CRDM Research Symposia

CRDM hosts an annual symposium and brings in speakers and scholars from across North America to discuss their research on a given theme. The symposium is open to the public for participation. Take a look at this year’s research symposium! 

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2019 Symposium: Dialog 2.0

March 29-30, 2019 | NC State University

Dialog 2.0 will attract students and scholars from various disciplines and across underrepresented populations to engage with each other about how to dialogue productively in this new world of alternative facts, false news, and intimidation and in which issues of public import are often deliberated over social media. We are expanding our annual CRDM Symposium by reaching out across NC State, our local community, and neighboring Universities to promote civility and civic-mindedness.

While civil discourse around human rights and responsibilities takes place in face-to-face settings such as public meetings and sites of collective action, discourse on controversial topics increasingly takes place online. North Carolina has drawn national attention on social media due to controversies surrounding the 2016 police shooting in Charlotte, the rights of the LGBTQ community in the wake of HB2 (the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act), the Moral Mondays protests, and racial tensions surrounding Silent Sam on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. Throughout the Nation we see controversies such as these increasingly mediated in what scholars call “hybrid” spaces –  intersections among media (e.g., online postings, tweets, televised news, online forums and blogs) and physical space. This constant interplay amplifies or attenuates the meaning of these issues and how individuals react to them. In the 21st century nearly all events are hybrid. Therefore, learning how to enhance mediated communication across differences in these challenging times is worthy of scholarly attention.

In this 2-day Symposium, we seek to explore and complicate how conversations in online and hybrid spaces can promote dialogic communication that overcomes tribalism, echo chambers, and polarization. This includes exploring the intersections of social movements, online communication, and transformation in contexts ranging from interpersonal conversations to public protests to online activism.

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