2012 Conference Schedule

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

Composing an Occupation: Technology and the Occupy Movement

Room: Tompkins G109 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

"Occupy Wall Street." The phrase strikes fear in the heart of bank executives and scholars alike: everyone knows that in order to win an argument you need to have an argument. This panel explores richer rhetorical and cultural implications of the movement, focusing on situated knowledge, transformative access, memes, and enthymemes.

Speaker 1: Occupied:  race, writing, and the problem of diversity in the occupy wall street movement

Speaker 2: The Occupy Wall Street Argument: Putting the Meme in Enthymeme

Tags: Open Source, Social Action, Social Media

New Media Activism

Room: Caldwell G107 Session Time: Friday Session A: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Citizens are increasingly using social media venues and multimodal texts as a means of sharing their public voices on compelling issues. This panel looks at the dynamic nature of user-generated content on Web 2.0 sites and the new opportunities these sites bring for political activism and raising awareness about social issues.

Speaker 1: Embodiment and Social Media: The Role of Twitter in the Egyptian Revolution
Speaker 2: Fighting for Civil Rights on YouTube: Identity construction in a gay family's videos

Tags: Digital Spaces, Social Action, Social Media

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

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

Writing Beyond Classroom Walls

Room: Caldwell G109 Session Time: Friday Session C: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

This panel looks at the variety of ways that classroom projects can extend beyond the physical bounds of the classroom and institution, into dynamic situations with authentic audiences. Panelists will explore service learning, blogging, and transdiciplinary multimodal projects as productive means of expanding the composition classroom.

Speaker 1: Beyond Reflection: Writing Digitally with Communities in Service Learning
Speaker 2: For Real this Time, Taking the Composition Classroom Online and Outside of School
Speaker 3: Tuning archiTEXTure for Transdisciplinary Contexts

Tags: Collaboration, Digital Spaces, Social Action

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

Excavating Feminist Futures

Room: Tompkins 129 Session Time: Saturday Session E: 8:30-9:45 Session Type: ConstrucTEXT

In the move from the printed page to performance, live individuals re-presenting the words of feminist theorists in the context of my original prose, emphasizes the relevance of the body in feminist theory. An accompanying digital piece provides a literal grounding for the spoken words, reinforcing and reinscribing the non-discursive affective elements of feminism, namely the relevance of spirituality to feminist practice.

Tags: Digital Scholarship, Gender, Social Action

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

Constructing Queer Digital Spaces: An Overview, a History, a Future

Room: Tompkins 126 Session Time: Saturday Session F: 10:00-11:15 Session Type: Featured Session

In 2002, Jonathan Alexander and Will began soliciting manuscripts for the first queer-focused special issue of Computers & Composition. Despite a smattering of essays addressing queer issues and digital composition, the topic had not been addressed in any substantial way. The resulting issue, *sexualities, technologies, and the teaching of writing,* opened new avenues for scholars, highlighting the complex intersections of sex/sexuality and technologies, from issues of representation in digital environments to to the promises and possibilities for such work in the classroom. Ten years later, our field has exploded with a new generation of young queer scholars who are pushing the boundaries queer scholarship and technology studies.  In this featured session, Jonathan and Will explore this "queer turn" in computers and writing scholarship and use video interviews with emerging researchers to highlight a future for our scholarship.

Tags: Digital Scholarship, Gender, Social Action

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

Lost Online: Classroom Websites and Distance Education

Room: Tompkins G109 Session Time: Saturday Session G: 2:45-4:00 Session Type: Panel Presentation

Student apathy and engagement with online class material are a perennial problem. This panel offers suggestions for course design, reading student evaluations, and creating spaces to encourage interaction on class websites.

Speaker 1: “Here we are now, <strike>entertain</strike> educate us”: Course websites and a redefinition of student apathy
Speaker 2: “I don’t want to feel as though I’m hiding” - Iterations of Student Identity in Ubiquitous Computing Environments and Hybrid Classrooms
Speaker 3: Assessing Online Writing Course Student Evaluation Methods and Response Rates

Tags: Digital Spaces, Pedagogy, Social Action

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

Digital Composing/Resisting Possibilities in Public Schools

Room: Caldwell G111 Session Time: Saturday Session H: 4:15-5:30 Session Type: Roundtable

The NC Writing Project sites have resisted the restrictive nature of digital composing in K-12 classrooms by inviting teachers and students to become digital composers and to resist the limited vision of technology that they work within. This panel explores the breakthroughs that happened when teachers work in collaboration to make digital composing available to students. 

Tags: Pedagogy, Social Action