The International Communication Association‘s annual conference is usually a rather staid affair with a couple thousand academics from around the world sharing knowledge with their peers on the “study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.”
This year’s conference was mostly the same, but with a twist: a new Making and Doing exhibition where people working in participatory knowledge-production practices were invited to share their work. GuerrillaReads set up a cellphone and pocket projector to present twenty videos at the Making and Doing exhibition during the opening reception. We also handed out a zine that offers nine lessons we’ve learned from running this literary arts engagement project for nine years. (Copies are still available by request.)
The next morning we set up our camera near the main registration desk and invited ICA presenters to share their work guerrilla-style. Research on media and communications is more important than ever right now, and the issues and concerns are global, as the next four videos will show. We’re happy to share this important research with a wider audience in this special #ResearchMatters edition of GuerrillaReads.
Dr. Michael Brüggemann of the University of Hamburg in Germany explains his research on the role of journalists and journalism in the climate change debate. He says we need a new model of journalism if we are to save our planet.
Dr. Heloisa Pait of São Paulo State University (UNESP) talks about the paper she wrote with Juliana Laet on the role of cellphones and other screens in street protests in São Paulo that ultimately led to the impeachment of the president of Brazil.
Dr. Jerry Domatob of Alcorn State University in Mississipi discusses his research on media across the 54 nations of Africa, its strengths and limitations in a geographically wide and ethnically diverse region of the world.
Dr. Dylan McLemore from the University of Central Arkansas talks about trying to build a predictive model of how people respond when presented with media messages they disagree with. #FactsMatter, and how we respond to facts matters too.