Jeremy Packer, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, and Director, PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media (on leave 2009-2010)
Steve Wiley, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, and Interim Director, PhD in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media (2009-2010)
Bill Balthrop is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina. He is currently completing a book project with Carole Blair and Neil Michel on the American Cemetery and Memorial in Suresnes, France. He was formerly the President of the National Communication Association and the American Forensic Association.
Carole Blair is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina. She is currently completing book projects on the Civil Rights Memorial and Memorial Center, in Montgomery, Alabama and with Bill Balthrop and Neil Michel Suresnes American Cemetery and Memorial, in Suresnes, France. Other recent publications are "Communication as Collective Memory" in Communication As . . . : Perspectives on Theory (Sage, 2005) and "The Rushmore Effect: Ethos and National Collective Identity" (with Neil Michel) in The Ethos of Rhetoric (South Carolina, 2004). She is also the Recipient of the National Communication Association's 2005 Golden Anniversary Monograph Award.
Adriana de Souza e Silva is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the North Carolina State University. She is the author of numerous articles that investigate mobile communication technologies and locative media, such as cell phones, focusing on how these devices change social practices and the experience of urban spaces by means of location-based mobile games and media art installations in public spaces. She is the co-editor of Digital Cityscapes: Merging digital and urban playspaces (Peter Lang, 2009) with Dan Sutko.
Jordan Frith is a PhD student in North Carolina State's Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media program. He received his M.S. in Technical Communication from James Madison University. His main research interests are locative media and space, particularly how locative media may change perception of how people interact in urban spaces. He is also interested in how digital media are changing political communication and how older understandings of intellectual property are inappropriate for the digital age, and might be hurting growth in less developed areas.
Bernd Frohmann is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario. His book Deflating Information: From Science Studies to Documentation was published in the fall of 2004 by the University of Toronto Press. More recently, he has applied the work of Deleuze and Foucault to information ethics, especially to shift the focus of information ethics away from the concept of the information-seeking, ethical subject, to take into account information processes and technologies that bypass consciousness but that raise important ethical questions.
Victoria Gallagher is a Professor in the Department of Communication and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in rhetorical criticism, particularly of civil rights-related discourse, commemorative sites (museums and memorials), visual images, and public art. Most recently, her co-authored essay (with Kenneth S. Zagacki), "Rhetoric and Materiality in the Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art," appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, and she is editing The Urban Communication Reader, Volume III (with Susan Drucker and Matthew Matsaganis).
Ron Greene is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is the author of Malthusian Worlds: US Leadership and the Governing of the Population Crisis (Westview, 1999) and has published articles in such journals as: Cultural Studies, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Argumentation and Advocacy, Quarterly Journal of Speech, Controversia, The Proceedings of the AFA/NCA Conference on Argumentation, and the Electronic Journal of Communication.
Mark Hansen is a Professor of Literature and Arts of the Moving Image at Duke University. He is a faculty member in the Program in Information Science + Information Studies and also in the Visual Studies Initiative. His work focuses on the experiential and non-representational effects of technologies and, more broadly, on the role of technesis in the social and cultural constitution of what it means to be human. He is the author of Embodying Technesis: Technology Beyond Writing (U. Michigan, 2000), New Philosophy for New Media (MIT, 2004), and Bodies in Code (Routledge, 2006).
Byron Hawk is an Associate Professor of English at George Mason University. His research interests are histories and theories of composition, rhetorical theory and technology, and rhetorics of popular music. He is the author of A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007), which won JAC's W. Ross Winterowd Award in 2007 and received honorable mention for MLA's Mina Shaughnessy Prize in 2008.
James Hay is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Communication Research at the University of Illinois. He has written extensively about communication/media, social space, governmentality, and citizenship. His most recent book is Better Living Through Reality TV (Blackwell, 2008) with Laurie Ouellette.
N. Katherine Hayles is a Professor in the Program in Literature at Duke University. Some of her more recent books are How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics (Chicago, 1999), Writing Machines (MIT, 2001), My Mother Was a Computer: Digital Subjects and Literary Texts (Chicago, 2005), and Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary, (Notre Dame, 2008).
Ken Hillis is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina. His most recent book, Online a Lot of the Time (Duke, 2009) examines how age old understandings of ritual communication as the vehicle by which people come together to produce meaning is increasingly subject to conflation with a competing definition of communication as the transmission of messages between individuals across space. He is also the co-editor of Everyday Ebay: Culture, Collecting, and Desire (Routledge, 2006) and Digital Sensations: Space, Identity, and Embodiment in Virtual Reality (Minnesota, 1999).
Kathy F. Oswald is a PhD student in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program at North Carolina State University. She received a M.A. in Communication from Villanova University. Her research interests include space and mobility, analog and digital technologies, and communication infrastructures.
Jeremy Packer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University. He is the author of Mobility Without Mayhem: Cars, Safety, and Citizenship (Duke, 2008) and the editor or co-editor of Secret Agents: Popular Icons Beyond James Bond (Peter Lang, 2009), Thinking With James Carey: Essays on Communications, Transportation, History (Peter Lang, 2006), and Foucault, Cultural Studies, and Governmentality (SUNY, 2003).
