Upcoming Events:


Please join us for a special Digital Literacies Reading Group event on Thursday, April 26, 2012.

Derek Van Ittersum, Kent State University, will join us to discuss a recent article he has under review (see below) 
Title: "Craft and narrative in DIY instructions" (PDF)

 This article examines tutorials from the site Instructables.com to highlight the rhetorical possibilities of including personal narratives in instructions. The narratives in these tutorials offer detailed accounts of their authors' experiences constructing their projects, thereby functioning accounts of their craft knowledge. Pitched to amateur hobbyists, rather than the professional audiences of many forms of conventional technical communication, these tutorials offer new ways of motivating readers and teaching craft knowledge and techniques.

Thursday, April 26, 2012
EB 115


Past Events:


Friday, October 21, 2011 :: 4:00-6:00pm, 304, English Building

This meeting will feature Danielle DeVoss, Professor of Professional Writing in the Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures department at Michigan State University. She will be facilitating a workshop with the following title and description:

“Text and Typography”
This hands-on workshop will provide some scaffolding discussion of the importance of text as a design element and documents as designed objects. We’ll look at some theory and scholarship about text—from rhetoric and writing studies, and from graphic design. We’ll then explore different typefaces and the ways they can express meaning, and do some downloading, playing, and creating of different designed texts.
All participants will leave with a jump drive of teaching materials and readings.

Watch for an update here when readings are decided upon.


Thursday, September 29, 2011 :: 4:30-6:00pm, Murphy's on Green Street.

Opening social and planning session for the 2011/12 academic year.


Tuesday, February 16, 2011 :: 4:00-6:00pm, 107a, English Building

The next meeting of the IPRH Digital Literacies Reading Group is on Tuesday, February 16, from 4:00-6:00 in room 107a of the English Building.

This meeting will feature Joyce Walker, Associate Professor of English at Illinois State University. Her talk is entitled, "The Greener (Blue)Grass: Michigan Folk Music Communities and the Development of a Grassroots Research Project." The readings will help us explore ideas of community and technology in music.

Kibby, Marjorie D. "Home on the page: a virtual place of music community," PDF.

Duffy, Michelle. "Lines of drift: festival participation and performing a sense of place," PDF.

A light dinner will be served. We look forward to your joining us.


*****************************************************************************************************************************************Tuesday, November 10, 2010 :: 4:00-6:00pm, 69, English Building

The next meeting of the IPRH Digital Literacies Reading Group is on Tuesday, November 10, from 4:00-6:00 in room 69 of the English Building.

This meeting will feature Paul Prior, Professor of English and Acting Director of the Center for Writing Studies. The readings, which includes some of Paul's newest work, will help us explore cultural historic activity theory as a method for studying digital literacies.

Prior, Paul, and Julie Hengst. "Exploring Semiotic Remediation,"

Prior, Paul. "Remaking IO: Semiotic Remediation in the Design Process,"

Alac, Morana and Edwin Hutchins. “I See What You Are Saying: Action as Cognition in fMRI Brain Mapping Practice.” Journal of Cognition and Culture. 4.3 (2004): 629-661, PDF.

A light dinner will be served. We look forward to your joining us.



September 29, 2010 :: 4:00-6:00pm, 131, English Building

The first Fall meeting of the IPRH Digital Literacies Group will take place on Tuesday, September 29, from 4:00-6:00, in room 131 of the English Building. This meeting will focus on feminism and technology, and will include brief presentations by several of our graduate students who are presenting at the upcoming Feminisms and Rhetorics conference.

We'll also focus on the following readings:

Hocks, Mary. "Cyberfeminism Intersects Writing Research: Studies in Digital Rhetoric." Webbing Cyberfeminist Practice: Communities, Pedagogies, and Social Action. Ed. Kristine Blair, Radhika Gajjala, and Christine Tulley. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2009. 235-253. PDF.

