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Garnet C. Butchart, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies

331 College Hall
Phone: (412) 396-2353

Education:

Ph.D., Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2006
M.A., Communication, University of Calgary, 1998
B.A., School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, 1995
Bio


Garnet C. Butchart (PhD, Massachusetts-Amherst) is Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. He specializes in semiotics and philosophy of communication. His research has been published in leading communication journals including, Semiotica, Communication Theory, Social Semiotics, Communication Culture & Critique, The Review of Communication, and elsewhere. His research has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards from the Philosophy of Communication Division of the International Communication Association (ICA), the Semiotics and Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA), and the Philosophy of Communication Division of NCA. In 2013 he received the Journal Article of the Year award from the Philosophy of Communication Division of NCA. Dr. Butchart has held teaching appointments at universities in the United States and Canada. He has lectured on ethics and visual semiotics by invitation of the Jerusalem Center for Ethics in Israel. He is a Scholar (elected) of the International Communicology Institute (ICI) and a member of the Executive Board (elected) of the Semiotic Society of America (SSA). Dr. Butchart's current research examines the ideas of community and communication in recent movements in contemporary continental philosophy. He is co-editor of Philosophy of Communication (MIT Press, 2012).

Scholarship

Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

Butchart, G. C. (under review) "Contact, Communication, Community: Jean-Luc Nancy's Semiotic Phenomenology." Submitted to Metodo: International Journal of Research in Phenomenology.

Butchart, G. C. & Mullan, M. (under review) "Classroom Projects as Embodied and Embedded Outcomes Assessment." Submitted to Journal of the Association of Communication Assessment.

Butchart, G. C. (forthcoming). Haunting Past Images: On the Documentary Film Description of a Memory in the Context of Communicology. The American Journal of Semiotics.

Butchart, G. C. (2014). What Can a Philosophy and Ethics of Communication Look Like in the Context of Documentary Filmmaking? Semiotica, 199, 83-96

Butchart, G. C. (2013). The Uncertainty of Communication as Revealed by Psychoanalysis. Review of Communication, 13:1, 66-84

Butchart, G. C. (2013). Camera as Sign: On the Ethics of Unconcealment in Documentary Film and Video. Social Semiotics, 23:1, 675-690. Top Journal Article in Philosophy of Communication, National Communication Association

Butchart, G. C. (2011). An Excess of Signification: Or, What is an Event? Semiotica, 187, 1:4, 333-349

Butchart, G. C. (2010). The Exceptional Community: On Strangers, Foreigners, and Communication, Communication, Culture & Critique, 3:1, March, 21-25

Book Chapters

Chang, B. G. & G. C. Butchart (2012). Introduction. In, B. G. Chang & G. C. Butchart (Eds.), Philosophy of Communication (Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press), 1-10.

Edited Book (Peer Reviewed)

Chang, B. G. & G. C. Butchart (Eds.). (2012). Philosophy of Communication. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Other

Butchart, G. C. (2014). Interview. Figure Ground Communication, Scholarly Series. Figure Ground is an open source, on-line journal featuring interviews with distinguished scholars and artists from around the world

Butchart, G. C. and I. E. Catt (in press). "Semiotics." Keyword entry for the National Communication Association "365 Days of Communication Research" website commemorating 100 years of scholarship. Website planned to run for 2014.

Research Presented

2014. (Invited) Butchart, G. C. (2014, September). "On Philosophies of Precarity." Social Uncertainty Precarity Inequality (SUPI) Conference 'Precarity: Difference and Similarity', Moscow, Russia.

2014. (Invited) Butchart, G. C. (2014, June). "Contact without Community: Jean-Luc Nancy's Film Philosophy." Tenth Tel Aviv International Colloquium on Cinema and Television Studies, Tel Aviv, Israel.

2014. Butchart, G. C. "On Listening: Jean-Luc Nancy's Philosophy of Sound." Southern States Communication Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 3-6. Competitive paper.

2014. Butchart, G. C. "Classroom Projects as Embodied and Embedded Outcomes Assessment" (with M. Mullan). Southern States Communication Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 3-6. Competitive paper.

2013. Butchart, G. C. "Haunting Past Images: Examining ‘Description of a Memory' in the Context of Philosophy of Communication." National Communication Association Annual Conference, Roundtables on Research in Progress, Washington, DC, November. Competitive paper.

2013. Butchart, G. C. "Jean-Luc Nancy's Semiotic Phenomenology of Community." Semiotics Society of America Annual Conference, Dayton, OH, October 24-27. Competitive paper

2013. Butchart, G. C. "Communicology and Visual Images." 6th International Communicology Institute Summer Conference, Philosophy of Communication, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, July 9-13. Competitive paper

2013. Butchart, G. C. "On Lacanian Psychoanalysis and the Uncertainty of Communication." Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, April 5, 2013. Invited research
presentation.

