2012 Conference Schedule

Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15

Composing and Constructing Student/Instructor Identities in Digital Spaces

Room: Tompkins 112 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Speaker 1: Facebook, Research Writing, and Student Identity
Speaker 2: Multimodality and Identities in Digital Terrains
Speaker 3: Developing Online Teacher Social Presence in Hybrid Writing Classes

Tags: Identity, Pedagogy, Social Media

Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: The Construction of Community in a Hybrid Graduate Cohort

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

A central concern of graduate programs is cohort cohesion. A strong cohort can serve as a resource for all involved, not only functioning as a social group, but promoting research, supporting coursework, and improving student retention and completion. Unfortunately, developing a strong cohort can be a challenge--especially when its members are distributed geographically. This panel will examine the key practices employed by one such cohort to develop cohesion.

Speaker 1: That’s What She Said’: Humor, Performance, and Collaboration
Speaker 2: Bring It On’: The Use of Music Exchange to Construct Identity and Affirm Social Bonds
Speaker 3: Passing Notes in Class: The Ubiquitous Role of In-Class Synchronous Chat
Speaker 4: Hey Peeps, Remember When . . .’ :  Social Media and Shared Experiences for Geographically Scattered Cohorts

Tags: Collaboration, Digital Spaces, Identity

Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45

ConTEXTualizing Identity through (re)Mediation

Room: Tompkins G123 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel is an exploration of identity in digital, multi-modally mediated environments.

Speaker 1: Techno/rhetorician or Compo/technician: How Does a Digital Scholar Define an Academic Identity?
Speaker 2: The Writer as Architect:  One Fiction Writer's Attempts to Navigate Authorial Identity in New Media
Speaker 3: Weathering the Post-Modern: A Mormon’s Graduate School Literacy Narratives

Tags: Digital Humanities, Identity, Multimodal Composition

Re-thinking Writer Identity through Production

Room: Caldwell G109 Session Time: Friday Session B: 11:30-12:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel examines three ways in which identity is composed through production: participating in the knitting/crocheting social network Ravelry, making traditional and digital crafts, and creating infographics that represent digital writing practices. Together, these disparate projects contribute to ongoing conversations about writer identity in the digital age.

Speaker 1: More Than Stitch and Bitch: Identity Practices on Ravelry and Beyond
Speaker 2: “So... We get to make stuff?”: DIY craft, new media and production
Speaker 3: Time on Our Side: A (De)Mystification of Literacy Practices - Lynn

Tags: Identity, Materiality, Social Media

Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00

Archi-TEXT-ures of Identity: The Impact of Web 2.0 on Graduate Student Representation

Room: Caldwell G107 Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Focusing in on ePortfolios and various social networking sites, this panel will explore how graduate students build identities in digital spaces. In doing this, we hope to question such assumptions as: 1) singular vs. multiple identities and the ability to control self-representation; 2) how building a digital identity affects face-to-face identity within a classroom environment; and 3) a professional/personal divide on public digital spaces.

Speaker 1: Shaky Foundations: Establishing Professional Identity in Digital Spaces
Speaker 2: 'Pardon Our Dust’: Graduate Student Identity Reconstruction on Professional Social Networking Sites
Speaker 3: In Search of the ‘Dislike’ Button: a Call for the Discretionary use of Self-Affirming Technologies in the Composition Classroom

Tags: Identity, Multimodal Composition, Social Media

Performing Online: Opportunities and Challenges in Digital Spaces

Room: Tompkins G118 Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

From the impact of social media in the composition classroom, to the management of sexual identity in video blogs, to the importance of site design for Internet credibility, this panel considers the opportunities and challenges of digital spaces as realms where our personal, professional, and academic lives are increasingly enacted.

