This is the second half of a 2014 interview with Dr. Jody Shipka. If you missed the first half, it’s available via both Zeugma's website and LibSyn.

Dr. Shipka was the featured presenter at the Digital Writing and Research Lab’s 2014 Speaker Series. Before her presentation, she sat down with DWRL assistant director Steven LeMieux for this interview. The first half of their conversation focused on Shipka’s 2011 book Toward a Composition Made Whole. In what follows, they turn their attention toward the possibilities and challenges of multimodal scholarship.

Many of Shipka’s recent projects have themselves unfolded across a range of modes and media. Notable among these is “Inhabiting Dorothy,” a project that began when Shipka purchased six boxes at a yard sale—boxes containing scrapbooks, photo albums, and other life materials belonging to a deceased couple named Dorothy and Fred. The project, Shipka writes, is “inspired, in part, by projects where people revisit, re-stage, or reenact images of themselves taken at an earlier point in time. Unlike those projects, however, this one asks people to recreate, respond to, or otherwise attempt to inhabit images belonging to people they have never met.” You can learn more about the by watching the video of Shipka’s DWRL presentation, which is available via the lab’s YouTube channel. That video is freshly captioned, and a transcript of it is available via this episode’s page on the Zeugma website.

Direct download: OnMultimodality_2.mp3
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This is the first half of a two-part interview with Dr. Jody Shipka, who was the featured presenter at the Digital Writing and Research Lab’s 2014 Speaker Series. Steven LeMieux, an assistant director in the DWRL, conducted this interview during Dr. Shipka's visit. The interview was originally published on the website of the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) as part of the final project of HASTAC’s 2013-14 rhetoric and composition working group: “Evocative Objects: A Workbook on Multimodal Composition including Assignments, Exercises, and Further Reading."



Jody Shipka is an associate professor of English at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and author of the book Toward a Composition Made Whole. In that book, she makes the case for introducing more multimodal work into composition classes, from interpretive dances to cakes to essays written on ballet slippers. She also outlines a detailed framework for assigning and responding to such work. The theoretical and pedagogical concerns of Toward a Composition Made Whole are the focus of this half of the interview. The second half, which focuses on the possibilities and challenges of multimodal scholarship, will be available soon via Zeugma’s various streams.



Direct download: OnMultimodality_1.mp3
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A preview of our upcoming episode on the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication is now available! In it, the DWRL's Stephanie Odom talks digital rhetoric pedagogy withJim Brown, a DWRL alum and assistant professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Check back next week for the full episode, which will include a longer cut of our chat with Jim Brown, as well as interviews with Kathleen Blake Yancey of Florida State, Ron Brooks of Oklahoma State, and Jenny Rice of the University of Kentucky!

Direct download: CCCC_Preview_with_Jim_Brown.mp3
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The full 50-minute version of our interview with Trish Roberts-Miller, an edited version of which was featured in our episode on procrastination. Dr. Roberts-Miller is a professor in The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Rhetoric and Writing.

Direct download: Full_Trish_Roberts-Miller_Interview.mp3
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Every year, the DWRL holds a Speaker Series event, inviting scholars from across the country to present research that sits at the intersections of rhetoric, writing, and digital technology. In past years, the lab has hosted Cynthia Selfe, Victor Vitanza, DJ Spooky, Jody Shipka, Cynthia Haynes, and Gregory Ulmer. In 2015, we had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Collin Brooke, associate professor of rhetoric and writing at Syracuse University. Dr. Brooke also serves as the Director of Electronic Resources for the Rhetoric Society of America and is the author of the book Lingua Fracta: Towards a Rhetoric of New Media.

His talk at the DWRL was entitled "Entropics of Discourse: Post/human Rhetorics Amidst the Networks." In that talk, part of an in-progress book project, he traced connections between the so-called "master tropes," network studies, and the concept of entropy. I sat down with him before the talk to discuss these concepts and connections, and about the particular challenges of choosing the medium or media in which digital rhetorical work gets published.

In addition to his larger projects, Dr. Brooke is also the curator of Rhetsy, a weekly collection of, quote, "rhetorical miscellany," which you can subscribe to here.

Check back soon for an interview with Dr. Jody Shipka, the lab's 2014 speaker.

Direct download: Collin_Brooke_DWRL_Interview.mp3
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In light of the proposition of the state of Texas's House Bill 3389, which would limit the distribution rights of smaller Texas breweries, the Zeugma podcast team interviews head brewer Bob Galligan of Hops & Grain Brewery in Austin. We discuss the tight-knit community of craft beer brewers and drinkers in the city, and the future of the craft brew movement in Austin and beyond.

Direct download: ZeugmaBreweries.mp3
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Austin, Texas: home to live music, weird vibes, and many, many food trucks. In this episode, we interview food truck experts on both sides of the register in order to discuss the rhetorical appeal of food trucks and why that appeal is so successful here in Austin. From the patron's point-of-view, food trucks are a polarizing part of food culture. For the people who run the food trucks, the truck is a fun and practical way to do what they love. Warm thanks go to our new food truck friends at Melvin's Deli Comfort, Hey!... You Gonna Eat or What?, Mighty Cone, and Skinny Limits.

Direct download: Zeugma_3.6_Food_Trucking.m4a
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Canvassing, fundraising and philanthropy are practices that rely heavily on emotional rhetorical appeals that have been around for millenia. Beginning with Aristotle's discussion of emotion in the Rhetoric, we ask several experienced Austin fundraisers what has changed and what stays the same when raising cash for a cause goes online. What do Classical emotional appeals look like with modern media?

Direct download: Digital_Canvassing.mp3
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In Austin, Texas, the honky tonk offers more than inexpensive beer and a place to two-step to the sound of the pedal steel guitar. For locals, it also provides a kind of retreat from the fast, commercial rhythms of the metropolis growing relentlessly around them. In this episode, which continues Zeugma's investigation of Austin's "weirdness," we visit a couple of honky tonks and reflect on their history and their contributions to the city's cultural life. We also speak with Christine J. Warren, whose book Honky Tonk Debutante: The History of Honky-Tonk Music as I Care to Tell It (2014) chronicles the heyday of the jukebox and the Texas honky-tonk community.

Direct download: Zeugma_3.4_Honky_Tonking.m4a
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Since its founding in the late 1830s, our home city of Austin, Texas, has been known by various names--Bat City, the City of the Violet Crown, and the Live Music Capital of the World, to name just a few. In this episode, the Zeugma team explores the history of Austin's nicknames and some of the ways that the city has transformed itself into a hub of tourist and musical activity. We also hear from a few Austinites who question whether or not the city is living up to its reputation for "weirdness."

Direct download: ZeugmaTourism.mp3
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