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Professor Susan Aasman (ECHO Leader)

Dr. Aasman is the Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities and a Professor in the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies. An expert in media history, amateurism, and the early internet, Aasman is interested in how new media technologies (from camcorders in the eighties to building homepages in the nineties, to YouTube and TikTok videos in our current age) are appropriated by people as a way to document their lives and share this via online platforms. Select publications include Amateur Media and Participatory Cultures, co-authored with Annamaria Motrescu-Mayes (Routledge, 2019) and Materialising Memories co-edited with Andreas Fickers and Joseph Wachelder (Bloomsbury, 2018).

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Dr. Stacey Copeland (ECHO Coordinator)

Copeland is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Media and Journalism Studies and the co-director of Amplify Podcast Network. She received her Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication in Canada with a research focus on the communication of queer feminist activism and aesthetics in radio and podcasting from 1979 to the present day. Copeland’s work on sound, media and culture has been published in top-ranking journals, including Radio Journal and the Canadian Journal of Communication. She has published in various edited collections, co-published open-access guides on academic podcasting and soundscape assessment. She actively works to produce publicly accessible sonic scholarship that bridges research and creative practice.

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Dr. Beate Peter (ECHO Member)

Peter is a cultural sociologist who investigates identity formation through popular music. She is currently an assistant professor in Arts, Culture and Media in the Faculty of Arts. Being particularly interested in marginalised voices and their heritage, the use of new media and methods has become important in Peter's work so that data related to intangible cultural heritage (ICH) can be captured and analysed. Currently,  She is working on the development of the "music interview", a new method to capture and analyse music interview data. Peter believes in cross-disciplinary collaborations, and working collaboratively with colleagues from a number of fields including psychology, linguistics, media studies and popular music studies. She is hoping to advance our knowledge and understanding of the role of music for the formation of memories, identity and heritage.

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Dr. Qian Huang (ECHO Member)

Huang’s research interests and expertise include digital vigilantism, creative labour, and youth digital culture. Her research intersects media studies and surveillance studies through lenses of critical theories such as feminism and post-colonialism. She is currently working on research projects studying how cultural workers and general citizens negotiate their identities and manage their visibility in daily production practices in contemporary surveillance culture (including potential peer surveillance, platform governance, and state censorship) and influencer culture, especially in transnational contexts.

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Dr. Annemarie Kok (ECHO Postdoc)

Kok is a postdoctoral researcher in the Faculty of Arts with a research focus on participatory practices in art and heritage. In 2023 she defended her dissertation entitled (No) Strings Attached: Reassembling Participatory Art of the Long Sixties. She has lectured at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, the University of Groningen and Utrecht University on modern and postmodern art, media art, methods and theories of art history, photography and themes in contemporary art. In 2016 she published a book on Dutch art criticism entitled Kunstkritiek in een tijd van vervagende grenzen: Over engagement, design en commercie 1989-2015 (nai010 publishers). Kok is currently researching collective creation processes and experiences of participatory art including the 1972 Waterwalk Tube in Groningen, Netherlands.

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Dr. Janna Serres (ECHO Postdoc)

Serres is a postdoctoral researcher and anthropologist with a focus on global flows of popular culture in Africa and the Middle East. Her research investigates the construction of citizenship and practices of future-making through the lens of transnational cultural entrepreneurship. From 2018 to 2021, Jaana was the Ioma Evans-Pritchard scholar in the social anthropology of Africa at Oxford University, where she completed her PhD on the "Africa to the world" movement in the Nigerian music industry. Her research has been funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation (U.S.), the French Development Agency, the British Forum for Ethnomusicology and the Dutch National Sector Plan for the Social Sciences & Humanities. Prior to her academic career, Jaana practiced law in New York, Paris and London.  

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