Annenberg Creates the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication

Strengthening its reputation for scholarly and applied global, comparative, and international research, training, and networking, Penn's Annenberg School for Communication this fall will open the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication (PARGC). PARGC's central mission will be to promote theoretical and empirical innovation in the study of global communication in public life. It will be under the direction of Marwan M. Kraidy, Ph.D., Professor of Communication at Annenberg.

Prof. Kraidy is an internationally recognized scholar and expert in the fields of global communication theory, comparative media studies, and the nexus of Arab media, politics and culture. He spent the better part of 2011 and part of 2012 in the Middle East, researching graffiti, digital activism, political humor, music video and the body as medium for a book on what he calls “creative insurrection.” The project, focused on the development of doctoral students and early career postdoctoral scholars, will sponsor a yearly public lecture and master class in the fall, a biennial symposium in the spring, host visiting postdoctoral scholars, and organize other thematically guided activities at ASC and overseas locations.

Establishing PARGC extends Annenberg's growing international scholarship activities. The school presently runs the Scholars Program in Culture and Communication, which bring visiting scholars to Penn from institutions throughout the world; this fall professors from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada and the University of Amsterdam. Its Center for Global Communication Studies is actively involved in media analysis and media strengthening programs throughout the world. Additionally Standing Faculty members Guobin Yang and Devra Moehler apply their research internationally (in China and Africa, respectively).

"PARGC will help solidify ASC's growing reputation for scholarly and applied global, comparative and international research, training and networking," says Michael X. Delli Carpini, Ph.D., Professor of Communication and Walter H. Annenberg Dean.