Posted: November 21st, 2013
The Departments of Communication Studies and Journalism will be holding an information session on
Friday, December 6th at 1:30 p.m. in CJ 1.114.
The event aims to introduce students to the different programs and review the various entry requirements.
For more information you may call the Department of Communication Studies at 514-848-2424 xt 2555, or the Department of Journalism at 514-848-2424 ext 2465.
Posted: November 18th, 2013
in Communications and Media Studies”
Friday November 29, 2013
Communications Building, Loyola Campus
The Communication Studies Department and the Media Studies Seminar invite you to an all-day event entitled “Doing Research Creation in Communications and Media Studies.” This full-day event will be focused on exploring the diverse methods, complicated negotiations and institutional complexities associated with working within the domain of research-creation. This event will feature a space to share research-creation projects developed as course-work, as well as ongoing and recently completed thesis work, and will culminate in a roundtable discussion (see more details below).
As a department with a rich history of interdisciplinary work, we hope to contribute a unique perspective to university-wide discussions around research-creation. We aim to provide a space to share work that would not normally make it beyond a course or thesis defence setting and may fall outside the purview of academic events. Further, this event will bring together graduate students and professors to discuss research-creation methodologies, in both practical and pedagogical terms.
Schedule for November 29, 2013
10:00 – 16:00 Showcase
Research-creation work from current MA and PhD students and recent graduates from both programs will be displayed throughout the building.
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
Provided in the 5th floor lounge.
13:30 – 15:30 Roundtable
Panelists Tagny Duff, Liz Miller, Kim Sawchuk, Matt Soar, and PhD student Alison Loader will reflect on the specific ways in which they have negotiated working on research-creation projects within this department and the field of media arts more generally. The focus on methods will include: examples and thoughts on how as professors they have negotiated creative production within the academy or in the classroom setting; considerations of the specific methodological and knowledge frameworks that have been helpful in the process of developing or advising research-creation projects; how they consider forms of research as important contributions to the field of Communications and Media Arts; and how they have come to evaluate, critique, and present research-creation work in the classroom, or public settings (conferences, galleries, and other sites of dissemination and display).
Event Poster in PDF
Journée D’étude Committee
Katherine Kline, Vanessa Meyer, Alison Naturale, and Jill Piebiak
Posted: November 13th, 2013
Ceci N’est Pas Embres (2012) by Comm Studies faculty member, Matt Soar, will screen at this year’s Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal 2013 (RIDM).
The film is a ‘database diary’ film, a personal travel document based on the experiences of a Montréal family living in France for six months in 2010. This digital nonlinear film offers a series of idiosyncratic observations about place, culture, language, family, and creative process. Ceci N’est Pas Embres was conceived for, and built with, the Korsakow System. Edited by Dayna McLeod and Emily Pelstring; sound design by Owen Chapman.
Cinéma Du Parc 3
For more information please visit the RIDM Ceci N’est Pas Embres web page.
Posted: October 7th, 2013
The Media Gallery in the Department of Communication Studies proudly presents Dana Claxton’s On Set: The Mustang Suite, a 6-hour single channel video that will screen once a day. On Set: The Mustang Suite draws its footage from the making of her five-photo series, The Mustang Suite, simultaneously on view in Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal from October 17 to January 5, 2013.
Based on Claxton’s creation of the magnificent staged photographs of The Mustang Suite (2008), On Set: The Mustang Suite takes us into the photo studio and draws focus onto the procedural dimensions of aesthetic practice, playing with the tension between the ‘work’ and mundane verité of artistic labour, and the art ‘work’ of the final photographic image. An ambient meditation on labour and creativity, the social outcomes of the artistic process are staged for the viewer accompanied by a lively soundtrack by Ostwelve (aka Ron Dean Harris). With its extended duration of 6 hours, On Set creates a kind of ‘slow time’ that toys with the fast-paced trend of “making-of” documentaries.
Dana Claxton is a Hunkpapa Lakota artist based in Vancouver, and has been creating photography, video, performance and installation for over 20 years. The exhibition is curated by Monika Kin Gagnon (professor of Communication Studies at Concordia).
