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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

Recent Honors and Awards (2013 - Present)

2014

2014 Paluse Faculty Research Grant, Duquesne University. Competitively awarded for book project, Community and Communication: Contemporary Continental Philosophical Perspectives.

2013

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

Scholar, International Communicology Institute (elected 2013)

Service

Representative Departmental, State, Regional, and National Professional Service (2013 - Present)

Professional Associations Board Membership

Executive Board Member, Semiotic Society of America

Department Service

Director of Grants Information, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Faculty Co-Advisor: Duquesne University Ad Club, PRSSA