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Carolina Rhetoric Conference and CRDM Symposium are Happening this Week 3/17-3/20!!!


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by | March 15, 2016 · 11:13 am

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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Dr. Jeremy Packer’s Farewell Party

Students and faculty came out to Dr. Jeremy Packer’s farewell party tonight, and Dr. Steve Wiley presented him with two gifts that were framed posters of CRDM symposiums Jeremy organized. Best of luck, Jeremy! We will miss you!

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BigDIVA Launch Event with CRDMer Joel Schneier

CRDM student Joel Schneier and CRDM affiliated faculty Tim Stinson are both involved in the BigDIVA project. Please join them for their launch event, details below!

Please join us for the official BigDIVA Launch Event!

Oct. 16, 2015 from 12-2 PM

in the Teaching & Visualization Lab

at James B. Hunt Library

The event will feature a live demo and talk by Dr. Laura Mandell of Texas A&M University. Lunch will be served.

No RSVP necessary. Contact Tim Stinson with any questions


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Meet the 2012 CRDM Cohort!

As we have for the 2010 and 2011 cohorts, we’d like to officially welcome the 2012 cohort of CRDM students into the program. We’ll be talking a lot about these students for the next four years, so we want to give you a short introduction to each:

Emily Jones

University of North Carolina Wilmington, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies in 2009 and Master of Arts in Environmental Studies in 2010.

Interested in small town cultural studies to peace communication and dance and music as a form of communication in international cultures (basically I love everyone)

Favorite website/meme:

Elizabeth Pitts

BA and MA in English, Georgetown University

Studies how digital technologies can enhance teaching and learning, and how these technologies are changing our ideas about authority and expertise.
Favorite websites/memes:,

Eli Typhina

B.A. Art and Environmental Studies from the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University

M.A. Communication from Washington State University

Interested in using new media and creative communication methods (i.e. sculpture) to bridge the communicative gap between government agencies and communities concerning environmental issues (with a focus on water issues).

Molly Hartzog Storment
See also @HerzogStorment and

BA in English and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages certification from Mississippi State University, 2009; MA in English, with an emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition at NC State University, 2012

My research interests are broadly concerned with the rhetoric of science, technology and the environment. While in CRDM I am working with NCSU’s IGERT in Genetic Engineering and Society to study the social effects of transgenic pests, specifically the Aedes mosquito that transmits dengue virus.
Favorite meme: LEEROY JENKINS!
This is my favorite for two reasons: 1. It died before its time. 2. Sometimes it is a necessary (albeit not ideal) approach to getting things done.

Hector Rendon
See also @ValekRendon, and (in Spanish)

BA in Journalism at the National University of Mexico; MA in Digital Media at the Hochschüle für Künste Bremen.

My interests are related to digital journalism, news aesthetics patterns and the construction of reality through news stories. In the CRDM program I am mainly working in the connection between digital journalism consumption and how this affects people’s perception of the surrounding world.

Larissa Carneiro

Previous education: Master’s in Communication (PUC – Brazil)  and Undergrad in Communication and Journalism (FUMEC – Brazil)

Interested in the intersection between Media and Religion.

Alexander Monea

See also his page.


  • MA in Literary & Textual Studies, Bowling Green State University

  • BA in English, Walsh University

Research Interests: Media Studies; Code/Software Studies; History of Technology; Continental Philosophy; Cultural Studies; (Post-)Marxism; Political Theory (Democratic Theory, Public Sphere Theory); Aesthetics (Affect, Phenomenology).

My current projects have been focused on the development of electronic punch-card computers (Hollerith & IBM machines) to collect and process data on complex systems (demographics, psychographics, actuarial tables, ecosystems, etc.).

Favorite Meme: Reverend X – The One Man Show / Spirit of Truth

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Come take a look, it’s on the blog (for 36 months and counting)

I can fly twice as highThe CRDM student blog is celebrating its 36th month of existence. We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the blog’s best posts and series. But you don’t have to take our word for it!

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (To Start Your Next Year in the Program): This four-part series on how to be a CRDM student walks though each year and offers some stellar advice.

CRDM faculty Q + A: We take classes with them and work with them on scholarly projects, but now we’d like to learn more about what else they’re doing. We checked in with David RiederJessica JamesonChris AnsonMatt MayDavid Berube, Susan KatzMaria PramaggioreSusan Miller-CochranRobert SchragCarolyn R. MillerBrad MehlenbacherR. Michael YoungJason Swarts, Adriana de Souza e SilvaElizabeth CraigAndrew Binder and Victoria Gallagher.

How to get published:  CRDM professors Dr. Jason Swarts, Dr. Chris Anson, Dr. Susan Katz, and Dr. Carolyn Miller explain how to turn a seminar paper into a publication. Infographics ensue.

