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Christiana Abraham, PhD

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies


Christiana  Abraham, PhD
Office: L-CJ 5213 
Communication Studies and Journalism Building,
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 5056
Email: christiana.abraham@concordia.ca

Education


Ph.D  Communication Studies,  McGill University

MA Media Studies, Concordia University

BA Communication Studies (with distinction) Concordia University



 

Teaching and Research Specialization


Critical Race theory;  Race, Ethnicity & Media 

Decolonial, Post/neo-Colonial Representations 

Visuality, Representations and Culture 

Gender & Development Communications;  Rural Communications

Media and Propaganda Studies

South-South Communications




 





 

Biography


Christiana Abraham's research and teaching interests surround transnational media practices and perspectives of the Global South.  She holds a Ph.D in Communication Studies, (McGill University);  MA in Media Studies and BA in Communication Studies from Concordia University. 


Her teaching and research focus on Critical Race Theory; Race, Ethnicity and Media; Visual Representations and Culture; Post/de-coloniality and Gender; Transnational and Global-South Media Practices. She has also taught Communication Studies in the Department of Liberal Arts at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus.

Her  teaching and research are grounded in field experiences and expertise in media and Development-Communication.  She holds extensive experiences in media practice having worked as a television news anchor,  journalist and talkshow host in the Caribbean. She was also Features editor of an international lifestyle magazine in Canada. 

A rural communications expert, she also coordinated several United Nations funded development-communication projects in the Global South. 


Dr. Abraham is the curator of “Protests and Pedagogy: Representations, Memories, and Meanings” an archival exhibition that marked the50th anniversary of the Sir George Williams Students Protests.  Held at Concordia University, the exhibition offered a rare glimpse into the archival records related to these 1969 protests. 


        Prior to this, she curated the photographic exhibition “From the Archives to the Everyday: Caribbean Visualities and Meanings”. This experimental research and curating  project engaged audience readings of vintage family photographs through complex, dynamic views of Caribbean life.

 

 



Bio-Skills

Researcher, Writer 

Lecturer 

Visual Curator

Development Communication/Rural Communication Specialist

Community Activist

Journalist, Media producer



 







Taught Courses

Fall Semester, 2020

Coms 310 Media Genres
Coms 372 Theories of Public Discourse
Coms 361 Propaganda



Winter Semester,  2021
Coms 412/512 Discourses of Dissent
Coms 361 Propaganda


Course Descriptions Winter, 2021

COMS 412/512 Discourses of Dissent

This course examines the forms and tactics of public discourses directed toward social change. Forms of public discourse that may be considered include speech, images, audiovisual works, as well as web-based sites or forms of communication.  Emphasis is placed upon political protest, conflict and controversy, and mobilization. Themes explored include the development of speaking positions, the use of unconventional tactics, and the appropriation or rejection of received values. This course emphasizes critical readings and discussions and requires students to engage with practical approaches to dissent in media that engage theory with practice through field application. 


COMS 361 Propaganda

This course in propaganda is designed to address propaganda as a phenomenon and as a technique. Propaganda can be though of as forms of mass persuasion that influence and shape public discourse and action. The course  surveys a selected history of propaganda; investigates the impact of propaganda on individuals and citizens in general and the role we as recipients of propaganda play in the overall structure of information dissemination and cohesion. The course examines the relationship between nationalism and propaganda. It establishes the simultaneous interdependence and distinction of concepts such as propaganda, culture, education, and information.



Course Descriptions Fall, 2020 

COMS 310 Media Genres

This course presents the concept of genre as a framework for the study of media. Topics include the history of the development of genre theory, the distinctive genres of particular media such as film, television, music, videogames, comics or web in the North American context, and the analysis of emergent or hybrid genres. Our intent is not to merely survey various genre formations and their respective conventions, but rather to interrogate the nature of the very concept itself. 



COMS 372 Theories of Public Discourse

This course presents a variety of theoretical frameworks that inform the analysis of public communication. Emphasis is placed on cultural, political, and ideological interpretations. Concepts presented are drawn from a number of traditions including rhetoric, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, semiotics, and deconstruction.  The course aims to provide a conceptual and theoretical foundation for understanding and analyzing public discourse, which is to say discourse that circulates publicly (that has publicity), that carries and shapes culture, and that is concerned with public affairs (la chose publique). 



COMS 361 Propaganda

This course in propaganda is designed to address propaganda as a phenomenon and as a technique. Propaganda can be though of as forms of mass persuasion that influence and shape public discourse and action. The course  surveys a selected history of propaganda; investigates the impact of propaganda on individuals and citizens in general and the role we as recipients of propaganda play in the overall structure of information dissemination and cohesion. The course examines the relationship between nationalism and propaganda. It establishes the simultaneous interdependence and distinction of concepts such as propaganda, culture, education, and information.



https://protestsandpedagogy.ca

Archival Exhibition Protests, Pedagogy and Art


Curator of archival exhibition 'Protests and Pedagogy: Representations, Memories and Meanings'  
4th Space, Concordia University 

An exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Students' occupation of the Computer Centre, Sir George Williams University. This is one of Canada's most important student's protests.

The exhibition presents archival images, sounds, documents, media of the events. It also offers current creative artistic interpretations related to legacies and lessons to be learnt from the event. 

https://protestsandpedagogy.ca

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