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A Decade of Futures (of Communication)

Introduction

Edited by Zachary J. McDowell and Peter Royal

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."

Note: This volume consists of two issues, the first released in October 2022, and the second scheduled four to six weeks later.

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Introduction: Futures
Zachary McDowell and Peter Royal

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Communication and one
Florian Sprenger

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Soft Disciplines
Zizi Papacharissi

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Media, Mediation, Mediality
Johannes Bennke and Amit Pinchevski

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What is not a medium?
John Durham Peters

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In the Face of the Robot
David J. Gunkel