Jayson Harsin

Associate Professor

  • Department: Global Communications
  • Complementary Department(s): International and Comparative Politics
  • Graduate Program(s): 
    Global Communications
    Public Policy
  • Office: 
    G-3/4 floor
  • Office Hours: 
    Mondays & Thursdays 12:00-14:00 or by appointment

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Professor Harsin is currently the vice-chair of the Philosophy, Theory & Critique division of the International Communication Association. His scholarship sits at the intersection of politics (electoral and social movements) and popular culture (especially social media). Since 2006, he has researched and published on contemporary problems in post-truth politics, including political rumors, fake news, fact-checking, and the attention economy in historical and cultural context. His research has appeared in journals such as The International Journal of CommunicationCommunication, Culture & Critique,;French Politics, Culture & Society; and Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies.



Education/Degrees

  • Northwestern University (PhD)
  • University of Illinois (MA)
  • University of Kansas (BA, Honors)

News

  • Professor Harsin is a featured speaker at the 7th annual "Tribunes de la Presse," on the topic of "Trump, le président de la post-vérité ?" ("Trump, the Post-Truth President?") Bordeaux, November 30-December 2.
  • Harsin presented research on "Post-Truth Political Communication from Bernays to Trump" at the International Communciation Association conference, May 24-27, 2017.
  • Harsin gave the keynote address at the Fake News Sprint Conference, University of Amsterdam, March 2016. 
  • Harsin's book "The Rumor Bomb: Vertiginous Democracy and Regimes of Post-truth" is currently under review for publication.

Publications

Edited Books and Special Journal Issues
  • (Under Review: Revising to Re-submit) The Rumor Bomb: Vertiginous Democracy and Regimes of Post-truth  
  • New York: Springer.Communication and the Attention Economy(Forthcoming with Claudia Roda et al.) 
  • (With Mark Hayward) “Cultural Studies and the Popular,” special issue of Communication, Culture, & Critique, 6:2 (Summer 2013).
  • (January 2018) “#Nuit Debout Social Movemen: Politics and Everynight Life,” International Journal of Communication.

 

Book Chapters
  • (Forthcoming 2018) “Post-truth,” Oxford Encyclopedia of Communication & Critical Studies (7,000 words, pages to be assigned).
  • (Forthcoming 2017) “Connecting and (Im-)mobilizing in Regimes of Post-truth: Strategic and Tactical Communication of the French Boycott School Day Campaign and Anti-Gender Theory Movement.” in Global Cultures of Contestation, eds. Esther Peeren, Jeroen de Kloet, Thomas Poell & Robin Celikates.
  •  “Rumor Bombs as Managed Democracy in Convergence Culture” chapter 11 in G. Braun and G.L. Henderson eds. Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy: History, Theory, Analysis, Carbondale: SIU Press (2016).
  • “Lost Histories of Economic Rights” in M. Hayward ed. Cultural Studies and Finance Capitalism: New York: Routledge (2012): 51-73 (reprinted article from the journal Cultural Studies, 2010).
  • "Diffusing the Rumor John Kerry is French, i.e. Haughty, Cowardly, Foppish, Socialist and Gay," in R. Given and S. Soule eds. The Diffusion of Social Movements, New York: Cambridge University Press (2010): 163-186.
  • “Rumor Bombs: American Mediated Politics as Pure War.” In Cultural Studies, an Anthology, ed. Michael Ryan. New York: Blackwell (2008): 468-482.
  • “You’re next Frenchy! An Episode in the Feudal American Public Sphere.” In La France dans le regard des Etats-Unis, ed. Frédéric Monneyrand. Perpignan/Montpelier : Presses Universitaires de Perpignan/Publications de l'Université Paul Valéry (2006)
  • "Avant-Garde Argument, Spectacular Argument: the Challenge to the Challenge of the Avant-Garde," in Critical Problems in Argumentation: Selected Papers of the Thirteenth NCA/AFA Argumentation Conference, ed. Charles Willard. Washington DC: National Communication Association (2005).
Articles

 

