AB comm alumni present at CRIC 2019

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Date: March 22, 2020Posted by: One Paulinian

AB Communication alumni, Queenie Marie Siarez and Cyr Amanda Garcia, together with their thesis adviser, Ms. Claudine Mariano Alhambra, presented their research at the Communication Research International Conference (CRIC), which was held on October 18, 2019 in the University of the Philippines Diliman. One of their co-authors, Stephanie Gwen Cruz, was not able to make it but she expressed her support.
 The group’s research titled “Conflicts Management among Filipino Couples Using Facebook Messenger: A Genderlect Approach” was among the 56 abstracts selected out of 112 total submissions. This is in line with the conference theme: “Crossroads and Off-Roads in Online Worlds.” According to the organizers, “as online communities expand within and across borders, they help mainstream or marginalize various ideas, issues, and sectors. This poses a challenge for us, as communication scholars, to examine how mediated and non-mediated human communication adopts, appropriates, or disrupts these digital inclusions and exclusions.”
The former AB Comm students discussed the impact of a communication application, Facebook Messenger, on romantic relationships. Their findings demonstrated that online discourse, just like in face-to-face interpersonal communication, manifests conflicts across heterosexual relationships of different ages. They also showed their creative output, which is an informative book based on the dialogues in their data.
 Other highlights of the conference were plenary sessions on Mediated Intersections, Changing Industries, Social (Media) Transformations, and Changing Platforms and Professions. These pose challenges to the future of both the communication students and the academe, as these changes and transformations require new sets of skills and way of thinking to thrive in the field. Meanwhile, undergraduate and graduate student representatives from different universities across the country presented in the parallel sessions. It was indeed a venue for the communication research community to gather and share their realizations from the online world.