Contributors to Intersections
Issue 32


Jason Bainbridge is Associate Professor and Discipline Leader of Media Studies at Swinburne University of Technology. He has published widely on aspects of media convergence, popular representation, comics and anime. He is the co-author of Media and Journalism: New Approaches to Theory and Practice, 2nd ed. OUP, 2011.
Manjeet Bhatia is a senior faculty member of the Women's Studies & Development Centre at the University of Delhi. Manjeet holds degrees in pure sciences, philosophy and political science. She has been working in the interdisciplinary area of Women's Studies for more than two decades. She offers courses in Gender/Women Studies and conducts research. She has completed several research projects, including a Delhi-based study of cases registered in the Delhi Courts under the domestic violence law and on the issue of 'Honour killings' in north-west India. She regularly presents papers at local, National and International forums. She has co-edited the book, Gender Concerns in South Asia and another one on women's Studies will soon be published. She has several research articles to her credit. Manjeet has been a visiting scholar at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India and at department of politics, University of Hull, UK.

Isaac Gagné is a Research Associate at the Waseda University Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies. He received a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at Yale University with a research focus on the anthropology of religion, secularity, morality, identity, and new religiosities in Japan. He is the author of 'Urban Princesses: Performance and "Women's Language" in Japan's Gothic/Lolita Subculture,' Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 18(1), 2008, and '"Hyperfeminine" Subcultures: Rethinking Gender Subjectivity and the Discourse of Sexuality among Adolescent Girls in Contemporary Japan,' in K. Harper, Y. Katsulis, V. Lopez and G. Scheiner (eds), Girls' Sexualities and the Media, New York: Peter Lang Publishing, forthcoming 2013.

Patrick W. Galbraith received his Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of Tokyo, and is currently pursuing a second Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University. He is the author of The Otaku Encyclopedia (Kodansha, 2009), Tokyo Realtime: Akihabara (White Rabbit Press, 2010) and Otaku Spaces (Chin Music Press, 2012), and is the co-editor of Idols and Celebrity in Japanese Media Culture (Palgrave, 2012). A collection of his interviews on the concept of moe is forthcoming from Tuttle, and his monograph on otaku movement in Akihabara is forthcoming from Duke University Press.

Emerald King is a lecturer in Japanese studies at the Victoria University of Wellington. She recently graduated with a Ph.D. from the (former) School of Asian Languages and Studies from the University of Tasmania. Her thesis focuses on masochism in the work of Japanese women writers from the 1970s to the present day. She was a Japan Foundation Fellow from 2009–2010 and studied at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, Japan. Her publications include 'The Mountain Witch at the Train Station: The Yamauba and the Sh˘jo in Aoyama Nanae's Hitori Biyori,' in the Graduate Journal of Asia Pacific Studies and 'Mazohizumu no Mon: Masochistic and Sadist Representations of Women in Japanese Exploitation Films and Reidissu komikku,' in Image and Narrative.

Maud Lavin is a Professor of Visual and Critical Studies and Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Maud's most recent book is Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women (MIT Press). She is currently co-authoring a book-in-progress on East Asian Androgyny: New Femininities in Mass Media Circulation with SooJin Lee and Fang-Tze Hsu. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and an N.E.A. grant. From January to March 2013, she was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore.

Vera Mackie holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship in the Institute of Social Transformation Research at the University of Wollongong. Major publications include Gurōbaruka to Jendā Hyōshō [Globalisation and Representations of Gender], Tokyo: Ochanomizu Shobō, 2003; Feminism in Modern Japan: Citizenship, Embodiment and Sexuality, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003; Relationships: Japan and Australia, 1870s–1950s, Melbourne: University of Melbourne History Monographs and RMIT Publishing, 2001, co-edited with Paul Jones; Human Rights and Gender Politics: Asia-Pacific Perspectives, London: Routledge, 2000, co-edited with Anne Marie Hilsdon, Martha Macintyre and Maila Stivens; Creating Socialist Women in Japan: Gender, Labour and Activism, 1900–1937, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997; and co-edited special issues of journals including Asian Studies Review ('Human Rights in Asia,' 2013; 'Globalisation and Body Politics,' 2010); Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific ('Performing Globalisation,' 2010; 'Gender, Governance and Security in Australia, Asia and the Pacific,' 2007); Japanese Studies ('The Cultural Politics of the City in Modern Japan,' 2011); and Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies ('The Space Between: Languages, Translations, Cultures,' 2009).

Krishna Menon is an Associate Professor, Department of Political Science at Lady Shri Ram College. Her areas of interest include Political Theory, Indian politics and Feminist Theory and Politics. She has published books, papers and articles on debates within political theory, issues in Indian politics, and feminist theory and politics. Her publications include contributions to Political Theory: An Introduction (Penguin Pearson 2008), Human Rights, Gender and Environment (Penguin Pearson, 2009), Applied Ethics and Human Rights (Anthem Press, 2010), Gender and Identity: A Case Study of Nurses from Kerala in Delhi (National Labour Institute, 2008) among many others. She has presented papers in international and national seminars. She was awarded the Teacher of Distinction award by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Delhi in 2009. She is a trained Carnatic musician and a Bharata Natyam dancer with a long record of performances.

Craig Norris is a lecturer in the Journalism, Media and Communications program at the University of Tasmania. His doctoral thesis examined the politics of active fan participation through a case study of manga and anime consumption in Australia. His current research interests are in user-generated content (particularly through video games and by online communities) and new knowledge economies (with an emphasis on the innovation and creativity of industry and fan alliances). He has published in the area of global media and the dissemination of Japanese cultural goods (particularly animation and comic books).
Sophia Staite recently obtained her masters degree from the University of Tasmania in the field of Cultural Studies. Her research considers the intersection of gender, class and sexuality in the Australian Lolita community. She has presented papers at a number of international conferences in addition to delivering lectures at universities in Australia and Japan. Her current area of interest is child welfare policies and practices in Japan.

Neeraja Sundaram is a PhD Scholar at the University of Hyderabad, India. She is researching narratives of disease in contemporary public culture in India for her doctoral dissertation. Her research interests include twentieth-century horror, popular culture and Cultural Studies of Science. She has published essays on the representation of the ailing celebrity body in contemporary media, questions of agency in fictional representations of the grotesque body, the epidemiological fiction of Octavia Butler, the emerging canon of physician-writers and epidemics in contemporary Hollywood.

Alexis Hieu Truong is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the University of Ottawa (Canada). He was affiliated with the Sophia University Graduate Program in Global Studies (Japan, 2010–2011), and is a recipient of the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (2009 to 2012). Following over two years of fieldwork investigating both popular and underground kosupure practices in Tokyo (Japan), his current research focuses on the articulation of identity through participation in cultural practices as well as the role of play and culture within contemporary Japan.

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