Media Populism Contributors

Giuseppe Fidotta is a PhD candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University. He is currently conducting a media-ethnographic project on mafia imaginary and its impact on both the local culture industries and Antimafia politics in Western Sicily. His key research areas include production cultures, social history, and cultural theory. He has published in journals such as Necsus: European Journal of Media Studies, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, Fata Morgana, and Immagine. He also co-edited an anthology in Italian on media archaeology and an issue of Necsus on mapping and the media. Email:

Joshua Neves is Canada Research Chair and Director of the Global Emergent Media (GEM) Lab at Concordia University (Montréal). His research centers on digital media, cultural and political theory, and problems of development and legitimacy. He is the author of Underglobalization: Beijing’s Media Urbanism and the Chimera of Legitimacy (Duke 2020), and co-editor of Asian Video Cultures: In the Penumbra of the Global (Duke 2017). His current research examines contemporary neuropolitics, cultures of optimization, and overdevelopment. Email:

Joaquin Serpe is a PhD candidate at Concordia University. He is also affiliated faculty in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College in Boston. For his doctoral project, he examines emergent modes of public intellectuality and cultural pedagogy across contemporary media, paying particular attention to digital platforms and social media networks. Email:

Bishnupriya Ghosh teaches global media studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. While publishing on literary, cinematic, and visual cultures in boundary 2, Public Culture, Screen, and Representations, her first two books, When Borne Across: Literary Cosmopolitics in the Contemporary Indian Novel (Rutgers UP, 2004) and Global Icons: Apertures to the Popular (Duke UP, 2011) were devoted to the cultures of globalization. In the last decade, Ghosh turned to analyzing media, risk, and globalization: in The Routledge Companion to Media and Risk (Routledge 2020) and a new monograph on viral emergence, The Virus Touch: Theorizing Epidemic Media (in progress). Email:

Ishita Tiwary is a Horizon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Cinema, Concordia University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of media infrastructures, video cultures, aesthetics and migration practices in South and East Asia. It has been published in Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies, Post Script: Essays in Film and Humanities, and MARG: Journal of Indian Art, amongst others. Email:

David Bering-Porter is Assistant Professor of Culture and Media at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School. His work at the intersections of race, technology, and media has been presented internationally and has appeared in Flow, MIRAJ, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. His current book project is on “undead labor” and the ways that race, labor, and value come together in the mediated body of the zombie. Email: Email:

Jason Pine is professor of anthropology and media studies at SUNY Purchase. He is author of The Art of Making Do in Naples (2012) and The Alchemy of Meth: A Decomposition (2019), both published by University of Minnesota Press. Email:

Kay Dickinson is Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University, Montréal.  She is the author of Arab Cinema Travels: Transnational Syria, Palestine, Dubai and Beyond (BFI Publishing, 2016) and Arab Film and Video Manifestos: Forty-Five Years of the Moving Image Amid Revolution (Palgrave, 2018). Her work has also been published in journals such as Screen, Cinema Journal, Framework, and Camera Obscura and her new monograph project is entitled Supply Chain Cinema. Email:

Arvind Rajagopal is a Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication, and an affiliate faculty in the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, at New York University. His books include the prize-winning Politics After Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India, and Media and Utopia, co-edited with Anupama Rao.  He has held fellowships at the advanced study centers at Helsinki, Princeton, Stanford, and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC.  He has written for daily newspapers in India, and for journals such as Critical Inquiry, the LA Review of Books, Current History, Huffington Post, and opendemocracy. His latest book is under contract with Duke University Press, on a global genealogy of media theory. Email:

Weixian Pan is an Assistant Professor of Interactive Media Arts at NYU Shanghai. She holds a PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, and worked as the lead coordinator and researcher in the Global Emergent Media Lab. Her research focuses on the intersections between global media, geopolitics, and environments. Her current book project examines how digital media shapes the materiality and political imaginary of land, sea, and air across different Southern terrains. Her work also appeared on journals such as Asiascape: Digital Asia, Journal of Environmental Media. Email:

Patrick Brodie received his PhD from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, Tiohtià:ke/Montréal. He is a Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University beginning in 2021. His work on the politics of media industries, infrastructure, and the environment has appeared in Media, Culture and Society, Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space, Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, and Journal of Popular Culture, among other venues. Email:

Dilip Gaonkar is Professor in Rhetoric and Public Culture and the Director of Center for Global Culture and Communication at Northwestern University. He is also the Director of Center for Transcultural Studies, an independent scholarly research network concerned with global issues. Gaonkar has two sets of scholarly interests: rhetoric as an intellectual tradition and global modernities and their impact on the political.  He has edited a series books on global cultural politics: Distribution of the Sensible: Ranciere, Between Politics and Aesthetics (2019), Globalizing American Studies (2010), Alternative Modernities (2001), and Disciplinarity and Dissent in Cultural Studies (1995).  He is currently working on a book manuscript on Crowds, Riots and the Politics of Direct Action. Email: