Research

My interests in communication studies fall at an intersection of philosophy of communication, queer theory, and critical studies in race, gender, media, and rhetoric. Through my research, I am dedicated to contributing to new understandings of the marginalization of particular narratives, the impact marginalization of certain narratives has on culture(s), and the larger rhetorical and systemic ways in which such certain stories remain silent and unnoticed.

Currently, I am finishing my dissertation Mapping the Body Policy: Understanding globalization and materiality of U.S.–Cuba communication policy as queer body. In my dissertation project, I am researching and writing new theory conceptualizing policy as body through a study of U.S.-Cuban communication policy, technology and Cuban culture, and theoretical intersections of phenomenology, queer theory, new materialism, and structuralism. My past research has focused on understandings of digital space and place through phenomenology, political economies of media, and citizenship. I also write about communication, Cultural Studies, gender performativity, and emerging media.

For more detailed information, please view my curriculum vitae.

Journal Articles/Book Chapters :: Jules Wight

  • Wight, J. (2014). Considering Hall and Reconsidering Foundations of the Popular. The Popular Culture Studies Journal, 2:1.
  • Wight, J. & Adams, T. E. (2010). Coming out in everyday interaction. In J. Manning, C. Noland, & J. MacLennan (Eds.), Case Studies of Communication about Sex. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Competitively-Selected Papers/Panels :: Jules Wight

  • Forthcoming. Wight, J. (2015). We are Not All Cyborgs and the Death of the Manifesto. National Communication Association, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Wight, J. (2014). Saving Private Manning? On Erasure and the Queer in the I am
    Bradley Campaign. Paper Session: Now You See It, Now You Don’t: On Codes Screens, Visibility, and Erasure. International Communication Association, Seattle, WA.
  • Wight, J. (2014). Moving Beyond the Limits of Authorship?: Michelle Obama’s 2012 Convention Speech. Panel: Political Rhetoric and Discourse. International Communication
    Association, Seattle, WA.
  • Wight, J. (2014). Queer Sweet Home: Disorientation, Tyranny, and Silence in Digital Space. Top Papers in Graduate Student Caucus Panel. Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Wight, J. (2014). Qualitative Research and Contemporary Media Texts: A Roundtable
    Discussion. Presenter. Central States Communication Association, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Invited. Wight, J. (2013, August). Radical Disruptions: Michelle Obama’s Radical Redefinition of the Black Family and her 2012 Convention Speech. Alta Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT.
  • Wight, J. (2013, April). Social Media, Rhetoric, and Citizenship: Potentials and Pitfalls of Government-Citizenry Social Media Discourse. Doing Rhetoric, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Wight, J. (2013, April). Pushing “the Rainbow Button”: Colbert, Same-Sex Marriage, and Questions of Legibility. Gender Matters, Chicago, IL.
  • Wight, J. (2013, April). Queering the Family: Media Representations, Family, and Hegemony in Same-Sex Marriage Campaigns. Central States Communication Association, Kansas City, KA.
  • Facing Queer Gender Performativity: How Queer Gender Performances Trouble Facework Research. Competitively selected paper for Powerful Queer Voices. Sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division, National Communication Conference, New Orleans, November, 2011.
  • The “It Gets Better Project” and Queer Voices of Engagement and Dissent. Panelist and Panel Chair. Competitively selected panel for Voices of Change: The Role of Social Media in Social Change and Activism. Sponsored by the Mass Communication Division, National Communication Association Conference, New Orleans, 2011.
  • Negotiating Gender. Panelist and Panel Chair. Competitively selected panel for Voices of Negotiation. Sponsored by the Convention Theme Group, National Communication Association Conference, New Orleans, November, 2011.
  • Dis-orientation and Queer Theory. Panelist. Competitively selected panel for Queer Theory. Central States Communication Association Conference, Milwaukee, April, 2011.
  • Panelist and panel organizer. Competitively selected panel for Building Bridges with Stories: Narratives of Gender, Identity, and Understanding. Sponsored by the Ethnography Division, National Communication Association Conference, San Francisco, November, 2010.

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