McGaw, Judith. "Reconceiving Technology: Why Feminine Technologies Matter." Gender and Archaeology. Ed. Rita P. Wright. U of Pennsylvania Press, 1996. 52-75, PDF.

We look forward to your joining us.



Thursday, April 30 2010 :: 4pm (Special day and time)

Please join us for a special joint Research-in-Progress Brownbag/ Digital Literacies Reading Group event on Thursday, April 30.

Hugh Burns, from Texas Women's University, will join us to talk about his recent work.

"It's Good Form to Declare One's Schema: A Conversation with Hugh Burns"

Thursday, April 30, 2009
EB 107A

For our meeting, we will read:

Burns, Hugh. "Four Dimensions of Significance: Tradition, Method, Theory, Originality."
Computers and Composition 21.1 (2004): 5-13, PDF.

Hugh also suggested two other items:

A very first short issue piece on artificial intelligence from 1983. "A Note on Artificial Intelligence." here's that link: http://computersandcomposition.osu.edu/archives/v1/1_1_html/1_1_2_Burns.html.

An EDUCAUSE podcast that just went up last Thursday. As Hugh explains,

I continue to try to reconcile my two worlds of educational technology leadership with the explanatory power that the BIG rhetoric tent has provided me these past 35 years or so. Here's that link: http://www.educause.edu/blog/gbayne/PodcastCommentaryEmbracingPoet/170558

*****************************************************************************************************************************************Tuesday, April 7, 2010 :: 5-7pm, 107a, English Building

Professor Ann Bishop, from the Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, will speak at the next digital literacies group meeting on Tuesday, April 7 from 5-7. She will be joined by some of her student collaborators.

Ann's current research projects include


Youth Community Informatics Project

For our meeting, we will read:

Bruce, Bertram C., and Ann P. Bishop. "New Literacies and Community Inquiry." Ed. J. Coiro, M. Knobel, C. Lankshear, & D. Leu. The Handbook of Research in New Literacies. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, 2008. 699-742. PDF.

Bishop, Ann Peterson, Bertram Bruce, and Cameron M. Jones. Community Inquiry and Informatics: Collaborative Learning through ICT, 2006.

The meeting will take place in room 107a English and, as usual, a light dinner will be served.


Tuesday, March 3, 2010 :: 5-7pm, 107a, English Building

All --

Next Tuesday, March 3, we're fortunate to have Professor Jeff Rice, from the University of Missouri, join us for the March meeting of the Digital Literacies Group. His talk is entitled "8 Mile: Networked Decision Making."

Our readings for the evening are:

"Folksono(me)." JAC. Volume 28. (2008).

"Urban Mapping: A Rhetoric of the Network." Rhetoric Society Quarterly (38.2 March 2008)

The meeting will take place in room 107a English from 5:00-7:00.

Copies of the readings will be available in the CWS office, English 288. As usual, a light dinner will be served.

See you next Tuesday!



Tuesday, February 3, 2010 :: 5-7pm, 107a, English Building

All --

We are so pleased and excited to have Antonia Darder, professor of education and cultural studies, join us for our first 2009 meeting of the IPRH Digital Literacies Group focused on digital media and public pedagogy.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 3, from 5-7 in the English Building, 107A.

Professor Darder will discuss her work with DTEC (Diversity Technology for Community Engagement), a coalition at UIUC "committed to breaking cultures of silence by encouraging and creating spaces where community members engage and document issues related to racism power, and privilege at UIUC." We will watch a short video produced by DTEC and begin a discussion about public pedagogy and the use of digital media.

Our readings for the evening are:

Giroux, Henry A. "Cultural Studies, Public Pedagogy, and the Responsibility of Intellectuals." Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 1.1 (2004): 59-79, PDF.

