Letter from the Editor

This year, gnovis has continued to engage critically with the interdisciplinary scholarship that is the cornerstone of Georgetown University’s Communication, Culture, and Technology Program (CCT). We hosted our seventh annual academic conference, gnoviCon, featuring two outstanding panels on Artificial Intelligence moderated by our very own CCT professors, Dr. Meg Leta Jones and Dr. Mark MacCarthy. At the event, we heard from experts from across the country on the challenges and benefits of workforce automation and the wider societal implications of AI.

In addition, gnovis has continued to grow our network within the Georgetown community, strengthening our mission to collaborate across disciplines and earning us the title of Georgetown University’s Outstanding Graduate Student Organization for the 2017/2018 academic year. We participated in Social Justice Week, partnering with the Center for Social Justice to host two events on civic literacies and the communication strategies of terrorist groups. We also worked with StartupHoyas and the Georgetown Public Policy Review to promote interdisciplinary events and spaces. Within our very own Communication, Culture, and Technology Program, we sponsored Professor Leslie Harris’ annual ICT Debate, as well as a new series, CCT Talks, which highlights the interdisciplinary work of CCT professors and alumni.

In this edition of gnovis, you will read thought-provoking works, each of which uniquely unpacks the idea of Otherness at the intersection of communication, culture, and technology. In “Is This S**t For Real?” Adorno, Benjamin, and Anti-Comedy,” Dennis Golin, from New York University, introduces us to critical theorists Adorno and Benjamin to understand modern comedic trends in a shifting media landscape. Terry Adams, from Georgetown University’s English M.A. program, uses Bram Stoker’s gothic novel Dracula to understand a world outside of constructed binaries as a way to grapple with Anthropocene in “‘To Believe in Things That You Cannot’: Dracula and the Unthinkable.” In “Aliens as the Other in Post-Independence Hindi Cinema,” Georgetown University and CCT student Madhavi Reddi discusses how the independence and subsequent globalization of India affected the depiction of the Other in Hindi science fiction films. Lastly, New York University’s Anna Lindner, explores the history and origins of white identity and its impact on populations of color in “Defining Whiteness: Perspectives on Privilege.”.

Throughout this academic year, the gnovis staff remained dedicated to producing a prestigious and competitive platform for graduate students across the country to publish their academic research in the Journal, to feature their academic explorations in the Blog, and to foster a sense of community through on-campus events. This would not have been possible without the dedicated second year staff of gnovis Journal. Between organization, management, and production of this year’s events and publications, Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Tantillo remained tirelessly committed to improving gnovis as a student organization, as well as a network for interdisciplinary conversation. Managing Editor Ellen Kaufman’s insight was felt in both the editing of two editions of the Journal, but also in her ability to procure leading figures in the AI community as gnoviCon speakers. Carson Collier, Director of Blog & Web, took on the sizable task of creating a new website for gnovisjournal.org, improving our digital presence as an academic blog. And Holly Koch, Director of Multimedia, diligently captured all the gnovis events, and designed masterful graphics and multimedia that will set the bar for years to come. Thank you for all the work you have put into making gnovis Journal a valued space not only for Georgetown’s academic community, but as an interdisciplinary platform for graduate studies nationwide. You will be missed.

I would also like to thank the first-year gnovis staff, who have worked hard to learn their new roles and have ceaselessly impressed me with their skills and passion throughout this year. I am looking forward to what next year holds for gnovis with you at the helm. All of these achievements would not have been possible without the support of the CCT faculty and staff, in particular, gnovis faculty advisor Dr. Leticia Bode. Thank you for your continued support and encouragement. Lastly, thank you, dearest reader of gnovis Journal. We hope you will be inspired by the scholarship published in this Spring 2018 Edition of gnovis.

Alexa DeJesus


Class of 2019