Dr. Jordan Frith Received the CRDM 1st Alumni Distinguished Award


Jordan is an Assistant Professor of Technical Communication at the University of North Texas and graduated from the CRDM program in the fall of 2012. He is author of two books, and his newest book–Smartphones as Locative Media–was published as part of the Digital Media & Society series. He has also authored over 15 journal articles, and his primary research focuses on emerging media, especially emerging mobile media that use physical location to shape information delivery.


The CRDM alumni award recognizes an alumn who has demonstrated some or all of the qualities below:
– excellency in interdisciplinary work;
– distinguished scholarly research and/or professional achievement since graduation;
– sustained engagement in and ongoing commitments to the CRDM program;
– outstanding service (community, institution, discipline/professional field or organization); 
– exemplary engagement within their discipline and/or professional field.

The award will be officially presented at the CRDM Research Symposium, when Dr. Frith will also talk to the CRDM community about his research trajectory since graduating from the program. The symposium this year is scheduled for March 19-20, 2016, and the organizers will reserve a 30 minute-slot for the award ceremony. More details to be announced soon.

Congratulations, Dr. Frith!!!

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CRDM Symposium 2016 CFP

The CFP for this year’s CRDM Symposium is out! Organized by a team of CRDM students, Jessica Handloff, Joel Schneier, Jason Buel, Chen Chen, Sarah Evans, Abigail Browning, and advised by faculty Dr. David Rieder, this year’s symposium will be held in conjunction with the Carolina Rhetoric Conference, also organized by a student team led by CRDMers Chen Chen and Kendra Andrews.


Call for Proposals: Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM) Symposium 2016

March 19-20th, 2016

Theme: Critical Invention: Media, Engagement, Practice

“Before there is ‘thought,’ there must have been ‘invention.’” – Friedrich Nietzsche, Will to Power, p. 293.

“Building is, for us, a new kind of hermeneutic — one that is quite a bit more radical than taking the traditional methods of humanistic inquiry and applying them to digital objects. Media studies, game studies, critical code studies, and various other disciplines have brought wonderful new things to humanistic study, but I will say (at my peril) that none of these represent as radical a shift as the move from reading to making.” – Stephen Ramsay, “On Building.”


The 2016 CRDM Symposium seeks papers, creative work, and digital projects in a wide range of formats and from various disciplines following the theme of “critical invention.” While the concept of “invention” has a long history in the rhetorical canon, it also exists as a way of thinking more generally about how new objects and processes come into being. Invention, in this sense, might apply to any aspect of our designed environment: the development of new technologies, archives, architecture, software, or visual media, in addition to the development of new texts and ideas. This growing sense that scholars should critically engage with multiple processes of invention is evident in a number of emerging fields: critical making, digital humanities, code studies, digital rhetoric, multimodal composition, and others. This impulse to understand invention as a broad set of dynamic, interconnected processes opens up new potentials for pedagogy, research, and creative practice across disciplines. As John Muckelbauer (2008) argues, an affirmative sense of invention “structures the very possibility of what it means to read, to write, and even to think,” and this sense of invention cannot always be “explained representationally” but must be “demonstrated performatively” (p. xi). It is precisely these sorts of demonstrations, which include but are not limited to language, that we seek for this symposium. Thus, we invite proposals of various formats to explore the following questions:

  • What does it mean to invent critically?
  • What do processes of critical invention look like across disciplines? What does it mean to engage critically with processes of invention in the context of library science, Victorian literature, music theory, neuropsychology, or other fields?
  • Beyond making meaning, what can critical invention actually do?
  • How do these processes affect digital pedagogies, creative production, and research practices?

From video games, to scientific apparatuses, to online interfaces, to computational scripts—any innovative projects invented in pursuit of academic inquiry have a place under our theme of critical invention. Some examples of such projects can be found at the latest issue of Hyperrhiz.

The CRDM Symposium will be hosted in conjunction with the Carolina Rhetoric Conference (March 17-18). This partnership will ensure an expansive, cross-disciplinary audience for presentations. It will also allow participants the opportunity to network with students and invited scholars from a wide range of academic backgrounds.

We invite proposals for the following presentation formats:

  • Student project showcase: presentations of project-based work in a gallery-style setting, either in the format of demonstrating projects, showcasing media art, or poster-style presentations. We welcome various examples and permutations of “critical invention(s)” made as part of academic inquiry, whether it be a gyroscopic computer mouse, a web scraper, or a mechanism to stabilize an ultrasound probe. If you made it for your research, it’s welcome!
  • Panels/lightning round talks: discussions of issues related to critical invention from multiple perspectives, either in traditional 15-20 minute panel presentations or roundtable discussion facilitators—these submissions can take the form of individual presentations or full panels.
  • Workshops/breakout sessions: participatory, hands-on activities and sessions to put critical invention into practice. Possible topics might include critical making, feminist game design, interaction design, new media activism, and more.

