Research and publications
The different research programs and publications of the professors of the Department of Communication reflect a wide variety of interests and issues associated with the social, cultural, economical and political in the fields of media studies and organizational communication. One of the strength of the department relies on the great diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the communication field.
The knowledge produced by the scholars and their graduate students comprise the areas of international communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, public relations, health communication, digital communication, and film studies, among others. Both professors and students contribute to create a research community that analyzes and discusses the different challenges confronted by the society of information.
Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada
Constance Crompton is collaborating with colleagues from across the country on a Digital Humanities project. Dr. Crompton co-directs the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project with Michelle Schwartz (Ryerson University) in collaboration with Donald McLeod (University of Toronto), Susan Brown (University of Guelph), and Elise Chenier (Simon Fraser University) and many outstanding research assistants, including Communication PhD candidate Pascale Dangoisse. Their online open-access chronology of the Canadian gay liberation movement allows researchers explore 34,000 events spanning 1964-1981, learn about over 2000 people involved, and critically evaluate the relationship between the movement’s historical narrative and the bibliographic material that underpins it. Visit lglc.ca in November, to see the updated interface. This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Citizenship in a digital media environment
Elizabeth Dubois, Department of Communication, and Florian Martin-Bariteau, Faculty of Law are collaborating on a project which investigates how citizens, their governments, and policy interact in a digital media environment. Their interdisciplinary project sets an agenda for research into the social and political impacts of digital technology. Their work aims to advance scholarly knowledge while also responding to current policy needs.
Telemedicine and Sensory knowledge
Communication professors, Sylvie Grosjean, Luc Bonneville and Isaac Nahon-Serfaty, are collaborating with the Montfort Hospital simulation program on a funded research project, which aims to study the specificity of a clinical examination in the context of telemedicine. This research project aims to analyze patient / physician interactions in the context of telemedicine, in order to underline the reorganization that takes place at the level of "sensory work" accomplished during a clinical examination.
Protecting the language and culture of the Innu people
“My research is about the usage made by the Innu people of radio stations, on their reserves, with regards to language stabilization and of their culture. Be it in socio-economical markets where they are the majority or the minority, but exposed nonetheless to the settlers’ culture, I take interest in knowing the impact an Innu-language radio has on its populations’ usage on a daily basis and not only during special events (Indigenous games or Pow Wows, for example). Having worked in the field of broadcasting for close to 20 years (radio and television), I have a special liking for the radio, a medium that is, like are Indigenous cultures, the best way to transmit educational materials orally. My anthropological research interests and my love of radio converged for this thesis that, even before its’ terrain-study portion began, has been a passion of mine for some years. Adding to the fact that I am a doctoral candidate, I have also given a conference about the Indigenous narrative, I have an article being approved for publication and work both as a T.A. at the University of Ottawa and as a part-time teacher at UQO.”