Lectures & Speakers

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. In 2018-19, we will feature 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.

Attallah Lecture

Dr. Will Straw, professor at McGill University, delivered the thought-provoking 2018 Attallah Lecture on Media Forensics: Reading the Canadian Cultural Commodity at Carleton University on Sept. 13, 2018. Focusing on pulp magazines and vinyl records, the lecture explored practices of disguise and deception, through which the Canadian character of certain cultural commodities has been obscured so as to enhance their cultural legitimacy and commercial appeal.

CoMS40 Keynote Address

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 Sept. 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.