Giroux, Henry A. "Hollywood Film as Public Pedagogy: Education in the Crossfire," Entrepreneur.com. (2008). http://www.entrepreneur.com/tradejournals/article/178704624_1.html

Giroux, Henry A. "Public Pedagogy and the Politics of Neo-Liberalism: Making the Political More Pedagogical." Policy Futures in Education 2.3-4 (2004): 494-503, PDF.

Renov, Michael, et al. "The Political Documentary in America Today." Cineaste (2005): 29-36.

Renov, Michael. "Toward a Poetics of Documentary." Theorizing Documentary. Ed. Michael Renov. New York: Routledge, 1993, PDF.

As usual, a light dinner will be served. We look forward to seeing all of you.




Friday, November 14, 2009 :: 4-6pm, 107a, English Building

Our next DLG meeting takes place on Friday, November 14, from 4-6. We're pleased to have Professor Lori Kendall from GSLIS join us. Prof Kendall's research focuses online community and identity; the social aspects of computing; and gender and technology.

The readings for the evening include:

Jenkins, Henry, Katie Clinton, Ravi Purushotma, Alice Robison, and Margaret Weigel. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. White paper. Chicago: MacArthur Foundation, 2006: PDF.

Kendall, Lori. "Colin Mochrie vs. Jesus H. Christ: Messages About Masculinities and Fame in Online Video Conversations."
IDEALS: http://www.ideals.uiuc.edu/handle/2142/705

Bruns, Axel. "Towards Produsage: Futures for User-Led Content Production." Proceedings Cultural Attitudes towards Communication and Technology 2006. Perth: Murdoch University, 275-84, PDF.

Pizza will be served. We hope you can join us.



Friday, October 10th, 2009 :: 4-6pm, 107a, English Building

All --

Our next DLG meeting will be Friday, October 10th, from 4:00-6:00, in room 107a. This meeting will focus on the new work of composing, the theme of this year's Thomas R. Watson Conference, and will include brief presentations by several of our graduate students.

We'll also focus on readings from several plenary speakers:

Feng, Patrick and Andrew Feenburg. "Thinking about Design: Critical Theory of Technology and the Design Process." Philosophy and Design: From Engineering to Architecture. Ed Pieter E. Vermaas, Peter Kroes, Andrew Light, and Steven A. Moor. Heidelberg: Springer, PDF.

Hayles, N. Katherine "Print Is Flat, Code Is Deep: The Importance of Media-Specific Analysis." Poetics Today 25.1 (2004): PDF.

Manovich, Lev. "The Practice of Everyday (Media) Life." March 10, 2008, PDF.

As always, a light dinner will be served. We look forward to your joining us.


******************************************************************************************************************************************Friday, September 12, 2009 :: 4-6pm, 107a, English Building

All --

We are so pleased to have Chip Bruce join us for the inaugural meeting of the Digital Literacies Group on Friday, September 12 at 4pm. His talk will include a discussion of his experiences with Paseo Boricua in Humboldt Park and how the boundaries between literacy, digital technologies, and community activism are intersecting in productive ways. With this, we'll take a look at a 1902 article by John Dewey, in which he presciently argues for the school as a social center. Also on the agenda is a video interview of Glynda Hull on children and youth in emerging and transforming societies.

The readings for this meeting are:

Bruce, Bertram C., and Maureen P. Hogan. "The Disappearance of Technology: Toward an Ecological Model of Literacy." Handbook of Literacy and Technology: Transformations in a Post-typographic World. Ed R. Kieffer. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum: 269-81. http://www.isrl.uiuc.edu/~chip/pubs/disappearance.shtml

(If you have not yet read Chip's "Coffee Cups, Frogs, and Lived Experience," a piece the DLG read last year, you'll want to read this contribution too:

Bruce, Bertram C. “Coffee Cups, Frogs, and Lived Experience.” To appear in P. Anders (ed.), Festschrift for Ken and Yetta Goodman. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, forthcoming, PDF.

