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Digital Materiality at #4C15, anyone?

Digital Materiality at #4C15, anyone?

Jana Rosinski and I are organizing a panel or roundtable on digital materiality at CCCC 2015 in Tampa. Here is the call we wrote. Let me know if you have any questions, and please share with any interested parties! We'd like to have all abstracts by May 9 (soon!) so we can prepare the proposal for a May 19 deadline.

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We seek roundtable or panel participants to help us raise questions about what digital materiality has meant and means in composition, rhetoric, and writing studies. Exploring definitions and histories of digital materiality might help us better understand how those definitions and histories influence our teaching, scholarship, research methods, and everyday writing processes. We are trying to bypass binaries (print vs. digital, human vs. nonhuman, etc.) and think in terms of co-agency -- tools and bodies as co-agents/participants.
We imagine that this session will provoke a rich and inviting conversation about some of the following questions:
  • how might digital materiality be defined/practiced and for what purposes?
  • how has materiality been defined/practiced in rhetoric and composition? does it have/what are the tensions it has in relation to digitality?
  • what do theories and pedagogies of digital materiality afford/allow/make available?
  • in what ways does “matter” as a physical trace or corporeality accommodate temporal and performative dimensions of writing? what are the limits of material specificity? 
  • what conversations are happening, or should happen, between rhet/comp and related fields (communication, media studies, digital humanities) if we are to think and practice materiality more productively and generously?
  • how might the relationships between human and nonhuman agency be explored in terms of digital materiality?
  • in what ways can the digital be constructed as material? or how might digitality be given dimension/texture/resistance?
Please send short abstracts (around 100-200 words) to both Jana Rosinski ( and Rachael Sullivan ( no later than May 9.  We would like the session to incorporate audience feedback and participation beyond a traditional 15-minute Q&A, so we’re especially hoping to find colleagues who can help us do that. 
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Image: mold used to create Best Friends (wax casting of 451 connections on Facebook) by Colin Pinegar



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