Communication Studies

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

October 2018

  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar presented a paper titled “Colliding Authorities: The Cultural Politics of Roadside Memorialization in the Contemporary American Southwest” at the Western History Association’s annual national conference in San Antonio, Oct. 20, 2018.





September 2018

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala gave a talk on precarity, preservation, and praxis in academia at the Flow Conference at The University of Texas at Austin on Sept. 27, 2018. Her talk was titled “Media(ted) Archives: The Politics of Saving and Making Media Histories.”





August 2018

  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Valerie Renegar published a book chapter titled “Feminist Transgressions: Vulnerability, Bravery, and the Need for a More Imperfect Feminism” in Transgressing Feminist Theory and Discourse: Advancing Conversations Across Disciplines.The chapter is coauthored by Stacey K. Sowards.





June 2018

  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Valerie Renegar and Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala attended the 50th anniversary of the Rhetoric Society of America Conference in Minneapolis, Minn., May 31–June 3. They each presented peer reviewed papers. Renegar’s “‘Evil is Part of the Territory’: Inventing the Stepmother in Self-Help Texts” drew from research funded by a 2016–2017 Sam Taylor grant. Bahrainwala presented a paper titled “‘Free Muslim Hugs’ and Offering Vulnerable Bodies for State Security.” They each also participated in well-attended round table talks on issues related to their teaching, research, and activism.





May 2018

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Lamiyah Bahrainwala facilitated a panel titled “Talking about Race with your Child” at Russell Lee Elementary School in Austin on May 8, 2018. The panel featured experts in education, education policy, social work, and critical race theory, and provided specific strategies for talking about race with elementary school-aged children.





  • Madison Vardeman, class of 2018, will present her communication studies capstone research “U2 and Nostalgia: Running to Stand Still or the Start of a Beautiful Day?” at The U2 Conference on June 15, 2018. Vardeman’s research analyzes U2’s Joshua Tree Tour 2017concert in Dallas, Texas, to prove that a nostalgic framework can be used in a way that does not solely glorify the past. She argues that this can be accomplished by applying the principles of Affect Theory and Aristotle’s emotional appeals to place focus on the emotional reactions that nostalgia elicits rather than focusing on the memories of the past events that are associated with the original JoshuaTreealbum and tour.





  • Associate Professor of Communication Studies Bob Bednar presented a keynote address titled “Melancholy Remains: Encountering Images, Objects, and Spaces of Trauma” at the 26th Annual Symposium About Language and Society, Austin (SALSA), “Language in Society: Culture, Space & Identity” at the University of Texas at Austin, on April 20, 2018.





February 2018

  • Communications major Shea C. Brewer, class of 2019, had his final project in a course on Feminist Fairy Tales accepted for publication in the online literary journal Spider Mirror. His teacher and mentor for the project is Visiting Assistant Professor of German Michelle Reyes. Spider Mirroris a blog-style journal that seeks to promote and support the arts in all its modern forms. Brewer’s tale, The “Seven” Dwarfs, explores the potential untold story of an eighth dwarf by the name of Leery, with a twist on the picture perfect image of classic Snow White.