Des Freedman is interested in the relationship between media and power together with the political and economic contexts of media policymaking, regulation and reform. He was a founding member and recent chair of the Media Reform Coalition and was project lead for the Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Television chaired by Lord Puttnam. He is a former editor of the Sage journal, Global Media and Communication, and has edited several strands for openDemocracy including ‘Anti-austerity and media activism’ (with Natalie Fenton and Gholam Khiabany), ‘Liberalism in neo-liberal times’ (with Gholam Khiabanay, Kate Nash and Julian Petley) and ‘Capitalism and universities’ (with Michael Bailey). His latest books include Misunderstanding the Internet (2nd edition, Routledge 2016, with James Curran and Natalie Fenton) and The Contradictions of Media Power (Bloomsbury 2014).
Nicholas Gane is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and a board member of the journal Theory, Culture and Society. He is a social and cultural theorist with an interest in political economy and economic sociology. He has a long-standing interest in the sociological analysis of capitalism and culture, as well as the sociology and history of neoliberalism, and a developing interest in the sociology of debt, banking and finance. He is the author of Max Weber and Postmodern Theory (Palgrave, 2002), New Media: The Key Concepts (with David Beer, London: Bloomsbury, 2008), Umberto Eco (co-edited with Mike Gane, London: Sage, 2005), The Future of Social Theory (London: Bloomsbury, 2004), Roland Barthes (co-edited with Mike Gane, London: Sage, 2004) and Max Weber and Contemporary Capitalism (Palgrave, 2012).
Rosalind Gill is Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at City, University of London. She is author or editor of many books and articles, including, most recently, Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism (with Ana Elias and Christina Scharff, Palgrave 2017). She is currently completing a book with Meg-John Barker and Laura Harvey titled Mediated Intimacy: Sex Advice in Media Culture (Polity, in press).
Johnna Montgomerie joined Goldsmiths in October 2013 as part of the new Politics, Philosophy and Economics Degree programme. Her research interests are in all forms of household debt (mortgage, student loans, consumer credit, payday lending) and its relationship to Anglo-American financialisation, especially in the context of never-ending crisis and the new Age of Austerity. She is also interested in exploring innovative methods for exploring the political economy of everyday life. She is the co-author (with William Davies and Sara Wallin) of Financial Melancholia: Mental Health and Indebtedness (London: Political Economy Research Centre 2015), and editor of Forging Economic Discovery in 21st Century Britain (London: Political Economy Research Centre, 2015).
Srila Roy is Associate Professor at University of the Witwatersand, Johannesburg, and Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham. She is an Editor of Feminist Theory, Associate Editor of the Journal of South Asian Development, on the editorial board of The Sociological Review, and the international advisory board of Feminist Dissent. Her long standing research interest is in the constitution of political subjectivity at the intersection of gender, caste-class, and sexuality in postcolonial contexts, especially India/South Asia. Her current project draws on an ethnography of women’s and sexual rights movements in economically liberalized India to consider feminist self-making in neoliberal times. She is the author of Remembering Revolution: Gender, Violence and Subjectivity in India’s Naxalbari Movement (Oxford University Press, 2012), and has edited volumes of essays on New South Asian Feminisms (Zed books) and New Subaltern Politics (OUP 2015), and co-edited special issues of Global Sociology and the postcolonial studies journal, Interventions.