International Journal of Communication
Applied communication and policy work has a rich history in the field. However, scholarship and policy often run along different paths. In 2004, a group of department chairs and deans from communication studies programs around the country formed the Consortium on Media Policy Studies (COMPASS) for the purpose of building bridges between the academy and policy. Each summer, a group of PhD students are chosen as fellows and placed in Washington DC government and non-governmental organizations for a chance to work with policy practitioners. The placement affords fellows the opportunity to apply communication scholarship in policy settings and advance their own topical interests of study.
In this Special Section titled Communication in Action: Bridging Research and Policy, the importance that communication scholarship has on ongoing policy issues regarding media studies is demonstrated. Guest-edited by Jason A. Smith, Mark Lloyd, and Victor Pickard, this Special Section features 10 original commentaries that highlight recommendations, analyses, and insights made toward policy issues that are relevant to those both in academia and policy. This collection of work highlights the critical need for communication scholars to think beyond the purely academic space that their work applies to, and to find in-roads toward subjects that can speak to other audiences.
Authors for this special section include:
Douglas Allen, University of Pennsylvania
Cat Duffy, University of Southern California
Katherine Elder, University of Southern California
Michelle C. Forelle, University of Southern California
Brandon Golob, University of Southern California
Nicole Hentrich, University of Michigan
James Losey, Stockholm University, Sweden
Nathalie Maréchal, University of Southern California
Aalok Mehta, University of Southern California
Angeline Sangalang, University of Southern California
We invite you to read these papers that published October 15, 2015 at http://ijoc.org.
Sponsored by the Public Sociology Association
of George Mason University
April 9, 2016
Founders Hall, GMU Arlington Campus
Structures of Violence: Engaging the Public Imagination
Crossing multiple spheres of life, the public imagination uses dialogue to create new possibilities for action. A public imagination against structures of violence recognizes that violence exists in multiple forms and is not experienced universally.
This year we seek papers that confront structures of violence in an effort to engage the public imagination. In the spirit of public sociology, we encourage submissions from outside of academia and from related disciplines that speak to the conference theme (e.g., Guantanamo, Newtown, Ferguson, Paris – 11/13/2015, Intimate Partner Violence, Racial Discrimination, Elder neglect, and etc.).
Public sociology is an approach to the study of social problems and structures that transcends the boundaries of academia to engage the public in discourse, political and institutional change, and social empowerment. Public sociologists, in collaboration with activists and policymakers, often turn their lens towards a broad range of public concerns that are rooted in social injustices and inequalities.
Submission: A maximum 500-word abstract of proposed presentations should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than January 15, 2016.
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Visitor Parking – Founders Hall Parking Garage
The Public Sociology Association at George Mason, in conjunction with the Graduate Sociology Student Association, is hosting an open meeting for all sociology graduate students.
Date: Thursday, October 29th 2015
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: 4th Floor Conference Room (4006), Commerce Building, GMU Fairfax Campus
Parking: Available w/ GMU Parking Pass or Free for 1 hour, located directly behind building
Agenda items include (but are not limited to):
- Updates from Committees
- Web Content
- Professional Development Day
- Speakers/Panel for the Conference
- Student Organizations’ Affiliations
The Commerce Building is located down the street from the Fairfax main campus, at 4087 University Dr. (directly next to the Fire Department). From main campus it is a 3-5 minute drive. It takes between 15-20 minutes to walk there from main campus. Here it is on Google maps: Commerce Building