Imagined Realities, the 2017 CGC Conference

The 12th Annual Communication Graduate Caucus Conference was held March 16-17, 2017 at Richcraft Hall, Carleton University.

Why do past, present and future realities captivate and fascinate? The 12th annual Communication Graduate Caucus (CGC) conference, Imagined Realities, invites us to explore how discourses and representations provide us with roadmaps into potential futures. When imagination enters communication, we get a sense of creativity, of playfulness and of persuasion. Imagination implies innovation, invention and the potential for transformation; but imagination also contributes to our ongoing anxieties, assumptions and fears of the unknown.

You can download and view the full conference program here.




The CGC is pleased to announce that Dr. John Shiga of Ryerson University will deliver the Keynote Address at the 12th Annual Carleton Communication Graduate Caucus Conference, Imagined Realities, on Thursday, March 16th, 2017.

Dr. Shiga’s keynote is titled “Sonar and the Eco-Sonic Imaginary”.


John Shiga is an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director in the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University. He completed his Ph.D. in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. He has published work on the history of digital audio, musical memory, intellectual property, media theory, and interspecies communication. He is currently working on an SSHRC-funded project on the cultural history of sonar, which explores the role of underwater acoustic sensing in the construction of the ocean as a site of contestation between military, industrial, scientific and activist cultures.

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