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Research and Perspective

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.


2016 Attallah Lecture

The 2016 Attallah Lecture, Playing (As) A Better Me: Choice, Moral Affordances and Videogames, was delivered by Mia Consalvo, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Game Studies and Design, mLab Director, Concordia University.


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.

Its past speakers are an esteemed group of international scholars including Kate Crawford, Toby Miller, Lisa Parks, Lisa Nakamura, Gabriella Coleman, Andrew Chadwick and Jack Halberstam.

Paul Attallah: Original Thinker and Respected Teacher

The lecture is held in honour of the late Paul Attallah, who was the Associate Director of the School of Journalism and Communication and head of the Mass Communication program from 1991 to 2005. He was, and remains, an important figure not only in Carleton’s history but also in communication and media studies in Canada and Australia, where he had many colleagues.

Attallah was a gifted scholar with a sharp wit, and a remarkable teacher and mentor. He was also the author of two texts that were staples in the communication curriculum at Francophone universities for many years. In English Canada, he co-edited the first two editions of Mediascapes, which introduced thousands of undergraduate students to the field.

Attallah was genuinely fascinated in people’s personal views. As many of his colleagues will remember, he wasn’t afraid to push you to explain yourself, and he never shied away from a good debate.

In 2009, liver cancer took Attallah from his family, friends, colleagues, and students far too soon.

We remember Attallah annually with this lecture that bears his name, and its speakers continue to generate the quality of discussion and debate we know he would have enjoyed himself.

Past Lectures

2015

The Partial Witness: Data, Bodies and the Trouble With Truth
Kate Crawford, Principal Researcher, MSR-NYC, Visiting Professor, MIT Centre for Civic Media, and Senior Fellow, NYU Information Law Institute

2014

Queer Gaming, Glitches and Going Turbo
Jack Halberstam, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Southern California

2013

The Hybrid Media System: Politics and Power
Andrew Chadwick, Professor of Political Science, Department of Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway University of London

2012

Profiling Anonymous
Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University

2011

‘Flag as Inappropriate’: Neglected Discourse of Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia in Online Games
Lisa Nakamura, Director, Asian American Studies Program, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

2010

Zeroing In: Infrastructure Ruins and Datalands in Afghanistan and Iraq
Lisa Parks, Chair, Film and Media Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara

2009

Television is Finished, Television is Done, Television is Over
Toby Miller, Chair, Department of Media and Cultural Studies, University of California at Riverside