Betsy Brunner portrait
  • Graduate Teaching Asst (E), Communication

Research Keywords

  • Digital Rhetoric
  • Post-Structural Theory
  • New Media Activism
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Contemporary Rhetorical Theory & Criticism
  • Chinese Language or Literature

Presentations

  • “Social Media Networks and Environmental Activism: Rhizomatic Resistance In Qidong, China.” (co-author: Kevin DeLuca). Conference on Communication and Environment, Boulder, CO, 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 02/2015.
  • “Contaminated Environments and Toxic Bodies: The Breastfeeding Crisis in China.” Conference on Communication and Environment, Boulder, CO, 2015. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 02/2015.
  • "Erupting Networks of Environmental Activists: A New Cartography for China," (co-author, Kevin DeLuca), Asian Conference on the Arts, Humanities and Sustainability, Hiroshima, Japan, 2014. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 09/2014.
  • "Complicating China: Encouraging Conversations beyond Democracy and Censorship." National Communication Association, Chicago, IL. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 08/2014.
  • “Commodified Dissent: The Use of Chinese Art to Promote Western Ideologies.” Cultural Studies Association. Salt Lake City, Utah. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 05/2014.
  • "Asking (New) Media Questions: Thinking Beyond the Twitter Revolution." National Communication Association. Chicago, IL. Conference Paper, Refereed, Accepted, 09/2014.
  • Guest Speaker, Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morals, Columbia University Symposium, Beijing, China, 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 07/2014.
  • Guest Speaker, Gender Across Cultures, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China, 2014. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 10/2014.
  • “Uprisings, Pepper Spray Assaults, and Image Events: Creating New Worlds” (co-author: Kevin DeLuca). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2013.
  • “China and Social Media: Deploying Decentered Knots of World-Making to Challenge the Global Corporatocracy” (co-author: Kevin DeLuca). Paper presented at the NCA Pre-Conference Session: “The Dilemmas and Opportunities of U.S.-China Communication in an Age of Globalization.”. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/2013.
  • "The Architecture of Oppression: Using Place to Crush Free Speech." co-authors: Kevin DeLuca, Natasha Seegert, and Elinor Christopher Light). Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 08/2013.
  • Top Student Paper, “Reflections of the Hegemony of Productivism: The Art of Xu Xioayan.” Western States Communication Association, Reno, Nevada. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/17/2013.
  • “Ai Weiwei, Appropriation, and Conflation: Twitter, Politics, and the Commodification of Dissent.” Western States Communication Association. Reno, Nevada. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/19/2013.
  • “Between Garden and Forest.” National Communication Association (Co-author: Donovan Conley, UNLV). Orlando, Florida. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/15/2012.
  • “The Western Fetishization of Chinese Dissidence Through Contemporary Chinese Art.” National Communication Association. Orlando, Florida. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 11/18/2012.
  • "Pop Propaganda: The Art and Audience of Wang Guangyi." VisComm. Midway, Utah. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 06/21/2012.
  • “Sanctioned Carnival as a Tool for Cultural Advancement: China's 798 Art Factory." International Communication Association. Phoenix, Arizona. Other, Presented, 05/27/2012.
  • “Making Difference Matter: Teaching Social Change in Undergraduate Education.” Western States Communication Association. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/20/2012.
  • Top Competitive Paper, “Visual Strategies of Containment: Allocation and Subversion of Giada de Laurentiis’s Power in Esquire.” Western States Communication Association. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/19/2012.
  • “Is bigger really better?: Contemporary Chinese expressions of progress and change” Western States Communication Association. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/19/2012.
  • “Radiolab as an Antidote to Ocularcentrism.” Western States Communication Association. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/19/2012.
  • Top Competitive Paper, “The Femme-inization of Power.” Rocky Mountain Communication Association Annual Meeting. Conference Paper, Refereed, Presented, 02/26/2011.

Grants, Contracts & Research Gifts

  • “Imaging New Alternatives: Risky Social Change and Wild New Public Spheres in China” . PI: Kevin DeLuca. Co-PI(s): Elizabeth Brunner, Wu Fei. Waterhouse Family Institute Grant (WFI), 08/2013 - 08/2014. Total project budget to date: $10,000.00
  • “Imaging the Effects of Air Pollution: A Collaborative Project Between Salt Lake City and Beijing” . PI: Elizabeth Brunner. Co-PI(s): Kevin DeLuca. Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund (SCIF) , 07/15/2013 - present. Total project budget to date: $14,415.00

Languages

  • Mandarin Chinese, functional.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • China

Publications

  • Brunner, E. & DeLuca, K. (forthcoming). “The Force of Image Networks: Greenpeace’s Panmediated Global Detox Campaign,” Argumentation and Advocacy.. Accepted, 09/2015.
  • DeLuca, K., Brunner, E., Sun, Y. (2016) “Weibo, WeChat, and the Transformative Events of Environmental Activism in China.” International Journal of Communication. Published, 01/2016.
  • Brunner, E., Shen, Y., & DeLuca, K. (2015). “Connecting Across Oceans Over Air,” E. Gordon & P. Mihailidis, Eds. Civic Media Reader, Cambridge: MIT Press. Accepted, 07/2014.
  • Brunner, E. “Asking (New) Media Questions: Thinking Beyond the Twitter Revolution,” Explorations in Media Ecology. Published, 11/2014.
  • DeLuca, K. & Brunner, E. (accepted) “Activism in the Wake of the Event of China: Abandoning the Domesticated Rituals of Democracy to Explore the Dangers of Wild Public Screens,” C. Foust, A. Pason, & K. Zittlow Rogness, Eds. Social Movements and Counterpublics: Connections, Contradictions, and Possibilities for Understanding Rhetorics of Social Change. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. Accepted, 05/2013.
  • Brunner, E. (accepted). “The Business of the Culture Industries: 798 and the New China,” S. Hartnett, L. Keranen, and D. Conley, Eds. The Dilemmas and Opportunities of U.S.-China Communication in an Age of Globalization (under review). Accepted, 02/2014.
  • DeLuca, K. M. & Brunner, E. A. (2014) “Social media and environmental activism in China: Enacting social change on wild public screens.” Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Conference on Communication and the Environment, Uppsala, Sweden: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. Published, 01/2014.
  • Brunner, E. (2013). Impotence, nostalgia, and objectification: Patriarchal visual rhetoric to contain women. Visual Culture and Gender (8).. Published, 09/2013.
    http://vcg.emitto.net/8vol/Brunner.pdf
  • Brunner, E. (2012) "Sanctioned Carnival as a Tool for Cultural Advancement: China's 798 Art Factory. Conference Papers -- International Communication Association, 1-38. Published, 12/2012.
    http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.lib.utah.edu/ehos...