The Department of Communication at Villanova University is pleased to announce that Dr. Yves Winking has been named the Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication for 2012.
Yves Winkin is currently professor of Communication at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon [ENSL], and Director of the Institute Français de l’Éducation [French Institute of Education], a national agency embedded into the ENSL since 1/1/11
Yves Winkin was first trained at the University of Liège (Belgium) in Philosophy (1972-74) and in Communication (1974-76). He then completed a Master of Arts in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (1979). He gained a doctorate in Communication from the University of Liège in February 1982. The title of the dissertation may be translated as follows : Communication: from interaction to institution. An ethnographic approach to an American International House.
Yves Winkin established the contours in France of an anthropological approach to face-to-face communication; the discipline he helped to define is the anthropology of communication. He offered an appropriate theoretical framework; he made explicit the ethnographic methodology and suggested areas of investigation. His own current work is focused on interactions in urban settings, especially interactions between pedestrians and other urban
Yves Winkin was a junior research fellow at the Belgian National Science Foundation (1976-1984), then a senior (tenured) fellow (1984-1992). He was then tenured as professor at the Université of Liège, teaching anthropology of communication, intercultural relations and urban anthropology, among other courses. He left for the Ecole Normale Supérieure in 1999. He resumed part-time teaching at the University of Liège as “extraordinary professor” in the Fall of 2008.
Those interested in the Harron Family Endowed Chair should note that applications for fall 2013 will be accepted beginning in August 2012.