Speaker 1: Blogsolation: The Impact of Coming Out Blogs and Videos on Gay Identity
Speaker 2:Facebook Use Among First-Year Composition Students
Speaker 3: Managing an Online Identity: "Distributed Credibility" in Digital Spaces

Tags: Identity, Social Action, Social Media

Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30

Magic, Technology, & Rhetoric: Shifting relationships, identities, & perspectives

Room: Caldwell G109 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

The first presentation examines how rhetorics of magic structure the relationship between humans and technology. The second considers Starhawk as an example of the identity changes which take place in online environments. The third presents student’s digital literacy narratives, and analyzes those texts for examples of New Media literacy practices.

Speaker 1: Magic, Technology, Rhetoric
Speaker 2: Believers and followers: An examination of the digital and virtual identities of Starhawk
Speaker 3: Remediating Identities: Digital Literacies and the (Re)invention of Multiliterate Voices

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Materiality

O Brave NUI World!: Exploring the Implications of Embodied Computing for Digital Rhetoric and Writing

Room: Tompkins 123 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

We are on the verge of a paradigm shift in mainstream computing.  The era of the graphical-user interface is waning and will soon be eclipsed by a wide range of natural-user interface technologies, NUIs. Replacing the centrality of the keyboard, mouse, and desktop metaphor are a growing range of computers that are touch- and gesture-activated.  This panel comprises six presenters in order to offer a wide range of perspectives on an emerging issue. Each presentation will be limited to 6-7 minutes leaving plenty of time for discussion.

Tags: Identity, Multiliteracies, Visual Studies

University Architextures: Composing Student and Faculty Identities as Digital Writers and Scholars

Room: Tompkins G112 Session Time: Friday Session D: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

These three speakers will discuss how the design and implementation of a digital writing space, a programmatic writing requirement, and a long-term research initiative at their medium-sized comprehensive liberal arts institution have contributed to students’ and faculty development as digital writers and scholars.

Speaker 1: Center for Undergraduate Publishing and Information Design
Speaker 2: Online senior portfolios
Speaker 3: The transfer of writing strategies from informal to formal digital writing spaces

Tags: Digital Scholarship, Digital Spaces, Identity

Session Time: Saturday Installation: 2:45-4:30

:) | :( Discursive Performance in Digitally Mediated Communication

Room: Session Time: Saturday Installation: 2:45-4:30 Session Type: Interactive Installation
Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Visual Studies

Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45

Composing in vSpaces: Rhetorical Architext of Second Life

Room: Tompkins G123 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Speaker 1: Second Life in Henry Miller’s Tropic of Capricorn:  The Rhetoric of Unbridled Self-Expression
Speaker 2: Toulmin and Rogerian Models in Second Life: Creating Supplemental Materials in Virtual Worlds
Speaker 3:  Embodying Our Virtual Writing Center Selves: We Are, Who We are, Who We Are
Speaker 4:  Second Life as Third Space:  Remediating the Somatic Mind

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Multimodal Composition

Like an iPrayer: Religion, Spirituality, and the Digital

Room: Caldwell G109 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel examines the growing influence of digital media on practices of prayer and spirituality.  We address the relationship between mainline Christianity and digital technologies; the digital re-mediation of prayer via handheld apps; and rhetorical considerations of extra-religious or “spiritual but not religious” practice in digital realms.

Speaker 1: Possibilities for Composing and Constructing Spirituality in Digital Spaces
Speaker 2: Tapping Into the Divine: Prayer and/as Digital App
Speaker 3: Through a Screen Darkly: Religion in the Digital Age

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Social Media

Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15

Why am I Who Here?: Constructing Instructor Identities in the Online Classroom

Room: Tompkins 129 Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: CREATE!

In this CREATE! Workshop, participants will produce pedagogically-informed plans for constructing teacher identities in online courses.  They will analyze examples and engage with a range of tools for creating online instructor identity, including audio/video files, JING presentations, text-based announcement and feedback, and visual images.  We will discuss some of the reasons that instructor presence matters in online courses, as well as many of the occasions that require conscious decisions about self-presentation.  Most importantly, we will discuss some of the pedagogical reasons for using different tools for different situations. 

