David Beer is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of York, UK. He works in the areas of culture, media, social theory and digital methods. His publications include Punk Sociology (2014), Popular Culture and New Media: The Politics of Circulation (2013) and New Media: The Key Concepts (2008, with Nicholas Gane).
Sunil Manghani is Reader in Critical and Cultural Theory at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton (UK). He studied Anthropology and Communication Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, in the early 1990s, and later completed a Masters and Ph.D in Critical Theory at the University of Nottingham. He is the author of Image Studies: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2013); Image Critique & the Fall of the Berlin Wall (Intellect, 2008); editor of the four-volume anthology Images: Critical and Primary Sources (Bloomsbury, 2013); and co-editor of Images: A Reader (Sage, 2006), an anthology of writings on the image from Plato to the present.
Samantha Schäfer: Website Design Manager
Samantha Schäfer joined the TCS Website team in 2017. She is a Ph.D. student and visiting lecturer at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton (UK). Her project investigates the role of video games in transmedia storytelling. Her academic interests include narrative, both in general and in relation to medium-specific narrative capacities (particularly in video games), transmedia storytelling and audience agency, and character studies with a focus on villain characters.