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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.
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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.

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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.

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Congratulations Daniel Trigoboff, ABD!

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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.

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CRDM Student Krystin Gollihue Nominated for NCSU Equity for Women Award

Second-year CRDM student Krystin Gollihue has been nominated for an Equity for Women Award, sponsored by the NC State University Council on the Status of Women. Nominations are for faculty, staff and students who exhibit outstanding leadership in establishing equity for women at NC State University.

Krystin’s service to CRDM and the broader NC State community centers on the ways women can be supported, emotionally and professionally. As secretary of CRDM-SA, she has continued her predecessor’s, CRDM third-year Meridith Reed, commitment to mentorship within CRDM and has organized many groups and conversations on ways that we can better support intersectional work in academia. In addition, her scholarship focuses on revealing the ways that critical making and technology studies have their historical foundations within communities of working-class women and women of color.
Krystin will attend the 2017 Sisterhood Dinner where the nominees will be honored and the winner will be announced.

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NC State Represents at the Meeting in the Middle Conference


Three CRDM Students and several NCSU faculty members attended and presented at the 2017 Carolinas Writing Program Administrators Meeting in the Middle Conference. Meridith Reed (3rd year CRDM student) and Dana Gierdowski (CRDM alumna) served as Featured Advocates and shared their work, “More One-on-One Attention”: Advocating with Research for Student and Teacher Needs in Writing Spaces.”


Kendra Andrews (2nd year CRDM student) ran a brief workshop, “CFP Central” where participants learned and shared ideas about proposals for the upcoming CRDM Symposium and this summer’s CWPA Conference in Knoxville, TN.


Meridith Reed and Dana Gierdowski served as facilitators for Advocacy Interest Group Workshops and explored on-going work with the presenters and participants of the conference.


Chen Chen (3rd year CRDM student) and Casie Fedukovich (Assistant Director of the FYW Program) also attended and added their voices to the ongoing conversation.

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Krystin Gollihue presents her work on #farmher at Carolina Rhetoric Conference

Second-year CRDM student Krystin Gollihue presented at the Carolina Rhetoric Conference held at the University of South Carolina.

Her presentation was titled “#FarmHer and the Hybrid Rhetoric of 21st Century Female Farmers” and detailed a visual analysis of Instagram images made by women in agriculture that both push against and reify the boundaries of traditional gender identity and labor.


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