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DR+E LAB

DR+E RESEARCH

NEWS + EVENTS

PROJECTS

Launching in 2015!

language | text | culture

The Digital Rhetorics + Ethics Lab houses multitouch surfaces and interactive devices, supporting research into communication ethics, embodiment, and the multimodal interface of language, text, and culture. The DR+E brings together computing and critical humanities scholarship, including digital humanities methods, phenomenology, textuality studies, rhetorical theory, and literary criticism.

Launching in 2015!

language | text | culture

The Digital Rhetorics + Ethics Lab houses multitouch surfaces and interactive devices, supporting research into communication ethics, embodiment, and the multimodal interface of language, text, and culture. The DR+E brings together computing and critical humanities scholarship, including digital humanities methods, phenomenology, textuality studies, rhetorical theory, and literary criticism.

DR+E Research

foundational questions

What does it mean to be an ethical subject in a world mediated by networked devices and digital communication? Digital technologies and communication networks permit the instant exchange of information or content. But they are also much more. Increasingly, they are the forms in and through which we relate to ourselves, to others, and to the natural environment. The medium, as Marshall McLuhan once said, is the message.

The purpose of the DR+E is to study the nature of subjectivity in a digital age. New interfaces foster novel forms of discourse, media, and social cohesion. How do we relate across today’s virtual environments? In what sense are our devices extensions of ourselves? And what are the effects on us as social and ethical beings?

The Lab’s multitouch surfaces and multimodal devices allow researchers to create models and analyze users’ embodied interactions across platforms. They also allow us to study social relations in these environments.

mandate
~  advance ethical studies through interdisciplinary and digital humanities research;
~  advance digital humanities scholarship through the rhetorical study of “virtual” social and ethical relations;
~  advance rhetorical studies by demonstrating its use and value for research in the digital humanities.

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