New in 2019, Handcrafted Rhetorics is now a Special Interest Group at CCCC! Our meeting is Thursday, March 14, from 6:30-7:30pm (conference room TBA). Join us!

Tentative agenda:

  • Introduction & overview
  • Making activity (collaborative zine?)
  • Breakout groups
  • Brainstorming future work

More about us:

The Handcrafted Rhetorics SIG is a chance for scholars, teachers, and community organizers to discuss the intersections among DIY, craft, multimodality, making, public composition, and culture. These issues are of great interest in Rhetoric & Composition, signaled by important books in both the public work of writing and multimodal composition, such as Jody Shipka’s Toward a Composition Made Whole (2011), Jason Palmeri’s Remixing Composition (2012), and Frank Farmer’s After the Public Turn (2013). More recently, texts like Danielle Koupf’s “Proliferating Textual Possibilities” (Composition Forum, 2017), Chet Breaux’s “Why Making?” (Computers and Composition, 2017), Harlot’s special issue on craft and DIY (2015), the Digital Rhetoric Collaborative’s blog carnival on makerspaces (2016), and Community Literacy Journal’s special issue on self-publishing (2017) have helped to signal continued and robust interest in these issues. And, of course, there are numerous others in the field who are interested in multimodal composition, making communities, embodied and material rhetoric, activism and protest, do-it-yourself publishing, and craft culture. This SIG looks to work with attendees to make the connections among these phenomena more visible and productive.

For the last several years, we have led the Handcrafted Rhetorics workshop, using the annual CCCC convention as an occasion for members of the field to discuss the ways in which certain acts of composing might be considered critical making and to see examples of its forms from local crafters, makers, and publishers working in Tampa, Portland, and Kansas City. This SIG provides a broader platform for these discussions and to plan for upcoming conferences. Having facilitated three successful workshops (and running a fourth in Pittsburgh), we will build on the conversations that we have started and include many teachers and scholars who have not been able to attend previous workshops. Because our workshops have occurred alongside ATTW, for example, some attendees who would have otherwise participated in Handcrafted Rhetorics have not been able to connect. Moreover, the purpose of this SIG is to extend our work from teaching to future scholarship, including the creation of infrastructure for sharing resources, developing CFPs, and proposing papers, articles, and possible book projects.