Dissertations and ABD announcements: Have you ever wondered what CRDM student dissertations look like? Want to know which CRDMers have passed their oral exams? We’ve got you covered. 

Where in the world are CRDM grads? We’ve mapped where each CRDM grad is currently working. Spoiler: CRDMers work all across the country (and the world).

Advice posts: the blog also features some excellent advice and inspiration, covering topics spanning from the ABCs of ABDs to innovative seminar papers, from Peruvian research projects to notes on NCSU-hosted conferences.

Publications: CRDM students are regularly publishing their research in a wide variety of scholarly venues. We periodically collect these publications and brag ’em up a little. For our past braggings, click here, here, here, and here. To be included in future braggings, you should 1) become a CRDM student, and 2) watch your inbox–we’ll send out a call for your publications later on this semester.

Image credit: Lauren Clark

Pun credit: PBS/Lavar Burton

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CFP: Emerging Genres, Forms, and and Narratives in New Media Environments

The CRDM program at NCSU is pleased to announce the CFP for our 4th annual research symposium, organized by Carolyn R. Miller.  We hope you’ll join us in Raleigh for the event this spring!

Call for Papers
Emerging Genres, Forms, Narratives—in New Media Environments
Research Symposium
19–20 April 2013
Program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (CRDM)
North Carolina State University

Submission deadline: 1 February 2013

Digital media have enabled what impresses most observers as a dizzying proliferation of new forms of communicative interaction and cultural production, provoking all manner of multimodal experimentation, artistic and entrepreneurial innovation, adaptive construction and reconstruction, and a good deal of just plain play. Hyperlinking, interactivity, and crowdsourcing change our narrative strategies and structures. Some of these new forms go viral, some persist, some adjust incrementally, others languish or are rapidly replaced by something else. Scholars in multiple fields have begun to explore these processes of emergence, innovation, and stabilization, many of them working with the concept of genre, which has become newly important in rhetoric, literature, game studies, library and information science, film and media studies, applied linguistics, and elsewhere. As social recognitions that embed histories, ideologies, contradictions—as sites of inventive potential—as recurrent social actions—genres are constitutive of culture, in Giddens’s sense. Genre systems can tell us a great deal about social values and cultural configurations; narratives tell us who we are and who we want to be; rhetorical and poetic form offers recurrence, recognition, satisfaction.

The 2013 CRDM Research Symposium will explore through both theoretical inquiry and case studies these processes of emergence, innovation, and stabilization as rhetorical energy meets the affordances and constraints of new technologies. Issues of interest include the relationship(s) between medium (or technological affordances) and the evolution and stabilization of genre conventions; historical examples of genre emergence when old media were new (print, film, phonography, radio, television, etc.); the re-mediation or adaptation of familiar forms and narratives in new media; the potentialities of new combinations of modalities, of sound and text, image and word; the processes of global distribution, uptake, and modification of historically and culturally situated forms and narratives; the emergence and assimilation of new forms and genres in education, science, religion, and politics.

Sponsored by NC State’s doctoral program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media, the annual CRDM Research Symposium brings together faculty, graduate students, invited speakers, and other participants to engage in collective inquiry and dialogue on a topic of interdisciplinary interest.

Keynote speakers for 2013 include Janet Giltrow (University of British Columbia), Lisa Gitelman (New York University), David Herman (Ohio State University), and Neil Randall (University of Waterloo Games Institute). For a full list of our keynote and featured speakers, please see the Speakers page.

We invite participation from CRDM faculty and graduate students; from other departments and programs across NC State University; from other universities and colleges, and from corporate, governmental, and academic institutions throughout the Research Triangle and at the national and international levels. We welcome two main types of submissions: (1) traditional paper presentations, and (2) digital projects or installations. To present a paper, please submit a 250 word proposal by 1 February 2013 through the submission portal on the conference website (Please note: you must have an account with the site to submit a proposal). To present a digital project, demonstration, or installation, please submit a 250 word proposal/description of the installation. Additionally, please include as much detail as possible about your space and technology requirements. Notifications will be sent on 15 February 2013.

Joint Event with Carolina Rhetoric Conference
The 2013 CRDM Research Symposium will be held jointly with the annual Carolina Rhetoric Conference (CRC), a graduate student conference organized cooperatively by students in rhetoric at Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, and NC State University, and hosted this year by CRDM students and the NC State chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America. The CRC is open to any graduate students interested in rhetorical studies. Several events will be held jointly by the CRC and the CRDM Symposium on Friday, and participants in each event will be able to attend sessions at the other.

Publications and Media Archives
We plan to publish selected papers from the Symposium as an edited volume and/or special journal issue related to the theme and to make videos of Symposium presentations available on the CRDM website. The CRC plans to create a podcast series. More details will be available later.

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