CRDM students Desirre Dighton, Kendra L. Andrews, and Chen Chen presented at The Watson Conference with CRDM faculty Dr. Stacey Pigg this past week in Louisville, KY. Dr. Pigg was an invited speaker to the conference, and they presented their collaborative project titled “Sketchnoting, Mobility, and Writing a Spatial Self.” The presenters would also like to acknowledge CRDM student T. Mark Bentley who helped sketchnote part of the talk for the presentation. Here’s a snapshot of the sketching of the lit review on multimodal composing.
CRDM student Geoffrey Luurs has passed his preliminary exams unconditionally! His dissertation working title is CHATting about cyberbullying: An activity systems approach to cyberbullying research.
Geoff’s committee is co-chaired by Dr. Elizabeth Craig and Dr. Jason Swarts. They are joined by Dr. Kami Kosenko and Dr. Lynsey Romo.
Krystin Gollihue, a second-year CRDM student, presented at the Cultural Rhetorics annual conference at Michigan State University on October 3 as a part of a panel titled, “Locating the Knowledge Making Practices of Girls and Women”. Her presentation, “She Blogs Like Bedroom Culture: A Cultural History of Teenage Girlhood and Web 2.0” gathered qualitative life history interviews from five femme- and female-identified participants who had kept a LiveJournal blog in the early 2000s. The project aims to counter corporate, whitewashed, masculine, and self-generating histories of the Internet by offering the lived, embodied practices of women bloggers in the early adolescence of Web 2.0.
CRDM student Adele Hite has passed her preliminary exams unconditionally! Her dissertation working title is From the political to the personal and back: A Rhetorical-ontological exploration of “healthy eating”
Adele’s committee is co-chaired by Drs. Carolyn Miller and Steve Wiley, joined by Dr. Charlotte Biltekoff (Associate Professor of American Studies & Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis), Dr. Bill Kinsella, and Dr. Emily Winderman.
Stephen Carradini’s work featured in Pitchfork, AltPress, Metal Hammer and more
The article uses preliminary data from Stephen’s in-progress dissertation, Musicians as Extra-institutional Professional Communicators. The results of the article show that indie rock musicians face large institutional challenges as they attempt to gather an audience, book shows, and complete other tasks that develop a career.
Image: Ryan Hendrix of Colourmusic, 2013. Photo by Stephen Carradini.
Three current CRDM students just presented at the Carolinas Writing Program Administrators 13th Annual Fall Conference earlier this week at Wildacres Retreat Center.
Kendra Andrews, second-year CRDM student, presented with CRDM alum, Teaching Assistant Professor Dana Gierdowski on how to improve responses in professional development evaluation. Their presentation is titled “‘Yay! Free Food!’: Improving Responses in the Professional Development Evaluation.”
Chen Chen, third-year student, presented “WPA-L: The Professional Lore of Rhet/Comp.”
At the same round-table discussions, Meridith Reed, also third-year student, presented “Practicing What We Know: Examining GTAs’ Disciplinary Knowledge of Writing Studies.”
CRDM students and alums have been actively involved in the Carolinas WPA organization. Currently three CRDM alums serve on the Carolinas WPA Board: Dana Gierdowski, Robin Snead, and Kevin Brock.
J.J. Sylvia, a fourth-year CRDM candidate, presented two pieces at the International Communication Association annual conference in Japan this summer. His first presentation, “Visual Representations of Big Data on the Web
,” was part of the panel Selective Visuals: Politics, Metaphors, Narratives. The paper featured a quantitative study that analyzed the way big data is represented metaphorically through visuals on the web. This study is part of a larger project that aims to explore the predominant problem-space of information and big data in order to explore the potential for alternative problem-spaces.
A second presentation, “Programming Future Conduct: How Big Data Affects Subjectivation and Self-Care
” was part of a Data and Surveillance panel. This paper argued for a Foucauldian approach to big data through the theoretical framework of subjectivation. J.J. argues that through personal use of data, shaping one’s own life is a form of provocation that takes place outside of discursive practices. Such an active shaping of one’s life offers a way to move beyond discourse, which suffers from a decline of symbolic efficiency, to an opening up of a new potential for intervening in power and creating new avenues for programming one’s future conduct.
While in Japan, he also explored the Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto, a famous walk used for meditation by 20th century Japanese philosopher Nishida Kitaro.