A Word from the Director
Concordia University has one of the best doctoral programs in communication studies in the country and an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching. Founded in 1987, as a radically innovative experiment in inter-university collaboration with two different universities, the program has continued to evolve over the past thirty years. The continued success of the program at Concordia combined with the increasingly diverse and innovative research of the faculty has facilitated our move to an independently administered doctoral program.
Our department possesses a rich and vibrant research culture, comprising numerous nationally and internationally reputed, award-winning scholars, artists, and film-makers, with extensive track records in graduate supervision, research training, and mentoring (for further information about individual faculty areas of expertise and ongoing research projects, please consult the department’s individual faculty pages). Some of our department’s particular areas of research and teaching strength include: cultural studies; feminist media studies; research-creation; media history; digital culture; visual culture; sound studies; and games studies. Our approach to communication studies traverses the humanities, social sciences, and media arts, and several members of the department conduct research at the crossroads of science and the humanities. Broadly speaking, our department supports research and graduate study in the forms and formats of communication technologies; in the meaning-making aspects of communications; in issues of power and politics; and finally, in the emancipatory potential of communications for diverse constituents and communities. For a sense of the range of topics addressed by PhD students in our department, see our list of theses completed.
In addition to their coursework and doctoral projects, students in the PhD in Communication program are given opportunities to teach courses in our department, to present their work at local, national, and international conferences, and to participate in the ongoing activities of numerous research centres based at Concordia, including: Fluxmedia, ARC, the Mobile Media Lab, TAG, Hexagram, the Media History Research Centre, the Centre for Sensory Studies, the Screen Culture Research Group, and ARTHEMIS, as well as research projects such as the Montreal Signs project headed by faculty in the Department.
The intellectual energy of our PhD. students is a constant source of inspiration. Over the years, students have organized ground-breaking conferences (including a highly successful biennial conference run by students in the Joint Program), established reading and thesis support groups, and instigated numerous social events. Our students have also been successful in securing highly competitive scholarships and awards, including the Trudeau Scholarship and the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship. Graduates from our program have gone on to take up post-doctoral fellowships, employment in the public and private sectors, and academic positions across Canada and around the world.
A PhD is a serious, long-term undertaking, and so you must research potential graduate schools carefully. I hope that in the process, you discover that Concordia’s PhD in Communication is the right program for you, and in that case, we look forward to receiving your application. If you have any questions about the program or the application process, you are most welcome to contact me.
Dr. Monika Gagnon
Interim Director, Concordia PhD in Communication