Methods and Methodologies for Research in Digital Writing and Rhetoric

Centering Positionality in Computers and Writing Scholarship, Volume 1

Edited by Crystal VanKooten and Victor Del Hierro
Copy edited by Tony Magialetti. Designed by Mike Palmquist.

CoverMethods and Methodologies explores how researchers theorize, design, enact, reflect on, and revise digital writing research. The contributors to the two volumes of this edited collection explore how digital technologies can be used to solve problems, challenge the status quo, and address inequities. In some cases, they do so by using familiar digital technologies in novel ways. In other cases, they explain the use of relatively new or less familiar technologies such as digital mapping apps, Twitter bots, audio-visual captions, and computer programming code. By reflecting on the lessons that emerged from their work—and in particular on their own positionality—the authors provide methodological narratives that are personal, professional, and individual yet foundational. By combining attention to human positionality and digital technology, Methods and Methodologies addresses important social issues and questions related to writing and rhetoric.

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Front Matter


Introduction, Crystal VanKooten and Victor Del Hierro
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Section 1. The Journey and the Destination: Accessing Stories of Digital Writing Researchers

Chapter 1. Lessons Learned from an Early Career, Five-Year Project with Digital Methods: Accounting for Positionality and Redressing Injustice, Ann Shivers-McNair
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Chapter 2. Flipping the Table and Redefining the Dissertation Genre with a Digital Chapter, Temptaous Mckoy
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Chapter 3. Strategies for Accessing and Articulating Voices through Digital Writing Research Projects, Janine Butler
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Chapter 4. “Tell Virgil Write BRICK on my brick”: Doctoral Bashments, (Re)Visiting Hiphopography and the Digital Discursivity of the DJ: A Mixed Down Methods Movement, Todd Craig
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Section 2. Memory and Documentation: Digital Archives and Multimodal Methods of Preservation

Chapter 5. Digital Story-Mapping, Eda Özyeşilpınar and Diane Quaglia Beltran
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Chapter 6. Social Network Analysis and Feminist Methodology, Patricia Fancher and Michael J. Faris
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Chapter 7. Recording Nonverbal Sounds: Cultivating Rhetorical Ambivalence in Digital Methods, Kati Fargo Ahern
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Chapter 8. Digitally Preserving the Home through the Collective: A Communal Methodology for Filipinx-American Digital Archiving, Stephanie Mahnke and James Beni Wilson
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Chapter 9. Counter, Contradictory, and Contingent Digital-Storytelling through Minimal Computing and Community-Praxis, Bibhushana Poudyal
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About the Editors

Crystal VanKooten is Associate Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Oakland University in Rochester, MI, where she teaches courses in the Professional and Digital Writing major and in first-year writing and serves as co-managing editor of The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects (JUMP+). Her work focuses on digital media composition through an engagement with how technologies shape composition practices, pedagogy, and research. Her publications appear in journals that include College English, Computers and Composition, Enculturation, and Kairos. Her digital book, Transfer across Media: Using Digital Video in the Teaching of Writing, was funded by a Conference on College Composition and Communication Emergent Research/er Award and is available online from Computers and Composition Digital Press. The book is a qualitative research project that provides an in-depth look at the experiences of eighteen first-year students as they completed different kinds of video composition assignments in their writing courses.

Victor Del Hierro is Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Technical Communication in the English department at the University of Florida and Associate Director of the TRACE Innovation Initiative. His research focuses on the intersection between hip-hop, technical communication, and community. Previous publications include “DJs, Playlists, and Community: Imagining Communication Design through Hip Hop” in Communication Design Quarterly, “From Cohort to Family: Coalitional Stories of Love and Survivance” in Composition Studies Journal, and “Comunidad de Cuentistas: Making Space for Indigenous and Latinx Storytellers” in Bilingual Review.

Publication Information: VanKooten, Crystal, and Victor Del Hierro (Eds.). (2022). Methods and Methodologies for Research in Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Centering Positionality in Computers and Writing Scholarship, Volume 1. The WAC Clearinghouse; University Press of Colorado.

ISBN: 978-1-64215-154-1 (PDF) | 978-1-64215-155-8 (ePub) | 978-1-64642-382-8 (pbk.)
DOI: 10.37514/PRA-B.2022.1541

Digital Publication Date: November 15, 2022
Print Publication Date: June 2023

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Practices & Possibilities

Series Editors: Aimee McClure, Clarke University, Mike Palmquist, Colorado State University, and Aleashia Walton, University of Cincinnati
Associate Editor: Jagadish Paudel, University of Texas at El Paso

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