Master of Arts in Communications and Technology

Communications and Technology Research Symposium

This annual symposium, hosted in May, serves as a forum for professionals and academics from various disciplines (e.g., communications, education, business, psychology) to showcase and discuss issues related to communication and technology. A distinguished lecturer is invited to present a perspective on this diverse field. The symposium is an excellent opportunity to network with other individuals working and studying in communications.

A research poster session is held prior to the keynote address by the distinguished lecturer. Submissions are invited from all scholars and practitioners the field of communications and technology. As a requirement of their program, second year MACT students participate in the session with posters of their culminating research project proposal.

The Communications and Technology Research Symposium takes place on the final day of the MACT Spring Institute each May.

Distinguished lecturers:

• 2015: Dr. Tharon Howard (Clemson University) Creating Social Networks and Online Communities that Last
• 2014: Dr. Ron Deibert (University of Toronto) The Internet After Snowden: Surveillance, Privacy, and the future of Global Communications
• 2013: Dr. Robin Mansell (London School of Economics) Internet Social Imaginaries: Crowdsourcing, Collective Action and Governance
• 2012: Dr. Keith Hampton (Rutgers University) Keeping it Real? The Good, the Bad and the Data on How New Media are Affecting our Relationships
• 2011: Dr. John Durham Peters (University of Iowa) Communication Infrastructures Old and New
• 2010: Dr. Linda Putnam (University of California, Santa Barbara) Models of Engaged Scholarship: Developing the Research Paradigm
• 2009: Dr. Leopoldina Fortunati, (University of Udine, Italy) Reflections on Mediated Gossip
• 2008: Dr. Martha S. Feldman (University of California, Irvine) Social Networking for a Change
• 2007: Dr. Joshua Meyrowitz (University of New Hampshire) Media at work and at home
• 2006: Dr. Terry Anderson (Athabasca University) Connected Learning – How Networked Technologies Change the Way We Learn
• 2005: Dr. James Taylor (Université de Montréal) Text and Context in the Organization
• 2004: Dr. Stella Ting-Toomey (Professor of Human Communication Studies at California State University at Fullerton) Intercultural facework competence: Connecting theory with practice
• 2003: Dr. R.K. Logan (University of Toronto) Language, Learning, Collaboration, and
• Media
• 2002: Dr. JoAnne Yates (MIT Sloan School of Management); Unintended consequences
• in the emergence of online communities
• 2001: Dr. Mark Knapp (Department of Communication, University of Texas, Austin):
• Nonverbal communication in cyberspace; Dr. Robin Mason (Open University): Computer
• conferencing in university studies
• 2000: Dr. Derrick de Kerckhove (McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology, University of Toronto); Connected intelligence and the emergence of the Internet