Thursday 20th May 2010
14:00-16:00, Room U103 (First floor, Tower 2)
“Laboring to Produce Agency:
Marketing Empowerment through Online Networks”
Professor Radhika Gajjala
Bowling Green State University
Presentation Abstract: Online Social networking tools in recent times are increasingly being used by non-profits and NGOs who are reaching out globally to find connections and networks to empower various marginalized groups in specific locales. This leads to advocacy issues being taken into global spaces where the local context is displaced and re-presented in an effort to garner material and social support for the causes that are taken up by the non-profits. Individuals who train in “social entrepreneurship” skills, mostly using online networking tools, work in these non-profits thus labor continuously to communicate across diverse contexts. The individuals form a particular kind of labor force in these online settings that are in a sense both “IT professionals” and “social workers” that perform “communicative labor” (Dempsey, 2009). In my presentation I will discuss the notions of “empowerment”, “voice” and “agency” that emerge in these online spaces.
About Professor Radhika Gajjala: Radhika Gajjala is Director of Women’s Studies and Professor of Communication and Cultural Studies at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. Her book Cyberselves: Feminist Ethnographies of South Asian Women (2004) was published by Altamira Press. She co-edited South Asian Technospaces and Webbing Cyberfeminist Practice and is currently working on a couple book length projects – one is on “Technocultural Agency: Production of Identity at the Interface” and the other examines “Affect and Placement in Indian Digital Diasporas.”
Communication Studies: Volume 61 Issue 2
The Effects of Self-Construal and Religiousness on Argumentativeness: A Cross-Cultural Analysis, Pages 135 – 155
Authors: Stephen M. Croucher; Deepa Oommen; Manda V. Hicks; Kyle J. Holody; Samara Anarbaeva; Kisung Yoon; Anthony T. Spencer; Chrishawn Marsh; Abdulrahman I. Aljahli
Lynda Dee Dixon, Professor in the Department of Communication, is continuing to serve on the Sequoyah Commission for the Cherokee Nation. She was appointed by the Principal Chief Chadwick “Corn Tassel” Smith. The commission has included special assistant to Chief Smith Chair Dr. Richard Allen; Dr. Ellen Cushman (Writing, Rhetoric & American Culture, Michigan State University); Dr. Leslie Hannah (Professor and Director of the Cherokee Language Revitalization Program, Northeastern State University OK); Dr. Tom Holm (Emeritus Professor University of Arizona); and until her recent death, former Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller, first woman chief of the Cherokee Nation. The Commission members continue to develop plans as projected by Chief Mankiller for (1) permanent archives– virtual and hard copy– of research by and about Cherokees from the past, present, and future and (2) language and culture undergraduate BA and graduate degrees at Northeastern State University. The first report was presented to the Chief last year (2009); the second report will be presented to the Chief at the Annual Homecoming for the Cherokee Nation, August 10. Each year in April and in August, Indian researchers submit research papers for review that if accepted will be presented at two American Indian conferences each year. The conference this April was “Fancy Dancing.”
The paper I written by Doctoral Student Christy Mesaros-Winckles for COM 6400, “TLC and the Fundamentalist Family: A Quiverfull of Babies” was accepted by the Journal of Religion and Popular culture for publication. It’s an interdisciplinary/international journal published in Canada, and the journal is published online http://www.usask.ca/relst/jrpc/.
During Spring semester, 2009, the TCOM 260 class: “Writing for Electronic Media” at Bowling Green State University, ran a “contest” to produce a :30 second public service announcement for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northwestern Ohio Chapter. The “prize” for the contest was to have the writer’s script produced to air on FOX Toledo, WUPW-TV.
BGSU graduate, Trisha Courtney-Tishler, Director of Media/MS Promotions, was to judge of the scripts and choose the one showing the most universal appeal to air year-round. Fellow Alum and BGSU Adjunct Instructor, Dave Skorupski, Research Director for FOX Toledo, WUPW-TV, volunteered to produce the spot.
The “winning” script was written by (then) Sophomore student, Kathryn “Kat” Sibio, a student of Dr. Lori Liggett.
Sibio’s script was chosen because of its simplicity and reinforcement of the “Movement” theme used by the National MS Society. The script emphasized the differences between being an active participant in life and sitting as an observer. The script also drew attention to the relationship of MS patients to their families.
Due to scheduling difficulties, Sibio was unable to be present during taping of the PSA, but she was present for the editing process. As she discovered, even though she envisioned her script to appear a certain way, additions, subtractions and other revisions were still necessary to complete the spot. Some of the biggest surprises in production came in choosing video clips, music, graphic fonts as well as scene transitions.
These simple, yet complicated decisions, can play a major part in the mood and feel of the piece and should not be taken lightly.
Dr. Atkinson’s book has just been published – Alternative Media and Politics of Resistace: A Communication Perspective, published by Peter Lang Publishing (http://www.amazon.com/Alternative-Media-Politics-Resistance-Communication/dp/1433105179/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260558744&sr=1-2-spell#reader_1433105179)
Congratulations to Dr. Michael Butterworth!
Dr. Michael Butterworth has been asked to serve on the editorial board for the Journal of Sports Media. JSM received an honor from the Broadcast Education Association. At the BEA conference next April 15-17 in Las Vegas, one of the panels from the Sports Division will focus entirely on JSM authors discussing their research.
For those going to BEA, there are 12 panels in their newly-created Sports Division. If you’re interested, you can contact division chair Michael Bruce at Oklahoma Baptist, email@example.com. There’s more on the conference at: http://www.beaweb.org/staticcontent/staticpages/2010conv.htm.
Congratulations to Stephen Croucher who was elected to a three year term as editor of Speaker & Gavel, the official journal of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha (DSR-TKA). The journal currently publishes one online issue a year but is prepared to go to two issues a year. The journal’s call is very inclusive as it publishes: “refereed articles addressing all aspects of communication theory and practice.” We are so proud to have this journal housed in the School of Media and Communication.
Dr. Oliver Boyd-Barrett has been invited by the European Alliance of News Agencies to speak at a conference entitled “News Agencies: Concerns – Challenges” to take place November 15- 16 in Limassol, Cyprus. The conference brings together CEOs and other leaders of member agencies of EANA (Europe), ANAM (Mediterranean) and OANA (Asia-Pacific) news agency associations. Dr. Boyd-Barrett will be talking on News Agencies in the Turbulent Age of the Internet.