Monthly Archives: December 2015

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

From the Event Description at Hunt Library:

“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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Kris Bell is ABD!!!

Kris Bell unanimously passed her preliminary exams today.  She also presented the prospectus for her dissertation, titled, “Growing up in a world like this:” Interpretations and performances of intersectional parenthood in The Walking Dead.
Kris’s committee is composed of Drs. Nick Taylor, Devin Orgeron, Chris Poulos of UNC-Greensboro, and co-chaired by Drs. Ken Zagacki and Sarah Stein.

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New CRDM GA Position for CHASS IT!

CHASS IT is offering a one-year (renewable) graduate assistantship for one CRDM student. This is a great opportunity for those interested in digital humanities, emerging technologies, pedagogy, and interdisciplinary collaborations. The student selected for this position will work full time (20-hours/week) as a graduate assistant with CHASS IT under the supervision of Justin Daves.

At this point, we are selecting candidates for the 2016-17 academic year. Only students on GSSP are eligible for the position. If you are interested, please send me a CV and a brief statement of interest by JANUARY 15th, 2016.

For more information, please see the call below.

CRDM Graduate Assistantship assigned to CHASS IT
General Duties: The primary purpose of this position will be to serve as a conduit between faculty teaching courses related to digital humanities and CHASS IT.  The TA will provide consultation to faculty and assist them in selecting appropriate technologies for their pedagogical needs; convey system or technology requirements to IT staff members; assist faculty with implementing the selected technologies; and provide some support to the classes.  The TA may need to conduct demonstrations of how to use technologies for classes or serve as a support resource to either faculty or students enrolled in those courses.  The types of technologies a TA may encounter in this role include XML, Omeka, LAMP environments, OpenJournal, content management systems, ArcGIS, open source tools or software (such as GIMP, InkScape, etc.), and Arduino.  The successful candidate is not expected to be familiar with all of these technologies, but should be open to exploring them (and other solutions) individually and with guidance and assistance from IT staff members.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills: The preferred candidate will have strong communication skills and be able to translate pedagogical needs into technical requirements.  The candidate should also be comfortable with recommending a variety of technologies to solve various problems.  The candidate should be comfortable giving overviews or presentations related to technical solutiosn when necessary.  Some familiarity with some of the technologies listed above would be a plus.

For additional questions, please contact:
Justin Daves, CHASS IT Director

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Dwiyatna Widinugraha (Gaha), ABD!!!

Another CRDMer has successfully passed his prelims today! Dwiyatna Widinugraha, known fondly among us as Gaha, unconditionally passed his preliminary oral exam and defended his prospectus this afternoon and is therefore now ABD! His committee is chaired by Dr. Melissa Johnson, and joined by Drs. Jason Swartz, Andy Binder, James Kiwanuka-Tondo.

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Carolina Rhetoric Conference 2016 is Accepting Proposal Submissions!

Hosted by NCSU Rhetoric Society of America Student Chapter, Carolina Rhetoric Conference 2016 will take place on March 17-18th, immediately before the CRDM Symposium on the 19th and 20th. The Planning Committee is led by co-chairs Chen Chen, 2nd-year CRDMer, and Kendra Andrews, 1st-year CRDMer.

Please see the CFP below and circulate!

Carolina Rhetoric Conference 2016: Rhetoric in the Making

March 17-March 18, 2016

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Rhetoric from antiquity to now has been about invention, as rhetors shape situations through persuasive practice. The productive capacities of technologies available in the contemporary moment offer new meanings to rhetoric and create spaces for new rhetorical actions. With the historical and contemporary in mind, the CRC invites presentations on the theme of “Rhetoric in the Making.” How have technologies and media changed the way we practice, understand and theorize rhetoric? How do we “make” rhetoric now? Presenters may explore questions/topics such as:

  • rhetoric and new media
  • digital rhetoric
  • critical making
  • new means of invention and delivery
  • rhetoric and embodiment
  • performative rhetoric
  • rhetoric and social movements
  • digital activism

Presenters are invited to submit proposals in the following formats:

  • Individual Presentations
    • Paper Presentations: Individual papers will be grouped into panels based on common themes.
  • Panel Presentations: Each panel should include three 20-minute individual presentations focused on a central topic, with 15 minutes for Q&A.   
  • Roundtable Discussions: Roundtable discussions should have at least four presenters, focusing on subjects that reflect current conversations in the field and extend the conference themes. Presentations should be short, and presenters should conversationally engage the audience in dialogues and discussions.  

Individual proposals should be no more than 350 words. Panel or roundtable proposals should be no more than 750 words.

In an effort to extend the conference both spatially and temporally, the CRC will produce and distribute a series of conference recordings that will serve as the digital proceedings. Once your proposal is accepted, we will ask for your consent to have your presentation recorded and included in the digital proceedings.
Proposals due: Jan 31, 2016.  Presenters will be notified February 15, 2016, of acceptance. Submit your proposal abstract or panel presentation via this Google Form:

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