Research in Rhetoric: Digital, Visual & Archival Methods

October 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Johnson Center, Meeting Room G, George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030
Kara Oakleaf

GMU STC sponsors its third Fall for the Book event, a panel on Research in Rhetoric: Digital, Visual & Archival Methods. This panel features three scholars with diverse research and publication experience in the fields of rhetoric, composition, and communication. In Digital Rhetoric: Theory, Method, Practice (2015), Dr. Douglas Eyman reviews a range of methods and practices from fields within the humanities, social sciences, and information sciences to determine how traditional rhetoric applies to digital rhetoric in theory and in practice. In Still Life with Rhetoric (2015), Dr. Laurie Gries uses the digital research method of iconographic tracking to study the circulation and transformation of the iconic Obama Hope image, to explore the movement of visual rhetorics in networked environments. In American Lobotomy: A Rhetorical History (2014), Dr. Jenell Johnson details the rhetorical history of lobotomy and its varied representations in the contexts of medicine, politics, and popular culture, to examine the socio-cultural influences of biomedicine. These three scholars discuss how they selected, used, and tailored different research methods from their fields, as well as methods borrowed from other fields, to develop their research projects and book publications. A Q&A with the audience follows the formal presentations. Sponsored by the Mason Society for Technical Communication.