Convenors and contact information


Dr Jessica Balanzategui is a research fellow within the Transformative Technologies Research Unit at the University of Melbourne, and is also a sessional lecturer and course coordinator in Screen and Media studies. She has published work on the horror genre across different mediated and cultural contexts in refereed journals such as Horror Studies, Studies in Australasian Cinema, M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture and Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media - for which she also co-edited the special bumper issue "Transmedia Horror" - and in edited collections published by Palgrave Macmillan, McFarland and Lexington Books. She is currently co-authoring a monograph on Bryan Fuller's Hannibal (2013-2015) with Professor Angela Ndalianis and Naja Later, and is working on a project on the digital gothic examining the form and aesthetics of horror storytelling online.

Dr Naja Later is a sessional lecturer and tutor at the University of Melbourne, from which she holds a PhD. Her thesis researched the relationship between New Horror, post-9/11 terror culture, and screen media. She is presently researching monstrosity and transformative fandom in Hannibal for a forthcoming collection. As part of Popular Arts Researchers Australia, Naja is developing a project on political readings of superheroes. Her publications include McFarland's Marvel Comics into Film; Refractory: A Journal of Entertainment Media (for which she has co-edited the bumper issue 'Transmedia Horror'); and the Inter-Disciplinary Network.

Tara Lomax is a PhD candidate, sessional lecturer, and tutor in Screen and Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. Tara's research examines the complexity of franchise cinema, investigating how industry and textuality intersect and interact in contemporary Hollywood cinema through the franchise mode of production. Tara also holds a postgraduate degree in Screen Cultures from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and a master's degree in Film Studies from the University of Sydney, with a dissertation on the Hannibal Lecter film series. Tara is also a graduate member of the Transformative Technologies Research Unit.

Jessica, Naja, and Tara are also co-authoring a forthcoming chapter publication on the monstrosity of seriality in Bryan Fuller's Hannibal.

Contact information

Dr Jessica Balanzategui

Dr Naja Later

Tara Lomax