J. Tirrell

Associate Professor / Rhetoric and Professional Writing

Research Statement

My research draws upon classical and contemporary rhetoric, complexity theory, and new materialism to explore the distributed presence of digital technology in the production of meaning. From this locus I produce work addressing disciplinary history, theory, and practice. In my current research I am examining how forms of data visualization, particularly geographical mapping, suggest multiple, nonlinear narratives that resist conventional monolithic structure. I am also interrogating how non‑human agency changes notions of self or ethos, and the place of memory in this transformation. Additionally, I am investigating diverse forms of identity construction in video games.

Journal Articles

Crossing Boundaries and Redefining Roles: Humanists as Academic Entrepreneurs / The American Journal of Entrepreneurship 9.2 (2016)
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A Study of a Federally Funded Project between Higher-Ed Institutions in the U.S. and Pakistan: An Intercultural Academic Project Management / The International Journal of Sociotechnology and Knowledge Development 7.2 (2015)
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The Bloodsucking Brady Bunch: The Lost Boys and the Single-Parent Family / Supernatural Studies 1.1 (2013)
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A Geographical History of Online Rhetoric and Composition Journals / Kairos 16.3 (2012)
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Productive Strife: Andy Clark’s Cognitive Science and Rhetorical Agonism / Janus Head 12.1 (2011)
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Book Chapters

Latourian Memoria / Thinking with Bruno Latour in Rhetoric and Composition (2015)
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Meeting Community Needs through Service-Learning in the Online Classroom / Adding to the Conversation on Service-Learning in Composition (2013)
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Bleeding Through, or We Are Living in a Digital World and I Am an Analog Girl / The Scary Screen (2010)
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Digital Projects

Mapping Digital Technology in Rhetoric and Composition History / (2009–present)
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Conference Presentations

Soylent and Juicero: Conspicuous and Invisible Consumption / Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference (2017)
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Programmatic and Pedagogical Innovations in Professional Writing / Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication Conference (2017)
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Negotiating Cultural Challenges and Revisioning Academic Entrepreneurship at a Public Regional Comprehensive University in North Carolina / IEEE ProComm (2016)
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Playing with Our Selves: Bodily Agents in Video Gaming / Rhetoric Society of America Conference (2016)
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Mechanical Turks in the Era of Technoilliteracy / Computers and Writing Conference (2015)
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Visually Communicating Programmatic Value / Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference (2015)
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Pedagogical Strategies for Local Data Mapping / Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference (2014)
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A Defense of Digital Waste / Computers and Writing Conference (2013)
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Using Video Games for Writing Education / North Carolina English Teachers’ Association Conference (2013)
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Incorporating the Physical Environment into New Media Design Pedagogy / Computers and Writing Conference (2012)
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Dumb People, Smart Objects: The Sims and the Distributed Self / International Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games (2012)
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"I’ve Crammed My Head Full of Garbage!": Waste, Forgetting, and Anti-Memoria in Digital Culture / Conference on College Composition and Communication (2011)
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Space’s Time is Now / Computers and Writing Conference (2011)
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Digital Mapping in Computers and Writing Research / Computers and Writing Conference (2010)
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Decorum and Emergent Situational Ethics / Conference on College Composition and Communication (2009)
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Writing Local Reality: Katrina and the Digital Emergence of New Orleans / Conference on College Composition and Communication (2008)
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Using Web 2.0 Consumer Voices in the Online Classroom / Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference (2008)
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Productive Strife: Andy Clark’s Cognitive Science and Rhetorical Agonism / Humanities and Neuroscience Conference (2007)
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Eddies in the River: Kairos and Complexity / Conference on College Composition and Communication (2007)
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A Body of Texts: Memento and Mētis / Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (2006)
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Sexuality, the Con, and Southern Identity in Some Adventures of Captain Simon Suggs / American Literature Association Conference (2005)
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Reflecting Hybrid Pedagogy Through Multiple Classroom Structures / Conference on College Composition and Communication Research Network Forum (2005)
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Challenging the Word Processor Model of Digital Composition / Conference of College Teachers of English (2003)
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Reviews

Free Software Reviews / Computers and Composition Online (2009)
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Using Drupal in an Academic Environment / Kairos Praxis Wiki (2007)
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Student Wikipedia Contributions in Introductory Composition / ICaP News Online (2006)
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Credentialing Texts

Mapping A Geographical History of Digital Technology in Rhetoric and Composition / Ph. D. dissertation (2009)
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A Hypothetical Writing Tool Better Suited to Long Composition than the Word Processor / MA thesis (2004)
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Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Aristotle's Complex Self: A Response to Fukuyama's Our Posthuman Future
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Magical Rhetoric as a Political and Social Force in Classical Athens
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