Who Tells Your Story? Historical Voices in Hamilton

May 03, 2016  Finals week always brings looming deadlines: projects and papers, revisions of a co-authored journal article, and grading final projects submitted by my undergraduate students. When I volunteered several months ago to write this blog post, I planned to write about some in-progress research on climate change communication. Like I’ve done...

From Ashes to Ashé: Carlton Successfully Defends Dissertation

April 26, 2016  Congratulations to Tricia Carlton who successfully defended her dissertation, From Ashes to Ashé: Memorializing Traumatic Events through Participatory Digital Archives. Pictured with Tricia are members of her dissertation committee (left to right): Dr. Bruce B. Janz, Dr. Barry Mauer, Dr. Jeffrey Bedwell (Psychology), and Dr. Mark Kamrath (Chair). Dr. Natalie...

Materiality, emoji, and WHY IS THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHOUTING AT ME?

April 22, 2016  I’d like to talk about the material nature of digital technologies, which is something that we often overlook…as long as those technologies are operating as we expect. Most of us use a variety of electronic devices- smartphones, tablets, computers- to transmit, receive, search for, comment on, and otherwise interact with...

UCF Graduate Research Forum Winner

April 06, 2016  Congratulations to Texts & Technology student, Jennifer Miller, who won First Place in the Fine Arts & Humanities category at UCF’s 2016 Graduate Research Forum. In addition to a cash award, Jennifer is off to compete in at the State-level research forum to be held in Gainesville at the end...

T&T Students Miller & Dieterle lead terrific interactive workshop

March 31, 2016  T&T students Jennifer Roth Miller and Brandy Dieterle led a terrific interactive workshop, From Strategic Objectives to Digtial Tools: Using Social Media for Activism, at the Department of Writing & Rhetoric’s Annual Symposium. They are pictured here with DWR’s Jacob Stewart who helped lead the workshop. T&T faculty Dr. Angela...

T&T Student Jardaneh Successfully Defends Dissertation

March 31, 2016  Congratulations to T&T student Kevin Jardaneh for successfully defending his dissertation,Building a Foundation for Goal-Attainment and Problem-Solving in Interdisciplinary Studies: Reimagining Web-Based Core Curriculum Through a Classical Lens, on March 31. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Stephen Fiore (Institute for Simulation & Training), Dr. Bruce Janz (Chair), Kevin,...

Bertolt Brecht’s Dramatic Structure

March 25, 2016  For Bertolt Brecht, the dramatic structure underlying any situation reflects the structure of social forces at work in society. Since Brecht was a Marxist living in an industrial capitalist nation, he understood these social forces as competing classes (although he also dealt with historical struggles, such as “science versus church,”...

Dining with the Cyborgs: Cotto Successfully Defends Dissertation

March 22, 2016  Congratulations to T&T student Maggie Cotto for successfully defending her dissertation, Dining with the Cyborgs: Disembodied Consumption and the Rhetoric of Food Media in the Digital Age, on March 22. Maggie is pictured here with members of her Dissertation Committee (L to R): Dr. Barry Mauer, Dr. J. Blake Scott,...

T&T Student Mitchell Successfully Defends Dissertation

March 14, 2016  Congratulations to T&T student Cynthia Mitchell for successfully defending her dissertation, ”Exploring Repurposing Across Contexts: How Adolescents’ New Literacies Practices Can Inform Understandings about Writing-Related Transfer.“ Cynthia’s dissertation explores how middle school students engage in new literacies practices and how they repurpose across contexts. With the use of screencast software...

Making Comics as Scholarship

February 26, 2016  **This post has been re-blogged from ProfHacker with permission of the author.** For the last few years, I’ve been collaborating with Roger Whitson on editing Comics as Scholarship, a special issue for Digital Humanities Quarterly. The open-access issue is now available and may be of interest to anyone experimenting with alternatives...

Surviving the Fear Monster: Getting a PhD

February 22, 2016  To determine how my first post to our blog could have the most impact, I had to figure out what I could add of value to this discussion, while simultaneously thinking about all the plans I currently have in motion – conferences, papers, publications, if the job market will hold...

T&T 2015-16 CAH Award Winners

February 14, 2016  Congratulations to T&T alum Leandra Preston-Sidler on being chosen for the College of Arts and Humanities 2015-2016 Award for Outstanding Dissertation for her dissertation, “Watch Me Disappear: Gendered Bodies, Pro-Anorexia, and Self-Injury in Virtual Communities.” Additional Congratulations to T&T student Sara Raffel on being chosen for the College of Arts...

U Can Finish!

February 10, 2016  I had the pleasure of attending UCF’s Dissertation Forum on February 5, an event hosted by the UCF Libraries and the UCF College of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty and ProQuest Academic. Lots of useful information was shared, from utilizing important researcher...

Success of Women Faculty & ProQuest Academic: Baker Successfully Defends Dissertation

February 08, 2016  T&T student, Carissa Baker, attended the UCF Dissertation Forum, a one-day event hosted by the UCF Libraries and the UCF College of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with the UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty and ProQuest Academic. The program was designed to foster knowledge sharing and provide information about...

"Hello, Glass."

January 29, 2016  Sometimes, your program director presents you with fun gadgets and says, “Here. Figure this out.” That’s how we got our hands (and eyes!) on a set of never-been worn Google Glass. While there have been talks about new Google Glass coming in the near future, for now, Google Glass remains...

Digital Humanities Workshops by Brian Blackburne

January 27, 2016  On Tuesday, January 26, 2016, the T&T Guest Speaker Series brought T&T Alum Brian Blackburne (2008) to campus. Dr. Blackburn shared lunch with T&T students, faculty, and staff and discussed his experience with the hiring and tenure process. That evening, Dr. Blackburne conducted a lecture titled, “2 kewl 4 skool:...

A Summary of The Art of Memory by Frances Yates

January 22, 2016  In classical rhetoric, images and text were mapped onto virtual places to aid the memory of orators. Memory was enormously important to orators because they were expected to deliver long speeches with total accuracy. In fact, memory was of such value that there developed an “art of memory” designed to...

Florida Film Studies: Finding a Subject Field of My Own

January 20, 2016  When I was admitted into the Texts and Technology program in the Fall of 2014, like many of the colleagues in my cohort, I had a general idea of what my research interests were and a vague sense of how I could co-opt these interests into a significant dissertation project....

Trust and the Art of Collaboration

December 30, 2015  The art of collaboration is a strange creature. I spent my entire life working in theatres in various production roles – acting, designing, directing – and perhaps these experiences instilled in me the understanding of how a final work can really benefit from the oversight of multiple, occasionally overly passionate,...

Why changing your profile picture isn’t “slacktivism”: Social media and solidarity in times of crisis

December 25, 2015  There have been many critiques leveled at those who participate in social media during times of crisis, including calling people who change their profile pictures or share viral videos “slacktivists.” However, I would suggest reframing the discussion from “slacktivism,” which I find to be a charged term that implies that...