Briankle Chang Wins ‘Edited Book of the Year’ Award by National Communication Association

Friday, December 9, 2016

Briankle Chang (Associate Professor of Communication at UMass Amherst) and Garnet Butchart (Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University) have been named the recipients of the Edited Book of the Year Award for Philosophy of Communication (MIT Press, 2012). This award is sponsored by the Philosophy of Communication Division of the National Communication Association, the major academic professional organization in the field of communication studies.  Each year the Division selects an anthology for this award on the basis of open nomination.  The award was presented to Chang and Butchart at the Association's annual conference on November 18th in Philadelphia.

Book cover for 'Philosophy of Communication'Philosophy of Communication brings together more than thirty key texts from classical, modern, and contemporary philosophers to address the core questions, concepts, and problems of communication in philosophical terms.  It includes selections from the work of Plato, Leibniz, Hegel, Husserl, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Benjamin, Lacan, Derrida, Sloterdijk, and others. Texts are organized thematically, rather than historically, in seven sections: consciousness; intersubjective understanding; language; writing and context; difference and subjectivity; gift and exchange; and communicability and community. 

One of the leading scholars in the field, Daniel Dayan, described the book in glowing terms. "Not only does it provide communication scholars with a remarkable research instrument . . . but, by regrouping texts that talk not only to us but to each other, it is a wonderful invitation to musing, discovery, serendipity." 

Chang’s teaching and research areas include cultural studies, media and communication theory and criticism, and history of science and technology.  He publishes both in English and Chinese and has translated the works of continental critical theories in French into English and Chinese.  He is the author of Deconstructing Communication: Subject, Representation, and Economies.  Most recently, he guest-edited a special issue on German media theory for the journal Cultural Studies. 

Butchart’s research focuses on phenomenology, psychoanalytic theory, and political philosophy.  Professor Butchart received his PhD from the Department of Communication at UMass, Amherst.  Prior to joining Duquesne University, he taught at Trent University in Canada and University of South Florida.