Communication Studies Faculty
David's work focuses on the philosophy of life. He is the author of To Imagine a Form of Life, a series of books that looks for ways in which the notion of life intersects with other fundamental concepts in diverse fields.
The first volume, Wittgenstein's Form of Life (Continuum, 2008), deals with the relationship between language and life throughout Ludwig Wittgenstein's thought. The second, The Power of Life: Agamben and the Coming Politics (Stanford University Press, 2011), revolves around the connections between life and politics in the writings of Giorgio Agamben. The third, unfinished installment is an imaginary sequel to Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project. Dedicated to New York, capital of the twentieth century, it traces the bond between the modern city and modern life.
David is also the co-translator of Agamben's What Is an Apparatus? (Stanford UP, 2009) and Nudities (Stanford UP, 2010). Before joining Emerson College he was a fellow at the Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry.
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Communication studies dept. news
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Rich West, Professor, learned that his co-edited anthology Sourcebook of Family Communication (Sage Publications) was selected as the Outstanding Book for the Family Communication Division. The Division, one of the largest units in the National Communication Association (NCA), selects a book each year that represents “exemplary scholarship” as it relates to the family and all of its various issues, themes, and challenges. The award will be presented at NCA”s annual convention in Washington D.C. in November. The book is co-edited with Lynn Turner (Marquette University), who, like West, is a past President of NCA.