Lisa Parks is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at UC Santa Barbara, where she is also an affiliate of the Departments of Art and Women’s Studies and serves on the Executive Committee on the College of Creative Studies. Her research explores uses of satellite, computer and television technologies in a transnational context. She is the author of Cultures in Orbit: Satellites and the Televisual (Duke University Press 2005) and co-editor of Planet TV: A Global Television Reader (NYU Press 2003) and Undead TV: Essays on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Duke UP, 2007).
John Durham Peters is the F. Wendell Miller professor of Communication Studies at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Courting the Abyss: Free Speech and the Liberal Tradition (Chicago, 2005), Canonic Texts in Media Research: Are There Any? Should There Be? How About These? With co-editors Elihu Katz, Tamar Liebes, and Avril Orloff (Polity, 2003), Mass Communication and American Social Thought: Key Texts, 1919-1968 with Peter Simonson (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004), and Speaking into the Air: A History of the Idea of Communication (Chicago, 1999).
David M. Rieder is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at NC State University. His work focuses on digital rhetoric and writing studies. Recent publications include a co-edited collection titled Small Tech with Byron Hawk and Ollie Oviedo, and forthcoming projects in Kairos and Computers and Composition Online. He is currently working on a book project titled Suasive Iterations: A Computational Approach to Multimodality with ActionScript 3.
Jeff Rice is an Associate Professor of English and Director of the Campus Writing Program at the University of Missouri. He is the author of The Rhetoric of Cool: Composition Studies and New Media (SIUP, 2007), Writing About Cool: Hypertext and Cultural Studies in the Computer Classroom (Longman 2002) and the co-editor of New Media/New Methods: The Turn from Literacy to Electracy (Parlor Press 2008). He has also published numerous essays on pedagogy, rhetoric, writing, and new media.
Sarah Sharma is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina. Her work focuses on cultural approaches to media-technology, most specifically the politics of space and time. Her published work investigates such topics as biopolitics and the modern airport (Cultural Studies 2009), media, materiality, and the taxi-cab (Social Identities 2008), and more recently the politics of stillness (Journal of Media and Culture 2009). She is completing a book for Duke University Press tentatively titled Bad Timing: A Cultural Politics of Temporality which examines cultural and institutional responses to Speed.
Mimi Sheller is a Professor in the Department of Culture and Communication, and Director, Mobilities Research and Policy Center, Drexel University. She is the author of Citizenship from Below (Duke University Press, forthcoming), Consuming the Caribbean: from Arawaks to Zombies (Routledge, 2003), Democracy After Slavery: Black Publics and Peasant Radicalism in Haiti and Jamaica (Macmillan, 2000); and co-editor of Mobile Technologies of the City, (Routledge, 2006), Tourism Mobilities: Places to Play, Places in Play (Routledge, 2004), and Uprootings/Regroundings: Questions of Home and Migration (Berg, 2003).
Jennifer Daryl Slack is a Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies at the Michigan Institute for Technology. She is author of Culture + Technology | A Primer with J. Macgregor Wise (Peter Lang, 2005), Communication Technologies and Society (1984) and editor of The Ideology of the Information Age (with Fred Fejes, 1987), Thinking Geometrically (by John Waisanen, Peter Lang, 2002), and Animations (of Deleuze and Guattari) (Peter Lang, 2003).
John Sloop is a Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Communication Studies. He is the author of The Cultural Prison (Alabama, 1996), Shifting Borders: Rhetoric, Immigration, and California’s Proposition 187 (Temple, 2002), and Disciplining Gender: Rhetorics of Sex Identity in Contemporary U.S. Culture (UMASS, 2004).
Daniel M. Sutko is a PhD student in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program at North Carolina State University. His research interests include cultural studies, technology and social space, and the rhetoric of technology. Some of his current projects examine how social space is shaped and governed through locative media and disaster management communication technologies. He is co-editor, with Adriana de Souza e Silva, of Digital Cityscapes: Merging Digital and Urban Playspaces (Peter Lang, 2009).
Francesca Talenti is a filmmaker and animator who has exhibited her work from Sundance to PBS National, by way of Mumbai, Göteborg, Casablanca, and several other festivals and venues. She has won a number of audience and “best of” awards, and has received grants from the Independent Television Service, Latino Public Broadcasting, and the Kauffman Foundation. In the past two years Francesca has been trying to explode the rectangle to which the moving image is usually confined, and this has led her to creating media for live theater as well as making installations. Selected pieces of her work will be on display during the Symposium. Francesca teaches media production at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Steve Wiley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University. His work examines social space as assemblage, focusing especially on technology, culture, and globalization in Latin America. He is working on a book based on recent research on sense of place in southern Chile.
Greg Wise is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of Exploring Technology and Social Space (Sage, 1997) Cultural Globalization: A User's Guide (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008) and co-author, with Jennifer Slack, of Culture and Technology: A Primer (Peter Lang, 2005). He currently is working on a manuscript examining the cultural dimensions of new mobile communication and computing technologies.
Kenneth Zagacki is the Head of, and a Professor in, the Department of Communication. He has published numerous articles and book chapters in rhetorical theory and criticism. His essays examine the rhetoric of public scientific disputes, presidential foreign policy speeches, environmental controversies, civil rights related visual images, and public art. Most recently, his co-authored essay (with Victoria Gallagher), "Rhetoric and Materiality in the Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art," appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Speech. Currently he and Gallagher are examining the popular museum program, "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit," as a new genre: the museum as therapeutic rhetoric.
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