  • (Under Review) “Towards a Theory of Democratic Political Attention.”
  • (Forthcoming) “Post-Truth (Right-Wing) Populism: The French Anti-gender Theory Movement and Transatlantic Echoes,” Communication, Culture, & Critique.
  • (Forthcoming 2018) “Translating Trump’s Post-Truth Pre-conditions,” Journal of Contemporary French and Francophone Studies.
  • (Forthcoming Winter 2018) “The Nuit Debout Social Movement: Communication, Politics and Everynight Life,” International Journal of Communication.
  • (in press) “ Un guide critique des fake news : de la comédie à la tragédie,” 164 Les Pouvoirs (pages to be assigned).
  • (Forthcoming 2016) “Theorizing Political Attention: Connecting Cognitive, Media, and Strategic Communication Attention Models,” chapter in Claudia Roda et al. eds. Communication and the Attention Economy. New York: Springer.
  • (Forthcoming 2016) “Rumor Bombs as Managed Democracy in Convergence Culture” chapter 11 in G. Braun and G.L. Henderson eds. Managing Democracy: Propaganda and the Rhetorical Production of Economic and Political Realities, Carbondale: SIU Press.
  • “Lost Histories of Economic Rights” in M. Hayward ed. Cultural Studies and Finance Capitalism: New York: Routledge (2012): 51-73 (reprinted article from the journal Cultural Studies, 2010).
  • "Diffusing the Rumor John Kerry is French, i.e. Haughty, Cowardly, Foppish, Socialist and Gay," in R. Given and S. Soule eds. The Diffusion of Social Movements, New York: Cambridge University Press (2010): 163-186.
  • “Rumor Bombs: American Mediated Politics as Pure War.” In Cultural Studies, an Anthology, ed. Michael Ryan. New York: Blackwell (2008): 468-482.
  • “You’re next Frenchy! An Episode in the Feudal American Public Sphere.” In La France dans le regard des Etats-Unis, ed. Frédéric Monneyrand. Perpignan/Montpelier : Presses Universitaires de Perpignan/Publications de l'Université Paul Valéry (2006).
  • "Avant-Garde Argument, Spectacular Argument: the Challenge to the Challenge of the Avant-Garde," in Critical Problems in Argumentation: Selected Papers of the Thirteenth NCA/AFA Argumentation Conference, ed. Charles Willard. Washington DC: National Communication Association (2005).
  • “Cultural Racist Frames in TF1’s French Banlieue Riots Coverage.” French Politics, Culture & Society 33 (3) (2015) : 47–73.
  • “Regimes of Post-Truth, Post-politics, and Attention Economies” Communication, Culture & Critique, 8 (2) (2015): 327-333
  • (with Mark Hayward) Chinese Translation of  “Stuart Hall’s ‘Deconstructing the Popular’: Reconsiderations 30 years Later.” Foreign Theoretical Trends, edited by Zhang Liang (Fall 2014). Originally published in Communication, Culture & Critique 6 (2) (Summer 2013): 201-207.
  • “Public Argument in the New Media Ecology: New Spatialities, Temporalities, and Cognitions,” Argumentation in Context 3 (1) (2014): 7-34.
  • “The French Democracy": Mapping Promise and Limitation of Glocal Digital Protest,” Communication, Culture, & Critique 7 (2014): 174-191.
  • “‘WTF was Kony 2012?’ Considerations for ‘Communication’ and ‘Critical Cultural Studies,’” Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies (August 2013): 1-8.
  • “Interview with Armand Mattelart” (sole translator; interviewer with James Hay and Jim Cohen), Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (Spring 2013): 1-16.
  • (Invited article) “Dallas at the Elysée: French Political Communication Today,” Political Communication Report, 22(2) (July 2012). (Online publication of the International Communication Association and American Political Science Association’s Political Communication Division). http://www.politicalcommunication.org/newsletter_22_2_france.html (approx. 2,000 words)
  • "Cultural Studies and/of Economic Rights: Neglect and Promise." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 9:1 (2012): 1-31.
  • “The Plague 2.0: Soderbergh’s Contagion and Global Convergence Culture.” Bright Lights Film Journal, 75 (2012). Available online at http://brightlightsfilm.com/75/75contagion_harsin.php (approx. 3,000 words)
  • “Digital Rhetoric and the Circulation of Protest: The French Banlieue Riots Turn Five,” Flow, 13.8 (2011). Available online at http://flowtv.org/2011/03/digital-rhetoric-and-circulation-of-protest/
  • “Communication and Academic Labor: A Perspective from France.” International Journal of Communication 5 (Fall 2011): 1737-1744. Available online at http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/issue/view/6
  • “Wikileaks’ Lessons for Media Theory and Politics,” Flow, 13.6 (2011). Available at http://flowtv.org/2011/05/flow-favorites-wikileaks-lessons-for-media-the...
  • “That’s Democratainment: Obama, Rumor Bombs, and Primary Definers,” Flow 13.1(2010). Available online at http://flowtv.org/2010/10/thats-democratainment/
  • "Lost Histories of American Economic Rights," Cultural Studies, May (2010): 333-355.
  • “The Responsible Dream: On Waltz with Bashir.Bright Lights Film Journal 44 (2009). Available online at http://brightlightsfilm.com/63/63waltz.php
  • “The Rumor Bomb: On Convergence Culture and Politics,” Flow 9.4 (2009). Available online at http://flowtv.org/2008/12/the-rumor-bomb-on-convergence-culture-and-poli...
  • “The Rumor Bomb: A Convergence Theory of Contemporary Mediated American Politics,” Southern Review: Politics, Communication, Culture (Spring 2006): 84-110.
  • “Eco-Apocalypse and the PowerPoint Film: An Inconvenient Truth,” Bright Lights Film Journal 53 (2006).
  • “Manderlay: Von Trier’s Brechtian Gamble,” Bright Lights Film Journal 51 (2006).
  • “Passing and the American Identity Machine: Race, Class and Sexuality in USA,” John Dos Passos Newsletter. Number 8 (Summer 2001): 1-11. Reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau, Detroit: Gale, Cengage Learning (2014), 176-186.

