Phil Bratta

 

Research Statement

As a scholar in cultural and digital rhetorics, my work seeks to bring together rhetorical theory, culture, writing, digital-visual rhetorics, embodiment, and pedagogy. I value collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and participatory ethnography to examine rhetorical production and better understand both digital and non-digital composing practices within larger cultural contexts. With an ethnographic orientation and practice, my main research questions are:

  • What are the mechanisms that people use to invent, sustain, and circulate rhetoric, writing, and culture? How do these mechanisms operate, dissolve, and proliferate in specific moments and places?
  • What are the rhetorical connections between broad cultural¬†movements and¬†embodied practices, particularly within digital and non-digital places and spaces?
  • How do we rhetorically read, write, and experience texts, events, and people?

Publications

Digital Technologies, Bodies, and Embodiments (Guest Editor with Scott Sundvall)

Digital Technologies, Bodies, and Embodiments (Guest Editor with Scott Sundvall)

Special Issue of Computers and Composition (forthcoming September 2019)