2015 Samuel L. Becker Memorial Conference
Interesting Questions: Bodies and Technologies
Saturday, October 17, 2015
9:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.; reception to follow
Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber on the University of Iowa campus
Iowa City, Iowa
This conference honors the life and work of Samuel L. Becker (1923–2012), noted communication scholar and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Iowa Department of Communication Studies. In his 1984 keynote address to the Central States Speech Association, Sam took up the theme of "interesting questions" to argue for more sustained intradisciplinary conversations among communication studies scholars, which will better enable them to address critical issues in our time. In that spirit, we've assembled a day of speakers to address the themes of bodies and technologies, which are issues that Sam addressed in his own work, are of central concern to communication studies, and represent thematic areas of inquiry in our own Department.
The University of Iowa 2015 Samuel L. Becker Memorial Conference, Bodies and Technologies, features prominent scholars Mark Andrejevic, Kory Floyd, and Debra Hawhee. The conference will explore bodily rhetorics, the interplay between interpersonal affection, physiology, and health, and the role of digital culture in contemporary modes of surveillance. Through conversation across subdisciplines, we hope to inspire rigorous conversation and interdisciplinary thought at the nexus of communication, bodies, and technologies.
The 2015 Samuel L. Becker Memorial Conference is free; advance registration is required and available here. Please note: There is a block of rooms reserved at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel with a base rate of $116 per night for Friday, October 16th, and Saturday, October 17th. To obtain this rate, the room must be booked by September 16th. Please reserve through this website.