Recent Presentations by Institute Faculty

The Institute's Mark Koch and Megan McIntyre presented research at meetings of the Conference on College Composition and Communication this year.

Mark Koch presented at the New England CCCC, held at Boston University this past May. His presentation on map-making and multimodal composition stems from his longstanding interest in maps and critical cartography, which often find their way into his Writing 2-3 courses. His paper, "The Cartographic Argument: Writing Maps as a Multimodal Project," presented some of his experiences teaching with maps in his writing courses. Koch states that asking students to critically consider maps as rhetorical constructions helps them develop more sophisticated reading strategies and offers needful practice in "making deliberate choices while constructing meaning." Koch's presentation also emphasized that instructors of writing and their students do not need special training or expensive software to create cartographic multimodal compositions.

Megan McIntyre presented her research about social media and activism at the national meeting of CCCC, held in Portland, Oregon this past March. Her presentation, "Twitter's #PorteOuverte/#OpenDoor: Material-Rhetorical Agency and Altruism in the Aftermath of Terror," focused on the use of Twitter in the aftermath of the November 2015 terrorist attack in Paris, France. McIntyre examined how Parisians used the social media platform to offer food, shelter, and other assistance to those affected by the terrorist acts. This Twitter-enabled activism, she argues, stands as a strong rebuttal to Malcolm Gladwell and other critics who argue that a web-based "slactivism" has replaced the "physically perilous" and "terrifying" work of activism in previous eras. However, McIntyre claims that Gladwell’s argument is essentially a false dilemma; rather than an either/or choice between two competing forms of activism, McIntyre states that the social networks enabled by social media technologies are "complementary" to the physical, embodied activism required for social change.