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Keynote Speakers

Briankle Chang

Dr. Briankle Chang is a Professor of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with research interests in cultural studies, media theory, criticism, and philosophy of communication. Dr. Chang's work is found across the disciplines of Communication and Philosophy both nationally and internationally, and his work on Jacques Derrida and deconstruction has been particularly influential within the field of communication. Dr. Chang is the author of Deconstructing Communication: Representation, Subject, and Economies of Exchange and the co-editor of the anthology Philosophy of Communication from MIT Press.


François Cooren

Dr. François Cooren is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the Université de Montréal. His research interests are in the fields of organizational communication, language and social interaction, as well as communication theory. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has won multiple awards for his scholarship, including Best Article and Best Book awards. In addition, Dr. Cooren has received several grants for his research since 1997 and is the author of several books, including Action and Agency in Dialogue: Passion, Incarnation and Ventriloquism; Interacting and Organizing: Analyses of a Board Meeting; The Organizing Property of Communication; and a forthcoming book on organizational discourse. He is past president of the International Communication Association (ICA, 2010-2011) and a fellow of this same association.


Gail Fairhurst

Dr. Gail T. Fairhurst is a Professor of Communication at the University of Cincinnati with research interests in the fields of organizational communication, organizational discourse analysis, and leadership. Dr. Fairhurst has garnered much acclaim within the field of organizational communication, including winning the Article of the Year award in the International Communication Association and the Organizational Communication division of the National Communication Association. Additionally, she is the recipient of two Book of the Year awards. Dr. Fairhurst is the author or co-author of over 60 articles and three books, including Discursive Leadership: In Conversation with Leadership Psychology, The Art of Framing: Managing the Language of Leadership, and The Power of Framing: Creating the Language of Leadership. She is Fulbright scholar, a Fellow of the International Communication Association, and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association.


Annette Holba

Dr. Annette Holba is a Professor of Rhetoric at Plymouth State University with interests in communication ethics and philosophy of communication as well as philosophical leisure and mindfulness. Dr. Holba is the author of Philosophical Leisure: Recuperative Praxis for Human Communication and the co-author of An Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning, which won the 2013 Everett Lee Hunt award from the Eastern Communication Association and the 2013 Book of the Year award in the Philosophy of Communication Division of the National Communication Association. Her most recent work is Transformative Leisure: A Philosophy of Communication.


Ramsey Eric Ramsey

Dr. Ramsey Eric Ramsey is a Associate Professor in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and Associate Dean of Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University's West Campus. He has contributed book chapters, edited volumes, and critically acclaimed articles in major journals to the fields of rhetoric, ethics and advocacy, philosophy of communication, and cultural studies. Dr. Ramsey is the author of The Long Path to Nearness: A Contribution to A Corporeal Philosophy of Communication and the Groundwork for an Ethics of Relief and the co-author of Leaving Us to Wonder: An Essay on the Questions Science Can't Ask.


Ingrid Volkmer

Dr. Ingrid Volkmer is a Professor, Media & Communication Program, University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests are globalization of political and public communication and the impacts on societies and cultures. She has published widely in this field. Her book on The Global Public Sphere: Public Communication in the Age of Reflective Interdependence will be published by Polity, Cambridge, in April 2014. She has also edited The Handbook of Global Media Research (2012, Wiley Blackwell, Malden, US). Volkmer has held international visiting positions, such as at MIT, Harvard, London School of Economics and University of Amsterdam. She is on the Advisory Board of leading journals and has been the Chair of the Philosophy of Communication division of the International Communication Association (ICA).