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*Update* CFP: Failure–Interruptions, Confrontations, and Silences

Update: Papers for our paper competition are due Feb. 9. See below for more details.

10th Annual Communication Graduate Caucus Conference
March 5-6, 2015
River Building, Carleton University, Ottawa

“Some of the chief dilemmas of our age, both public and personal, 
turn on communication or communication gone sour” (Peters, 1999)


It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2015 Attallah Lecture Speaker to be

Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
Visiting Professor, MIT Center for Civic Research

Dr. Kate Crawford investigates the ethical failures of big data and the power dimensions of data analytics. Join us March 5 for her lecture.


From blackouts and security breaches, to misrepresentations and disconnections, failure is a crucial component of communication. Our 10th annual conference, Failure: Interruptions, Confrontations, and Silences, invites explorations into the ways communication is impeded, shaped, and even enabled by forms of failure. As an articulation of conflict, degradation, and misunderstanding, failure is intimately tied to ideas of success and change in political, socio-economic, and cultural spheres. In the wake of broken and silenced speech and actions, failure undergirds the drive for improved forms of communication — motivating revisions to public policies, networks, media representations, and everyday practices. The idea of communication is intimately tied to varied forms of fallibility, and in this multivalent vein, we invite scholars to envision failure as communicative interruptions, as provoking confrontations, as inducing silences, and as undergirding successes.

Our conference offers a collegial and supportive environment in which to present your work, receive feedback, and compete for a student paper prize. In addition, you will hear a world-class keynote speaker and have the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country. 

We welcome 250-word abstract proposals for individual paper presentations that consider, amongst other topics, questions related to:

  • Technological malfunctions and infrastructural breakdowns (e.g. security breaches; planned obsolescence; grid blackouts; emergent effects)
  • Economic and political failures (e.g. financial breakdowns; failed corporations; failed competition, failed states; disaster politics; failed uprisings, wars; political downfalls).
  • Failure and Communication theory (e.g. debates on dialogue; the public sphere; mass media; social (dis)connections; language and meaning; unrealized expectations and ideals; success and discipline; the fallibility of communication)
  • Politics of miscommunication (e.g. failed campaigns; revolutionary mobilizations; apologies and disclosures; failed forms of witness and (re)cognition)
  • Silenced and/or misrepresented identities and histories (e.g. invisible/inaudible individuals and groups; silenced testimonies; lost and revised histories; the censored and unnamed; tactical/subversive silences; (mis)recognitions of gender, race, ethnicity, ability, class, sex, age)
  • Popular forms of failure (e.g. fan culture narratives; #fail and social media; ‘live’ event failures; comedic fallibilities; failure as an aesthetic and political tool; how failure influences mainstream, countercultural, and subaltern texts)

Please send your 250-word abstract proposals to 
no later than JAN. 12, 2015
 CGC conference submission in the email subject line.

Upon abstract acceptance, students are encouraged to submit their 12-15 page papers to the student paper competition. Papers are due Feb. 9, 2015.

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