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Christiana Abraham, PhD

Scholar in-residence, Critical Race Pedagogies, 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 Studies and Pedagogies  

Race, Ethnicity & Media 

Decolonial, Post/neo-Colonial Representations 

Visuality, Representations and Culture 

Gender & Development Communications;  Rural Communications

Media and Propaganda Studies

South-South/Global 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 Studies; 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 talk show host in the Caribbean. She was also Features editor of an international lifestyle magazine in Canada. 

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

As an independent Curator, her work revolves around the radical re-thinking of archives, community and orality as forms of grounded grass-roots activism that critically reclaims and re-narrates established aesthetics, cannons and cultural knowledges. Her scholarship in interested in the destabilisation and re-visualization of visuality in anti-racist and de-colonial pedagogies. 


Dr. Abraham is the curator of “Protests and Pedagogy: Representations, Memories, and Meanings” an archival exhibition that marked the 50th 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.

 

 



Skills

Researcher, Writer 

Lecturer 

Independent Visual Curator

Development Communication/Rural Communication Specialist

Community Activist

Journalist 

Media practitioner, Producer



 







Taught Courses


Fall, 2021
COMS 361 Propaganda


Winter, 2022
COMS 464 Race, Ethnicity and Media
COMS 421 Communicative Performances and Interventions
COMS  361 Propaganda




Course Descriptions


COMS 464 Race, Ethnicity and Media

This course addresses practical and theoretical issues of race and ethnicity that have become focal points for current debates in public cultural expression social (in)justice, and media studies. The course addresses the following themes: cultural/racial difference and its implications for media studies; “white" as a color; images and sounds of “otherness" - the (mis) representation of multicultural and multiracial minorities in mainstream and alternative media, including print, radio, television, film; new media technologies and race and ethnicity. Theoretical readings, which frame issues of cultural and racial representation, will be an integral part of this course.  The course offers an overview of themes and theories in communication and media studies related to the study and Race and ethnicity in the media. Numerous media examples will be shown in an effort to deconstruct racial and ethnic imagery and representations.



COMS 421 Communicative Performances and Interventions

This course examines how media can be used in order to intervene in social and cultural issues. Emphasis is placed upon the performative character of interventions: they occur at a particular time and in a particular place, they are addressed to and seek to move particular audiences. Topics may include the history of performance strategies, the social and political character of aesthetic interventions, and the forms of such performances in relation to various media of communication. The course focuses on forms of radical and other social and political communicative interventions and performances in initiating societal changes. It surveys theoretical perspectives, processes of interventions in their deliberative social and critical approaches using case studies and media.  It emphasizes critical readings and discussions and requires students to engage with practical approaches in media that engage theory and practice.


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.





 



 


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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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