One of the strength of the department relies on the great diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the communication field.
The knowledge produced by the scholars and their graduate students comprise the areas of international communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, public relations, health communication, digital communication, and film studies, among others. Both professors and students contribute to create a research community that analyzes and discusses the different challenges confronted by the society of information.
See below for some fascinating examples of our professors' work.
Lesbian and gay liberation in Canada
Constance Crompton is collaborating with colleagues from across the country on a Digital Humanities project. Dr. Crompton co-directs the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project with Michelle Schwartz (Ryerson University) in collaboration with Donald McLeod (University of Toronto), Susan Brown (University of Guelph), and Elise Chenier (Simon Fraser University) and many outstanding research assistants, including Communication PhD candidate Pascale Dangoisse. Their online open-access chronology of the Canadian gay liberation movement allows researchers explore 34,000 events spanning 1964-1981, learn about over 2000 people involved, and critically evaluate the relationship between the movement’s historical narrative and the bibliographic material that underpins it. Visit in November, to see the updated interface. This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Citizenship in a digital media environment
Elizabeth Dubois, Department of Communication, and Florian Martin-Bariteau, Faculty of Law are collaborating on a project which investigates how citizens, their governments, and policy interact in a digital media environment. Their interdisciplinary project sets an agenda for research into the social and political impacts of digital technology. Their work aims to advance scholarly knowledge while also responding to current policy needs.
Telemedicine and sensory knowledge
Communication professors Sylvie Grosjean, Luc Bonneville and Isaac Nahon-Serfaty are collaborating with the Montfort Hospital simulation program on a funded research project which aims to study the specificity of a clinical examination in the context of telemedicine. This research project aims to analyze patient-physician interactions in the context of telemedicine, in order to understand the reorganization that takes place at the level of "sensory work" accomplished during a clinical examination.