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Jody Shipka to Speak at 2016 FYWP Winter Colloquium

Dr. Jody Shipka will deliver the plenary presentation at the 2016 First-year Writing Program Winter Colloquium, Jody Shipka

Friday, March 11, at 10:30 a.m. in room 219 Pray-Harrold Hall. Shipka's presentation, "Composition as (re)Collection," poses a collection-based framework for re-thinking approaches to writing in the academy. Shipka will also lead attendees in an afternoon workshop, "Re-Imagining the Possibilities of Material Objects and Multimodal Composing," from 1-3 p.m. in the Honors College Reception Hall.

Composition as (re)Collection - 10:30 a.m.
In “Plagiarism, Originality, Assemblage” Johndan Johnson-Eilola and Stuart Selber argue for “a view of writing that shifts the emphasis from performance to action or effect in context. . .and that [values] the remix practices that can now be found in many forms of discourse, including student writing and communication” (375).  Like Johnson-Eilola and Selber, I am interested in teasing out the potentials for an approach to composing that takes seriously, and that recognizes the rhetorical and material sophistication, rigor, and flexibility associated with the production of texts built primarily from existing things—whether alphabetic text, images, sounds, video, and/or 3D objects. In this presentation, I draw on theories of collecting as a way of pointing to new possibilities for tracing the various agents and agencies associated with rhetorical and material (re)production—with composing, if you will.  I am particularly interested in how practices associated with collecting/collectors allow us to develop more robust notions of meaning-making practices—notions that foreground complex, rhetorically– and materially-savvy processes of choosing, curating, making, arranging, and displaying—while highlighting the role that both humans and nonhumans play in these processes.  The collection-based framework described and illustrated here provides students with opportunities to engage in rigorous-productive play while attending to the critical and rhetorical dimensions associated with the creation of texts built primarily, if not exclusively, from existing things.

Re-imagining the Possibilities of Material Objects and Multimodal Composing - 1-3 p.m.
This workshop invites participants to consider the impact of doing something beyond, or in addition to, “thinking with objects”—or, as is often the case, when objects are even considered and given their due, writing about objects. Instead, participants will be exploring more fully what it might mean to actually compose with objects. Participants in this hands-on session will be composing multimodal texts while working with (and against) the affordances of a wide variety of material objects. By inviting participants to compose complex 3D object-texts, the workshop also challenges a tendency in the field to conflate multimodality with digital media or visual-verbal 2D object-texts. Indeed, when they are considered at all, multimodal texts that are strictly analog or hybrid analog/digital creations are not often viewed as being scholarly or academic—they are instead labeled expressive, crafty, arhetorical, or even childlike. This workshop works to trouble those assumptions.

The presentation and workshop are part of the Winter Colloquium program, which will begin with coffee at 9:30 a.m. and will include the announcement of teaching portfolio award recipients.

About the presenter
Jody Shipka is an associate professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she teaches courses in the Communication and Technology Track. She is the author of Toward a Composition Made Whole and the editor of Play! A Collection of Toy Camera Photographs. Her work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, Computers and Composition, Enculturation, Kairos, Text and Talk, Writing Selves/Writing Societies and other edited collections. She is currently working on a book-length project titled To Honor, Rival, and Revise: On the Process of Composing Other People’s Lives. Here she explores ways that other people’s memory objects (8mm home movies, scrapbooks, photo albums, travel diaries and other ephemera found at flea markets, estate sales, and antique stores) might allow us to imagine new potentials for conceiving of archives, authorship, agency, as well as the complex relationship between the living and the dead, between humans and nonhumans.

For more information about the event, contact Steve Krause, Interim Director of the First-year Writing Program, at skrause@emich.edu.

2016 FYWP Winter Colloquium Schedule 
Friday, March 11, 2016
9:30 Coffee/ Welcome (219 PH)
10:00 Program Announcements and Teaching Porfolio Awards - Krause and Dunn (219 PH)
10:30 Jody Shipka, "Composition as (re)Collection" (219 PH)
12:00 Lunch and conversation (219 PH)
1:00 Evocative Objects Workshop (Honors College Reception Hall)

"Re-imagining the Possibilities of Material Objects and Multimodal Composing"
 Workshop space is limited and adheres to instructions available here. Click here to RSVP no later than March 1, 2016.