Please submit contact information, institutional affiliation(s), and 200-300 word proposals indicating your intended presentation format and description via google forms.
Deadline: February 17th, 2016.

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Sarah Evans’s New Book Review!

Second-year student Sarah Evans, recently published a book review of The Imaginary App, a collection edited by Svitlana Matviyenko and Paul D. Miller in the latest issue of Mobile, Media and Communication.

the imaginary app

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Joel and Peter Presented at American Dialect Society Conference

Happy New Year! We hope your semester is off to a good start!









Our first news item this year is an awesome presentation by second year students Joel Schneier and Petter Kudenov. Just this weekend, they presented “Texting in Motion: Towards the Synchronous Study of SMS” at the American Dialect Society’s 2016 meeting in Washington DC. Their paper, an outgrowth of collaborative project from core CRDM coursework, presents the methodological efficacy of researching how text-messaging is produced and performed in-the-moment. Relying on a revolutionary custom-made chat application that recorded keystrokes from a smartphone and a heads mounted GoPro camera, Peter and Joel were able to collect data about how individuals compose text-messages– including what they deleted–in a mobile and social space.

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CRDMers Contributed to a Collaborative Digital Video Installation









Earlier this semester, CRDMers Jason Buel and Chandra Holst-Maldonado contributed to Local History Through the Camera Lens, a collaborative ​digital video ​installation at Hunt Library. An extension of the project is available at https://centuryfilmcollection.wordpress.com/2015/11/30/introduction/

From the Event Description at Hunt Library: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/event/local-history-through-camera-lens-exhibit

“Explore the history of Raleigh’s Century Film Studios (1950s-1980s) through this exhibit researched by NCSU students and faculty. Century was founded in Raleigh in the mid-1950s by O.B. Garris (formerly of WNAO and WRAL), a prolific cameraman, photographer, and filmmaker. The studio produced campaign films and public service announcements for various prominent North Carolina political figures including Governors Terry Sanford, Jim Hunt, Bob Scott, and others; and short sponsored films for the likes of the North Carolina State Fair, NCSU, the North Carolina Police Information Network, the Boy Scouts, the Record Bar, and Mt. Olive Pickles.

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in Dr. Devin Orgeron’s Seminar in Nonfiction Media (ENG 585 / Fall 2015) were assigned films from the collection, which they then researched, establishing a context for understanding Garris’ work and the historical moment during which they were produced. The exhibit will be available to view on the iPearl Immersion Theater by selecting it from the gallery console from November 11 to December 11.

This exhibit was developed by Dr. Devin Orgeron and Melissa Dollman, with support from NCSU Libraries, NCSU Film Studies, the State Archives of NC, and A/V Geeks.”


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Upcoming Publication of Jason Buel, ABD.

We have some more cool news about Jason Buel’s work to be published soon!

Some of his research on digital documentaries of the EuroMaidan movement will be included in Place, Power, Media, a forthcoming edited collection. His chapter, “Pictures at a Revolution: Babylon ‘13’s Co-Creation of a New Political Imaginary for Ukraine,” grew out of a presentation he gave earlier this year at Visible Evidence XXII in Toronto.


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Jason Buel is ABD!!!

Jason Buel, a third-year CRDM student, has recently passed his preliminary exams and is now ABD.

His dissertation is tentatively titled “This is What Documentary Looks Like: Digital Documentaries and Social Activism.” It focuses on three clusters of questions: 1) How do technological structures shape what it is possible for documentary to do based on the production of visual expressions of “reality”? How do documentaries spark, shape, and act alongside social movements, and how are the inherent politics of documentaries-as-productions-of-truth shaped by technological structures?; 2) How do social movements and activists make use of digital documentary as a set of tools for witnessing, building community, and producing political change?; and 3) In what ways do current trends in digital documentary require a rethinking of the history of documentary (and other nonfiction modes of image production)? To what extent can such a reexamination shed further light on the questions above?

His committee is chaired by Dr. Devin Orgeron (English), and joined by Drs. Chris Ingraham (Communication), Andrew Johnston (English), Steve Wiley (Communication), and Wesley Hogan (Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies).


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