Every year, we invite some of the brightest minds in communication and media studies to share their research and perspectives with the Carleton University community.
The annual Attallah Lecture has covered everything from sexism and racism in online games to the rise of the hacker-whistleblower group Anonymous. The event has become an integral part of the Communication and Media Studies program in The School of Journalism and Communication and continues to stimulate important discussions on some of the biggest issues in communication and media studies today.
CoMS40 Keynote Address
In 2018-19, as part of our CoMS40 celebration, we featured a series of special lectures — from colleagues, collaborators, faculty and alumni — that highlight our reputation as a centre of scholarly excellence and innovation in communication and media studies.
Dr. Shannon Mattern, Professor of Media Studies at The New School, New York City, delivered Amending Care: An Archaeology of Maintenance at Carleton University on September 14, 2018. The lecture was the keynote of the Histories—Theories—Archives—Archaeologies Symposium that marked the 40th anniversary of Carleton’s Communication program. Dr. Mattern contributed to recent calls across a variety of disciplines to shift conversations about media and technology, which currently focus almost entirely on innovation, toward an emphasis on maintenance and repair. She argued, further, that scholarly and popular discourse should attend more seriously to the broad range of activities and histories that fall under the category of maintenance, such as women’s work, reproductive labour, information work, and practices of preservation, among others.