Bruce, Bertram. C. "From Hull House to Paseo Boricua: The Theory and Practice of Community Inquiry." Invited Lecture. Philosophy of Pragmatism: Salient Inquiries, Babe?-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2007, September 29). http://illinois.edu/goto/cluj

Dewey, John. "The School as Social Centre." The Elementary School Teacher 3.2 (1902): 73-86, PDF.

Flores-Gonzalez, Nilda. "Paseo Boricua: Claiming a Puerto Rican Space in Chicago." Centro Journal (Fall 2005): http://www.prcc-chgo.org/prcc_publications_archive.htm.
(This provides a good background history on Paseo Boricua.)

Hull, Glynda. Video interview. Children and Youth in Emerging and Transforming Societies. International Conference (2005): Hull, Glynda. Video interview. Children and Youth in Emerging and Transforming Societies. International Conference (2005): http://childhoods2005.uio.no/childhoods_videos/glynda_hull/index.html

We're will also discuss our exciting and emerging lineup for the fall and look forward to hearing your ideas about possible readings and activities. A light dinner will be served too!



Spring 2008 Schedule

Friday, April 18 :: 4-6pm, 107a, English Building

Our guest speaker will be Professor Anne Wysocki, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.


Wysocki, Anne Frances. “Seeing the Screen: Research Into Visual and Digital Writing Practices.” Handbook of Research on Writing: History, Society, School, Individual, Text. Ed. Charles Bazerman. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2008. 599-611, Word File.

---. “The Sticky Embrace of Beauty: On Some Formal Problems in Teaching about the Visual Aspects of Texts.” Writing New Media: Theory and Applications for Expanding the Teaching of Composition. Ed. Wysocki, Johndan Johnson-Eilola, Cynthia L. Selfe, and Geoffrey Sirc. Logan: Utah UP, 2004. 147-197, PDF.



Friday, March 7, 4-6pm, 107a, English Building

Professor Spencer Schaffner, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will be our guest speaker

The readings for this meeting include:

Schaffner, Spencer.
"Strategic Simulations," PDF.

Robillard, Amy E. and Ron Fortune. "Toward a New Content for Writing Courses: Literary Forgery, Plagiarism
and the Production of Belief." JAC 27.1-2 (2007): 183-208, PDF.

Spencer asked that we also take a look at these examples of strategic simulations.



Friday, February 15, 4-6pm, 107a, English Building

Professor Lisa Nakamura will talk about race, gender, and digital games research. Her talk is entitled "Racializing Games: Who and What MMORP's are For." It will focus specifically on World of Warcraft, national origins and aesthetics of online gameplay, theories of avatarial capital accumulation, and the racialization of gaming labor.

The readings for this week address issues of race, gender, and sexuality in digital spaces:

Alexander, Jonathan, with Mark McCoy and Carlos Velez. "A Real Effect on Gameplay": Computer Gaming,Sexuality, and Literacy." Gaming Lives in the Twenty-First Century. Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe and Gail E. Hawisher. New York: Palgrave, 2007. 167-89, Word file.

Byrne, Dara N. "The Future of (the) 'Race': Identity, Discourse, and the Rise of Computer-mediated Public Spheres." Learning Race and Ethnicity: Youth and Digital Media. Edited by Anna Everett. Cambridge:
MIT, 2008: 15-38, PDF.

Nakamura, Lisa. "After/Images of Identity: Gender, Technology, and Identity Politics." Reload: Rethinking Women and Cyberculture. Ed. Mary Flanagan and Austin Booth. Cambridge: MIT, 2002: 321-31, PDF.



Friday, January 25, 4-6pm, 107a, English Building

Our next DLG meeting will be Friday, January 25th, from 4:00-6:00.

