|Type of Session:||Workshop Morning|
|Abstract:||Theorize and make DIY crafts, plan public circulation of your work, and build and share assignments leveraging DIY.|
|Description:||In this half-day interactive workshop, we will work with participants to consider the potential that do-it-yourself (DIY) histories, practices, ethics, and publics have for rhetoric and composition pedagogies. We begin with the premise that DIY frameworks can expand our definition of writing to what Ratto and Boler call critical making, a process of creating things -- zines, buttons, yarnbombs, Twitterbots -- that critique and provide an alternative to received assumptions about what counts as legitimate knowledge production in the 21st century. Given this framework, we will work with participants to consider how such making is inherently public and the extent to which it shifts the politics of our classes from content to form; that is, from an emphasis on the social-epistemic to wider scenes of multiliterate, communicative practices. In this sense, we also want to consider the extent to which the range of modalities and styles we ask our students to compose with is rhetorically relevant in the digital age, when “attention is the commodity in short supply” (Lanham xi). That is, we want to ask, how do we make things that make a difference? That disrupt? That defamiliarize? Finally, we want to consider the ways DIY embraces the risks of rhetorical agency through an appetite for self-learning and experimentation--to bumble through new processes or forms or scenes only to see what’s possible in the process and in so doing, imagine a form of participatory democracy where making things constitutes political, civic action.
After an hour of discussion and theorizing, we will hold a “Makers Faire,” where participants will rotate through three different crafting stations in 90 minutes (or 30 minutes each). Options include working with textiles (yarnbombing and subversive cross-stitch), paper (zines and trading cards), and digital media (DIY websites and Twitter bots). During this time, participants will learn techniques for making DIY crafts and discuss how such work functions in relationship to -- and as -- public rhetoric.
The final hour of the workshop considers how to bring critical crafting and DIY practices into (and beyond) the classroom. Participants will leave the workshop with: at least three craft projects, information about all of the processes presented, encouragement to circulate their public rhetoric (within conference spaces, on Twitter feed, at an optional post-workshop meetup, etc.), and with new ideas about they might use DIY craft to enhance their teaching of composition and public rhetorics.
10-11:30am: Makers Faire
11:30-11:45: Pedagogy Discussion
11:45-12:15: Pedagogy Brainstorm
12:15-12:30: Sharing and discussing
- Co-Chair: Marilee Brooks-Gillies Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis -
- Co-Chair: Frank Farmer University of Kansas -
- Co-Chair: Jason Luther Syracuse University, NY -
- Co-Chair: Kristin Prins University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee -
- Co-Chair: Martha Webber California State University Fullerton -
- Speaker: Chelsea Murdock University of Kansas, Lawrence -
- Speaker: Patrick Williams Syracuse University -
- Wednesday 3/18 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM in Marriott, Marriott, Grand Ballroom B, Level Two
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