Biography

GARNET C. BUTCHART is Associate Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. He specializes in theory, history, and philosophy of communication, media theory, and visual communication. He is the author of Embodiment, Relation, Community: A Continental Philosophy of Communication (Pennsylvania State University Press) and co-editor of Philosophy of Communication (MIT Press). His research appears in Communication Theory, Journal of Communication, Social Semiotics, Visual Communication, and other scholarly journals. HIs research has received awards from divisions of the National Communication Association, including Article of the Year (three times), Book of the Year (twice), and multiple "Top Paper" awards. His current research focus is visual and environmental communication.

Education

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

Scholarship, Honors/Awards & Service

Recent Scholarship
Books
Butchart, G. C. (2019). Embodiment, Relation, Community: A Continental Philosophy of Communication. College Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

Edited Book
Chang, B. G. & G. C. Butchart (Eds.). (2012). Philosophy of Communication. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. Winner of the 2016 National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Distinguished Edited Book Award

Journal Articles (2012 - Present)
Butchart, G. C. & Har-Gil, A. (2019). Reflection as Ethical Process in Documentary Film: Eight Decision-Making Issues. Journal of Media Ethics, 34:2.

Butchart, G. C. & Har-Gil, A. (accepted for publication, 2019). "Reflection as Ethical Process in Documentary Film: Eight Decision-Making Issues." Journal of Media Ethics.

Butchart, G. C. (2018). Echo: Or, on the Origin of Words. Moment Journal: Journal of Cultural Studies, 5:1, 1-14 (lead article)

Butchart, G. C. (2018). Answers to Questions that No One is Asking: A Report on Knowledge in Communicology (review essay). Journal of Communication, 68:6, E1-E7

Butchart, G. C. (2017). Communication and the Thesis of Intentionality in Husserl, Sartre, and Levinas. The Review of Communication, 17:1, 56-73.

Butchart, G. C. (2016). The Communicology of Roland Barthes's Camera Lucida: Reflections on the Sign-Body Experience of Communication. Visual Communication, 15:2, 199-219. Winner of the 2017 Distinguished Journal Article Award, National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division.

Butchart, G. C. (2015). Touch, Communication, Community: Jean-Luc Nancy's Semiotic Phenomenology. Metodo: International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy, 3:1, 221-244.

Butchart, G. C. & Mullan, M. (2015). Classroom Projects as Embodied and Embedded Outcomes Assessment. Journal of the Association for Communication Administration, vol 34, no. 1: 40-54.

Butchart, G. C. (2014). Haunting Past Images: On the 2006 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. Winner of the 2015 National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Journal Article of the Year Award.

Butchart, G. C. (2013). Camera as Sign: On the Ethics of Unconcealment in Documentary Film and Video. Social Semiotics, 23:5, 675-690. Winner of the 2013 National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Journal Article of the Year Award.

Recent Honors and Awards
Awards
2020 Distinguished Book Award, National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division.

2017 Distinguished Journal Article, National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division.

2016 National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Edited Book of the Year.

2016 National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Top Faculty Paper.

2015 National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Journal Article of the Year.

2014 National Communication Association Visual Communication Division Top Faculty Paper.

2013 National Communication Association Philosophy of Communication Division Journal Article of the Year.

Scholar, International Communicology Institute. Selected in 2013.

Service
Editorial Boards
Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, 2014-pres.

Semiotics Society of America Yearbook, 2014-pres.

Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 2007-pres.

Kaleidoscope: Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research, 2004-13

Offices Held
Executive Board Member, Semiotic Society of America, 2013-2016

Faculty Co-Advisor: Duquesne University Ad Club, 2013-2015

Faculty Co-Advisor: PRSSA Duquesne University Chapter, 2013-2014