London (UK) where she is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths (University of London). She is a contributor to Alison Hulme (ed.) forthcoming book, The Changing Landscape of China's Consumerism (2014), and to John Jung's book, Sweet and Sour: Life in Chinese Family Restaurant (2010).

Her work can be seen at: www.karentam.ca

Krysta Dennis - University of Kent
Krysta Dennis is a performer, director, musician, and wine expert. Directing credits include Through the Grapevine, The Tempest, Women and Wallace, and Hamlet Remembered (assistant director). She has performed in Richard Schechner's Imagining O, as Herodias in Anton Juan's Salome, as Mrs. Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, Elmire in Tartuffe, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, and sang the role of the Mother in the opera The Consul. She released an folk rock album entitled Empty Pockets in 2005. Krysta trained at L'Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq and will be finishing her dual PhD on Theatre and Globalization at the University of Kent and the Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III in 2014. She holds an Advanced Level Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, and has a habit of thinking outside the box when it comes to wine.

Samantha Davey - University of Essex
Sam studied Law at Essex and graduated with first class honours.  During her studies at Essex she won prizes for her academic achievement these include the Cavendish Prize for Land Law, the Departmental Prize for Tort; the Elizabeth Anne-Gumbel Prize for Children and the Law; the Palgrave Prize for Family Law and the Suffolk and North East Essex Law Society Prize for the highest overall results in her second year.  She also won the UKCLE essay competition in 2005.  Sam currently teaches Law of Obligations, Contract Law and Tort.


Mille Brown - Goldsmiths
Millie Brown is an artist whose research focuses on the impact of recent changes in the funding of higher education on the production of art informed by class.  ​She is currently developing a painting project to be exhibited either in public or commercial spaces during the run up to the next general election. Millie lives in London (UK) where she is a part-time doctoral candidate in the Art department, Goldsmiths (University of London).


Sarah Godfrey - University of East Anglia
Sarah joined the School of Film, Television and Media Studies in 2011 after completing her PhD on the representations of masculinity in 90s British cinema which she completed at UEA. Sarah's research and teaching continue to focus on questions of gender and sexuality within both British and American film and television. After studying for a Master's degree in Social and Cultural Theory Sarah worked in film and television production for several years as an Assistant Producer and Editor; she draws on this industrial background in a number of the modules that she teaches and also in her capacity as co-director of Make Media – a video production company that is based within the School.

Olena Skorokhod - UEA
 Olena Skorokhod is currently in her third year of doctoral research in Language and Translation at the University of East Anglia. The focus of the research is construction of representation through translation in Russian and English-language news online in the context of conflict, intervention and instability. Olena's research has been funded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of East Anglia.

Previous education includes MA in Applied Translation Studies at the University of East Anglia sponsored by the School of Language and Communication Studies 2010-2011; BA in Education, English language and Literature at Zhytomyr State University in Ukraine sponsored by the Institute of Foreign Philology at the same university 2005-2010; UGRAD 2008-2009 at Chadron State College, NE, USA fully sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and specialising in British and American Literature, Creative Writing and International Relations.

Starting in January 2013 Olena Skorokhod has been teaching Translation Issues in the Media at the University of East Anglia. Combining a full-time PhD with Academic Support and IELTS administration at INTO University of East Anglia, Olena is seeking guidance and advice on starting an online translation journal for non-profit purposes to benefit young people in education in local communities in Ukraine, Jamaica as well as the UK.

Victoria Jackson - University of Birmingham
Victoria is a final-year doctoral researcher at the University of Birmingham, funded by the Neville Chamberlain Elite Scholarship and a School of History and Cultures Scholarship. Her thesis, ‘The Material Culture of Domestic Dining in Early Modern England', aims to reconstruct the experience of dining in early modern England. Victoria explore the objects and practices of dining among the gentry and middling sort, in order to establish their wider cultural significance. It is an object-based thesis set within an interdisciplinary framework that integrates art historical, anthropological and archaeological methodologies for the study of material culture. She has created a database of English dining objects which records surviving material evidence and analyses these objects within a wide range of early modern texts such as religious and political treatises, domestic conduct manuals, wills and inventories and various forms of imaginative literature such as dramatic texts. 

Victoria actively disseminates her research by participating in public engagement initiatives and she has recently been awarded a place on the AHRC-funded project ‘Reaching Out: Using Research for Community Learning and Development'. Victoria is also a co-founder of and a contributor to the digital public engagement project ‘Shakespeare's World in 100 Objects' which can be found at www.findingshakespeare.co.uk

Jon Armstrong - University of Sussex
Jon is a performance-maker and technical practitioner working at the intersection of magic, interaction, technology and theatre. With over 15 years' performance and technical experience, Jon's work has taken him all over the world. He is Co-Director of Simply Told theatre company, whose work uses cutting-edge theatrical technologies to create truly immersive pieces in which the narrative is created largely by the participants.

Seraphima Kennedy - Goldsmiths
Seraphima Kennedy is a writer and M.Phil/Ph.D. candidate in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London where she is also a Visiting Tutor in Creative Writing. Her practice-based research focuses on contemporary memoir and autobiography, narratives of origin, perceptions of ethnicity, ‘belonging' and fragmentation.