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Issue 4: Writing New Material for Digital Rhetoric

Our fourth issue, “Writing New Material for Digital Rhetoric,” aims to explore new materialist approaches to the digital. For new materialist and object-oriented philosophies continue to play a prominent role in discourses on digital media. Theorists such as Bruno Latour (2005), Jane Bennett (2010), and Ian Bogost (2012) prompt us to conceive of the material world as a “vibrant” network of objects endowed with agency, intention, and desire. Scholars in rhetoric and new media, such as Alexander Reid (2012), Jussi Parikka (2015), and David Rieder (2017) have begun to extend new materialist philosophies into an examination of our historical and contemporary relationship to electronic media and digital culture. This emerging trend posits that digital artifacts not only enact material effects but actively resist the strict binaries between “the digital” and “the physical” that often circulate in discussions of new media.

In Still Life with Rhetoric, Laurie Gries outlines her new materialist approach to rhetoric by claiming that “a thing’s rhetorical meaning is constituted by the consequences that emerge in its various material encounters, affects, and intra-actions” (29). Gries pursues her new materialist rhetoric by tracing the digital and material circulation of the famous Obama Hope image. In a similar vein, Nicole Starosielski takes a new materialist approach by bringing to surface the overlooked structures of undersea cable networks that physically support Internet services. Lastly, Lori Emerson’s work with the Media Archaeology Lab at UC-Boulder demonstrates the importance of engaging with the material traces of our digital histories, from magic lanterns and typewriters to early modems and video game systems. The diverse methods taken up by these scholars serve as just a few examples of how new materialism offers a productive framework for grounding the study of digital rhetoric and media.

Submissions to this issue will be peer-reviewed and should be 3,000-6,000 words in length. We encourage submissions in a variety of media and formats about a variety of media and formats, including commercial technologies, new media art and electronic literature, games and game platforms, etc. Potential submission topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Rhetorics of specific digital or material texts and artifacts
  • Transmedia/multimodal writing pedagogies
  • Material effects of planned obsolescence and e-waste
  • Emerging ubiquitous computing technologies
  • Materialities of writing, narrative, and information design
  • Media archaeological approaches to old and new media
  • Embodied computing and posthuman rhetorics
  • Augmented reality and locative media
  • Ambient rhetorics and literatures

If you are interested in contributing, please submit your finalized project to the Issue 4 Submittable page by March 1, 2018.

Feel free to email questions, comments, or topic proposals to the issue co-editors: Caleb Milligan and Jacob Greene.

Submissions to Trace should be uploaded to the appropriate repository on the Submittable website. General questions should be sent to trace@english.ufl.edu. Questions regarding specific issues of the journal should be directed to their respective editors.

Traditional article submissions should be 3,000-6,000 words and should adhere to the most recent MLA citation guidelines. We accept the following attachment types: DOC, DOCX, or RTF. Media projects should be initially delivered as a URL, though they will ultimately be sent out for review in a zipped file. Please remove all authorial markers in submissions.

After receiving your submission, Managing Editor(s) will confirm receipt and will notify you of our interest in your submission. Before publication, all accepted submissions will be blind peer reviewed, formatted, and copy-edited before publication. Published content will be listed under the “Issues” page of the journal. Submissions appearing in the latest issue of the journal will also appear on the “Home” page.

Review Process
Trace is a blind, peer-reviewed journal. The Managing Editor(s) review submissions and determine whether they will be assigned to reviewers. If the Managing Editor(s) determine that a submission does not fit within the scope of Trace or is otherwise unsuitable for blind review, they will notify the author(s) via e-mail. Once a submission has been reviewed by the Managing Editor(s), it is assigned and sent to two reviewers with specific guidelines. For more information about our reviewer guidelines, contact trace@english.ufl.edu.

After examining reviewers’ responses, the Managing Editor(s) will determine which submissions are suitable for Trace. Contributors will be contacted about this decision and provided anonymous copies of each blind review.

Author(s) will receive one of the following responses from Managing Editor(s):

__Accept for Publication. Recommend publication with no serious qualifications; the selection requires only minor editorial revisions.

__Revise and Resubmit. Recommend that the writer make substantial revisions to the submission and resubmit it for further review.

__Decline Publication. The submission lacks in one or more ways, including relevance, readability, scholarly rigor, audience consideration and/or originality. The submission would require significant revisions to be considered for publication.

Once the submission is resubmitted, it will be reviewed and copy-edited by Trace editors. Managing Editor(s) may request that authors of accepted submissions make necessary revisions and re-submit their work for final review.

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