Bryna Siegel Finer, Department of English, was part of a roundtable that explored the consequences of researching literacies within communities outside of the composition classroom, while discussing the interdisciplinary inspiration for methodological choices throughout.
Siegel Finer’s discussion drew on a study that rhetorically analyzes the blogs of breast cancer previvors—women and men who are positive for a BRCA gene mutation and attempt to avoid their high risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer through drastic prophylactic surgeries.
Other members of the roundtable discussed the literacy practices of research participants, including women in the Red Hat society, amphibian hobbyists, mental health patients, and firefighters.
4Cs is the largest conference in the field of composition studies and teaching college writing. The 2015 conference took place in Tampa, Florida, March 18–21.
Department of English