ILS Professor Susan Herring recently announced the creation of a new research center.
Dr. Herring is the Director, and faculty and graduate students with interests in CMC from across IU are affiliated with the Center as Research Fellows.
The homepage of the Center's new website describes its purpose and scope:
"We are faculty and students at Indiana University who study human communication through digital media. On this website you will find information relating primarily to CMC research at Indiana University, although links to some off-campus events and resources are also provided.
Computer-mediated communication (CMC) is the traditionally text-based-and increasingly multimodal-communication that takes place through the internet, the Web, mobile devices, converged media, and private intranets. CMC dates back to the first email sent in 1972; it includes digital communication in educational, business, governmental, and other instructional and organizational contexts, as well as social and recreational communication. Social media communication is an important type of CMC, due to the enormous current popularity of social media in sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
CMC faculty and courses can be found in a number of departments at IU. Students interested in graduate study in CMC should contact the graduate advisor and/or faculty in the department most relevant to their background and career goals."
Center staff are planning two, day-long symposia in Spring 2015, featuring TED-style talks by faculty and student CMC researchers.