One screening of the 6-hour video will take place beginning 10 am–4:00 pm every day. Viewers are invited to re-visit the video multiple times to view different portions of the video.
On Set: The Mustang Suite (2013)
Oct 17 – Dec 13 2013
Monday-Thursday, One screening a day beginning 10 am – 4:00 pm
Dept. of Communication Studies
CJ 1.419 Loyola Campus
7141 Sherbrooke St W
Montreal QC H4B 1R6
For information call (514) 848-2424 ext. 2555
The Mustang Suite is on view in Beat Nation: Art, Hip Hop and Aboriginal Culture at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal http://www.macm.org/en/expositions/beat-nation-art-hip-hop-and-aboriginal-culture/
The Media Gallery is an initiative of the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia and supported by the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia.
Posted: October 7th, 2013
Undergraduate student Ben Spencer has been awarded the inaugural Marc Gervais Prize. The Marc Gervais Prize in Communication Studies was established in 2013 to honour former Communication Studies professor, Marc Gervais SJ, who taught in the department for 30 years. He passed away in March 2012. His film courses were immensely popular with students throughout the university, including classes on Hitchcock, Germany in the 1920s, The French Nouvelle Vague, and his own specialization, Ingmar Bergman and the Scandinavians. In 1999, he published Ingman Bergman: Magician and Prophet.
The competitive Prize is awarded to a graduating undergraduate student to undertake future projects. Ben Spencer completed his BA in Communication in Spring 2012, and entered our MA in Media Studies program this fall.
The Marc Gervais Prize has been funded through an endowment at Concordia University established by the generosity of former colleagues and students, family and friends of the late Marc Gervais S.J. through the Department of Communication Studies.
Posted: September 25th, 2013
Presentation by Media History at Concordia
Hosted by Charles Acland (CURC Communication Studies) and Darren Wershler (CURC Media and Contemporary Literature), Deus in Machina is a special event that honours Jeremy Stolow’s edited volume, Deus in Machina: Religion, Technology, and the Things in Between (Fordham UP, 2013).
The event features presentations by Jeremy Stolow (Communication Studies, Concordia), Krista G. Lynes (Communication Studies, Concordia), and Darin Barney (Art History & Communication Studies, McGill).
A reception will follow.
When: Friday, September 27, 2013, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Room CJ-1.114
Communication Studies and Journalism Building,
Loyola Campus, 7141 Sherbrooke St. W.
Sponsored by Charles Acland (CURC Communication Studies) and Darren Wershler (CURC Media and Contemporary Literature).
For further information, contact Charles Acland.
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Posted: July 8th, 2013
Filmmaker Deepa Mehta and Department Chair,
Rae Staseson at convocation
© Concordia University
Students, faculty and staff had an opportunity to watch acclaimed filmmaker, Deepa Mehta, receive an honorary degree at this year’s convocation. Mehta was introduced by Department Chair, Prof. Rae Staseson, and hooded by Prof. Daniel Cross, Chair of Cinema.
Mehta is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director whose award-winning films — such as Midnight’s Children and Water — have been distributed in more than 50 countries and screened at major international film festivals. Mehta is being honoured for her artful explorations of universal themes, most notably women’s struggle for equality.
Rae Staseson, Deepa Mehta, Dean Brian Lewis, Daniel Cross
© Concordia University
Posted: June 5th, 2013
||“Experimental representations in the ‘Borderlands’: identity-in-process, mediation, and transformation in writing and intermedial practice”
||Monday, June 17, 2013
||CJ 1.224 (Loyola)
||Prof. Rae Staseson
||Prof. Peter van Wyck
||Prof. Jason Camlot (Department of English)
||Prof. Lorna Roth
Posted: June 3rd, 2013
Zoë Constantinides | Photo by Dallas Curow
Concordia University’s Zoë Constantinides (ABD PhD in Communication Studies) is being honored as the 2013 recipient of the Gerald Pratley Award at the Learned Congress in Victoria, BC. The Pratley Award is the most prestigious and competitive award of its kind, given annually by the Film Studies Association of Canada.
