Communication Studies

Bob Bednar

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Areas of expertise

Visual Culture • Visual Communication • Cultural Studies of Mass Media & Everyday Life • Public Memory • Trauma Studies • Automobility • Affect Theory  • Material Culture • Tourism • Landscape & Built Environment • Design & Culture • Film Theory/Practice • Environmental Studies •  American Studies • Contemporary U.S. Cultural History 



Education:

PhD 1997  American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

MA 1991  American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

BA 1989 American Studies, Southwestern University


Research

 

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Bednar, Robert M.  2013.  "Killing Memory: Roadside Memorials and the Necropolitics of Affect," Cultural Politics vol. 9, no. 3, pp. 337-356.

Bednar, Robert M.  2011. "Materialising Memory: The Public Lives of Roadside Crash Shrines," Memory Connection, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 18-33. [Lead Article] Located at URL: http://www.memoryconnection.org/article/materialising-memory-the-public-lives-of-roadside-crash-shrines-2/

Peer-Reviewed Chapters in Edited Scholarly Books

Bednar, Robert M.  [forthcoming, 2014].  "Placing Affect: Remembering Strangers at Roadside Crash Shrines," in Christine Berberich, Neil Campbell, and Robert Hudson (eds.), Affective Landscapes in Literature, Art and Everyday Life (Farnham, UK: Ashgate).

Bednar, Robert M.  2012.  “Being Here, Looking There: Mediating Vistas in the National Parks of the Contemporary American West,” in Thomas Patin (ed.), Observation Points: The Visual Poetics of National Parks (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press), pp. 1-28.

Bednar, Robert M.  2011. “Denying Denial: Trauma, Memory, and Automobility at Roadside Car Crash Shrines” in Anne T. Demo and Bradford Vivian (eds.), Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form: Sighting Memory (London: Routledge Press), pp. 128-145.

Bednar, Robert M.  1996.  “Searching For an Old Faithful America: National Park Tourism in the 1970s,” In Elsebeth Harup (ed.), The Lost Decade: America in the 1970s (Aarhus, Denmark: University of Aarhus Press), pp. 53-78.

Invited Chapters in Edited Scholarly Books 

Bednar, Robert M.  2011.   “Making Space on the Side of the Road: Towards a Cultural Study of Roadside Car Crash Shrines,” in Jonathan Silverman and Dean Rader (eds.), The World is a Text: Writing, Reading, and Thinking About Culture and Its Contexts, 4th Edition (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall), pp. 222-234.

Bednar, Robert M.  2011.   “How I Wrote This Essay,” in Jonathan Silverman and Dean Rader (eds.), The World is a Text: Writing, Reading, and Thinking About Culture and Its Contexts, 4th Edition (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall), pp. 235-238. 

Bednar, Robert M.  2009.  “Roadside Memorials and the Public Health,” in Sarah Earle, Caroline Bartholomew and Carol Komaromy (eds.), Making Sense of Death, Dying and Bereavement: An Anthology (Milton Keynes, UK: Open University Press), pp. 22-23.

Bednar, Robert M.  2009.   “Making Space on the Side of the Road: Towards a Cultural Study of Roadside Car Crash Shrines,” in Jonathan Silverman and Dean Rader (eds.), The World is a Text: Writing, Reading, and Thinking About Culture and Its Contexts, 3rd Edition (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall), pp. 497-508.

Bednar, Robert M.  2006. “Caught Looking: Problems With Taking Pictures of People Taking Pictures at an Exhibition,” in Jonathan Silverman and Dean Rader (eds.), The World is a Text: Writing, Reading, and Thinking About Culture and Its Contexts 2nd Edition (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall), pp. 206-210. 

Bednar, Robert M.  2003.  “Caught Looking: Problems With Taking Pictures of People Taking Pictures at an Exhibition,” In Jonathan Silverman and Dean Rader (eds.), The World is a Text: Writing, Reading, and Thinking About Culture and Its Contexts (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall), pp. 224-229. 

 

Popular Media Publications Based on Scholarly Work

Bednar, Robert M. 2013. "Roadside Memorials: A Search for Meaning," Austin-American Statesman, March 31, 2013.

Bednar, Robert M. 2013. "Between the Windshield and the Rearview," The End of Austin: An Exploration of Urban Identity in the Middle of Texas, January 2013.  Located at URL: http://endofaustin.com/2013/01/10/between-the-windshield-and-the-rearview/

 


Professional Work

Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas

Associate Professor of Communication Studies, 2005-present; Chair of the Communication Studies Department, 2005-2010 and 2011-2013; Chair of the American Studies Program, 2000-2011; Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, 1999 to 2005; Instructor of English, 1995 to 1996

Texas Lutheran University, Seguin, Texas

Assistant Professor of English and Communication Studies, 1998 to 1999; Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Communication Studies, 1997 to 1998; Instructor of English and Communication Studies, 1996 to 1997

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas

Assistant Instructor of American Studies, 1992 to 1994; Teaching Assistant for American Studies, 1991 to 1993