About the Symposium
On suddenly sparse streets, artists confront the grim reality of the moment. With a nod to the anti-globalization movement or the music notes seemingly playing off the guest that has overstayed its welcome, both messages diagnose the ailment and gesture toward a hope for and belief in change. In a moment shaped by closures — of borders, stores, schools, offices, jobs, and, for many, a dream of “going back to normal” — what openings are made possible?
The second biennial early career conference by the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania asks: What are post-pandemic politics? We understand post-pandemic, not as a myopic focus on COVID-19, but rather as an optic illuminating both persistent and emergent conditions of inequity and precarity. We also use post-pandemic as an opportunity to imagine new forms of politics, community, solidarity, and action.
Early career scholars, activists, artists, and journalists will reflect on the crucial role of communication in this moment of rupture and offer the following questions as a provocation for participants: What can the critical study of global communication — in all its expansiveness and imaginative force — offer us in a moment when uncertainty, insecurity, and risk have saturated hegemonic imaginations of the global? How might these times, which have both exacerbated and highlighted marginalization and oppression across global Norths and Souths and along lines of race, class, gender, and other axes of identity, move us towards justice and anti-oppression? What other ways of coming together, collective action, and organizing have been brought to the forefront of dominant imaginations, and what ways of being and living remain possible outside their ambit?
This conference is the second biennial early career conference at the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Its inaugural conference was held on March 27 and 28, 2019 and featured a keynote conversation at Slought, a not-for-profit organization based on the University of Pennsylvania campus, entitled “Practicing Decolonization,” as well as presentations by 13 early career scholars.
The symposium includes a mix of asynchronous and synchronous events.
Asynchronous video presentations are available to registrants to watch in advance of the synchronous panels on April 8. There are 21 original research projects available on our website for attendees to engage with and give feedback prior to and during the conference days. The synchronous panels will include brief remarks from presenters, comments from a designated discussant, and live Q&A session moderated by a CARGC fellow.
A live session will take place on April 9 with our keynote, “Communicating Abolition: Radical Possibilities for Post-Pandemic Futures: A Dialogue with Karma R. Chávez (University of Texas at Austin) and Jamila Hammami (CUNY Graduate Center).”
Our opening video from day 1 of the conference is now available: