Johan Andersson is Reader in Human Geography at King’s College London. He was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Leeds and Visiting Scholar at the Graduate Center, City University New York, and holds a PhD in urban studies from University College London (2008). He is the editor, with Lawrence Webb, of Global Cinematic Cities: New Landscapes of Film and Media (Wallflower/Columbia University Press, 2016).
Ipek A. Çelik Rappas is an Associate Professor of Media and Visual Arts at Koç University, Istanbul. Her book In Permanent Crisis: Ethnicity in Contemporary European Media and Cinema was published by University of Michigan Press in 2015. Her research topics include migration and mobility in European cinema, and the relationship between identity, space and media in European cities. She has published articles in Cinema Journal, Continuum, Television and New Media and Studies in European Cinema. Her current book project explores the role of screen industries in the urban renewal of post-industrial European sites.
Pei-Sze Chow is Assistant Professor of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam where she is Director of the AI and Cultural Production research group. She is currently examining the impact of AI automation tools on film labour. She is the author of Transnational Screen Culture in Scandinavia: Mediating Regional Space and Identity in the Øresund Region (Palgrave, 2021) and co-editor of A History of Danish Cinema (Edinburgh UP, 2021). Her work centres on culture-political issues of agency, representation, and diversity in the screen industries of small nations and she is also a member of the Geopolitics and Transnational Cinemas research group led by Prof. Song Hwee Lim at National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan.
Noelle Griffis recently received her PhD in Film and Media Studies from Indiana University after defending her dissertation “Filmmaking to Save a City in Crisis: On Location in New York, 1966-1974.” She is an Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at Marymount Manhattan College. She has worked as an organizer of the Orphan Film Symposium (Orphans Midwest) and recently published in Black Camera. Griffis was previously the graduate representative for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Urbanism, Architecture, and Geography Scholarly Interest Group.
Malini Guha is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University. Her research and teaching are broadly concerned with spatiality and the cinema, with an emphasis on postcolonial and post-imperial modes of mobility, migration, displacement and settlement. Recent publications include a chapter on the narratives of return in the films of Ousmane Sembene and Djibril Diop Mambety in Cinematic Homecomings: Exile and Return in Transnational Cinema as well as her monograph, From Empire to the World: Migrant London and Paris in Cinema, published by Edinburgh University Press in 2015. Her current research project addresses the history of location shooting in the city of Kolkata.
Nathan Holmes is an Assistant Professor at Purchase College, SUNY. His research and teaching focus on charting relations between film and cultural history by looking at how cinema has given presence to, and has been shaped by, the built environment. He is particularly interested in how popular forms, such as crime films, melodrama, and the romantic comedy, animate relations between people, spaces, and things to bring the strange assemblies of material life into focus. His book, Welcome to Fear City: Crime Film, Crisis, and the Urban Imagination (SUNY Press, 2018) explores how a cycle of location-shot American crime films, including The French Connection, Klute, Detroit 9000, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, and others, depicted urban culture during an era of intensified suburbanization, infrastructural decay, and racial strife. He is the co-editor of the “From the Archive” section at Mediapolis. Please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org with all inquiries about the section.
Dr Conn Holohan is a lecturer in film and media at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media, NUI Galway. His research focuses on the cinematic representation of space and place, with particular focus on images of home within American and European cinema. He is the editor of the “Opening the Canon” section at Mediapolis. Please email him at email@example.com with all inquiries about the section.
Igor Krstić lectures in the American Studies Departments of the University of Stuttgart and the University of Mannheim as well as in the Centre for Cultural and General Studies at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). His publications include studies on Balkan cinema, transnational cinema, documentary film, film philosophy, media archeology and the cinematic city. He is the author of Slums on Screen: World Cinema and the Planet of Slums (Edinburgh University Press 2016) and co-editor (with Brenda Hollweg) of World Cinema and the Essay Film: Transnational Perspectives on a Global Film Practice (Edinburgh University Press 2019). He is an editorial board member at Mediapolis.
Helen Morgan Parmett, the Edwin W. Lawrence Forensic Professor of Speech, is an Associate Professor in the Department of English, Film & Television Studies at the University of Vermont. Helen’s research and teaching centers on critical media studies, where she focuses especially on relationships among media, identity, and space/place. Her research is invested in how media’s production practices (particularly those of radio, TV, and sports media) are materially implicated in urban spatiality and the constitution of place and identity. She is author of Down in Treme: Race, Place, and New Orleans on Television (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2019, Media Geography at Mainz series), and numerous journal articles and book chapters.
Floris Paalman teaches in the Department of Media & Culture at the University of Amsterdam and is the author of Cinematic Rotterdam: The Times and Tides of a Modern City. He is the co-editor of the “From the Archive” section at Mediapolis. Please email him with all inquiries about the section at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cortland Rankin is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green State University. His primary areas of research include the relationship between cinema and American urbanism and the representation of war and militarism in film and television. His book Decline and Reimagination in Cinematic New York (Routledge, 2023) examines cinematic imaginaries of New York City’s postindustrial turn from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s across a diverse spectrum of mainstream, independent, documentary, and experimental films. His work has also appeared in the Journal of Popular Film & Television, NECSUS, European Journal of Media Studies, Hollywood Remembrance and American War (Routledge, 2020) edited by Andrew Rayment and Paul Nadasdy, and Screening American Independent Film (Routledge, 2023) edited by Justin Wyatt and Wyatt Phillips.
Scott Rodgers is Reader in Media and Geography at Birkbeck, University of London. His research specializes in the relationships of media and cities and the geographies of communication. Scott also has broad interests in media production practices, digital and networked technologies, journalism, urban politics and ethnographic methodologies. His publications have appeared in journals such as Society and Space, City and Community, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Space and Culture and Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism. Twitter – LinkedIn
Anna Viola Sborgi is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. She holds a PhD in Film Studies (King’s College London) and a PhD in Comparative Literature (University of Genoa). Her research investigates film and media representations of London, the home and housing and gentrification. Recent publications include “Grenfell on Screen” in After Grenfell: Violence, Resistance and Response (Pluto Press, 2019) and “Housing Problems: Britain’s Housing Crisis and Documentary” in Cinema of Crisis: Film and Contemporary Europe (EUP, July 2020).
Ling Zhang is Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at Purchase College SUNY, specializing in Chinese-language cinema and opera, film sound theory, cinema and travel/mobility, ruins in cinema, as well as film and urbanism. She has published articles on 1930s Chinese cinema and film theory, contemporary Chinese independent documentary, Taiwan New Cinema, and Chinese opera films in Journal of Chinese Cinemas, CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, The New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies, Asian Cinema, Film Art (mainland China), and Film Appreciation (Taiwan), among others.