Graduate Students’ Exploration of Opportunities in a Crisis


Graduate students
White Paper

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Thomas , A., Paulsen-Mulvey, A., Cramer, D., & Zanco, A. (2021). Graduate Students’ Exploration of Opportunities in a Crisis: A White Paper. Stream: Interdisciplinary Journal of Communication, 13(1), 51–66.


The following white paper details the University of Calgary’s 2021 graduate student conference titled, ‘Opportunities in a Crisis.’ This white paper works to describe how graduate students explore the terms ‘opportunities’ and ‘crisis’ within their research interests. These research interests were interdisciplinary to various fields such as telecommunications policy, algorithmic studies, critical race theory, and video game studies to list a few. Through this conference, we observed an acute awareness of the ways in which the COVID-19 crisis has impacted research in media activism, feminist media studies, internet infrastructure, and teaching and learning, to mention a handful. This white paper is divided by panel sections, thereby allowing readers to connect with this graduate student conference and help inform future research on topics in communication and media studies, as they are framed in working through these crisis moments in our global history. Our white paper set out to achieve two goals: first, document the presentations and emerging scholarly work of graduate students; and second, reflect on how research can, and very well does, pivot in times of crises, specifically using our current global COVID-19 pandemic as an ongoing, lived experience. This white paper achieves these goals which we believe helps in the preservation of this unique moment in time to be a graduate student.
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Copyright (c) 2021 Andrew Thomas , Alora Paulsen-Mulvey, Dana Cramer, Amanda Zanco