We are delighted that Professor Cheryl Ball from Illinois State University will be a guest speaker at our first digital literacies meeting this spring. Her talk is entitled "What's the point of new media?: Evaluating transitional, digital scholarship" in which she discusses a heuristic for evaluating digital scholarship:

After the recent MLA Report on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion (2006) was published, scholars of digital writing see a renewed need for heuristics to evaluate digital scholarship for readers new to evaluating online work. This online work takes many forms, such as the spectrum that Allison Brovey Warner (among others) outlines in her 2007 dissertation on digital scholarhsip, ranging from print to new media. Warner's study outlined a heuristic for evaluating traditional webtexts -- such as those Kairos publishes -- as scholarship. But, as Warner suggests, her heuristic covers the majority of online texts published in digital writing studies, but leaves room for other scholars to explore the ways that such a heuristic might be applicable (or flexible) for texts that incorporate multimedia elements. This presentation will draw on Warner's heuristic, testing her outcomes on several "new media" texts (i.e., those that are transitional between traditional, print-like webtexts and those that use multimedia elements to enact and convey meaning) and suggest ways that the heuristic can be more inclusive of the unique features of new media scholarly texts as they appear now in their infancy. The intent of this talk is exploratory, just like the structural design of some of the new media texts being discussed. I hope that this presentation will be a starting place for discussion of future research plans and methods regarding the evaluation of new media scholarship.

Afterwards, we move from scholarly production to classroom production. Our own Amber Buck and John O'Connor will talk about their goals and strategies for teaching the Writing With Video Class. One of the questions we'll want to ask relates to how evaluative practices with the often technology-savvy undergraduates can inform our thinking about the profession's peer review criteria for multimodal texts.

Readings for the evening are:

Ball, Cheryl E. "Show, Not Tell: The Value of New Media Scholarship." Computers and Composition 21.4 (2004): 403-25, PDF.

DigiRhet.org. "Teaching Digital Rhetoric: Community, Critical Engagement, and Application. Pedagogy 6.2 (2006): 231-59, PDF.

"Scholarship in New Media." In "Report of the MLA Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure
and Promotion." Profession (2007): 43-47, PDF.


Warner, Allison Brovey. "Assessing the Scholarly Value of Online Texts." Chapter 5 from unpublished dissertation, PDF.


(Note: Warner used webtexts that were winners or finalists from Kairos Best Webtext award, from every year it was given except the most recent, but not including collections (like the C&W coverwebs that won). So when she mentions texts like Wysocki (bookling monument) or Anderson (Prosumer piece) or Walker (Textural Textuality), they are all from the awards page: http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/awards/pastwinners.html)


Fall 2007 Schedule

Tuesday, December 4, 5-7pm, 107a, English Building

The next meeting of the Digital Literacies Group is Tuesday, December 4th, from 5:00-7:00, in Room 107a EB.

The reading agenda includes three chapters from a new book in which several of us in writing studies have participated. Edited by Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis, Ubiquitous Learning includes short pieces that represent digital media efforts that cut across the disciplines here at the university.

In addition to the readings, Patrick and Gail will present a piece titled "21st Century Literate Lives," which was coauthored with Shafinaz Ahmed, Yuki Kang, Hannah Lee, Vanessa Rouillon, and Sophie Dewayani. And Hannah Bellwoar and Cory Holding will do a presentation over their extraordinarily successful Writing with Video classes. Videos by Cory and Amber Buck will also be shown.


Burbules, Nicholas C. "Meanings of 'Ubiquitous Learning.'" Ubiquitous Learning. Ed. Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis, (forthcoming).

Hawisher, Gail E., Paul Prior, Patrick Berry, Amber Buck, Steven E. Gump, Cory Holding, Hannah Lee, Christa Olson, and Janine Solberg. "Writing (2): Digital Media as Tools for Reflection and Research on Literate Activity." Ubiquitous Learning. Ed. Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis (forthcoming).

Hull, Glynda. "At Last: Youth Culture and Digital Media: New Literacies for New Times." Research
in the Teaching of English
38.2 (2003): 229-33.


