This week we're joined by Linda Levitt, a communication scholar teaching in Texas, who is interested in the interdisciplinary aspects of communication as well as what it means to be a public intellectual.
Greetings! I’m Linda Levitt (@lindalevitt) and so looking forward to curating @WeTheHumanities. I’m a communication scholar, which is not a bad tag since I really think of myself as an interdisciplinary public intellectual and communication is inherently interdisciplinary, borrowing from many different academic trajectories. I teach at a mid-sized public university in a small town in Texas.
I hope to have discussions about interdisciplinary projects, how we might work with scholars from across a broad spectrum of interests, and especially places where those interests come together to enable research that can be interesting and relevant to wider public audiences. I think of my own research at being at the intersection of cultural memory, media studies, and occasionally gender studies. My personal interests, which often extend into my research, include literature and history so my curating will likely dabble in those areas as well.
One of the places where cultural memory and media studies come together for me is with regard to death and dying. I’ve studied, and continue to study, how we talk about death in public discourse, especially in cultures that are particularly uncomfortable with it.
During my time at @wethehumanities, I hope to discuss interdisciplinarity and what it means to be a public intellectual. The conversation is thus really broadly open, and I look forward to finding the threads that tie things together.