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Garnet C. Butchart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies

331 College Hall
Phone: (412) 396-2353

Education:

Ph.D., Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A., Communication, University of Calgary
B.A., School of Communication, Simon Fraser University
Bio


Garnet C. Butchart (PhD, Massachusetts-Amherst) is Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. He specializes in semiotics and philosophy of communication. His research has been published in leading communication journals including, Semiotica, Communication Theory, Social Semiotics, Communication Culture & Critique, The Review of Communication, and elsewhere. His research has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards from the Philosophy of Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA), the Semiotics and Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA), and the Philosophy of Communication Division of NCA. In 2013 he received the Journal Article of the Year award from the Philosophy of Communication Division of NCA. Dr. Butchart has held teaching appointments at universities in the United States and Canada. He has lectured on ethics and visual semiotics by invitation of the Jerusalem Center for Ethics in Israel. He is a Scholar (elected) of the International Communicology Institute (ICI) and a member of the Executive Board (elected) of the Semiotic Society of America (SSA). Dr. Butchart's current research examines the ideas of community and communication in recent movements in contemporary continental philosophy. He is co-editor of Philosophy of Communication (MIT Press, 2012).

Scholarship

Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

Butchart, G. C. & Mullan, M. (accepted) "Classroom Projects as Embodied and Embedded Outcomes Assessment." Journal of the Association of Communication Assessment.

Butchart, G. C. (2014). Haunting Past Images: On the Documentary Film Description of a Memory in the Context of Communicology. The American Journal of Semiotics, 30: 1-2, 27-52.

Butchart, G. C. (2014). What Can a Philosophy and Ethics of Communication Look Like in the Context of Documentary Filmmaking? Semiotica, 199, 83-96

Butchart, G. C. (2013). The Uncertainty of Communication as Revealed by Psychoanalysis. Review of Communication, 13:1, 66-84.

Butchart, G. C. (2013). Camera as Sign: On the Ethics of Unconcealment in Documentary Film and Video. Social Semiotics, 23:1, 675-690. Top Journal Article in Philosophy of Communication, National Communication Association.

Edited Book (Peer Reviewed)

Chang, B. G. & G. C. Butchart (Eds.). (2012). Philosophy of Communication. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Other

Butchart, G. C. (2014). Interview. Figure Ground Communication, Scholarly Series. Available at: http://figureground.org/interview-with-garnet-c-butchart/.

Butchart, G. C. and I. E. Catt (2014). "Semiotics." Keyword entry for the National Communication Association "365 Days of Communication Research" website commemorating 100 years of scholarship.

Research Presented

2014. Butchart, G. C. "On Touch and Community in the Philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy." National Communication Association Annual Conference, Philosophy of Communication Division. Chicago, IL. Division Top Paper.

2014. Butchart, G. C. "Meditation on the Semiotic Phenomenology of Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography." National Communication Association Annual Conference, Visual Communication Division. Chicago, IL. Division Top Paper.

2014. Butchart, G. C. "Body as Index: On Jean-Luc Nancy's Corpus." Semiotic Society of America Annual Convention, Seattle, WA. October 2-5. Competitive paper.

2014. (Invited) Butchart, G. C. "Contact without Community: Jean-Luc Nancy's Film Philosophy." Tenth Tel Aviv International Colloquium on Cinema and Television Studies, Tel Aviv, Israel. Competitive paper.

2014. Butchart, G. C. "On Listening: Jean-Luc Nancy's Philosophy of Sound." Southern States Communication Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 3-6. Competitive paper.

2014. Butchart, G. C. "Classroom Projects as Embodied and Embedded Outcomes Assessment" (with M. Mullan). Southern States Communication Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 3-6. Competitive paper.

2013. Butchart, G. C. "Haunting Past Images: Examining ‘Description of a Memory' in the Context of Philosophy of Communication." National Communication Association Annual Conference, Roundtables on Research in Progress, Washington, DC, November. Competitive paper.

2013. Butchart, G. C. "Jean-Luc Nancy's Semiotic Phenomenology of Community." Semiotics Society of America Annual Conference, Dayton, OH, October 24-27. Competitive paper.

2013. Butchart, G. C. "Communicology and Visual Images." 6th International Communicology Institute Summer Conference, Philosophy of Communication, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, July 9-13. Competitive paper.

2013. Butchart, G. C. "On Lacanian Psychoanalysis and the Uncertainty of Communication." Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, April 5, 2013. Invited research presentation.

Honors/Awards

Recent Honors and Awards (2013 - Present)

2014

2014 Paluse Faculty Research Grant, Duquesne University. Competitively awarded for book project, Community and Communication: Contemporary Continental Philosophical Perspectives.

2013

2013 Top Journal Article in Philosophy of Communication, National Communication Association (NCA)

Scholar, International Communicology Institute (elected 2013)

Service

Representative Departmental, State, Regional, and National Professional Service (2013 - Present)

Professional Associations Board Membership

Executive Board Member, Semiotic Society of America

Department Service

Director of Grants Information, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Faculty Co-Advisor: Duquesne University Ad Club, PRSSA