Models of Communication offers a timely reassessment of the significance of modelling in media and communication studies. From a rich variety of different perspectives, the collected essays explore the past, present, and future uses of communication models, in ordinary discourses concerning communication as well as in academic research.
This book challenges received views of communication models and opens up new paths of inquiry for communication research. By zooming in on the manifestations and purposes of modelling in ordinary discourses on communication as well as in theoretical expositions, the essays collected in this volume cast new light on the problems and prospects of models crafted for the benefit of communication inquiry. Complementing earlier studies of models of communication, the volume digs deep into fundamental epistemological and ontological questions concerning modelling in the communication disciplines; but it also presents several novel models that promise to be of practical use in empirical studies of media and communication.
The book is intended for communication scholars and students of media and will also be of interest for related disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction (Mats Bergman, Kestas Kirtiklis and Johan Siebers)
Part 1: Understanding Communication Models
2. Models of Communication In and As Metadiscourse (Robert Craig)
3. Epistemological Presuppositions in Communication Theory (Lydia Sanchez and Manuel Campos)
4. Toward a Pragmatistic Perspective on Models of Communication (Mats Bergman)
5. Turing Machines and Communication: Two Modelling Relations (Eli Dresner)
6. A Convenient Way to Describe Communication…": Towards the Transmission Model as a Metamodel (Kestas Kirtiklis)
Part 2: Modelling the Histories and Institutions of Communication
7. Writing a History of Communication Models: Modes of Historical Narrative (Emanuel Kulczycki)
8. The "Mediated Social Communication" Approach: An Early Discursive Mass Communication Model (Silke Fürst and Philomen Schönhagen)
9. Rearticulating Carey: Cultural Institutionalism as a Model to Theorise Journalism in Time (Thomas R. Schmidt)
10. A Figurative Approach to Mediatization Studies (Lukasz Wojtkowski)
Part 3: Ontological and Hermeneutic Probes
11. Being as Communication: An Exploratory Model (Johan Siebers)
12. Regimes of Communication: Emergent Processes, Historical Approaches (José Gomes Pinto)
13. A Metaphysical Model of Communication (with Examples from the Gold Rush) (Carlos Roos)
14. Beyond Letters: Correspondence as a Negative Principle of Communication (Maurício Liesen)
Mats Bergman is Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki. His primary research areas include the philosophy and social theory of pragmatism, the thought of C. S. Peirce, the philosophy and theory of communication, and the ethics of media and communication. Bergman is the author of Peirce’s Philosophy of Communication (2009).
Kestas Kirtiklis is an associate professor at the Faculty of Communication Vilnius University, Lithuania. His research interests are philosophy and theory of communication. He recently co-edited (with Renata Šukaityte) of "Socialines tikroves mediacija. Kultura, politika ir visuomene" [Mediation of Social Reality. Culture, Poetics, Society] (Vilnius University Press, 2018).
Johan Siebers is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Middlesex University London. He is also Director of the Ernst Bloch Centre for German Thought, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Johan is founding editor and principal editor of Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication.