Before interdisciplinarity became a matter of interest and exploration in academia, communication studies was already a post-discipline, located at the intersection of disciplines and fields of study interested in multiple meanings and dimensions of communication. In this presentation, Silvio Waisbord will discuss how, amid continuous chaos and confusion, cultivating a range of public interventions in different settings and areas of expertise is one path to finding commonalities and bridges.
Silvio Waisbord is Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is the author and editor of sixteen books, including more recently Communication: A Post-Discipline (Polity, 2019) and Routledge Companion to Media and Scandals (edited with Howard Tumber, Routledge, 2019), and journal articles, book chapters and newspaper columns on journalism, politics and social change. His forthcoming book is A Communication Manifesto (Polity). He is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication and the International Journal of Press/Politics. He has lectured and worked in more than 30 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. He is a Fellow of the International Communication Association. He has served on the Advisory Board of the Latin American program of Open Society Foundations. He holds a Licenciatura in sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego.
A reception will take place in the Annenberg Forum for those attending the event at 5:15pm.
The lecture will begin in Room 109 at 6:00pm.
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