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Communication Research and Practice


Edited By Adrienne Shaw and D. Travers Scott

This volume brings together a range of papers that fruitfully engage with the theme of the 2017 Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, held in San Diego, California: Interventions. Here "intervention" points to a range of communication practices that engage with a political event, social phenomena, industrial or socio-cultural practice, in order to alter and disrupt events and the norms and practices that contribute to their occurrence.  Interventions prohibit events from proceeding in a "normal" course. Interventions approach or critique practices and phenomenon resulting from tensions or absences occurring in: events, structures, (institutional governmental, media industry), discourses, and socio-cultural and subcultural events. Intervention presents the opportunity to explore boundaries, assumptions and strategies that appear to be different or irreconcilable, viewing them instead as possibilities for productive engagements. Communication interventions—in both research and practice—insert insights from diverse voices, marginal positions, emerging organizational practices and digital technologies, to broaden and enrich dialogue. Interventions bring complex reframings to events and phenomenon. Interventions seek to alter a course and effect changed practices in a range of spheres: governmental and social institutions, cultural and nongovernmental groups; industry and organizational life, new media and digital spaces, socio-cultural environments, subcultural groups, health environments, affective and behavioral life, and in everyday life.

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Miriam Kwena Ayieko Media Studies Graduate Student at Daystar University, Kenya. She was secretary of the Local Organizing Committees of the first International Communication Association (ICA) Africa Regional Conference, 2016; and the first ICAfrica Research and Publication Training Workshop, 2017. Her research interests are in social media and communication ethics.

Andrea Baldini is Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Art Institute of Nanjing University. His main research interest is in visual culture. Recently, he has published articles in the Journal of Visual Culture and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism.

George A. Barnett (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1976) is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis. He was Chair of ICA’s Communication and Technology Division and President of the International Network for Social Network Analysis. He edited the Encyclopedia of Social Networks and received ICA’s 2012 Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award.

Marisa Brandt is an Assistant Professor of Practice in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science at Michigan State University’s Lyman Briggs College and core faculty of the Center for Gender in Global Context. She earned her PhD in Communication and Science Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

Aymar Jean Christian (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is Assistant Professor in Northwestern University’s Departments of Communication Studies and Radio, Television, and Film, and a Fellow at the Peabody Media Center. His book Open TV: Innovation Beyond Hollywood and the Rise of Web Television is forthcoming in 2017...

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