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Presentation of Organizers

Charles Ess is Professor MSO at the Department of Information and Media Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. His research works between two distinct but closely interrelated areas, namely media studies (including computer-mediated communication and digital media) and philosophy of information (including philosophical anthropology, phenomenology, and ethics as applied to digital media and Internet research). He has published extensively, including as guest editor for special issues of The Journal of Computer-Mediated CommunicationEthics and Information TechnologyNew Media and Society, and Philosophy and Technology. Recent books include:Digital Media Ethics (Polity Press, 2009); (with Mia Consalvo), The Blackwell Handbook of Internet Studies (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), (with May Thorseth),Trust and Virtual Worlds: Contemporary Perspectives (Peter Lang, 2011) and, forthcoming (with Pauline Cheong, Peter Fischer-Nielsen, Stefan Gelfgren,Digital Religion, Social Media and Culture: Perspectives, Practices and Futures(Peter Lang, 2012).

Anne Marit Waade is Associate Professor at the Department of Information and Media Studies at Aarhus University, Denmark. Her research falls within the areas of media aesthetics, visual culture, mediated tourism and branding culture. She has recently published articles on crime fiction series, crime tourism and travel series, she has co-published the book Medier og turisme [Media and Tourism] with Jakob Linaa Jensen (2009), and co-edited the books Re-Investing Authenticity(2010), Den skandinaviske krimibestseller og blockbuster (2010) and the special issue of Northern Lights onCrime and Media (2011). Her book Wallanderland about locations in crime series and media induced tourism will be published in 2012.