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1: Research Paper Proposal Proposal: 11.17 | Annotated Bib: 11.21 | Final: 12.5

CFP: Strange but Simple: The Rhetoric of Everyday Technological Change
Editor: Professor Will Kurlinkus (University of Oklahoma)
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We seek 200 word proposals for chapters in our edited collection Strange but Simple: The
Rhetoric of the Everyday Technological Change. Where much recent scholarship on
technology has focused on cutting edge technological communities, in this collection we
wish to explore trailing edge technological change, those techno-cultural trends that
remain ubiquitous, ignored, simply there. As technology theorist Marc Wiser claimed more
than 25 years ago, the most profound technologies are those that disappear. More
specifically, were interested in how new technologies slowly leak into old communities,
cultures, and spaces, leisurely changing the actions, values, and ways of thinking that go on
therethe recent uptake of knitting by 20-something hipsters, the elderly joining
Facebook, the constant presence of cellphones in college classrooms, the way Facebook has
changed the way we morn the dead. We imagine the best submissions will:
1. Select a community and technology and show how that technology has profound
but unnoticed effects on the ways members of that community act. How has
Facebook changed the very definition of what it means to be a grandparent?
How has Snapchat changed the definition of a sexual relationship? How have cell
phones changed the nature of the college classroom?
2. Include primary research (3 interviews)interviews with several members of
that community with different perspectives on the topic.
3. Include secondary research (5 sources)speak to pre-existing theories in
rhetoric, composition, and technological studies that have been written on this
4. Include some kind of rhetorical analysis: though we dont want simplistic and
empty references to rhetorical concepts like ethos, pathos, and logos, we do
want nuanced interpretations of communication, attentional economics, writing,
learning, persuasion, emotion, ethics, memory, audiences, media, etc.

~200 word proposals for the collection will be due November 17, 2014. If selected, we
expect annotated bibliographies demonstrating knowledge of the area on November 21,
drafts by December 1, and final chapters of 5-7 single-spaced pages by December 5.

[What goes in a chapter/article/speech proposal?]

Describe what topic you are studyingWhat specific community have you decided to
look at?
Describe what you are specifically looking at within that communityWhat
technological trend are you examining?
Thesis: what are you going to be arguing, describing, talking about in this chapter?
Give an exigency for the project: Why is it important that you are studying this project?
Give kairos to the project: Why is it important that you are studying this project now.
Give at least three research questions: What types of questions will you seek to answer
in your project?
Describe your methodologyhow are you gaining information on this community? Will
you be doing interviews? Looking at specific texts produced by this subject group?
Describe your organization: What are the steps/segments of your argument? Give at
least two subtopics. First I will talk about this, then I will talk about this, then I will talk
about this.
Give a concrete larger-scale takeawaywhy is it important that this subject is being
written about? How might the information you describe in this chapter be extended
elsewhere? What will your reader learn that they can use? How might your analysis be
applied to better the world?

[Key tips for proposals]:

Pretend like youve already done the research/the research is ongoingdont state that
you havent started yet.
Give at least one concrete example for every claim you are making, e.g, For example, I
hope to examine
Make sure your proposal is somehow meeting the theme of the book, journal, or
conference you are proposing to.
Reference something ongoing in the news, field, or area you are studying to give the
topic currency.
Be more straightforward. Get to the point immediately.
Include a catch title.