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Pedagogy

Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00

Basic Writers in Digital Spaces

Room: Tompkins 123 Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Basic writers in today’s classrooms are non-native speakers in digital spaces. Because they are necessary consumers of digital texts who are often less competent producers, or speakers, of the same, the increasing movement of writing and writing instruction to digital spaces presents both challenges and opportunities for their instructors. This panel presentation addresses a few of those issues via several questions raised by Marissa A. Klages and J. Elizabeth Clark in their article “New Worlds of Errors and Expectations: Basic Writers and Digital Assumptions,” which appears in The Journal of Basic Writers.

Speaker 1: How do we transform the paper and pen classroom to a digitally-saturated environment?
Speaker 2: What are the ramifications?
Speaker 3: How can we engage students so that they can navigate both digital and traditional writing?

Tags: Course Management Systems, Digital Spaces, Identity

Shaping TEXTure(s): Memory, Identity, and Pedagogy

Room: Tompkins G118 Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

As Loftin (2003) explains, through “...sensory inputs--visual, auditory, haptic (pressure, texture, and temperature), olfactory, gustatory, and vestibular...we live our lives immersed in a multisensory world...” (p. 56). These archiTEXTures of perception are tools that enable composing and constructing in digital spaces. This panel explores theoretical and practical considerations students must navigate in the process of composing, concluding with some pragmatic applications for reshaping writing pedagogies.

Speaker 1: DigiTEXTuring Memories and Gaslighting
Speaker 2: Digital Geographies: The archiTEXTure of Space, Place, and Identity
Speaker 3: Digital Classrooms: The reTEXTure of Writing Pedagogy

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Pedagogy

Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30

ArchiTEXTures that reInvent: Thought, Self, and Other

Room: Tompkins 129 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel examines spaces of learning and communication that explore and expand existing theories of rhetoric and composition pedagogy, exploring new textures such as audio, voice, and social media discourse.

Speaker 1: ReHearing & ReSpeaking Voice as a Productive Concept for Composition Studies
Speaker 2: Only (Re) Connect: Unpacking disconnection through Audio Collages
Speaker 3: (Re)Defining What Counts: Embracing Incomplete Critical and Digital Thought in Basic Writing

Tags: Collaboration, Identity, Multimodal Composition

Constructing Identity in Web 2.0 Spaces: Understanding the Possibilities and Constraints

Room: Tompkins G123 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

By examining the relationships between authors, audience, and content in various digital mediums and experiences, this panel discusses what it means to have a digital identity as well as examine any ethical, social, or relationship questions and paradigms across various interactive mediums.

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Social Media

Defining Identity in Online Space: Problems and Provocations

Room: Caldwell G109 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Online spaces redefine the notion of public and private spheres and the relationship between space, body, and self. The hybridity enabled by the spaces presents both provocative spaces to explore identity and problematizes the identity of those unable to speak for themselves. This panel explores how various groups of users construct, or are constructed by, their online identity.

Speaker 1: A Shift in the Construction of Self: What new social media practice means for people whose digital identities are created for them
Speaker 2: Online Voices: Reconstructing One’s Own Map Using Online Illness Narratives
Speaker 3: Redefining Space, Body, and Self in the Secular and Islamic Feminist Rhetorics of Muslim Women’s Cyber Spaces

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Social Media

The Shape of Digital Scholars(hip)

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel questions the design of digital spaces for shaping, exploring, and questioning meaning as it resonates in digital scholarship and for digital scholars. Focusing both upon how gaming and gaming scholarship explores the design of digital spaces as well as how multimodal installations are increasingly present at conventional academic venues, our panel contemplates evolving dimensions of emergent digital scholarship in ways that promote critical inquiry, pedagogy, and pleasure. We are especially unified in our concerns for how digital spaces shape perception, identity, and new forms of rhetorical identification.