Conferences & Lectures

  • “Citizen Participation, Popular Epistemologies, and Theories of Post-democracy: The Gender Theory in French Primary Schools Rumor Bomb, European Communication Research and Education Association Conference, Communication and Democracy Division, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 10, 2015. 
  • “Populisms within Regimes of Post-Truth and Post-political Strategies,” International Communication Association, accepted for presentation, May 22, 2015, San Juan Puerto Rico
  • “Framing the 2005 Banlieue Riots on France’s Most-Watched TV channel,” National Communication Association, November 21, 2014, Chicago, Illinois.
  • “Global Populisms, Post-politics, and Regimes of Post-Truth,”
  • Conference “Whose Voice: Media and Global Populisms,” Baruch College, New York, NY, October 25, 2014.
  • “Globalization of Rumor Bombs?” International Conference on Media and Popular Culture, May 30, 2014, Vienna, Austria.
  • “Attention Economy, Affect, and Circulatory Control,” Paper Presented in the Philosophy, Theory, Critique Division, International Communication Association Conference, “Political Affective Communication” panel, June 2013, London, UK.
  • “The Rumor Bomb Barack Obama is Muslim: Political Vertigo or Rorschach Test?” Competitive Paper Presented in the Political Communication Division, National Communication Association Annual Conference, November 2012, Orlando, FL.
  • “Rumor Bombs as Brands: Affective Circulation and Attention Capital,” Paper Presented at the International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, July 5, 2012, Paris, France.
  • “Affect, Circulation and Attention Control: New Developments in the Integrated Spectacle,” Paper presented on Guy Debord and Cultural Studies panel at the International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, July 6, 2012, Paris, France.
  • “Mediating Indignation: Five Years of Research on the French Banlieue Riots,” Paper Presented at the Cultural Studies Association Conference, March 24, 2011, Chicago.
  • “Othering the Banlieue Riots: French Identity in the Mediatized Public Sphere,” Paper Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Pre-conference on Identity and the Public Sphere, November 13, 2010, San Francisco.
  • “The Rumor Bomb 'Barack Obama is a Muslim',” International Political Science Association Workshop on E-democracy and Political Communication, May 23-25, 2010, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • “Jacques Ranciere's Theory of Aesthetics and Politics: Possibilities and Cautions for Rhetorical Theory,” National Communication Association Conference, November 15, 2009, Chicago, Illinois.
  • “Machinima and the French Democracy: New Media and the 2005 Banlieue Riots," Paper presented with Adrienne Russell at the International Communications Association Conference, May 21, 2009, Chicago, Illinois.
  • “The Lost Histories of American Economic Rights,” Paper presented at the Cultural Studies Association (North America) conference, April 16, 2009, Kansas City, Missouri.
  • “American Popular Discourses of Economic Rights: A Conjunctural History,” Paper presented at the National Communications Association, November 2008, San Diego, California.
  • “The Rumor Bomb: Conceptualizing War and Peace in Political Communication,” Paper presented at the 2008 International Communications Association conference, May 2008, Montreal, Canada.
  • “A Theory of Politics and Branding,” Paper presented with Waddick Doyle at the International Media and Communications Research conference, June 2007, Paris, France.
  • “The Rumor ‘John Kerry is French,’” Accepted for presentation at the 2007 International Communications Association, San Francisco, May 24, 2007 [unable to present due to bicycle accident and hospitalization].
  • “Branding and ‘Presidenting’: Media and Belief in Berlusconi and Bush.” Paper presentation at the Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, July 2006. (with Waddick Doyle)
  • “Contemporary Political Image-making: Toward a Theory of Political Branding,” Paper Presented at the American University Symposium on Politics and Branding, Paris, France, May 28, 2006.
