Room 42

Transparency, Big Data, & Composition

Room 42
Transparency, Big Data, & Composition
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Dr. Amanda Licastro has a doctorate in English and recently moved from her position as an Assistant Professor to take on a role as the Emerging and Digital Literacy Designer at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research explores the intersection of technology and writing, including book history, dystopian literature, and digital humanities, with a focus on multimodal composition and Extended Reality. Amanda serves as the Director of Pedagogical Initiatives of the Book Traces project and is co-founder of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and the Writing Studies Tree. Publications include articles in Kairos, Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities, Hybrid Pedagogy, and Communication Design Quarterly, as well as chapters in Digital Reading and Writing in Composition Studies, and Critical Digital Pedagogy.


In this episode of Room 42 welook into the story behind the forthcoming edited collection Composition and Big Data co-edited by Amanda Licastro and Ben Miller. The editors took a unique approach to peer review: they engaged the contributing authors in a radical approach to collaboration and cooperation that crossed boundaries, knocked down barriers, and yielded astounding results. Learn how big data is shaping our scholarship, what we need to do now to prepare, and how a collaborative collection of authors can highlight the ethical and practical considerations of applying data analytics to the field of Composition and Rhetoric.


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