[CITASA] Invitation: NCA Post-Preconference Workshop: Communication in City and Community

Keith Hampton keith.hampton at rutgers.edu
Thu Oct 2 16:12:02 EDT 2014

*Communication in City and Community: **The Post-Preconference Workshop*

Chicago, IL

*Date:* November 20, 2014: 9:00am to 1:45pm

In Chicago for NCA? Join us for a half day workshop on “Communication in
City and Community” hosted by the Rutgers Department of Communication. This
half-day workshop will extend discussion started at the NCA preconference
on Urban Communities Present(s), Past(s) & Future(s)
<http://urbancomm.org/conferences-seminars/>. You don’t need to attend the
preconference to enjoy the post-preconference workshop!

*Location:* 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza <http://www.1871.com/> 12th
Floor. (In the offices of 1871: Hub for Digital Startups, just down the
street from the NCA meeting).

*RSVP Details: *Space is limited, so secure your spot as soon as possible
by completing this Google form. Breakfast and lunch will be served


Communication scholars have a long tradition of focusing on urban
phenomena. This tradition, born out of the Chicago School of sociology, was
once called “the most useful view of communication and the mass media in
the American tradition” (Carey, 1997). While this view has largely faded
from within the field, the same concerns that dominated the Chicago
School—for how communication technologies reorganize work, home, and
community life—have once again captured the attention of a generation of
communication researchers. This workshop explores how city and community
can be a laboratory for studying how technological change and communication
processes influence everyday life. Through the study of people in place,
scholars emphasize the centrality of communication and technology to social
processes that guide, and are guided by, how people interact with their


9:00 to 9:30     Coffee & bagels

9:30 to 9:40     Introduction (Keith Hampton & Vikki Katz)

9:40 to 10:40   *Session #1: Community Theory from a Communication

§ Keith N Hampton, Rutgers University: “Persistent and Pervasive Awareness:
The Changing Nature of Community”

§  Lewis A. Friedland, University of Wisconsin-Madison: “Community
Communication in a Network Society: Challenges for Democracy”

10:45 to 11:45   *Session #2: Communicating in Local Spaces*

§  Jeffrey Lane, Rutgers University: “The Digital Street: An Ethnography of
Networked Street Life in Harlem”

§  Carolyn Marvin, University of Pennsylvania: “Home Away from Home:
Producing the Local in Two Philadelphia Parks”

11:50 to 12:30   Lunch and informal conversation

12:30 to 1:30     *Session #3: Place, Policy, and Metrics*

§  Vikki Katz & Carmen Gonzalez, Rutgers School of Communication &
Information: “National policies, local realities: How community
characteristics affect low-income Latino families’ broadband and technology
adoption decisions.”

§  Phil Napoli, Rutgers University: "Assessing the Health of Local
Information Ecosystems: Toward a Set of Key Indicators"

1:30 to 1:45       Closing (Vikki Katz & Keith Hampton)

*Questions? **Keith.hampton at rutgers.edu* <Keith.hampton at rutgers.edu>* and *
*vkatz at rutgers.edu* <vkatz at rutgers.edu>

Dr. Keith N. Hampton
Associate Professor
Department of Communication
School of Communication & Information
Rutgers University

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