Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Symposium 

The ReMIX: Multimedia and Intersectionality

in Culture, Communication and the Academy


March 24-25th, 2017

North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC


Keynote: Dr. Adam Banks, Stanford University 


Intersectional Struggle on the 1s and 2s: The Activist as DJ Inside AND Outside the Academy


“We often look at the challenges posed by a commitment to intersectionality as being primarily about the positions we take and whether those positions are productive or problematic or somewhere in between. As real as these challenges are, rather than focus on generational tensions, or the difficulties of allyship and solidarity, or the endurance of a politics of respectability, I want to suggest that we look at intersectional scholarship and activism as being primarily a composing challenge and offer the DJ as a model for responding to it.

Looking at the challenge this way, I will encourage participants in the symposium to see themselves as DJs, or more broadly as Digital Griots–storytellers who are “time binders” who link together past present and future by being able to bring the beats of complementary, yet competing movements, needs, priorities and perspectives together and create space for community, and for communicating across difference, while moving an agenda forward.”


Featured Speakers, Projects, and Workshop Leaders


Dr. Victoria Gallagher, NC State University and Dr. Keon Pettiway, Eastern Michigan University

“The vMLK Project: Crafting a Necessary (Digital) Space to Explore the Intersectionality of Rhetoric, Race, and Civic Transformation”


Dr. Dan Melzer, University of California–Davis

“Remixing Writing Assignments for Multiple Literacies”


Prof. Darrell Stover, NC State University

“The Remix across Communities of Creativity”


Dr. Keon Pettiway, Eastern Michigan University

“Typecasting Blackness: Rhetoric, Race, and the Materiality of Typography”


2017 CRDM Symposium Description


“This book looks to scratch, to interrupt, to play a while in the grooves of two records–disciplinary conversations about African-American rhetoric and those about multimedia writing. To begin to blend and loop them while posing one question: how can African American rhetorical traditions and practices inform composition’s current endeavors to define, theorize, and practice multimedia writing?” (Digital Griots, 2011).

In the same way that Banks interrupts disciplinary conversations about African American rhetoric and multimedia writing in Digital Griots, we hope this symposium creates a space to interrupt, problematize, and theorize about intersectional identities, multimodal expressions, and rhetorical traditions. Particularly we are curious how the current sociopolitical landscape affects, shifts, shapes, or composes our understanding of gender, race, class, communication, and associated rhetorics.

The 2017 CRDM Symposium seeks both student and faculty contributions of papers, presentations, creative work, and digital projects in a wide range of formats and from various disciplines following the theme of “the remix.” While the concept of “remix” has a history in popular culture, it also exists as a way of thinking more generally about how new objects and processes come into being through remediation or juxtaposition. Remix, in this sense, might apply to any interruption or remediation of the materials (media), ideas, and identities within academia or the larger society. What kind of research or praxis should we be doing to address these changes? How will we be remixing what we do in academia? How are we remixing the intersectional spaces we occupy? What does the remix mean for critical and communication theory?