Dr. Christopher House (Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies) served as guest editor for the Spring 2018 (Vol. 41, 1) Journal of Communication and Religion (JCR), special issue, “Communication, Religion and Race in America: 50 Years Later and Where Do We Go From Here?” JCR is a quarterly publication of the Religious Communication Association, an affiliate organization of the National Communication Association.
Dr. Christopher House, Communication Studies, has authored an article that appears in the most recent volume of the Southern Communication Journal. Titled, Crying for Justice: The #BLACKLIVESMATTER Religious Rhetoric of Bishop T.D. Jakes, the essay examines the underlying theological motivations and rhetorical strategies that inform the #BLACKLIVESMATTER (BLM) rhetorical theology of Bishop T.D. Jakes. Using Jakes’ Huffington Post letter, “A Father’s Cry for Justice,” written in response to the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown, Jr. as a case study, Dr. House argues that by “pulpitizing” mediated spaces, Jakes is modeling a new form of Black church leadership that is supportive of but not central to the BLM movement. This essay demonstrates how Jakes’ rhetorical theology offers religious rhetorical assets that can be used as interventional strategies and models for other religious leaders who seek to move audiences across competing Black sacred/secular dichotomies in support of black lives.
An article by Communication Studies Assistant Professor Chris House will appear in Volume 7 of the Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric. Titled, "Remembering Jim Crow in the Age of Trump: An Analysis of the Rhetorical Function of the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia," the essay analyzes how racist images and artifacts are being used to create a more honest record of public memory of the Jim Crown period.
Christopher House, communication studies assistant professor and former predoctoral diversity scholar, recently co-authored a paper with politics major Amanda Morales. Titled, "Crying for Justice: The #BlackLivesMatter Religious Rhetoric of Bishop T.D. Jakes", the paper was accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association in Philadelphia.