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Making, Being, and Belonging Through Multimodal Composing

Time: Nov. 9, 2017, 8:30 a.m. - noon

Location: 319 Sims

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

Jody Shipka (University of Maryland)

What does making have to do with belonging and composition?  In this half-day hands-on workshop, Jody Shipka invites participants to consider the impact of doing something beyond, or in addition to, “thinking with objects”—or, as is often the case when objects are even considered and given their due, simply writing about objects. Designed in part to resist a tendency in the field to conflate multimodality with digital media, the workshop encourages participants to explore how composing with objects provides opportunities to create different kinds of arguments and tell different kinds of stories about themselves and the world around them. In so doing, the workshop explores the complex relationship between making, being, longing, and belonging through the lens and practice of multimodal composition. 

Participants, please note: coffee and light breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.; activities begin promptly at 9:00.

UPDATE: This workshop has already filled to capacity. For more info, please contact

Patrick Berry, Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition