Panel Speakers



Jennifer Smith Maguire

Associate Professor in Cultural Production and Consumption, Management Department, University of Leicester. PhD in Sociology from the City University of New York Graduate Center. Her research focuses on the intersection of processes of cultural production and consumption in the construction of markets, tastes and value. She is the leader of the Cultural Production and Consumption research strand of CAMEo: the Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies; co-leader of the 'Craft and the Artisanal' research cluster of the Drinking Studies Network; and past elected council member of the American Sociology Association Consumer and Consumption Section.

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Sean Nixon

Professor Sean Nixon is Head of the Department of Sociology and Director of MA Advertising and Marketing and the Media. at the University of Essex.

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Elizabeth Wissinger 

Professor of Fashion Studies and Sociology at the City University of New York. She is a faculty member of the Masters of Arts and Liberal Studies program at the Graduate School and University Center and the Department of Social Sciences at BMCC/CUNY. She has published and spoken about fashion, technology, and embodiment, in the U.S. and internationally. Her book, This Year’s Model: Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour (NYU 2015), tracks how emerging technologies shape bodily ideals, which fashion models promote by doing “glamour labor,” the work to appear as attractive, exciting, and cool in person as one’s edited, curated, and filtered online self.  Her current research focuses on how wearable technologies impact gender and embodiment.