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College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty and Staff

Byron Hawk

Title: Associate Professor
Department: English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-576-5910
Office: HUO 408
Resources: English Language and Literature


Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, 2000

Areas of Specialization 

    Histories and Historiographies of Rhetoric and Composition
    Rhetorical Approaches to Popular Music
    Rhetoric and Digital Ecologies
    Technical Communication and Posthumanism

Professional Accolades 

    A Counter-History of Composition won JAC's W. Ross Winterowd Award for the best book published on composition theory in 2007.
    A Counter-History of Composition received honorable mention for MLA's Mina Shaughnessy Prize for outstanding research publication in the field of teaching English language in 2008.

Current Research Projects 

I'm currently working on a book project focused on new materialist approaches to composition through popular music practices. And I’m in the early stages of a co-authored book project with Pat Gehrke on the historical connections between composition and communication in the twentieth century.

Selected Publications 

    A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007.
    with David Rieder and Ollie Oviedo, eds. Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008.
    with Ollie Oviedo and Joyce R. Walker, eds. Digital Tools in Composition Studies: Critical Dimensions and Implications. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2010.

    "Stitching Together Events: Of Joints, Folds, and Assemblages." Theorizing Histories of Rhetoric. Ed. Michelle Ballif. Southern Illinois UP, 2013. 106-27.
    "Curating Ecologies, Circulating Musics: From The Public Sphere to Sphere Publics." Ecology, Writing Theory, and New Media: Writing Ecology. Ed. Sid Dobrin. NY: Routledge, 2012.
    "Vitalism, Animality, and the Material Grounds of Rhetoric." Communication Matters: Materialist Approaches to Media, Mobility and Networks. Eds. Jeremy Packer and Stephen Wiley. NY: Routledge, 2011. 196-207.
    "Reassembling Post-Process: Toward a Posthuman Theory of Public Rhetoric." Beyond Post-Process. Eds. Sidney I. Dobrin, J. A. Rice, and Michael Vastola. Utah State U P, 2011. 75-93.
    "The Shape of Rhetoric to Come: Musical Worlding as Public Rhetoric." Pre/Text 20.1-4 (2010): 7-42.
    with Andrew Mara. Introduction. "Posthuman Rhetorics and Technical Communication." Special Issue of Technical Communications Quarterly 19.1 (2010) 1-10.

Recent Presentations 

    "Stomp Box Logic: Sirc and Sound." 65th Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN. March 19-22, 2014.
    "Future and Enduring Roles for Digital Journals and Editing." South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Atlanta, GA. November 8-10, 2013.
    "On Material Composition: 'Postcomposition' as Material Rhetoric." Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference. University of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT. October 25-26, 2013.
    "Notes Toward a Liberated Network Language." South Carolina Conference on Rhetorical Theory. University of South Carolina. Columbia, SC. October 11-12, 2013.
    "A Posthumanist Rationale for Professional Writing?" 16th Annual Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference. Las Vegas, NV. March 13, 2013.
    with Pat Gehrke. "Networked Disciplines: Convergences of Communication and Composition." Networked Humanities: From Within and Without the University. University of Kentucky. Lexington, KY. February 15-16, 2013.
    "Objects Unbound: Composing Materialist Rhetorics." 15th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Philadelphia, PA. May 25-28, 2012.
    "Stomp Box Logic: Loops, Layers, Feedback." 28th Annual Computers and Writing Conference. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. May 17-20, 2012.
    "Some Possible Futures for Social-Epistemic Historiography: Networks, Ecologies, and Emergences." 62nd Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication. St. Louis, Missouri. March 21-25, 2012.
    "Non-Place and Digital Space: The Transformation of the Local in Popular Music." Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference. Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ. October 21-22, 2011.
    "Non-places and Micro-publics: Musical Worlding in Supermodernity." South Carolina Conference on Rhetorical Theory. University of South Carolina. Columbia, SC. October 13-15, 2011.
    "Circulating Musics: Digital Ecologies in 'Reverb Nation'." 27th Annual Computers and Writing Conference. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. May 19-22, 2011.
    "(Post)Disciplinary Networks: Texas as Topos, Chora, and Kenon." 61th Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication. Atlanta, Georgia. April 6-9, 2011.
    with Casey Boyle. "Mixing Methods Beyond Triangulation: Toward Method Assemblages as Writing." 4th International Conference on Writing Research Across Borders. Fairfax, VA. George Mason University. February 17-20, 2011.
    "Rhetorics of Assemblage versus Audience, or How to Emerge with Things." 14th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference. Minneapolis, MN May 28-31, 2010.
    "Re-Opening Public Rhetoric: Corbett's 'The Rhetoric of the Open Hand and the Rhetoric of the Closed Fist'." 60th Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, Kentucky. March 18-21, 2010.