Joe Walther is a professor of communication at Michigan State University. He is the winner of the 2013 Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award from the International Communication Association for his record of focused, sustained, creative, original research. Walther has made a remarkable original contribution to the field of interpersonal communication research, focusing on how computer-mediated communication impacts interpersonal relations and communication patterns. In 1992, he developed Social Information Processing Theory to describe how people form relationships online — before most consumers even knew what it meant to be “online.” His more recent theoretical work, such as Hyperpersonal Communication, continues to probe the ways rapid technological innovations effect our interpersonal relationships. This work has resulted in more than 100 publications in top communication journals.
Etienne Candel is an associate professor at CELSA and a researcher in the GRIPIC research group. His work, located in the methodological approaches of literary studies, examines the ways in which culture is rewritten on our online networks and the ways people develop their identities through contemporary web practices and media constructions of participation. With a background in modern literature and information science, his research interests include the semiotics of computer media, ideologies of communication, and the connection of social practices and communication devices.