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MemberAimi Hamraie

The cover image above shows a black and white sketch drawing of a building exterior, a “proposal for ramped entry” to a court house building in North Carolina drawn by disabled architect Ronald Mace in 1980. The building’s entry has two steps to its glass doors, but a ramp to the side facilitates entry to the same doors by wheels. Two people stand in apparent conversation in front of the doors, their bodies arranged in similar manner to the building’s vertical geometries: columns flanking the doors, as well as serving as aesthetic elements at the upper level. This design was unbuilt. Like the sketch, my work focuses on the relationship between bodies and built environments. I am assistant professor of Medicine, Health, & Society, affiliated faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies, and director of the Mapping Access project and Critical Design Lab at Vanderbilt University. My interdisciplinary scholarship focuses on the historical and ethnographic study of bodies and built environments, applying frameworks from critical and crip disability studies, feminist technoscience studies, and critical design studies. My first book, Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability, studied the twentieth century shift from design for the average user to design for non-average users culminating in the movement toward Universal Design. My second book project, Enlivened City: public bodies, healthy spaces, livable worlds, examines the biopolitics of global livable cities design. I also direct Mapping Access, a participatory data collection and mapping project focused on promoting accessibility in built environments. Finally, I am a certified permaculture designer working at the intersections of food justice, sustainability, and urban development.

MemberPhil Bratta

I am an assistant professor in the Department of English at Oklahoma State University. My research uses an interdisciplinary approach to digital-visual rhetorics, cultural rhetorics, embodiment, rhetorics of activism and art, digital writing and technology use, and pedagogy. I have published or have forthcoming work in edited collections and journals, including College Composition and Communication, Computers and Composition, Feminist Teacher, Enculturation, Visual Culture and Gender, and The Journal of American Culture. I have also been involved with a number of (art) activist projects: PACT (Public Action for Today), The Cradle Project, One Million Bones, and #midwesthungeris.

MemberBrianna Grantham, PhD

After living on St. Thomas, in the U.S. Virgin Islands for five years, Brianna relocated to the Pacific Northwest in February 2015. In the spirit of civilization and maturity, Brianna then rejoined the corporate world as a proposal and marketing writer for a technology solutions company until late 2015. She left the corporate world after realizing it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, focusing her time and energy on completing her doctoral work and relaunching her business. Brianna graduated with her PhD in Creative Writing in July 2017. She currently offers writing, editing, and marketing services through her marketing and communications consulting company, BJG Consulting, LLC full-time. Brianna also reads and reviews books for new and established authors. She typically specializes in Young Adult (YA) fiction, science fiction, fantasy, female-centric and feminist literature, family themes, and academic pieces, but is open to all queries. Brianna’s research interests include feminist theory in literature, teaching Standard English composition to English-dialect speakers, bridging culture gaps between texts and students, bridging the communication divide between professors and students, teaching composition using novels, and effective pedagogy for teaching English composition.

Memberbonnie lenore kyburz

An aspiring minimalist, I do all the things! My many roles constellate within a clarifying praxis of supporting creative vision. I teach writing and rhetoric with an emphasis in digital multimodality. I enjoy making short films as digital scholarship. My book on all of this is due out later this year from the #writing series, Colorado State University Open Press. I’ve listed my disciplinary identitification @ Left. Thankfully, the field in which I identify my presence, Rhetoric and Composition, is gloriously capacious. Within the field, I’ve found ways of engaging a range of studies and practices that invite me to explore my interests in:

  • Affect
  • Composition
  • Design
  • Digital Media
  • DIY Digital Filmmaking
  • Film
  • Multimodality
  • Performance
  • Rhetoric
  • Visual Rhetoric
  • Writing Program Administration