Monthly Archives: April 2017

CRDM’s Karl Feld is an active academic and presents at several conferences

GSRS17_Karl-Feld-CRDM-1-768x575On April 21, CRDM Student, Karl Feld, presented a paper to the German-Austrian-Swiss track of the the 70th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference on Langage, Literatures and Cultures at University of Kentucky.  His paper was titled Taking the Sonderzug nach Pankow: A case study of managing response to foreign transnational broadcasting inside the the German Democratic Republic. This presentation focused on the Germanistik (or cultural-historical) components of the case. The KFLC is a bilingual conference with presentations and discussion in both foreign languages and English.  The full program can be found at

On March 22, Karl Feld participated in the 2017 NCSU Graduate Symposium, presenting a poster on his work Stimulating and controlling crisis; A case study of the German Democratic Republics response to foreign transnational broadcasting.  The poster focused on the rhetorical turns in the case using performance theory.  More information on the Symposium can be found at

On March 18, Karl Feld presented his paper Containing Udo Lindenberg’s music; A case study of the German Democratic Republic’s response to foreign transnational music broadcasting to the Southeast Chapter of the American Musicological Society at their Spring Meeting at Furman University.  The presentation focused on the musicological elements (media and performative) of the case study.  The AMA conference is attended by researchers involved in music theory, music composition studies and music history.  It sometimes includes live performances for presentation purposes of work under study.
AMA SE 2017

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

CRDM Students and Faculty Present Research at Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) Conference

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 12.49.48 PMRecently, 3rd year CRDM students Sarah Evans, Jessica Elam-Handloff, and Eddie Lohmeyer, along with CRDM faculty member Nick Taylor, presented a panel entitled “Becoming LEGO-fied: The Materialities of Construction Toy Fandom” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) conference. Drawing on their qualitative research conducted at BrickUniverse LEGO fan conventions in 2016 and 2017, each panelist presented a unique viewpoint on LEGO hobbyism and fandom, building toward the notion of LEGO as media.

Sarah Evans’ presentation, “Build it up/Break it down: The (re)mediation of gender in LEGO fandom” explored LEGO’s relationship to gender.

Jessica Elam-Handloff’s presentation was titled “Brick by Brick: Power/Knowledge and Legitimacy in LEGO Fandom’s Instructional Support Infrastructure,” and examined LEGO model kit instructions in the context of after-market retailers creating and selling military themed LEGO kits and accessories.

Nick Taylor presented “Purity and the Boundaries of Belonging Among LEGO Enthusiasts”, a look at LEGO hobbyism’s material and discursive practices that influence notions of purity in the creation of custom LEGO kits, minifigures, and accessories.

Eddie Lohmeyer’s presentation, “The Lego Builder as Artist: Mimetic Embodiment and the Sensation of the Brick”, considered the affective and mimetic dimensions of LEGO toward a politics of artistic expression and revolutionary potential.

The PCA/ACA conference is a national convention drawing scholars from a variety of disciplines. This year’s conference, held in San Diego, CA, included thousands of presenters and attendees. This group of CRDMers represented in the Material Cultures division, engaging the audience in productive, scholarly discussion.


They also went to Legoland. Because research.

Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 12.49.34 PM

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Congratulations to Chandra Maldonado, new Ph.D. Candidate and busy scholar

_Headshot_lolOn February 7, 2017, third-year CRDM candidate Chandra Maldonado passed her preliminary exams as well as her prospectus presentation. Her committee is chaired by Dr. Victoria Gallagher and committee members include Drs. Devin Orgeron, Sarah Stein and Ken Zagacki.  Chandra’s proposed dissertation title is, “Recovering Roosevelt: Memory and the Restoration of American Exceptionalism in Contemporary Visual Culture.”  The project draws upon literature and methods in visual rhetoric and documentary film studies to examine and evaluate the consequences of discourses related to Theodore Roosevelt and their circulation in contemporary culture.


Chandra recently presented her research on early 20th century visual culture and the visual rhetoric of documentary as a mode of free speech at this year’s Southern States Communication Association Conference.

This summer Chandra will travel to Alta, Utah to present a portion of her dissertation research at the 20th Biennial NCA/AFA Summer Conference on Argumentation. Her presentation “Remembering Roosevelt in Networks of Argument: A Museum’s Role in the Manufacturing of Public Memory,” explores how and to what extent museums and other internal networks play vital roles in the manufacturing of public memory. While Chandra uses the Roosevelt Memorial at the American Museum of Natural History as a case study, her primary focus explores the importance of internal networks, such as museum administration, as central rhetorical agents in the conception of public spaces and the discourse which promote them.

Her co-authored essay titled “ A Kairos for Our Time: Invention, Temporality and the Metistic Rhetor” (with William Trapani) will be published in the 50th anniversary special issue of Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Congratulations Daniel Trigoboff, ABD!

Dan Trigoboff

Trigoboff wins prizes for his two great-nieces at a local fair. The hammer was borrowed.

Third-year CRDM Student, Dan Trigoboff passed his comprehensive exams unconditionally, and is all-but-dissertation. Trigoboff’s committee is Melissa Johnson (chair), Jessica Jameson, Cat Warren, Steve Wiley, and SMU (formerly UNC) law librarian and professor Tim Gallina.

Dan’s defense was March 13, 2017 and his dissertation is a case study of a TV station as it has transitioned from analog to digital technology, focusing on its effects for TV news, and internal, corporate, and external communication.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Congratulations Dr. Damasceno!



Please join us in recognizing Dr. Cristiane Damasceno’s on her successful dissertation defense.

CRDM candidate Cristiane S. Damasceno successfully defended her dissertation on March 28th, 2017.

Cristiane’s work is titled “Massive Courses Meet Local Communities: An Ethnography of Open Education Learning Circles.”

Her committee is chaired by Dr. Deanna P. Dannels (Communication), and joined by Dr. Nicholas T. Taylor (Communication), Dr. Adriana de Souza e Silva (Communication), and Dr. Paul Fyfe (English).


Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Melissa Adams Earns Top 5 GIFT Paper and Will be Featured in Public Relations Journal

MeIn February, Melissa Adams won one of the top five papers for the Great Ideas For Teaching (GIFT) teaching presentations and competition. Adams’ submission “Social Media Policy Assignment,” has been accepted for presentation in the Public Relations Division at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Conference

The GIFT (Great Ideas for Teaching) competition was expanded for AEJMC 2017 to include a high-density session for tested, innovative classroom assignments. The top five assignments are featured as briefs in The Journal of Public Relations Education.

Melissa’s assignment “Social Media Policy” was developed for her Com 498 Advanced Topics in Public Relations course offered here at NCSU in Fall 2015. The assignment required students to work with a local nonprofit, small business, or campus organization to create a policy. Several of the client organizations actually implemented their student’s policy. These included student organizations, two nonprofits, and two small businesses (where students were employed).

Students noted in instructor feedback that this assignment was very useful as it gave them an opportunity to develop “real world” experience and a document they could use as both a portfolio piece and a professional writing sample.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized