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Very excited to receive invitation to be a keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Communication Ethics conference at Duquesne University, Pittburgh in June.

Communication Ethics conference

 

The line-up is really rich and the event is organised around a series of keynotes and discussions as well as panel and paper presentations. Have managed to rearrange planned visit to UK to include quick trip to US (from here, they look very close together). What really attracts me is that the department, led by esteemed Prof Ron Arnett, looks at communication from a philosophical perspective, encouraging a range of debates not always common in the more familiar applied approaches.

I’m working on ideas about the potential for the concept of polis, society in its more exalted state, as a transcendent function, in the Jungian sense, a framework within which the ego (or any entity intent solely on gratification) can become relativised, stepping back from the centre and seeing itself as an aspect of a greater whole. Was feeling very pleased with this idea until an excellent seminar with CSU Professor Steve Redhead this week  reminded me that the overarching global structures are currently crumbling around our ears, making them poor candidates for such a role. A podcast based on the seminar can be found here: Steve Redhead’s page.

Hmm. Hoping that asking the question is of interest even if no solutions in sight…….

New piece from Zizek amplifies absence of world order. New Zizek piece

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In the final stages of sorting new 2 year appointment as Senior Lecturer in PR at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, NSW (http://www.csu.edu.au/). Due to start in November 2011, with particular goal of increasing research outputs of self and team. Already know and like Dr Peter Simmons, who runs the PR section, and have just met his warm and welcoming wife Bernie and loads of wonderful women in Australian/NZ PR education – made strong connections with Barbara Walsh and Kay Weaver – I already know Christine Daymon and re-connected with Judy Motion in Australia, plus  Margolit Toledano and her lovely husband David Mckie in NZ, so feel sure of good antipodean welcome.

Looking forward to teaching again – probably first year UG module/course, plus DBA and PhD supervision – a lot of online teaching, which will be a new experience.

Great deal to sort out logistically, renting out my home in Leeds, then finding and furnishing a home in Bathurst, plus tax, pensions etc. May start a new blog about the ups and downs of the trip or use this one as base? Whole thing is a massive adventure, unexpected and deeply exciting.

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