Committee Information

Adele Pavlidis is a Research Fellow at Griffith University. Her 2013 PhD explored roller derby in Australia and the gendered power relations at play in this dynamic and growing sport. She has published numerous peer reviewed articles and chapters in quality outlets, including the monograph on roller derby in the world, Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby (co-authored with Simone Fullagar).
Andy Bennett is Professor of Cultural Sociology in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University. He has authored and edited numerous books on the topics of popular music and youth culture. Andy is a Faculty Fellow of the Yale Center for Cultural Sociology and an International Visiting Fellow of the Finnish Youth Research Network.
Ashleigh Watson is a PhD Candidate at Griffith University. Her project, Engaging Public Sociology, Fiction and the Sociological Imagination, explores fiction as a form of sociological work, contributing original methodological and epistemological knowledge to the field.
Ben Green is a PhD Candidate and sessional lecturer/tutor at Griffith University and the managing editor of the Journal of Alternative and Community Media published by Griffith ePress. His research considers peak music experiences as an aspect of popular music culture, based on research in Brisbane’s local music scene.
Christina McKinley is the Centre Manager at the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research (GCSCR).  This year will be her fifth year sitting on the organising committee for the Post Grad symposium.
Claire Rodway is a PhD Candidate and sessional academic at Griffith University. She also works as an academic writing tutor and academic editor. Her research project is a practitioner enquiry which explores how written commentary feedback can provide interactional scaffolding to promote rhetorical awareness of the metadiscoursal aspects of argumentation in second language academic writing.
Diti Bhattacharya is a PhD Candidate and a tutor at Griffith University. Her project, Investigating the play of history and contemporary everyday life in second hand book markets of Calcutta and Paris, aims to contribute new theoretical insights in the field of Cultural Geography and the way we write about cities.
Laura Rodriguez Castro is a PhD Candidate at Griffith University. Laura’s doctoral thesis is titled From the farm to the photo exhibition: visualising peasant women’s labour in the Colombian neoliberal countryside and aims to create a collaborative research project with rural women in Colombia in the context of globalisation and neoliberalism.
Simon Jun is a PhD Candidate at Griffith University. Utilising his education and industry experience in both journalism and film, Simon will be researching the proliferation of Eastern popular culture fandom in Australia through an ethnographic lens.