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Dr. Mark Deuze, Author of "Media Life" to speak at Laurier for Media(tions) series

Mar 5/12

WATERLOO – Mark Deuze, Associate Professor in the Department of Telecommunications (Indiana University, Bloomington), will speak at Wilfrid Laurier University on March 5, 2012 for the Department of Communication Studies Media(tions) speaker series.

The talk, titled “Living in Media = Creating Art with Life,” takes place at 1 pm in the Paul Martin Centre.  Reception to follow at 2:30 pm.

Research shows that we spend more time using media, and for most people, consuming media takes place alongside producing media. Deuze argues that we must move beyond wondering if this is good or bad, and accept it as part of our environment. In other words, we should think of our lives as lived in rather than with media. According to Deuze, the question is: how can we live a good and beautiful life in media? Deuze presents his “Media Life Project,” which offers a compass for the way ahead and focuses on creating art with life.

Deuze holds a PhD in the Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). He has been a Professor in Journalism and New Media at Leiden University (The Netherlands), a visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Communications Research (University of Leeds), and a Fulbright scholar at the Annenberg School of Communication (University of Southern California). His publications include over fifty articles in academic journals and seven books – including most recently “Media Life” (Polity Press, 2012). His work has been translated into Chinese, German, Portuguese, Greek, and Hungarian. Beyond researching people and their media, Mark listens to and studies extreme metal.

Deuze is the third speaker in the Media(tions) speaker series, which is celebrating 10 years of Communication Studies at Laurier as well as the university’s centennial. The final lecture in the series will be by Mary Bryson, Professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education (University of British Columbia). She will speak on "Cancer Knowledge in the Plural: Communicability of Presence, Trans/Media and the Queer Biopolitics of Prosthetic Mobilities" on March 26, 2012.

This event is sponsored by Laurier’s Department of Communication Studies and the offices of the Vice-President: Development & Alumni Relations, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Vice-President: Research and Provost and Vice-President: Academic.

Free Public Event

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