  • “‘The French Democracy’: On New Media and Global Public Address.” Paper presentation at the NYU/American University of Paris Conference on Cultural Diversity and International Affairs.(with Adrienne Russell), March 30, 2006.
  • “The Rumor Bomb ‘John Kerry is French,’” Conference “la France dans l’égard des Etats-Unis,” Université de Montpellier—Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France, October 6, 2005.
  • “The Rumor Bomb: Re-theorizing American Public Discourse from the Perspective of Pure War,” Conference on Media and Belief, American University of Paris, France, March 4, 2005.
  • “Franklin D. Roosevelt and the ‘Lunatic Fringe’: Becoming Radical as Becoming Liberal,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, November 14, 2004.
  • “Modern Liberal Autarky: Economizing the Public,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, November 12, 2004.
  • “Reagan’s Economic Bill of Rights, FDR’s Economic Bill of Rights: Conjuncture, Ideology and how meaning gets in the public form,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, November 12, 2004.
  • “Toward a Theory of Avant-Garde Argument,” The 13th ALTA Conference on Argumentation, Alta, Utah, August 1, 2003.
  • “Cultural Turns in Rhetorical Studies: dead ends and future prospects,” American Society for the History of Rhetoric Pre-conference on Rhetoric and Culture, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 19, 2002 (with Ron Greene).
  • “Toward a Genealogy of Economic Rights: ER Dead or/and Alive,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1, 2001.
  • “Country Music Roots: Toward a Criticism For a Usable Past,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1, 2001.
  • “Introducing Billy Bragg, Reintroducing Woody Guthrie: Memory, Articulation, and the Oxymoron of Radical Patriotism,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Seattle, Washington, November 11, 2000.
  • “Text, Context, Audience—New Developments in Rhetorical Criticism (or old developments in cultural studies)?” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Seattle Washington, November 9, 2000.
  • “Will the Real Site of Agency Please Stand Up? the Problem of Mediation and Intertextuality in Rhetorical Studies,” University of Iowa and Northwestern University Graduate Student Conference, Iowa City, Iowa, September 2000.
  • “The Taft Hartley Act in a Global Rhetorical Conjuncture,” Top Debut Paper, Public Address Division, National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 1999.
  • “The Taft-Hartley Act: A Polyhedron of Rhetorical Intelligibility,” The National Communication Association’s Doctoral Honors Seminar, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Summer 1999.
  • “Taft-Hartley and the Cold War Conjuncture: The Subjugation of Economic Rights,” Rutgers University Ninth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference for Graduate Scholarship: “The ‘American Century’ in the Americas, 1898-1998—Politics, Culture, History,” New Brunswick, New Jersey, Spring 1999.
Invited Talks
  • 7th Annual « Tribunes de la Presse, » on the topic "Trump, le président de la post-vérité ?" (“Trump, the Post-Truth President?:) Bordeaux, France, November 30-December, 2017.
  • “The Post-truth Populist Wave,” «La stratégie populiste en  Europe » conference, French Senate, Government of France, Paris, March 24, 2017. 
  • “Post-truth and Incivility (How Trump Happened Conjuncturally),” Civic Media Lab International Lecture Series, The American University of Paris, March 23 2017.
  • “A Cultural Approach to Fake News and Post-Truth/Trust: Theorize to Strategize,” Keynote Address, Digital Methods Initiative’s “Fake News Sprint” conference, University of Amsterdam, March 6, 2017. 
  • “The Post-Truth U.S. Presidential Election,” Address to American University Board of Trustees,” Paris, France, October 22, 2016.
  • “French Mediascapes and Public Life in Digital Transition,” Lecture to Visiting Rutgers University Journalism Students.” Paris, March 24, 2016.
  • “Affect, Power, and Agency in Contemporary Attention Economies,” Lecture Series on Communication in the Era of Attention Scarcity.” American University of Paris, September 22, 2014
