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The inside scoop on the DWRL: DJ Spooky and more!

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As a new HASTAC scholar and assistant director at UT Austins Digital Writing and Research Lab (DWRL), one of the oldest and largest labs of its kind in the country, I wanted to give yall a preview of what the Lab is about and what were up to this year.  The Lab is focused on digital media pedagogy and research and is staffed by graduate students-several of whom are HASTAC scholars--who also teach in its five computer-classrooms and run its collaborative project groups.  Since the Lab has so much in common with the HASTAC community, we would like to keep you updated on the various projects and events that are happening at the Lab this year as they unfold.  Look for those postings to start in October, but heres a taste of whats to come

We are very excited that DJ Spooky is coming this fall!  Hell be giving a talk October 12th as part of the DWRLs annual speaker series.  And in keeping with the buzz for all things audio created by Spookys talk, the DWRLs e-journal, Currents in Electronic Literacy, is doing an issue on writing with sound.  The issue will feature an audio-text by Avital Ronell in which she insists that Nietzsche was a DJ.  We welcome submissions from the HASTAC community, so keep an eye out for the forth-coming CFP, which the Currents project members will be blogging about shortly.

Shifting from sound to the visual, the Visual Rhetoric project group will continue its coverage of visual rhetoric, visual culture, and pedagogy on the DWRLs award-winning blog, viz.  The group will also continue its partnership with the Steve in Action project, which studies how social tagging can alter how museum-goers engage with and experience museum collections.

Our Immersive Environments project is focused all things gaming, including commercial games, serious games, persuasive games, alternate reality games (ARGs), Second Life, and much more. Theyll be thinking about how to incorporate games into the rhetoric and writing classroom.

And last, but not least, the DWRLs Engaged Networks project will be partnering with the Tomlinson-Hill Film and Interactive Project, an exciting community engagement and documentary initiative in Marlin, TX.  Project members will be training high school kids how to collect oral histories using Flip video cameras, which will then be embedded into a specially-designed interactive map.
Keep an eye out for future blog posts from the DWRL about these projects!  



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