Monthly Archives: February 2016

Larissa Carneiro Presented at Inspiring Extremism-Creating Trust: The Conflict of Powers of Religious Rhetoric

This past week, Larissa Carneiro, fourth-year PhD candidate in CRDM, presented at the international conference on religious rhetoric: Inspiring Extremism-Creating Trust: The Conflict of Powers of Religious Rhetoric. The conference was in Hanover, Germany, and attendees were coming from numerous countries. Larissa’s paper was titled: “The Material Network of Creationism, or, How to turn the Bible into Scientific Facts.

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J.J.’s New Publication

Screen Shot 2016-02-24 at 1.27.19 AMControversies in Digital Ethics was published on February 25th, 2016 and features the chapter “Little Brother: How Big Data Necessitates an Ethical Shift from Privacy to Power,” written by third-year CRDM candidate J.J. Sylvia IV. In this chapter, J.J. examines the problems with attempting to understand and legislate big data through the ethical framework of privacy. For example, the traditional protections of notice and consent no longer make sense in the world of big data, because many of the most beneficial uses of data are not apparent until long after such data has been collected. Therefore, it’s impossible to notify and allow users to consent to all of the ways their data will be used before it has been collected.
This work connects closely with J.J.’s dissertation project, which aims to develop an affirmative approach to information and big data as an alternative to the privacy framework that is more familiar to critical theory. This affirmative approach focuses on experimental processes of subjectivation using big data, drawing heavily on the work of scholars such as Gilbert Simondon, Gilles Deleuze, and Félix Guattari.

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Meridith Reed presented at the Carolina Writing Program Administrators Meeting in the Middle Conference

On February 12, Meridith Reed, a second-year student,  presented at the Carolina Writing Program Administrators Meeting in the Middle Conference. Her presentation, “Lowering the Cap to Raise the Bar – The Sequel: An Assessment of Smaller Class Size in NCSU’s First Year Writing Program,” reported on the research that she and Dr. Dana Gierdowski are conducting for the first-year writing program.


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Cristiane Damasceno is ABD!!!

Third-year CRDM student, Cristiane Damasceno has unconditionally passed her preliminary exams and is moving forward with work on her dissertation titled:  “The massive meets the local:  An ethnographic exploration of open education learning circles.” 
Her committee consists of Deanna Dannels (chair), Adriana de Souza e Silva, Paul Fyfe, and Nick Taylor.

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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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