Mobile Communication Studies - Prof James E. Katz

Cultural Technologies Node

Public Seminar

6 June 2008

Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

Professor Katz will discuss his recent research and key trends in the field of mobile communication studies. The seminar will also engage the audience in an open-ended discussion with Professor Katz.

About Professor James E. Katz:

James E. Katz, Ph.D., is chair of the Department of Communication at Rutgers University where he also directs the Center for Mobile Communication Studies. His present focus is on how personal communication technologies, such as mobile phones and the Internet, affect social relationships and how cultural values influence usage patterns of these technologies. Currently he heads an NSF- sponsored project with the New Jersey Liberty Science Center museum to investigate ways to stimulate teens from urban environments to use mobile communication technology for informal science and health learning. Professor Katz has devoted his career to exploring the relationship among the domains of science and technology, knowledge and information, and social processes and public policy. He has been granted two patents and has won several awards including the 2009 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Twentieth Century Communications History, which will take him to Italy, as well as Bellcore's Distinguished Member of Staff Award, a Mellon Foundation Scholar award, and the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Society for the Social Study of Mobile Communication. He has won post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard and MIT. Katz is also the author of more than 50 refereed journal articles. His books, which include Magic in the Air: Mobile Communication and the Transformation of Social Life and Social Consequences of Internet Use: Access, Involvement, Expression, have been translated into Chinese, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. His latest volume, published by MIT Press, is Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies.

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Venue: The Glasshouse, Z2- Level 4, QUT, Kelvin Grove
Date: Friday, 6 June 2008
Time: 12noon - 2.00pm RSVP:
Map: Creative Industries Precinct
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