Thursday, November 8, 4:45-6:45pm, 107a, English Building

Cindy Selfe, Ohio State University, will be our distinguished guest on November 8th. She will be discussing her upcoming article in College Composition and Communication, "The Movement of Air, The Breath of Meaning: Aurality and Multimodal Composing."

Videos for the evening:

We will show a brief excerpt from Bump Halbritter and Todd Taylor's "Remembering Composition."

Halbritter, Bump, and Todd Taylor, Dir. "Remembering Composition." JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory. DVD format. 2007


Brooks, Kevin, Michael Tomanek, Rachel Wald, Matthew Warner, and Brianne Wilkening. "What's Going On? Listening to Music, Composing Videos." Computers and Composition Online. Fall 2006. 20 September 2007. http://www.bgsu.edu/cconline/brooks/

Rice, Jeff. "The Making of Ka-Knowledge: Digital Aurality." Computers and Composition 23.3 (2006): 266-79, PDF.

Selfe, Cynthia L. “The Movement of Air, The Breath of Meaning: 
Aurality and Multimodal Composing.” College Composition and Communication, forthcoming, Word File.

Shipka, Jody. "Sound Engineering: Toward a Rhetoric of Multimodal Soundness." Computers and Composition 23.3 (2006): 355-373, PDF.


Tuesday, October 16, 5:00-7:00pm, 107a, English Building

Presentations for October 16th include Derek Van Ittersum's discussion of his upcoming article “Computing Attachments: Engelbart’s Controversial Writing Technology,” and Anatoliy Gruzd's presentation of his innovative writing software: PIRA.

Videos for the evening:

Sloan, Robin and Matt Thompson. Epic 2014. November 2004. (8 minutes)
19 September 2007. http://robinsloan.com/epic/

PIRA demo video at http://pira.isrl.uiuc.edu

Web 2.0 . . . The Machine is Us/ing Us (4 minutes)


Van Ittersum, Derek. "Computing Attachments: Engelbart's Controversial Writing Technology." Computers and Composition, forthcoming, PDF.

Bruce, Bertram C. "Coffee Cups, Frogs, and Lived Experience." To appear in P. Anders (ed.), Festschrift for Ken and Yetta Goodman. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, forthcoming. http://ilabs.inquiry.uiuc.edu/ilab/inquiry/documents/2085/home/frogs.pdf

Prieto, Maria J. and Elise S. Youn. "Interview with Bruno Latour: Decoding the Collective Experiment." Agglutinations.com. July 5, 2004. Retrieved 28 September 2007 from http://agglutinations.com/archives/000040.html

Gruzd, Anatoliy A and Twidale, Michael B (2006) Write While You Search: Ambient Searching of a Digital Library in the Context of Writing. In the Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Digital Libraries in the Context of Users' Broader Activities (DL-CUBA), Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL'06), pp.13-16, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Available at http://dlist.sir.arizona.edu/1662/01/CUBAGruzd.pdf


First Meeting, Wednesday, September 12

Our first organizational meeting will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12, in 107a of the English Building, from 4:00-6:00.

At this first meeting, we plan to elicit suggestions from participants as to readings they'd like to pursue and presentations they'd be interested in giving. For this meeting too Jeff Grabill, Professor and Director of the Writing in Digital Environments (WIDE) Initiative at Michigan State, will talk about his community research and most recent article on civic rhetoric and digital media/literacies. For the meeting, please read

Simmons, Michelle and Jeffrey Grabill. "Toward a Civic Rhetoric for Technologically and Scientifically Complex Places: Invention, Performance and Participation." College Composition and Communication. 58.3 (2007): 419-448.

If you don't have access to the article, Teresa Bertram (tbertram@uiuc.edu) will be happy to forward you one. Jeff's most recent book is Writing Community Change: Designing Technologies for Citizen Action (2007).

We expect the readings and performances to range widely across the disciplines depending upon the interests and desires of those in the group. Let me know if you have questions, and, in the meantime, we look forward to seeing many of you at the first meeting.