The award goes to the best and most innovative graduate student work on Canadian/Québec cinema. In addition to the $1,000 prize, as the Pratley recipient Ms. Constantinides presents her research, “Broadcasting Taste: The Emergence of Popular Film Criticism on English-Canadian Radio,” in keynote address at the FSAC Conference. This is the unprecedented fifth time in ten years that the Gerald Pratley Award has gone to a Concordia University PhD Student in Communication Studies, making it by far the most celebrated venue for new research on Canadian cinema in the country.
Posted: May 15th, 2013
||“Eccentricity, Spectatorial Desire, and The L Word: Toward a Theory of Identification”
||Tuesday, May 28, 2013
|2:00 pm 1:00 pm
||CJ 5.223 (Loyola)
||Prof. Krista Lynes
||Prof. Kim Sawchuk
||Prof. Mia Consalvo
||Prof. Ian Reilly
Posted: May 9th, 2013
University takes five spots in British rankings’ top 200
The Department of Communication Studies ranked in the top 100 such programs worldwide. | Photo by Concordia University
Concordia University’s renowned communication studies programs have clinched a spot in the top 100 such programs worldwide in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject. Two other disciplines broke through to the prestigious higher-education rankings’ top 150 while two others held their spot (jointly in one category) in that elite group. A sixth program also ranked in the global top 200 again this year.
The education and English programs rose in the rankings this year while accountancy and finance held steady in their top 150 spot since last year, and sociology retained its spot in the top 200.
The QS World University Rankings by Subject are based on several factors including academic reputation, a survey of employers and citations per faculty. While the first 50 universities are ranked sequentially, those that fall between 51 and 200 are grouped into three categories (50-100; 100-150; 150-200).
Concordia’s position, by category, in the 2013 edition of the British-based publication:
• Communication and Media Studies: 51-100 (101-150 in 2012)
• Education: 101-150 (151-200 in 2012)
• English Language and and Literature: 101-150 (151-200 in 2012)
• Accounting/Finance: 101-150 (no change from 2012)
• Sociology: 151-200 (no change from 2012)
The first of its kind in North America, Concordia’s communication studies program was founded in 1965 with a focus on studying communication as an art form. The department’s reputation for innovation persists to this day as it is the first in Canada to have research-creation thesis options in its MA Media Studies and PhD Communication Studies programs. The department is currently home to the only two Trudeau PhD Fellowships in Communications Studies in Quebec.
The department is also the nexxus of significant research with faculty members currently holding two Canada Research Chairs and two Concordia University Research Chairs, three of which are a first in Canada. Mia Consalvo holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Games Studies and Design while Krista Geneviève Lynes is the new Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Feminist Media Studies and will soon run the Feminist Media Studio. Kim Sawchuck holds the Concordia University Research Chair (Tier 1) in Mobile Media Studies and Charles Acland holds the Concordia University Research Chair in Communication Studies (Tier 2), the first chair in the department.
Illustrious alumni from the Department of Communication Studies include Pierre Even, producer of films including the Oscar-nominated feature Rebelle; Régine Chassagne, philanthropist, musician (Arcade Fire); René Balcer, Emmy award-winning producer and writer (Law & Order); and Hana Gartner, investigative journalist (CBC Television’s The Fifth Estate).
The QS World University Rankings by Subject was launched in 2011, an outgrowth of the QS World University Rankings, published annually since 2004. The expanded version aims to give future students an immediate understanding of which universities perform the best across 30 different subjects.
• Department of Accountancy
• Department of Finance
• Department of Communication Studies
• Department of Education
• Department of Sociology and Anthropology
• QS World University Rankings by Subject 2013
• Methodology for the QS Rankings by Subject
Posted: May 7th, 2013
From May 8-11, 2013 the Mobile Media Lab in the Communication Studies department hosted an international conference sponsored by the Pan-American Mobilities Network in collaboration with the European Cosmobilities Network. The Lab is led by Dr. Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University Research Chair in Mobility Studies.
Posted: May 6th, 2013
Major International Mobilities Conference brings top researchers and artists to Concordia
Hosted by the Mobile Media Lab in the Department of Communication Studies of Concordia University, the Differential Mobilities: Movement and Mediation in Networked Societies conference has become an important means for understanding and analyzing contemporary social, geographic, economic and political practices. Mobilities research is interdisciplinary, focusing on the movement of people, goods and information creating distinct trajectories, flows, frictions and blockages: patterns of differential movement. The conference will further investigate topics such as social media and privacy, human rights and population migration, energy and sustainability, transportation and tourism, accessiblity and disability.
