Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore is Lecturer in Media and Cultural Theory at Birmingham City University, UK. She currently lives in Aberystwyth, where she spends a lot of time thinking about screen comedy and why and when we laugh. Or don’t laugh.
Bertha Chin is Lecturer of Communication at Swinburne University of Technology’s international campus in Borneo. Fandom fascinates her, and she loves her science fiction and cult American (and lately, Canadian) television. A life-long fan of The X-Files and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica, she also can’t help thinking about East Asian fandom and why it is sometimes considered a “taboo” subject by some. Current obsessions: Arrow, Continuum and Orphan Black. You can find her on Twitter @bertha_c.
Colleen A. Laird is a Lecturer of Japanese Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where her students naively believe she is a cross between Liz Lemon and Jessica Day until they see an exam. A recent Ph.D., her dissertation, “Sea Change: Japan’s New Wave of Female Filmmakers,” explores and defines the Japanese industry relationships between female directors, female spectators, and gendered exhibition spaces. She really can’t get enough of Ogigami Naoko’s films or cake. Delicious, delicious cake.
Lori (Hitchcock) Morimoto became a fan of American movies in Hong Kong, Hong Kong movies in Japan, and Japanese movies in the US, and she has been trying to figure out how that happened ever since. She is an adjunct assistant professor of film and anime at Northern Virginia Community College, tweets as @lorimorimoto, and squees as acafanmom, but these days a lot of the tweets and squee have to do with Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock. Fair warning.
Rebecca Williams is Lecturer in Communication, Cultural and Media Studies at the University of Glamorgan. She writes, researches and thinks about media fandom, vampires, celebrity, and television and just edited Torchwood Declassified for I.B. Tauris. Some of her current favourite things are Tim Roth, the minions from Despicable Me, True Blood, fajitas, and Disney World. You can follow her on Twitter @augustaquarius
Su-Anne Yeo is completing her PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London where she has taught part-time since 2007. She is interested in transnational flows of culture, particularly in East Asia, and in the social and cultural dimensions of screen distribution and exhibition. Film and TV interests include the animation of Studio Ghibli and the BBC series, Sherlock.