  • “The Rumor Bomb as a Contemporary History of Social Media,” Weissman School of Arts & Sciences, Dean’s Lecture Series, Baruch College-CUNY, New York, April 24, 2014.
  • “Affect, Power, and Agency in Contemporary Attention Economies,” Seminar on Communication in the Era of Attention Scarcity.” American University of Paris, September 22, 2014
  • “The New (?) Byte Rhetoric: Affect, Attention, and Circulation,” Northwestern University Working Paper Series in Communication Studies. November 2012.
  • “The Rumor Bomb: This is What Vertiginous Democracy Looks Like,” paper presented at the Sage Foundation and Goldsmith’s College University of London conference “Is Democracy Possible…Today?” British Academy, London, UK, December 8, 2010.
  • "The Rumor Bomb as Political Communication," the University of Denver, April 15, 2009 (with Waddick Doyle) "TF1's Five Frames for the Banlieue Riots,"
  • AUP—Universite' de Paris-Dauphine conference on Postcolonialism and Culture, March 27, 2009.
  • “La Nuit Americaine,” evening of televised roundtable discussions about the American presidential election, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, November 4, 2008.
  • “The Rumor ‘John Kerry is French,’” Workshop on Contentious Politics and Knowledges,” Cornell University, November 11, 2007.
  • “Monsieur John Kerry: The Rumor Bomb Continued.” Dean’s Lecture Series, American University of Paris, May 3, 2006.
  • “The Rumor Bomb and the Whirligig of Public Discourse.” Cultures, Languages and Civilizations Lecture Series, University of Ankara, Turkey, March 16, 2006).
  • “The Rumor Bomb: Theorizing New and Old Trends in American Public Discourse, Media, and War.” St. Louis University, Madrid Campus, February 18, 2005.
  • “The American. Economic Rights Imaginary.” Northeastern University Colloquium Series, Boston, MA, March 17, 2004.
  • “Economic Rights and Taft-Hartley: or how the media overwhelm/become rhetoric.” Northwestern University Communication Studies Colloquium Series, Evanston, Illinois, February 2000.
Conference Presentations
  • “Propaganda and Post-truth: A genealogy,” International Communication Association, San Diego, California, May 26, 2017.
  • “‘They Require Children to Learn Masturbation’: the French Anti-Gender Theory in Schools Movement,” Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Association for Cultural Studies, Sydney, Australia. Accepted for presentation December 17, 2016.
  • “A Hard Day’s Night: High and Low-Tech Night Tactics in Nuit Debout,” Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Association for Cultural Studies, Sydney, Australia. Accepted for presentation December 17, 2016.
  • “Gender Theory in the Primary School Rumor Bombs: Political De-/Promotion in Post-Truth Society,” Powers of Promotion, International Communication Association Pre-conference, Finnish Embassy, Tokyo, Japan, June 8, 2016. 
  • “Transitory Digital Organizing, Mobilizing and Precarious Political Cohesion.” Global Cultures of Contestation Conference. Amsterdam Centre for Globalization Studies. Amsterdam, Netherlands. October 16, 2015.
  • “Citizen Participation, Popular Epistemologies, and Theories of Post-democracy: The Gender Theory in French Primary Schools Rumor Bomb, European Communication Research and Education Association Conference, Communication and Democracy Division, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 10, 2015. 
  • “Populisms within Regimes of Post-Truth and Post-political Strategies: The Manif Pour Tous Movement.” International Communication Association. May 22, 2015, San Juan Puerto Rico.
  • “Framing the 2005 Banlieue Riots on France’s Most-Watched TV channel,” National Communication Association, November 21, 2014, Chicago, Illinois.
  • “Global Populisms, Post-politics, and Regimes of Post-Truth,” Conference “Whose Voice: Media and Global Populisms,” Baruch College, New York, NY, October 25, 2014.
  • “Globalization of Rumor Bombs?” International Conference on Media and Popular Culture, May 30, 2014, Vienna, Austria. 
  • “Attention Economy, Affect, and Circulatory Control,” Paper Presented in the Philosophy, Theory, Critique Division, International Communication Association Conference, “Political Affective Communication” panel, June 2013, London, UK. 
