APRIL 19 & 22 and MAY 6, 13 & 20, 2021
University of Oregon • Remote
What is Communication? (2021) will investigate instantiations and permutations of communication via models of exchange, modes of inquiry, and meanings of community. While communication has been conceptualized as models of transportation, transmission, and ritual, communication is also characterized by modes of sharing, imparting, connecting, and participating. These characteristics can contribute to democracy, as well as facilitating the commons and community/fellowship.
This year marks the eleventh annual What is…? and the sixth collaboration with scholars from the natural sciences, social sciences and arts. It builds on the previous two years’ gatherings. The series continues to enact a collaborative network of transdisciplinary research, cultivating communication as the heart of nature and society.
• Elihu Katz, Sociology and Anthropology, and Yonatan Fialkoff, Smart Family Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
• H. Leslie Steeves, African Studies/Media Studies, University of Oregon, and Janet D. Kwami, Communication/Film/Center for Sustainability, Furman University
• Oscar H. Gandy, Jr., Information & Society/Communication, University of Pennsylvania
• Kathryn C. Montgomery, Communication, American University, and Jeff Chester, Center for Digital Democracy, Washington, D.C.
• Suzanne Simard, Forest & Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada*
* in cooperation with UO Women in Graduate Science
Series Organizers: Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz (University of Oregon)