Keynote Speakers

Professor Russell Reising (Department of English Language and Literature, University of Toledo, Ohio, USA)

Russell Reising received his B.A. in Chinese Studies at the Miami University and his Ph.D. in American literature from the Northwestern University in 1983. Since then he has taught at the University of Oklahoma, Marquette University, Northwestern University, and University of Toledo. He has also been a Fulbright Teaching Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), and a Visiting Fellow in Popular Music Studies at the University of Salford (UK).

His book-length works include The Unusable Past: Theory and the Study of American Literature (Routledge, 1986), Loose Ends: Closure and Crisis in the American Social Text (Duke, 1996), Every Sound There Is: The Beatles’ Revolver and the Transformation of Rock and Roll (Ashgate, 2002), and Speak to Me: The Legacy of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (Ashgate, 2005). He has lived, studied, and taught in Taiwan, Japan, Finland, England, and the United States and has presented workshops and lectures in England, Italy, Spain, Finland, Estonia, Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Australia, Japan. He was also an original member of the Educational Advisory Board at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Professor Erkki Huhtamo (Design Media Arts, UCLA, USA)

Erkki Huhtamo is a pioneering media archaeologist. He works as professor of media history and theory at the University of California Los Angeles, Department of Design Media Arts. He holds a Ph.D. in cultural history from the University of Turku.

Professor Huhtamo’s many writings span media archaeology, the cultural history of technology and media arts. He recently published a large monograph called Illusions in Motion: Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles (The MIT Press, 2013), and co-edited, with Jussi Parikka, the collection Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications, and Implications (University of California Press, 2011). Professor Huhtamo also gives stage performances, re-enacting nineteenth-century magic lantern and panorama shows.

Dr. Eva Kingsepp (Department of History, Stockholm University, Sweden)

Eva Kingsepp earned her Ph.D. in Media and Communication Studies in 2008. She is currently a researcher and senior lecturer at the Stockholm University, specialized in the field of popular cultural studies. Her research interests include uses of history, memory studies, and the construction of knowledge, with a focus on visual culture, myths, and processes of mythification.

Eva’s doctoral dissertation examines the representations and reception of Nazi Germany in contemporary popular culture. The study, as well as further research on different aspects of the topic, has attracted both national and international attention, and has resulted in numerous guest lectures, conference presentations, radio interviews, and scholarly as well as popular articles. She also writes popular history, holds public lectures, and has participated in various radio programs in Sweden.