AoIR2020 Conference Committee

Dr. Kylie Jarrett, Conference Chair, is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Media Studies at Maynooth University. She attended her first AoIR conference in 2001 and has widely researched the political economy of the internet with an emphasis on digital labour. She is author of Feminism, Labour and Digital Media: The Digital Housewife and co-author of Google and the Culture of Search (with Ken Hillis and Michael Pettit) and NSFW: Sex, Humor and Risk in Social Media (with Susanna Paasonen and Ben Light).


Dr. Aphra Kerr is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Maynooth University and program chair of the MA (Internet and Society). She is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at the Information, Communications and Media Institute at the Technological University of Dublin. She was a founding member of the Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA), receiving a Distinguished Scholar award from them in 2016. Current research explores the political economies of data and inequality, diversity in game making cultures, AI and communication governance and new forms of gambling. She is author of Global Games: Production, Circulation and Policy in the Networked Era, Routledge, 2017, and associate editor of The International Encyclopedia of Digital Communication and Society, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.


Dr. Caroline O’Sullivan is Senior Lecturer, Head of Creative Media and Assistant Head of the School of Media in Technological University Dublin. She was a member of the management committee of Honeycomb – Creative Works a €5mil INTERREG IV project funded by SUEPB promoting the Creative Industries across the border counties of the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and West of Scotland. She is the Irish Representative on the executive committee for the International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) UK and Ireland Branch, and her research interests are in the areas of popular music; reality television; the culture of social media; Identity and expression online; Internet youth culture and gender.


Prof. Eugenia Siapera is Professor and Head of the School of Information and Communication Studies at University College Dublin. Her research interests are in the area of digital and social media, political communication, online journalism, dataification and inequalities. She has recently completed an IRC funded project on racist hate speech in the Irish digital sphere and is also working on a project on the digital memory of conflict (RePAST) funded by the European Commission. She has written numerous articles and book chapters, and is the editor of the Handbook of Global Online Journalism (with A. Veglis, Wiley, 2012) and the author of Understanding New Media (Sage, 2017, second edition). Her most recent book is the edited volume Gender Hate Online (Palgrave, 2019), co-edited with Debbie Ging.