1st Edition

Microhistories of Communication Studies Mapping the Future of Communication through Local Narratives

Edited By Pat Gehrke Copyright 2017
    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    The story of an academic discipline is usually conveyed in grand movements and long spans, but it can also be told through the lives of individual scholars, through the development of specialties, through the creation and change of departments, and through the formation and transformation of organizations.

    Using twelve histories of micro-dimensions of communication studies, this volume shows how sometimes small decisions, single scholars, individual departments, and marginalized voices can have dramatic roles in the history and future of an academic discipline. As a compilation of micro-histories with macro-lessons this volume stands alone in communication studies. Read as a companion to A Century of Communication Studies, the National Communication Association’s centennial volume, it offers rich detail, missing links, and local narratives that fully flesh out the discipline. In either case, no education in communication studies is complete without an understanding of the themes, challenges, and triumphs embodied by the twelve micro-histories offered in this book. This book was originally published as two special issues of Review of Communication.

    Introduction: A Hundred Paths, a Shared Journey Pat J. Gehrke

    1. A Well-Trained Tongue: The Origins of the Public Speaking Curriculum at the University of Minnesota, 1890-1910 Phil Feller

    2. Herbert A. Wichelns at the Discipline’s Centennial Mark: Re-Reading a Prospectus for Rhetoric As an Independent Discipline Amos Kiewe

    3. Lambda Pi Eta: The Founding and Evolution of Communication’s Undergraduate Honor Society from a Systems Perspective Leslie J. Reynard, Audrey W. Allison and Jason B. Munsell

    4. The Rhetoric of James J. Murphy: Continuity, Commitment, Community Nicholas J. Crowe and Rachel M. Reznik

    5. Anonymity, Confidentiality, Privacy, and Identity: The Ties That Bind and Break in Communication Research Alison Novak

    6. Narrative Theory and Criticism: An Overview Toward Clusters and Empathy Robin P. Clair, Stephanie Carlo, Chervin Lam, John Nussman, Canek Phillips, Virginia Sánchez, Elaine Schnabel and Liliya Yakova

    7. Exploring Organizational Communication (Micro) History Through Network Connections Scott C. D’Urso, Jeremy P. Fyke and David H. Torres

    8. Mapping a History of Applied Communication Research: Themes and Concepts in the Journal of Applied Communication Research Sarah Steimel

    9. Forging a Path: Past and Present Scope of Critical Race Theory and Latina/o Critical Race Theory in Communication Studies Claudia Anguiano and Mari Castañeda

    10. An LCSD & La Raza Microhistory: The Latina/o Communication Studies Division & La Raza Caucus of the National Communication Association Alberto González, Bernadette M. Calafell and Roberto Avant-Mier

    11. Experience Is the Best Teacher: the NCA Experiential Learning in Communication Division Karen M. Roloff

    12. Disciplining Communication Study at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 1973-2007 Jordan Stalker


    Pat J. Gehrke is Associate Professor, and Director of Speech Communication and Rhetoric, in the Department of English at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA. He is the author of The Ethics and Politics of Speech (2009) and co-editor of A Century of Communication Studies (2014).