Dr. Juan Salazar, Western Sydney University
In this seminar, Dr. Salazar will draw on a series of projects and case studies from 20 years of experience in using communication and media approaches, tools and techniques for doing collaborative and engaged cultural research with a range of communities in Chile, Australia, Cambodia, Vanuatu and Antarctica. The purpose will be to discuss perceived problems with media centric approaches in communication research, and open a discussion around the opportunities and challenges for transdisciplinary and multi-modal approaches in communication and media research.
Dr. Juan Francisco Salazar is an Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts, and Research Director of the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) at Western Sydney University, Australia where he is also a Research Theme Champion (Environment & Sustainability). As an anthropologist, communication specialist and filmmaker, his academic and creative work is concerned with the coupled dynamics of socio-environmental change. His most recent book is the co-edited volume Anthropology and Futures: Researching Emerging and Uncertain Worlds (Bloomsbury, 2017) and his latest film is the award-winning documentary Nightfall on Gaia (2015). He is currently leading an Australian Research Council Linkage Project Antarctic Cities and the Global Commons (2017-2020) and completing a new feature length documentary film titled The Bamboo Bridge.