How can we understand numbers if not as facts? What are the consequences of considering numbers as politically and socially constructed communicative codes? Karin Wilkins will discuss issues raised in questioning numbers used in research and the contribution of numerical literacy to civic engagement.
Karin Gwinn Wilkins is a Professor of Media Studies, Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Chair, Global Studies Bridging Disciplines Program at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds the John P. McGovern Regents Professorship in Health and Medical Science Communication, and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Communication Theory. Wilkins has won numerous awards for her research, service and teaching, and chaired the Intercultural/Development Division of the International Communication Association. Her work addresses scholarship in the fields of development communication, global communication and political engagement. Selected recent works include Communicating Gender and Advocating Accountability in Global Development (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); Handbook of Development Communication and Social Change (ed., Wiley-Blackwell, 2014); New Agendas in Global Communication (ed., Routledge, 2013), as well as journal publications in Communication Theory; Media, Culture & Society; Communication, Culture & Critique; Journal of Communication; Journal of Middle East Media; International Journal of Communication; Gazette: The International Journal for Communication Studies; and Critical Studies in Media Communication.