Doug Eyman and Collin Brooke, October 8th 6:30-8:30pm
Please join CUNY DHI and the Graduate Center Composition and Rhetoric Community (GCCRC) for a conversation about the intersection of writing studies and digital humanities with Doug Eyman and Collin Brooke. We are excited to welcome these two innovative scholars to share in an important discussion concerning the future of digital rhetoric. Doug Eyman is a professor of digital rhetoric, technical and scientific communication, and professional writing at George Mason University and the senior editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy; Collin Brooke is a professor of of Rhetoric and Writing at Syracuse University and is the author of Lingua Fracta: Towards of Rhetoric of New Media (complete bios below).
This event will take place on Tuesday, October 8th from 6:30-8:30pm at the Graduate Center, CUNY in Room C415A.
Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public, registration is not mandatory.
This event is co-sponsored by the Graduate Center Composition and Rhetoric Community (GCCRC).
Digital Rhetoric and the Infrastructure of DH
As a new field, digital humanities has wrestled with questions of identity, boundaries, and what “counts” both in terms of methods and practice. After a brief overview of recent conversations in the DH arena, this presentation argues that digital rhetoric serves as the methodological and practical infrastructure of digital humanities work in all of the suggested iterations of research *and* practice. Indeed, digital rhetoric provides an inclusive framework that can help the digital humanities articulate its identity at the levels of theory, method, and practice. And, as Collin’s work shows, digital rhetoric also provides the tools for critical analysis of current methods and practices–a move that is key to the continued development of a field.
Douglas Eyman teaches courses in digital rhetoric, technical and scientific communication, and professional writing at George Mason University. Eyman is the senior editor and publisher of _Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy_, an online journal that has been publishing peer-reviewed scholarship on computers and writing since 1996. His scholarly work has appeared in _Pedagogy_, _Technical Communication_, _Computers and Composition_, and the edited collections _Cultural Practices of Literacy_ (Erlbaum, 2007), _Digital Writing Research: Technologies, Methodologies, and Ethical Issues_ (Hampton Press, 2007), and _Rhetorically Rethinking Usability_ (Hampton Press, 2008), among others. His current research interests include investigations of digital literacy acquisition and development, new media scholarship, electronic publication, information design/information architecture, teaching in digital environments, and massive multiplayer online role playing games as sites for digital rhetoric research. His first monograph, _Digital Rhetoric: Theory, Method, Practice_ is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press.
Too Big to Scale? Culturomics and Crypto-Rhetorics
Since the Google Books Team’s 2010 article in Science and their release of the N-Gram Viewer, the idea of “culturomics” has begun to appear in a variety of academic studies (e.g., Twenge et al.2012, Kesebir & Kesebir 2012, Greenfield 2013). While the resulting claims have garnered attention, both in academic circles and in the popular media, we have spent less time examining the methodological assumptions behind these studies. As a method, culturomics presupposes certain relationships between language and culture; those of us who study rhetoric and digital humanities should be conscious of and prepared to interrogate those assumptions. Drawing on network studies as well as what Hayden White once described as the “tropics of discourse,” this presentation offers both an examination and critique of culturomics as method.
Collin Gifford Brooke is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing at Syracuse University, where he teaches courses in digital rhetorics, research methods, and social media. He is the author of Lingua Fracta: Towards of Rhetoric of New Media (Hampton Press, 2009), which won the 2009 Computers and Composition Distinguished Book Award, as well as numerous essays and chapters in a range of online and print venues. He served for a time as the Associate Editor of College Composition and Communication’s Online Archive, and is currently the Director of Electronic Resources for the Rhetoric Society of America. He blogs at http://www.cgbrooke.net
and microblogs as @cgbrooke.