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Margaret D’Silva

Margaret D’Silva
Margaret D’Silva is professor of communication and director of the Institute for Intercultural Communication at the University of Louisville. Educated both in India and in the United States, she is a widely traveled scholar.  

She is immediate past editor of the journal Intercultural Communication Studies and a Board of Directors Member of the International Association for Intercultural Communication Studies.

D’Silva has co-edited two books and published over 40 articles and book chapters. She is co-investigator on a $397,000 National Institutes of Health grant. She is currently co-editing two books on mediated intercultural communication for Routledge.

She teaches both online and face-to-face courses in Mass Media Processes and Effects, and Intercultural Communication. She has enjoyed taking students on study abroad trips to Panama, Cuba, India, and Peru.

She has served as chair of the APAC Division of the National Communication Association and as chair of SSCA’s Intercultural and Popular Communication Divisions. She has received SSCA’s Outreach Award, KCA’s Research Award, and the University of Louisville’s Presidential Award for Multicultural Teaching. 

Keynote Address: Indigenous Communities and Protest Movements in the Digital Age: Standing Rock Analysis

Abstract:  Social media have profoundly influenced intercultural communication, creating spaces for both civil and uncivil discourses. Social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, provide enormous opportunities to connect, disconnect, protest, and organize in an increasingly interconnected world. These momentous changes in intercultural communication, particularly using social media, require us to examine current notions of culture, communication, and social movements.

Social media are increasingly utilized in protest movements to garner support, raise consciousness, create an identity, build community, and to motivate change. The Arab Spring, the Umbrella Movement, and Occupy Wall Street are some examples. This presentation will examine one such movement: Standing Rock, an American Indian protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Analysis of the Facebook page of the movement, and other data, offer newer perspectives on social protests in the digital age.