Sponsored by The Pan-American Mobilities Research Network, in collaboration with the PHI Centre, Tourisme Montréal, Communication Studies, Concordia University as well as Hexagram, the event’s lead organizer is Professor Kim Sawchuk, Concordia University Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies. This is the fourth annual conference of the Pan-American Mobilities Research Network, a consortium of researchers engaged in the emergent field of mobilities studies.
When: May 8 to 11, 2013
Where: From May 8 to10, 3rd floor of the John Molson School of Business Building (1450 Guy St.), Sir George Williams Campus
May 11 - Phi Centre, 407 Rue St. Pierre
Conference Registration: (after April 10, includes reception, coffee, lunch, 2 dinners and final party)
$350 – Full registration
$285 – Two-day registration
$210 – One-day registration
$250 – Student; Participants from outside of North American and Europe
Registration details can be found here.
All keynote sessions are free of charge pending seating availability.
Keynote speakers include:
Gerard Goggin – University of Sydney, Australia; leading scholar on youth and mobile media
Giselle Beiguelman – University of Sao Paolo, Brazil; new media artist and curator
Danielle Peers – University of Alberta; former paralympian and activist filmmaker
Lindsay Eales – University of Alberta; co-founder of iDance
Darin Barney – McGill University; Canada research Chair in Technology & Citizenship
Ole B. Jensen – Aalborg University, Denmark; scholar of urban theory and urban design
Micha Cárdenas – University of Southern California; new media artist and transgender theorist
Vera Chouinard – McMaster University; innovator in critical disability studies and feminist geographer
Skawennati Fragnito – Obx Labs, Concordia University; First Nations artist, curator and new media developer
Jason E. Lewis – Obx Labs, Concordia University; designer, poet, and new media artist
Artists in Residence:
Jen Southern – Centre for Research in Mobilities, Lancaster University, UK
Antoni Abad – Barcelona, Spain
Generously sponsored by:
• SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)
• The Office of the Vice President, Research and Graduate Studies, Concordia University
• The PHI Centre
• Tourisme Montréal
• Concordia University Research Chair in Mobile Media Studies
• Differential Mobilities: Movement and Mediation in Networked Societies
• Concordia University Mobile Media Lab
• Faculty of Arts and Science, Concordia University
• Mobile Media Lab Twitter
• Hexagram Concordia
• Tourisme Montréal
• The PHI Centre
Posted: April 3rd, 2013
Congratulations to Dr. Kim Sawchuk and Dr. Krista Geneviève Lynes, who have both recently been awarded new research chair positions.
Dr. Kim Sawchuk | Image © Concordia University
Dr. Sawchuk now holds a Concordia University Research Chair (Tier 1) in Mobile Media Studies, a first of its kind in Canada. Sawchuk directs the Mobile Media Lab, which is dedicated to the critical and creative investigation of mobilities across the humanities, social sciences, fine arts and the sciences. Many of the projects in the Lab that Dr. Sawchuk is currently undertaking explore the use of geo-located media for research on urban environments, digital storytelling, and cultural activism.
Dr. Krista Geneviève Lynes | Image © Concordia University
Dr. Lynes is the new Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Feminist Media Studies and she will soon be running the Feminist Media Studio, which will support the creative and critical engagement with historical and contemporary forms of politically-engaged feminist art, documentary, independent cinema, and media activism in a globalized world. Through its creation, students and faculty—along with associated scholars and cultural producers—will have access to production and post-production facilities that draw from the complex histories of feminist art and activism.
Posted: March 27th, 2013
||“I’m Gonna Gather Up All My Friends, And We’re Gonna Sing These Songs Together”: Autoethnography, Individual Meanings, and Social Relationships in Punk Scenes”
||Tuesday, April 2, 2013
||CJ 5.219 (Loyola)
||Prof. Owen Chapman
||Prof. Andra McCartney
||Prof. Martin Allor
||Prof. Matt Soar