2024 Conference

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University is pleased to announce the Neil Postman Graduate Student Conference, to be held on October 18, 2024. The conference will be a hybrid event, hosted in person in New York with some remote presentations. Our keynote speaker is Professor Noura Erakat of Rutgers University.

Our theme this year is Dispatches.

Messages, people, weapons come from places – they are sent and transported. 

In modern war (and in much scholarship), there are distances to be reconciled. These distances separate places of safety and places of precarity – how do we communicate across these experiences, divides and environments? The notion of the dispatch reminds us of the uncertainty of arrival and of the violent and uneven conditions underlying contemporary communication and connectivity. Where can messages be sent from and received? What information is vital and what do we do with it?