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Robert A. Saunders, Professor Farmingdale State College (SUNY) Department of History, Politics, and Geography

Robert A. Saunders is currently an Aarhus University Research Foundation-funded guest researcher at the School of Communication and Culture - Media Studies, where he is working on a book entitled The Geopolitics of New Nordic Noir for Routledge’s series in Popular Culture and World Politics. This project builds on his work on the geopolitical content of the Swedish-Danish series Bron/Broen, as well as its U.S. (FX’s The Bridge) and French-British (The Tunnel) adaptations. He is a Professor in the Department of History, Politics, and Geography at Farmingdale State College, a campus of the State University of New York (SUNY). His research explores the impact of popular culture on geopolitics, nationalism, and religious identity. Dr Saunders’ articles have appeared in MillenniumSocial & Cultural GeographyProgress in Human GeographyNations and NationalismSlavic ReviewEurope-Asia Studies, and Geopolitics, as well as other journals. He is the author of four monographs, including Popular Geopolitics and Nation Branding in the Post-Soviet Realm(Routledge, 2017). His co-edited volume (with Vlad Strukov) Popular Geopolitics: Plotting an Evolving Interdisciplinewas published by Routledge in April 2018. He is also the curator of the "Popular Culture and IR" blog channel at E-International Relations (E-IR).


Cathrin Bengesser, Visiting PhD student (Birkbeck University of London)

"My PhD project looks at transnational TV drama’s contribution to the European public sphere. This includes comparing broadcasters‘ remits and motives for fostering a (trans-)national public sphere, tracing cross-border debates that develop on the back of drama series, and looking at TV dramas as on-screen elaborations of matters of transnational concern. The focus is on the British, German and Danish markets." E-mail: cbenge01@mail.bbk.ac.uk 


Jeanette Steemers, Professor of Culture, Media & Creative Industries, King’s College London.

"I am interested in issues around distribution, the transformation of ‘television’ and right now I’m concentrating on industry and policy developments in children’s screen media (similar but also different issues than for adults)."



Lothar Mikos

Lothar Mikos is from Berlin, where he was head of the department of media studies at Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf in Potsdam, Germany, which is a small university with mainly art departments. Lothar Mikos work areas include: 

  • Economy of International TV Format Trade 
  • Television Series Worldwide
  • Digital Distribution
  • (De-) Convergence Culture 
  • Popular Television Genres and Formats
  • Sports Media 
  • Audience Studies   

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Vilde Schanke Sundet, Post doc, Department of Film and Television at Lillehammer University College.


Sundet holds a PhD in media studies from the University of Oslo. She has also worked several years as a media policy advisor at the Norwegian Ministry of Culture. Her research interests include media institutions, and she has published in journals like Media, Culture & Society, Media History, Convergence, Northern Lights, First Monday, Nordicom Review and Norsk medietidsskrift. She is a member of the international research project SiFTI ("Success in the Film and Television industry"), founded by the Norwegian Research Council. For further information, see: www.vildessundet.org E-mail:



Alessandra Meleiro, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil

Alessandra Meleiro is Associate Professor of Image and Sound at Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil Universidade Federal de São Carlos in Brazil (Department of Arts and Communication). Holds a Postdoc at the Media and Film Studies Programme (University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies). Author of "The New Iranian Cinema: art and social intervention" (Escrituras, 2006), Editor of the book series "World Cinema: Industry, Politics and Market" - five books on Africa, Latin America, Asia, Europe and United States (Escrituras, 2007) - and "Brazilian Film Industry" - until now, six books on Cinema and Market, Cinema and Political Economy, Cinema and Politics of State (Escrituras, 2009). Scientific Coordinator of the "Center for Analysis of Cinema and Audiovisual" alongside with Cebrap (Brazilian Center for Planning and Analysis). President of FORCINE (Cinema and Audiovisual Education Brazilian Forum), President of Cultural Initiatives Institute, established in 2007 with the aim of fostering the development of creative industries in Brazil, focused its primary efforts on the audiovisual field of the creative industry. Her interest includes political economy of cinema/audiovisual, cultural policy, economy of culture, creative economy. 


Yamila Heram, Postdoc, School of Social Science, University of Buenos Aires (COIMBRA)

My field of work is communication and culture studies in Latin America, specially television and media review. I have a PhD in Social Science at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina. I am a researcher by the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET, by its acronym in Spanish), Ministry of Science Technology and Productive Innovation. I am teaching "Theory and Practice of Communication II" and "Television and media review. Theoretical and methodological contributions for preparing dissertations" at the Bachelor program in Communication Science, School of Social Science, University of Buenos Aires. I've published 17 articles in specialized magazines in Social Science in Latin America and Spain. I also published 30 papers at national and international congressed (United States, Portugal, Chile, Paraguay and Argentina) and I participated as a presenter in several academic meetings  

The project includes comprehensive empirical studies. As project coordinator, Waade takes advantage of her experience as a research programme director at Aarhus University. In addition she has completed a recent empirical study of the Wallander production, participated in several research projects and publications, and organised international conferences and PhD courses.