Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Sweetland, U-M Press and MPublishing launch Digital Rhetoric Collaborative website and book series

The Gayle Morris Sweetland Center for Writing, U-M Press and MPublishing have launched the Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative (DRC).

The collaborative has two dimensions:

• It is a book series that will publish born-digital and digitally enhanced texts focused on the intersections between technologies and communications (teaching, writing, reading) and the social, aesthetic and political contexts where these occur.

• It also is a community Web space by and for scholars and teachers working in computers and writing and digital rhetoric.

The website is part of a campus effort to foster leadership — both locally and nationally — on digital scholarship. It also includes a curated blog, resources and a wiki.

The first blog posts are part of a themed conversation on the topic “What does digital rhetoric mean to me?” The resources section of the DRC website is a place to ask questions, post a syllabus or book list, test new theories, or share ideas about new technologies and software, along with other issues important to scholars and teachers in digital rhetoric. The wiki houses entries on key persons, institutions and organizations, concepts and texts developed by the digital rhetoric community.

An annual prize of $5,000 for the best book published in the DRC Book Series will be offered. The DRC Board, whose members are drawn nationally from faculty with expertise in the area and include U-M Assistant Professor of English Melanie Yergeau, will make the selection along with DRC Directors Anne Ruggles Gere and Naomi Silver, both with the Sweetland Center for Writing, and U-M Press Editor-in-Chief Tom Dwyer.

To see the collaborative in action — and to contribute, publish and participate — go to

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