Isaac Asimov said, “Writing is a lonely job.” Other writers like Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings say that writing is “agony.” Jason Tham, a graduate instructor and PhD candidate in rhetoric and scientific and technical communication, and Joe Moses, a senior lecturer in the Department of Writing Studies, are looking at ways to make team-based writing faster, more efficient, and, well, “Agile.”
Congratulations to all the Writing Studies students, faculty, and instructors presenting at the Conference on College Composition and Communication convention next week, March 15-18, 2017, in Portland, Oregon. The theme of the convention is "Cultivating Capacity, Creating Change."
Writing Studies Professors Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch and Ann Hill Duin, and PhD students Nathan Bollig, Chakrika Veeramoothoo, Jeremy Rosselot-Merritt, and Rachel Tofteland-Trampe, are presenting at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW) conference in Portland, Oregon, on March 15.
Brian Larson was interviewed by Georgia Public Broadcasting about his study “Gender/Genre: The lack of gendered register in texts requiring genre knowledge.” The study is published in the October edition of the journal Written Communication.
Through this comparative study, based on extensive archival research and data-driven analysis, Kennedy illuminates the deeply situated nature of authorship, which is dependent on cultural approval and stable funding sources as much as it is on original genius and the ownership of intellectual property. Kennedy's work significantly revises long-held notions of authorial agency and autonomy, establishing the continuity of new writing projects such as wikis with longstanding authorial practices that she calls textual curation.
Amongst Digital Humanists: An ethnographic study of digital knowledge production (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) brings an ethnographic account of the changing landscape of humanities scholarship as it affects individual scholars, academic fields, and institutions, and argues for a pluralistic vision of digital knowledge production in the humanities.
“Arrigo’s Imaging Hoover Dam makes an important contribution to the field of visual rhetoric. The author’s arguments are clear and insightful. Both scholars and general readers in American cultural studies will enjoy this fascinating account of the making of a major icon of industrial modernism.” —Carole Blair, Professor of communication studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Rhetoric in the Flesh is the first book-length ethnographic study of the gross anatomy lab to explain how rhetorical discourses, multimodal displays, and embodied practices facilitate learning and technical expertise and how they shape participants’ perceptions of the human body. By investigating the role that discourses, displays, and human bodies play in the training and socialization of medical students, T. Kenny Fountain contributes to our theoretical and practical understanding of the social factors that make rhetoric possible and material in technical domains.