Conference Planners


Bryan CrableDr. Bryan Crable is Professor of Department of Communication at Villanova University, and the Founding Director of Villanova’s Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society. His scholarly work connects critical race theory, rhetorical studies, and the philosophy of communication, specifically by engaging Burkean rhetorical theory. He is the author of Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke: At the Roots of the Racial Divide (University of Virginia Press, 2012), a book awarded inclusion in the Mellon Foundation’s American Literatures Initiative, excerpted in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, vol. 286 (Gale, 2013), and reviewed in such journals as African American ReviewCallaloo, and Rhetoric Review. He is also the editor of a volume of essays connecting Burkean studies to the concerns of social justice, Transcendence by Perspective: Meditations on and with Kenneth Burke (Parlor Press, 2014). Dr. Crable is a two-time winner of the Charles Kneupper Award for best article of the year from the Rhetoric Society of America (2003, 2009), and, for his scholarly and professional contributions to the discipline, was awarded the Kenneth Burke Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. In addition to scholarly chapters and reviews, his essays have appeared in top rhetoric and communication journals, including The Quarterly Journal of SpeechRhetoric Society QuarterlyRhetoric ReviewArgumentation & AdvocacyHuman Studies, Communication Quarterly, and Western Journal of Communication. In addition to his work as WFI Director, Dr. Crable has served on the editorial board of leading journals in his field, has served in a leadership role in the Kenneth Burke Society, the National Communication Association, and the Eastern Communication Association, and in 2011 was invited to serve as an Associate in the international scholarly network, the Taos Institute. Contact:

Raka ShomeDr. Raka Shome is a Media, Communication, and Feminist Cultural Studies scholar who writes on postcolonial cultures and transnational feminism. Currently based in New York, Dr. Shome has published numerous articles and book chapters in leading journals and anthologies in the field of Media and Communication Studies.   She is the author of Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2014)—a book that examines how new sets of postcolonial relations in contemporary western cultures are mediated through images of white femininity. Under her co-guest editorship, the first-ever special issue on “Postcolonialism” was published in the field of Communication Studies in the International Communication Association journal Communication Theory (August, 2002).  She recently also guest edited a special issue on “Asian Modernities” (2012) in the (Sage) journal Global Media and Communication, which included several articles focused on the question of what it means to be “modern” outside of liberal western frameworks. Some of her essays have been reprinted in key texts in the field of global communication and media studies.  Dr. Shome has delivered talks, nationally and internationally, on issues of postcoloniality, gender, transnational feminism, and racism in contemporary global contexts. In 2011-2012 she served as the Inaugural Harron Family Endowed Chair of Communication at Villanova University, Pennsylvania.  Prior to this, she held full-time faculty appointments at London School of Economics (UK), Arizona State University, and University of Washington. For Fall 2014, she has been invited by the Advanced Cultural Studies Institute of Sweden to serve as a Visiting Scholar. She will also lecture at many Swedish Universities during her visit. She serves on the editorial boards of several leading journals in Communication. She has been a past chair of the Cultural Studies Division of National Communication Association (NCA) and has also received awards for her research from National Communication Association. Her current research interest is in the logics of non western modernities. Contact:

Assistant Organizer

Daniel WoodDaniel Wood is a third-year doctoral student in philosophy at Villanova University, and a teaching assistant for courses in “Marx/Marxism,” “Ethics,” and “Ethics for Healthcare Professionals.” He received his BA and MA from Loyola University Chicago, has studied at la Universidad Alberto Hurtado, and will be working on issues around decolonization at la Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona in summer 2014. His area of research centres on critical engagement with the overlap between philosophy (especially critical theories, issues in social ontology, philosophies of history, political theories, etc.) and movements/processes of decolonization, specifically those of former French, Portuguese, and Spanish colonies. He approaches these conjunctures through comparative, genealogical, and philosophical reconstructions that draw from historical sociologies, manifestos, political theories, films, autobiographies, local knowledges, political anthropologies, etc. His larger goal consists in situating and rethinking various decolonial discourses, practices, processes, and relations (e.g., those sketched and analyzed by the neglected or untranslated works of Cabral, Lazreg, Yellow Bird, Mohanty, Fanon, Nkrumah, Shiva, Ali, do Nascimento, Serequeberhan, & L’Ouverture), especially insofar as such rethinking pertains to the contestation of neocolonialism and contemporary coloniality of power. Contact:

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