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John Egenes lectures in contemporary music and technology at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, where his research has immersed him in a study of the remix culture and its relationships to the folk process. He is doing his best to drag folk music kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century.

Very much a part of the legacy handed down by the songwriters of the American southwest, the latest offering from John Egenes is an acoustic set that takes his country roots to New Zealand, where he now lives. Hailing from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Egenes is a multi-instrumentalist, doing duties in the recording studio on guitar, dobro, mandolin, bass, mandola, pedal steel, fiddle, lap steel, piano, accordion, banjo, cuatro, musical saw, and Theremin. He has performed and recorded with a range of artists that includes American arstists Eliza Gilkyson, Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Tish Hinojosa, Gary P. Nunn, Jono Manson, Jaime Michaels, The Buckarettes, and New Zealander artists such as The Verlaines, Robert Scott, The Sami Sisters, Kylie Harris, Delgirl, Tim Guy, Hannah Howes, and Haunted Love. An award-winning producer, Egenes is at ease wearing a number of musical hats, in and out of the recording studio. He has shared the stage and played with a wide variety of musicians, including Pete Seeger, Guy Clarke, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, Townes van Zandt, Lynn Anderson, Jerry Jeff Walker, John Hiatt, Greg Brown, Leo Kotke, Iris Dement, Bonnie Raitt, and many others.

Jim Macnamara is Professor of Public Communication at the University of Technology, Sydney and Director of the Australian Centre for Public Communication.

Maryam Moayeri is a teacher and doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia. Her research projects include exploring how teachers are incorporating internet practices into the curriculum and how youth are using the internet to learn. Her recent publications include Classroom uses of social network sites: Traditional practices or new literacies? in Digital Culture and Education and PhD in Pajamas: Kicking Back and Letting the Information Come to Me to appear in the Journal of Media Practice.

Dr Erika Pearson is a lecturer in the department of media, film and communication at the University of Otago. Her research interests cover several aspects of internet culture, including virtual communities, fan culture, trust networks, hacktivism and political activism online, complexity in virtual social networks, and notions of social capital in cyberspace.   She is also interested in intersections of image culture with digital technologies, particularly in terms of digital photography and photo-manipulation, and how these are created, used, and disseminated across the internet.  

Erika is also the founding convener of the Internet Research Group of Otago (IRGO), and welcomes correspondence from internet researchers from all disciplines.

Brady Robards is a PhD candidate and sessional lecturer at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, Australia. His research explores how young people use online social spaces (specifically social network sites such as MySpace and Facebook) to construct a reflexive sense of identity. The project is also concerned with how that sense of self manifests within, across or in-between systems of belonging.


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