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My research interests lie primarily in the ways in which "community" (and related
ideas such as "citizenship," "membership," and "belonging") is constructed, maintained,
and disrupted. I utilize a critical lens that sits (sometimes precariously) at the
intersection of the Rhetorical Studies, Cultural Studies, and various fields that
are concerned with issues of Space and Place. As an educator, I practice a critical pedagogy that encourages students to always
reflect on the power, meaning, and value of what they are learning. I seek to help
students meaningfully engage, through course material and assignments, with their
local and "home" communities.
Youakim, Joshua A. (2018). Panel Presentation (Chaired and Presented): Fake News
and Alternative Views: Confronting Challenges in Public Speech. Presented at the Florida
Communication Association Conference. October 18th – October 20th 2018.
Youakim, Joshua A. (2016). Paper Presentation: Two Worlds: Living in the Space Between
the ‘Real’ and the Virtual. Presented at the Florida Communication Association Conference.
October 21st – October 23rd 2016.
Youakim, Joshua A. (2015). Panel Presentation: Interrogating Whiteness through media:
personal narrative. Presented at the Florida Communication Association Conference.
October 22nd – October 24th 2015.
Youakim, Joshua A. (2015). Paper Presentation: Virtually a Citizen: Democracy, Governance,
and Acts of Citizenship in an Online Role-Playing Game. Presented at the Southern
States Communication Association Conference. April 8th – April 12th 2015.
Youakim, Joshua A. (2015). Poster Presentation: Seeking Starbucks: Shaping Citizenship
Through Patronage in Seminole Heights. Presented at the Graduate Student Research
Symposium. March 10th 2015.