THE FUTURE OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES: TOWARD A CRITICAL REMAPPING OF THE
The Annual Conference of the Communication Graduate Caucus of Carleton
March 15-16, 2007
Keynote speaker: John Durham Peters, University of Iowa
This conference is intended to be a forum in which the very foundations of
communication studies can be constructively debated. We invite papers from
a broad range of disciplinary perspectives to address the following
• What can the study of communication gain from other fields, such as
philosophy, theology, law, and history? What theoretical frameworks might
• Are there unlikely thinkers outside of the field of communication who
could conceivably be regarded as veritable communication theorists?
• Are there intellectual traditions or schools of thought, whether living or
dead, in vogue or obsolete, which remain untapped sources of communication
The keynote speaker for this event will be John Durham Peters, F. Wendell
Miller Distinguished Professor, Department of Communication Studies,
University of Iowa.
Peters has proposed novel ways of thinking about the phenomenon of
communication. His work points to a number of intellectual and religious
traditions that have remained untapped sources of communication theory. He
has, for instance, argued that communication studies can be enriched by
regarding certain historical figures, such as Jesus, St. Paul, John Locke,
John Milton, and G. W. F. Hegel, as theorists of communication. Like the
late James Carey, he has also argued that the origins of communication
studies began not with the so-called founding fathers, but rather with the
American Pragmatists. The themes raised in Peters’ work are many: history,
philosophy, rhetoric, liberalism, free speech, law, ethics, and theology.
The scholarly breadth of his research suggests that the study of
communication need not be, indeed should not be, limited to a theoretical
framework derived from the current scholarly canon. What, then, are the
implications for communication research from rethinking and moving beyond
the current canon?
This conference will serve as the basis for a proposed book on the themes
mentioned above. As such, there are two options for submissions.
1. Conference Presentations
If you wish to present a paper at this conference, please send us an
abstract of no more than 250 words for consideration. Include your name,
the title of your presentation, the name of your department and institution,
your complete contact information, and your audio/visual equipment needs.
Please note that presentations should not exceed 15 minutes, as there will
be a question and answer session afterwards. Abstracts should be sent to
email@example.com. The deadline for submission of abstracts is
Friday, January 19th, 2007.
2. Book Chapters
Full manuscripts of conference papers must be submitted by Friday, May 18th,
2007 to be considered for publication. This should allow sufficient time to
incorporate feedback from the conference. Submissions must include your
name, the name of your department and institution, and your complete contact
information. Abstracts and manuscripts should be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that those who are unlikely to
attend the conference can still send a manuscript for consideration.
For more information, please visit the conference website at:
Conference Committee Co-Chairs
John Shiga & Jason Hannan
School of Journalism and Communication
Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6
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