  • “The Rumor Bomb Barack Obama is Muslim: Political Vertigo or Rorschach Test?” Competitive Paper Presented in the Political Communication Division, National Communication Association Annual Conference, November 2012, Orlando, FL. 
  • “Rumor Bombs as Brands: Affective Circulation and Attention Capital,” Paper Presented at the International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, July 5, 2012, Paris, France.
  • “Affect, Circulation and Attention Control: New Developments in the Integrated Spectacle,” Paper presented on Guy Debord and Cultural Studies panel at the International Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, July 6, 2012, Paris, France.
  • “Mediating Indignation: Five Years of Research on the French Banlieue Riots,” Paper Presented at the Cultural Studies Association Conference, March 24, 2011, Chicago.
  • “Othering the Banlieue Riots: French Identity in the Mediatized Public Sphere,” Paper Presented at the National Communication Association Conference, Pre-conference on Identity and the Public Sphere, November 13, 2010, San Francisco.
  • “The Rumor Bomb 'Barack Obama is a Muslim',” International Political Science Association Workshop on E-democracy and Political Communication, May 23-25, 2010, Dubrovnik, Croatia. 
  • “Jacques Rancière’s Theory of Aesthetics and Politics: Possibilities and Cautions for Rhetorical Theory,” National Communication Association Conference, November 15, 2009, Chicago, Illinois.
  • “Machinima and the French Democracy: New Media and the 2005 Banlieue Riots," Paper presented with Adrienne Russell at the International Communications Association Conference, May 21, 2009, Chicago, Illinois.
  • “The Lost Histories of American Economic Rights,” Paper presented at the Cultural Studies Association (North America) conference, April 16, 2009, Kansas City, Missouri. 
  • (with Waddick Doyle) "TF1's Five Frames for the Banlieue Riots," AUP—Universite' de Paris-Dauphine conference on Postcolonialism and Culture, March 27, 2009. 
  • “American Popular Discourses of Economic Rights: A Conjunctural History,” Paper presented at the National Communications Association, November 2008, San Diego, California.
  • “The Rumor Bomb: Conceptualizing War and Peace in Political Communication,” Paper presented at the 2008 International Communications Association conference, May 2008, Montreal, Canada.
  • “A Theory of Politics and Branding,” Paper presented with Waddick Doyle at the International Media and Communications Research conference, June 2007, Paris, France.
  • “The Rumor ‘John Kerry is French,’” Accepted for presentation at the 2007 International Communications Association, San Francisco, May 24, 2007 [unable to present due to bicycle accident and hospitalization].
  • “Branding and ‘Presidenting’: Media and Belief in Berlusconi and Bush.” Paper presentation at the Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, July 2006. (with Waddick Doyle)
  • “Contemporary Political Image-making: Toward a Theory of Political Branding,” Paper Presented at the American University Symposium on Politics and Branding, Paris, France, May 28, 2006.
  • “‘The French Democracy’: On New Media and Global Public Address.” Paper presentation at the NYU/American University of Paris Conference on Cultural Diversity and International Affairs. (with Adrienne Russell), March 30, 2006.
  • “The Rumor Bomb ‘John Kerry is French,’” Conference “la France dans l’égard des Etats-Unis,” Université de Montpellier—Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France, October 6, 2005.
  • “The Rumor Bomb: Re-theorizing American Public Discourse from the Perspective of Pure War,” Conference on Media and Belief, American University of Paris, France, March 4, 2005. 
  • “Franklin D. Roosevelt and the ‘Lunatic Fringe’: Becoming Radical as Becoming Liberal,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, November 14, 2004.
  • “Modern Liberal Autarky: Economizing the Public,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, November 12, 2004.
  • “Reagan’s Economic Bill of Rights, FDR’s Economic Bill of Rights: Conjuncture, Ideology and how meaning gets in the public form,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, November 12, 2004.
