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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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18. A Dossier on Making and Doing (Lisa Henderson / Mél Hogan / Aymar Jean Christian / John Nguyet Erni)


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18. A Dossier on Making and Doing


Communication Is Making and Doing

Lisa Henderson

Can the field of communication be open to making knowledge and expression in as broad a range of forms as we study? Can videos, games, and other artworks be not only the subject of communication scholarship, but also the scholarship itself?

My recent interviews with distinguished scholars in cultural production and research creation say yes (Henderson, 2017). Most were once producers themselves. They were poets, musicians, filmmakers, television producers, dancers, movement artists, or game designers. Then they came to a field named for human expressive practice and gave all that up. In its place, they studied others who dance, game, sing, and draw, and they wrote about those others in terms fixed by the linguistic and analytic conventions of scholarship. That is itself a form of cultural production, one that explicates deeply but circulates narrowly. Are our options so rigid?

“Making & Doing” (M&D) was a 2017 exhibit at the International Communication Association’s (ICA) conference in San Diego that also answered “yes” to the question I open with. It was assembled by an international committee, at President Elect Paula Gardner’s invitation, to showcase the multimodal work of an international group of scholars. (M&D was co-curated by Aymar Jean Christian, John Nguyet...

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