I gravitate toward research projects in which I can investigate questions about writers’ interactions in screened culture, digital distribution of cultural cache, and how activism is affected by networked spaces.
Below are a few samples of my research, including current projects, articles, and research posters.
- Lane, Liz. “Feminine Voice in the Digital Public Sphere: Disruptive Speech & the Subversion of Gendered Cultural Scripts”. Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology. Special Issue 8. Fall 2015.
- Lane, Liz. “Engaging Writing about Writing Theory & Multimodal Praxis: Remediating WaW for ‘English 106: First-Year Composition.'” Composition Studies. 42.2 (20014), 118-146. Co-authored with Fernando Sanchez and Tyler Carter.
Dissertation: From Silence to Impact: Activist Discourse and Women Rhetors in Networked Spaces
My dissertation argues that social media hashtags play a central role in dispatching activist language, as hashtags simultaneously catalog and spotlight topics pertinent to cultural moments, creating cyclical public discourse about current events. I assert that social media hashtags are central to new media literacy, specifically looking to how women write about their lived experiences online and seek to raise awareness toward related social justice issues. I examine activist literacy through three case studies of hashtag movements: #YesAllWomen, #SayHerName, and #FemFuture. My methods center upon a feminist content analysis to investigate the historical emergence of these hashtags and theories of networked social movements to trace the rhetorical impact of hashtag discourse. An extended look at my dissertation is available here.
“Considering Global Communication and Usability as Networked Engagement: Lessons from 4C4Equality”
My co-researcher and I continue to adapt and write about the development of 4C4Equality (4C4E), an initiative we implemented through the Conference on College Composition and Communication (4Cs). The two of us have worked with this initiative together since the fall of 2013 and the nature of our ongoing work is collaborative.
The purpose of 4C4E is to help academic conference goers become more responsive to economic, political, and cultural issues important to people who live in the cities that host the conference each year. From 2014 to 2016, 4C4E provided an array of tactics through which conference goers might support local struggles for marriage equality and LGBTQ rights. Through the initiative, we developed networked engagement as a method for connecting global concerns to local activism. This method draws from research on global communication and usability in writing studies and adjacent areas of inquiry to develop a complex view of audience and a sense of purpose that emphasizes usefulness over a uniform critique or set of practices. Below are two maps tracing the evolution of our project and more detail about the initiative is available here.