2012. Butchart, G. C. "Transfer Media: Images, Ethics and Disappearance in Documentary." Cultural Studies Department, Trent University. April 12, 2012. Invited research presentation.

2011. Butchart, G. C. "The Wager and the Ban: Of Communication." National Communication Association Annual Conference, Philosophy of Communication Division. New Orleans, LA, November. Competitive paper

2011. Butchart, G. C. "Camera as Sign: On Documentary, Ethics, and Reflexive Filmmaking." Semiotics Society of America Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, October. Competitive paper

2011. Butchart, G. C. Invited distinguished lecture. "On Ethics and Morals in Documentary Cinema." Jerusalem Centre for Ethics. Mishkenot Sha'ananim, Jerusalem, Israel. Seminar on Ethics, 28th Jerusalem International Film Festival. July 12, 2011

2011. Butchart, G. C. Invited lecture. "Is Ethics without Morals Possible?" 28th Jerusalem International Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Center, Jerusalem, Israel. July 14, 2011.

2011. Butchart, G. C. "To Utter-The Wager of Communication." International Communication Association Annual Conference, Philosophy of Communication Division, Boston, MA, November. Competitive paper

2009. Butchart, G. C. "An Excess of Signification: Or, What is an Event?" National Communication Association Annual Conference, Semiotics and Communication Division. Chicago, IL. Division Top Paper

2009. Butchart, G. C. "Badiou's Ethics and the Documentary Enterprise." International Communication Association Annual Conference, Media Ethics pre-conference. Chicago, IL. Competitive paper

2009. Butchart, G. C. "The Exceptional Community: On Foreigners, Strangers, and Communication." International Communication Association Annual Conference, Philosophy of Communication Division, Chicago, IL. Competitive paper

Honors/Awards

2013 Top Journal Article in Philosophy of Communication, National Communication Association (NCA)

Scholar, International Communicology Institute (elected 2013)

2009 Top Paper, National Communication Association, Semiotics and Communication Division, Chicago, IL

Service

University Service

2012-2013 Library Council, Standing Council of the USF Faculty Senate

2012-2013 Ad hoc Planning Committee, SHUM (School of Humanities) Film, Media, and Literature Interdisciplinary Cluster

2011-2013 Member, USF SHUM (School of Humanities) Film, Media, and Literature Interdisciplinary Cluster

2008-2010 Undergraduate Council, Standing Council of the Faculty Senate, University of South Florida

Department Service

2013-pres. Director of Grants Information, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

2013-pres. Faculty Co-Advisor: Duquesne University Ad Club

2013-pres. Faculty Co-Advisor: PRSSA Duquesne University Chapter

2012-2013 Graduate Committee, Department of Communication, USF

2011-2012 Graduate Committee, Department of Communication, USF

2009-2010 Research Committee, Department of Communication, USF

2008-2009 SPR Committee, Department of Communication, USF

2009 SACS instrument development for "Media and Culture" concentration

Service to the Profession

Professional Associations Board Membership

2013-pres. Executive Board Member, Semiotic Society of America

Journals Board Membership

2007-2013 Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies

2004-2013 Kaleidoscope: Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research

Manuscript Peer Review

Journal of Communication and Religion

Communication Theory

Communication, Culture & Critique

Mass Communication and Society

Canadian Journal of Film Studies

Philosophy of Communication Division (NCA)

Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division (ICA)

Philosophy of Communication Division (ICA)

Semiotics and Communication Division (NCA)

Other Professional Service

2014 Reviewer. Book proposal for Edinburgh University Press (English translation of Gilbert Simondon, On Technics). 1/27/2014

2014 Panel Respondent: "Rhetoric of Dissent & Philosophy of Activism: The Pariah, the Deviant, the Dissident, & the Comic." Eastern Communication Association Annual Conference, Providence, RI, April 23-26.

2014 Panel Chair: "Civility, Community, and the Ethics of Social Interaction." Southern States Communication Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 3-6.

2014 Panel Respondent: "Being, Speaking, Teaching: Heidegger and Philosophy of Communication," Eastern Communication Association annual convention, Providence, RI, April 23-26.

2011 Juror (invited), Van Lear Foundation Awards for Israeli Documentary Cinema. 28th Jerusalem International Film Festival, Jerusalem, Israel. July 6-17, 2011

2009 Panel Chair and Organizer, "On Community." Panel Chair. International Communication Association annual conference, Philosophy of Communication Division, Chicago, IL