Dr Lisa Fletcher is the Deputy Head of the School of Humanities and Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania. She is the author of Historical Romance Fiction: Heterosexuality and Performativity (2008), the editor of Popular Fiction and Spatiality: Reading Genre Settings (2016), and the co-author (with Ralph Crane) of Cave: Nature and Culture (2015) and Island Genres, Genre Islands: Conceptualisation and Representation in Popular Fiction (forthcoming, 2017). Lisa’s current research investigates Australian popular fiction in the 21st Century.

Dr Jodi McAlister is Associate Lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania. Jodi is a literary historian who works on representations of love in popular culture, especially in popular romance fiction. She is the Area Co-Chair for Romance for the Popular Culture Association, and the Area Chair for Popular Romance Studies for the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand. Jodi has published several articles and scholarly book chapters on romance, including work in the Journal of Popular Romance Studies. In 2017, she will be an Associate Investigator of the ARC Centre for Excellence in the Study of the History of Emotions. Jodi’s debut young adult novel Valentine will be published by Penguin in 2017, and its sequel in 2018. 

Mr Kurt Temple is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Tasmania. He specialises in the digital scholarly editing of Early Modern drama, focussing on works of classical adaptation. Kurt’s research interests include popular authorship, the rise of mass literacy and the consumption of middlebrow literature.

Dr Kathleen Williams is the Head of Journalism, Media and Communications at the University of Tasmania. She specialises in digital and screen media, and popular culture. Her work focuses on the material afterlives of media technologies and artefacts, and how we might understand media materiality through memory.