  • “Toward a Theory of Avant-Garde Argument,” The 13th ALTA Conference on Argumentation, Alta, Utah, August 1, 2003.
  • “Cultural Turns in Rhetorical Studies: dead ends and future prospects,” American Society for the History of Rhetoric Pre-conference on Rhetoric and Culture, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 19, 2002 (with Ron Greene). 
  • “Toward a Genealogy of Economic Rights: ER Dead or/and Alive,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1, 2001.
  • “Country Music Roots: Toward a Criticism For a Usable Past,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, November 1, 2001. 
  • “Introducing Billy Bragg, Reintroducing Woody Guthrie: Memory, Articulation, and the Oxymoron of Radical Patriotism,” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Seattle, Washington, November 11, 2000.
  • “Text, Context, Audience—New Developments in Rhetorical Criticism (or old developments in cultural studies)?” National Communication Association Annual Convention, Seattle Washington, November 9, 2000.
  • “Will the Real Site of Agency Please Stand Up? the Problem of Mediation and Intertextuality in Rhetorical Studies,” University of Iowa and Northwestern University Graduate Student Conference, Iowa City, Iowa, September 2000.
  • “The Taft Hartley Act in a Global Rhetorical Conjuncture,” Top Debut Paper, Public Address Division, National Communication Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 1999.
  • “The Taft-Hartley Act: A Polyhedron of Rhetorical Intelligibility,” The National Communication Association’s Doctoral Honors Seminar, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Summer 1999.
  • “Taft-Hartley and the Cold War Conjuncture: The Subjugation of Economic Rights,” Rutgers University Ninth Annual Interdisciplinary Conference for Graduate Scholarship: “The ‘American Century’ in the Americas, 1898-1998—Politics, Culture, History,” New Brunswick, New Jersey, Spring 1999.
Respondent
  • Panel, “Mediatized Populism,” International Communication Association, San Diego California, May 26, 2017.
  • Prof. James Hay (University of Illinois) public lecture on “The Trump Show.” Response Paper title: “What about Promotional Culture and Gender?” American University of Paris, March 9, 2017.
  • Panel “News-Making, Fashion-Making, Selfie-Taking, and Speech Making: Digital Communication Technologies and Contemporary Self-Governance,” National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois, November 23, 2014
  • Making: Digital Communication Technologies and Contemporary Self-Governance,” National Communication Association, Chicago, Illinois, November 23, 2014.

Research Areas

Post-Truth Politics (Facts/Factchecking, Rumor, Authority, Trust, Fake News, Journalism, Emotion); Popular Culture and Politics; Attention, Social Media, Power; Political Propaganda, Persuasion, Influence; Emotion, Media and Politics; French, Politics, Media, and Culture.

Harsin's research over the last five years falls into three major projects, involving several published articles and two book manuscripts in progress:

1. Historical Discourses of Economic Rights in American Public Life. This project studies historically changing popular discourses of the "appropriate" relationships between government/law, economy, and individual freedom, with a view toward capacity for political action.

2. The Rumor Bomb: Political Rumor and Agency in New Media Cultures. This project analyzes radical contemporary changes in global (and nationally specific) relationships between professional political communication, digital cultural production, attention economy, and crises in democracy and journalism. These relations explain the widespread political use of rumor as a tool for both political participation and socio-political engineering/population control.

3. The Mediation of Contemporary French Racial Conflict. This project is based on video archival research of TV news coverage of the 2005 banlieue riots, digital protest speech and alternative discourses of the causes and solutions to contemporary ethnic conflict in a context of French post-colonialism.

Curriculum Vitae