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Communication Studies

Notables

Spring 2014

  • Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, gave an invited talk titled “Who was that Masked (Co)man(che)?: Cinematic Comanches in Indi’n Country” at the symposium “Frontier Odyssey: The Lives and Legacy of Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker” at the University of Texas at Arlington April 18. 

  • Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, has been invited by the National Endowment for the Humanities to serve as a reviewer in its Digital Humanities Implementation Grants program in Washington, D.C. Tahmahkera will review proposals for the use of innovative technologies in indigenous communities and sound studies.

  • Valerie Renegar, associate professor of communication studies, co-authored a piece titled “‘When God Give you AIDS…Make Lemon-AIDS’: Ironic Persona and Perspective by Incongruity in Sarah Silverman’s Jesus is Magic’” that was published in the January/February issue of the Western Journal of Communication.

  • Valerie Renegar, associate professor of communication studies, presented a co-authored paper at the Western States Communication Association’s annual convention in Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 14-18. The paper, titled “Transferring Visual Ideographs of Abuse: A Critical Examination of Representations of Domestic Violence,” was named the Top Paper of the conference by the Organization for Research on Women and Communication. Senior communication studies major Danielle Ezzell presented a paper titled “New Masculinity, New Girl” at the Western States Undergraduate Research Conference that was held in conjunction with the convention. The paper was based on research conducted for her Communication Studies capstone project.

  • Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, has been contracted to be the educational curriculum writer for the forthcoming PBS documentary “LaDonna Harris: Indian 101,” which will directed by Julianna Brannum. The documentary will focus on the life and work of Comanche elder and activist LaDonna Harris.

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor of communication studies, had an article titled “Killing Memory: Roadside Memorial Removals and the Necropolitics of Affect” published in the winter 2013 issue of the journal Cultural Politics. The article is available here.

Fall 2013

  • Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, attended the American Studies Association meeting in Washington, D.C., Nov. 21-24, where he chaired and presented in a session on “Decolonizing the Indigenous Archive.”

  • Valerie Renegar, associate professor of communication studies, presented a co-authored paper at the National Communication Association annual conference in Washington, D.C., in November. The paper, which was titled “Unmasking the Football Fraternity: A Burkean Analysis of the Penn State Sex Crimes,” was named one of the Top Four papers by the Kenneth Burke Society division of the conference.

  • Valerie Thatcher, adjunct instructor in the Communication Studies Department, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation Oct. 25 and was awarded a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in communication studies. The title of her dissertation is The Atypical Environmentalist: The Rhetoric of Environmentalist Identity and Citizenship in the Texas Coal Plant Opposition Movement.” 

  • Valerie Renegar, associate professor of communications studies, authored an article titled “Critical/Cultural Scholarship and the Responsibility for Building Theory: Enduring Criticism Revisited” that appeared in a recent special issue of the Western Journal of Communication.

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor of communication studies, presented a public lecture titled “Roadside Shrines and Public Memory” at The University of Texas on Oct. 15.  The lecture was part of the UT Learning Activities for Mature People (LAMP) lecture series.

  • Davi Thornton, associate professor of communication studies, had an essay titled “The Rhetoric of Civil Rights Photographs: James Meredith’s March Against Fear” published in the fall 2013 issue of the journal Rhetoric & Public Affairs.

Spring 2013

  • Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, had an article published last week in Indian Country Today about Oklahoma Choctaw musician Samantha Crain. Tahmahkera interviewed Crain for his second book called Sounds Indigenous, which is in progress. Read the article here

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor and chair of communication studies, had an article titled “Roadside Shrines: A Search For Meaning” published in the March 31 Insight & Books section of The Austin American-Statesman. Read the story here.

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor of communication studies, and Joshua Long, assistant professor of environmental studies, were both asked to provide articles for the first issue of The End of Austin project, a new online publication devoted to examining Austin’s shifting identity.  Read Bednar’s piece here. Read Long’s piece here.

Fall 2012

  • Sophomore communication studies and Spanish major Melina Cantu has been awarded a $4,500 Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship for the spring 2013 semester. Cantu will use her scholarship to study at the Universidad Cátolica del Uruguay in Montevideo, Uruguay. Read more here.

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor and chair of communication studies, has had a chapter titled “Being Here, Looking There: Mediating Vistas in the National Parks of the Contemporary American West” published inObservation Points: The Visual Poetics of National Parks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), edited by Thomas Patin.

  • Dustin Tahmahkera, assistant professor of communication studies, was an invited speaker for the Native American & Indigenous Studies Program at The University of Texas at Austin Oct19. Tahmahkera gave a presentation was titled “Postindian Pop: Tribal Tele-Visions of Sitcom Sovereignty.” Read more here.

Spring 2012

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor and chair of communication studies, had three public presentations of his work in San Francisco in April. On April 11, he gave a talk at the California College of the Arts titled “Designing Memory/Spaces: Roadside Crash Shrines and Everyday Design.” On April 14, he presented a paper titled “Remembering Strangers: The Public Lives of Road Trauma Shrines” at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California. Accompanying his paper at the Psychoanalytic Institute, he exhibited 12 of his photographs of roadside shrines in a joint exhibit with Maria McVarish, an architect and photographer working with abandoned coal mines in Appalachia. The exhibit was titled “Places of Loss: Marking Memory in the Public Sphere.”

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor and chair of communication studies, presented a paper titled “Remembering Road Trauma: The Lives of Roadside Crash Shrines in the American Southwest” at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 9.

  • Bob Bednar, associate professor and chair of communication studies, authored the lead article in the December 2011 issue of Memory Connection, a new international memory studies journal. His article is titled “Materializing Memory: The Public Lives of Roadside Crash Shrines.”

  • Davi Johnson Thornton, assistant professor of communication studies, had two articles published in December. An article titled “Neuroscience, Affect and the Entrepreneurialization of Motherhood” was published inCommunication and Critical/Cultural Studies and an article titled “Psych’s Comedic Tale of Black-White Friendship and the Lighthearted Affect of ‘Post-Race’ America,” was published in Critical Studies in Media Communication.