Campus News 2013

For Immediate Release
February 1, 2013

SU Communications professor wins award for intercultural paper

SU Communications professor wins award for intercultural paperDr. Mary Grace Antony, assistant professor of communication studies at Schreiner University, recently won the award for Top Intercultural Paper at the Southern States Communication Association in Louisville, KY, for her study titled “Hello, How May I Offend You Today?” : NBC’s ‘Outsourced’ and the Discourse of Cultural Authenticity.”

This achievement comes hot on the tail of Antony’s national award from the National
Communication Association for her paper “Thank you for calling: Accents and Authenticity on NBC’s ‘Outsourced.’”

Antony’s piece, “Hello, How May I Offend You Today?” : NBC’s ‘Outsourced’ and the Discourse of Cultural Authenticity,” falls within the area of intercultural communication research.

“As our environment (local and national) becomes more globalized, it is important to consider the economic, social, and cultural outcomes of this process,” she said. “My research analyzes what ‘cultural authenticity’ means to contemporary audiences. What does it mean to be 'Italian,' 'German,' 'Indian,' or 'African-American' in a world where hybridity is becoming the norm? How do people identify and make sense of themselves and others, and what cultural markers do they use in the process? I analyzed viewers’ responses to the NBC series Outsourced to find out more about how we define and understand cultural authenticity today.”

Antony’s fascination with intercultural communication and audience responses to media haven’t waivered even with two award-winning papers under her belt.

“It feels pretty incredible,” she said. “This was fun to work on, and I am glad that it has been well received by my peers.”

For more information, contact Dr. Antony at MGAntony@schreiner.edu. For more information on Schreiner University, visit schreiner.edu.

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