Stuart Poyntz is the Project Director of Youth Digital Media Ecologies in Canada and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. His research interests include children’s media cultures, theories of the public sphere, and urban youth media production. He has an extensive background in the history of media literacy, has co-authored a new book, Media Literacies: A Critical Introduction (Wiley-Blackwell), and has published widely in the Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, Sociology Compass, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Canadian Journal of Education, Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, as well as various edited collections.
Dr. Michael Hoechsmann is an Associate Professor and the Chair of Education programs at Lakehead University, Orillia. His scholarly interests are situated in literacy and digital literacy, media education and cultural studies. With Stuart Poyntz, he is author of Media Literacies (2012) and with Bronwen Low, Reading Youth Writing (2008). He is the former Director of Education of Young People’s Press, a national news service by and for youth (Canada).
Giuliana Cucinelli is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Mobile Media Lab in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University working with Professor Kim Sawchuk. Additionally, she is a Post-Doctoral Fellow (Part-Time) at The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University, working with Dr. Stuart Poynz and Dr. Michael Hoechsamnn (Lakehead University).
Her area of expertise is digital media, with an emphasis on digital citizenship and how digital media and participatory culture is transforming community and social life (culture, social justice, and politics). Additionally, she is a digital media producer (video documentary, database documentary, websites, sound/audio, mobile media/locative, and graphic design). She combines theory and practice in her scholarship —fostering interdisciplinary approaches to her own research, creation and instruction.
Sophie Daviau Dempsey
Sophie is an MA candidate in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests include youth media production organizations, community media, and cultural policy. Her experience working and volunteering for community media organizations in Vancouver has tied in well with both her work and research at SFU.
Jenny is a Masters student in the School of Communication. Her research interests centre around online gaming, participatory cultures, and children and youth cultures. She is currently conducting her thesis research on how the creative and networking affordances of a game called Minecraft enable young people to take up meaningful practices of identity work and sociality, and how new media such as online gaming have enabled new forms of social and cultural participation. She received her BA (Hons) in Communication from Simon Fraser University.
Natasha is currently completing her 3rd year studying Education Administration at the Learning, Higher and Adult Education department at OISE, at the University of Toronto. Her research interest focuses on investigating student voice initiatives that better address inequity and inclusion issues in order to better engage and empower students for a critical democratic purpose of learning. In my free time she enjoys attending the array of cultural festivities Toronto has to offer and listening to live music.