communication +1 provides a forum for exploring and sharing ideas about communication across modes of inquiry and perspectives. Its primary objective is to push the theoretical frontiers of communication as an autonomous and distinct field of research. Suspending any judgement regarding distinction between theory and practice, this journal encourages critical reflections on communication and seeks to encourage these reflections to and among those who place communication at the center of their thinking and writing.

We are a platinum open access journal and never charge authors for publication or anyone for access.

communication +1 is part of Open Humanities Press and is indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals.

Our current Call for Papers can be found here.

Current Issue: Volume 9, Issue 2 (2022) A Decade of Futures (of Communication)


Edited by Zachary J. McDowell and Peter Royal

Issue 2 of 2

Click here for Issue 1

What we proposed for this collection was to return again to explore the boundaries and the future of communication as an area of study and as an interdisciplinary and intersectional space of inquiry. communication +1's first issue, Futures of Communication (2012) did just that by addressing a wide variety of topics. The objective to address the "futures" of communication as a field of inquiry was and is not to identify research topics that may be popular or fashionable; rather, it is in the (re)establishment of "communication" as an enduring theoretical concept that cuts across the humanities and social sciences. The future of "communication" therefore designates its significance guaranteed by its interdisciplinary promise (but also arrives with its own concerns). What we offer here is a continuation of the belief that the question of “futures” is not a one-time endeavor, but instead a question that needs to be returned to time and time again, particularly in this age of changing media landscapes and new interdisciplinary discourse.

So, we return again to the question of (a decade of) "futures."



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