About One World One Network‽

This podcast series is a companion to the Conference Theme for the 72nd annual conference of the International Communication Association being held May 26-30, 2022 in Paris and 11 Regional Hubs around the world. The theme One World, One Network‽ invites reimagining communication scholarship on globalization and networks. The use of the interrobang glyph - a superposition of the exclamation and question punctuation marks – seeks to simultaneously celebrate and problematize the “one-ness” in the theme. The podcast series features conversations hosted by the Conference Theme Co-Chairs and their guests.

About the hosts

Noshir Contractor

Noshir Contractor is the Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University. He investigates how networks form and perform. He is a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association and is a Fellow of the International Communication Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for Computing Machinery. He is the President-Elect of the International Communication Association (ICA) and the host of a podcast series titled “Untangling the Web,” where he engages in conversations with thought leaders to explore how the Web is shaping society, and how society in turn is shaping the Web. His Ph.D. is from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.

Ingrid Bachman

Ingrid Bachmann is an associate professor and director of the School of Journalism at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. A former reporter, her research interests include gender, political communication and language. She primarily focuses on the role of the news media in the definition of identities and meanings within the public sphere. Her research has been published in Communication Research, Feminist Media Studies, International Journal of Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies, and Women’s Studies in Communication, among other journals. Currently she serves as chair of the Feminist Scholarship Division of the International Communication Association.

Shakuntala Banaji

Shakuntala Banaji is Professor of Media, Culture and Social Change in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE, where she also serves as Programme Director for the MSc Media, Communication and Development.Professor Banaji lectures on International Media and the Global South, film theory and world cinema, and critical approaches to media, communication and development in the Department. She has published extensively on young people, children and media as well as gender, ethnicity and new media and cinema, with more than fifty articles and chapters on orientalism and racism in media, Hindi horror films, social media use in the Middle East and North Africa and children, social class and media in India.

Deen Freelon

Deen Freelon is an associate professor at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina and a principal researcher at the Center for Information, Technology, and Public Life (CITAP). His theoretical interests address how ordinary citizens use social media and other digital communication technologies for political purposes, paying particular attention to how identity characteristics (e.g. race, gender, ideology) influence these uses. Methodologically, he is interested in how computational research techniques can be used to answer some of the most fundamental questions of communication science.

Jack Qiu

Jack Linchuan Qiu is Professor and Research Director in the Department of Communications and New Media, the National University of Singapore. His work involves issues of digital media and social change in relation to labor, class, globalization, and sustainability, especially in the contexts of Asia and the Global South. He has published more than 100 research articles and chapters and 10 books in English and Chinese including Goodbye iSlave: A Manifesto for Digital Abolition (University of Illinois Press, 2016), World Factory in the Information Age (Guangxi Normal University Press, 2013), Working-Class Network Society (MIT Press, 2009), and co-authored book Mobile Communication and Society (MIT Press, 2005). His work has been translated into German, Japanese, Korean, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. Jack is recipient of the C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy, and an elected Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA). He serves as the President of the Chinese Communication Association (CCA). He has served on the editorial boards of 14 academic journals, while collaborating with trade unions, NGOs, co-ops, startups, and international organizations to promote social justice and sustainable development.

Herman Wasserman

Herman Wasserman is a Professor of Media Studies and Director of the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is the author of several books, has published widely on media, ethics and democracy in Africa. He has consulted for organisations such as the United Nations and the Centre for International Media Assistance and given keynote addresses and invited lectures at universities worldwide, including Stanford, Yale and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has been a visiting scholar at Indiana University, Tsinghua University and the Ludwig-Maximilian University. His awards include the George Foster Prize from the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a Fulbright Fellowship and the Neva Prize for Journalism Theory from the University of St Petersburg, amongst others. He is often quoted in international media and serves on the editorial boards of more than fifteen international scholarly journals. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journals African Journalism Studies and the Annals of the International Communication Association. He is a Fellow of the International Communication Association and an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa.

Brooke Foucault Welles

Brooke Foucault Welles is an Associate Professor and Interim Chair of the department of Communication Studies, core faculty of the Network Science Institute, and director of the Communication Media and Marginalization (CoMM) Lab at Northeastern University. Combining the methods of network science with theories from the social sciences, Foucault Welles studies power and amplification in online communication networks, with particular emphasis on how these networks mitigate and exacerbate marginalization. Her work is interdisciplinary and collaborative, with co-authors from computer science, political science, digital humanities, design, and public health. She is the co-author of #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Networked Communication. Other recent contributions include a series of studies of the transformative power of networked counterpublics, an analysis of influencers in COVID-19 information networks, and reflections on the use of network visualizations in public communication. Her work has been featured in leading social science journals such as the Journal of Communication, Information, Communication and Society, and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. She received the International Communication Association’s award for Applied/Public Policy Research in 2020. Dr. Foucault Welles holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Northwestern University.

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