Global Fusion 2016 is lucky enough to be joined by a number of distinguished speakers this October. Find out more about our speakers below:

This year’s keynote speaker

Dr. Marwan Kraidy, University of Pennsylvania.

Marwan_M_KraidyMarwan M. Kraidy is the Anthony Shadid Chair in Global Media, Politics and Culture & Director of the Project for Advanced Research in Global Communication (PARGC) at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, USA. A leading expert on the nexus of Arab media, culture and politics, and the recipient of fellowships from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Kraidy has lectured worldwide and published more than 100 essays and 6 books, including Reality Television and Arab Politics (Cambridge UP 2010), which won three major prizes. Kraidy has been the Edward Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut, Visiting Professor (Chaire Dupront) at the Sorbonne in Paris, Assistant Professor of International Relations at American University in Washington, DC, and Assistant Professor of Critical-Cultural Studies at the University of North Dakota. A frequent media commentator on global and Arab media issues, professor Kraidy is currently writing Creative Insurgency, focusing on the human body as a locus of power and resistance in revolutionary times.

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Our plenary speakers are:

Dr. Patrick Burkart, Texas A&M University

PatrickPatrick Burkart is a Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University and Editor-in-Chief of Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture. He currently researches the international dynamics of information policy, telecommunications policy, and the recording industry.

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Dr. Radhika Parameswaran, Indiana University, Bloomington

RadhikaRadhika Parameswaran is Professor in the Media School (Chair of Journalism) and adjunct faculty in the cultural studies, India Studies, and gender studies programs at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Her research interests are globalization, gender and media, South Asia and postcolonial studies. Her publications include a 2013 Wiley-Blackwell edited encyclopedic volume on global audience studies, two monographs in Journalism & Communication Monographs, and articles in leading journals in communication and media studies (five reprinted as book chapters), and thirteen book chapters. Her current research project examines transnational media activism that targets issues of colorism, beauty and sexism in India. She is currently the editor of Communication, Culture, and Critique, an official journal of the International Communication Association.

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Dr. Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University

SilvioSilvio Waisbord is Professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Communication and former editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Press/Politics. His books include Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America (with Soledad Segura, Zed, 2016), Media SociologyA Reappraisal (editor, Polity, 2014), and Reinventing Professionalism: Journalism and News in Global Perspective (Polity, 2013). He holds a Licenciatura in sociology from the Universidad de Buenos Aires, and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, San Diego.

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Dr. Karin Gwinn Wilkins, the University of Texas at Austin

KarinKarin Gwinn Wilkins (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is Professor of Media Studies, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Chair of the Global Studies Bridging Disciplines Program at the University of Texas at Austin. She holds the John P. McGovern Regents Professorship in Health and Medical Science Communication, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Communication Theory. Wilkins has won numerous awards for her research, service and teaching. Her work addresses scholarship in the fields of development communication, global communication, and political engagement.

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