Speaker 1: bonnie lenore kyburz. on "screencube." kyburz reflects upon the emergence of a clearer sense of scholarly self as it happens within digital scholarship. Tracing experiences in unintentional scholarly status, kyburz considers extra-curricular identities as they merge with promising digital scholarly forums (C & W, Enculturation, Kairos) in ways that suggest a kind of academic “identity fidelity.” Referencing her long (tragic! thrilling! tantalizing!) experience, Burkean identification, Deleuzean emergence and time-movement concepts, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick's work on humanities publishing, post-digital turn, kyburz contextualizes her hopefully telling evolution by sharing “findings” from her first multimodal installation, “screencube,” which was displayed at the 2102 MLA session, “MoMLA: From Panel to Gallery.” kyburz will share video, interviews, and “confessional texts” from viewers, as she considers the new shape(s) of digital scholarship and performance.

Speaker 2: Pamela Andrews. Performing Reader Response Theory through Virtual Playworlds. Andrews argues that the use of virtual spaces allows readers to perform reader-response theories by creating virtual representations of the text and creating self-representations to populate it. One online forum-based role playing community, Absit Omen, creates an experimental site in which readers can create self-representations, or simulacra, to populate and interact with the text. The simulacra translate the written text of the Harry Potter series authored by J.K. Rowling into a rhetoric of performance wherein the mind and body, previously separated in classical rhetoric as argued by Jay Dolmage, are reunited to create a living text. By looking at the ratios of the pentad involved with the creation of the simulacra and the simulacra’s own performance of the text within the virtual space, she will present a framework for understanding the relationship between the reader and the text as mediated by virtual playworlds.

Speaker 3: Elizabeth Kuechenmeister. Perception = Reality:  The Rhetoric of Game Design in echochrome. Elizabeth Kuechenmeister focuses on the rhetoric of composing in the digital space of the PS3 puzzle game echochrome. She argues that the process of user-created level design is a form of embodied rhetoric and that echochrome, in particular, demonstrates how video games complicate the notion of audience as active in meaning-making because (in part) of how audience/player perception determines truth.

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Infrastructure

Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15

My Name is YouTube and I Expose Your Secrets: ConstrucTEXTING the Underbelly of Video Cultures

Room: Tompkins 112 Session Time: Sunday Session I: 9:00-10:15 Session Type: ConstrucTEXT

This panel will examine videos related to the tragic and lasting exemplars of online video culture that are indicative of the phenomenon of exposure, a phenomenon easily grasped by considering the story of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student who committed suicide in 2010 after his roommate broadcasted a video of him having sex on YouTube.

Speaker 1: My Name is Alexandra Wallace. I Got Called Out for My Anti-Asian Rant at UCLA
Speaker 2: My Name is Tyler Clementi. I Jumped off the George Washington Bridge Because of a Video
Speaker 3: My Name is Evan Emory. My Classroom Video Turned into a Felony Sex Charge
Speaker 4: My Name is Donald Wood. My Rage at My High School Class was Posted on YouTube

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Social Media

Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45

Constructing Identities Online: Mommies, Mates, and Mourners

Room: Tompkins G109 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: Featured Session

New media texts allow users to embody (Lister, et al.) future roles by “putting on” linguistic and visual commonplaces related to identity performances. Testing this claim, our presentations will examine how different forms of new media allow users to construct identities and foster interaction.

Speaker 1: Writing Ourselves into Parenthood: Understanding Social and Technological Rhetorical Conventions in Online Adoption Profiles
Speaker 2: A Rhetorician’s Guide to Love: Constructing Lovers on Match.com
Speaker 3: Commemoration in 140 Characters: How Twitter has Remediated How We Remember

Tags: Digital Spaces, Identity, Multimodal Composition

Writing of the Body: Digital Tools and the Transformation of Hegemonic Spaces

Room: Tompkins 123 Session Time: Sunday Session J: 10:30-11:45 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel will focus on how the relationship between marginalized groups and media in the past as well as in the present can both construct and constrain identities and language. 

Speaker 1: Women, Font, and the Battle for Clarity
Speaker 2: Writing Our Way(s): (Re)Negotiating Native American Identities Through/With Technology
Speaker 3: Beyond Word: Spelling and Grammar Technologies in Networked Environments

Tags: Gender, Identity, Race