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Mar 2/12| For Immediate Release
Judith Nicholson, Assistant Professor
Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
WATERLOO – Media researcher and author Mark Deuze of Indiana University will speak at Wilfrid Laurier University 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 p.m. in the Paul Martin Centre on Laurier’s Waterloo campus.
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, an associate professor in the Department of Telecommunications at Indiana University, holds a PhD in the Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands. He has been a professor in Journalism and New Media at Leiden University in The Netherlands, a visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Communications Research at the University of Leeds in the UK, and a Fulbright scholar at the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California. His publications include over 50 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, Deuze listens to and studies extreme metal music.
Deuze is the third speaker in the Media(tions) speaker series, which is celebrating 10 years of Communication Studies at Laurier. The final lecture in the series will be by Mary Bryson, a professor in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the 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 Dean of the Faculty of Arts, the Vice-President: Research, and the Provost and Vice-President: Academic.