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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

WRIT 8520 seminar "Practicing Technical Communication"

WRIT 8520 seminar "Practicing Technical Communication: the North-South Divide in an Emerging Global Order" will be taught by Bernadette Longo this Fall 2011 on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. For a syllabus and more information, continue reading or click here.

Course Description
Fall 2011
WRIT 8520: Seminar in Scientific and Technical Communication (24281)
5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays on East Bank campus
Practicing Technical Communication:
The North-South Divide in an Emerging Global Order
Bernadette Longo

This seminar will focus on the interdependent and global nature of contemporary technical communication practices, and how those who work within institutions of science and/or employ emerging technologies, like (but not limited to) new information and communication technologies (ICTS), frame political, economic, cultural, and environmental arguments about the impacts of their practices on "others". In particular, this seminar will focus on how technical communication participates in the diffusion of contemporary science and technology practices in transnational projects that span the divide between countries in the global North and South.
Materials for this seminar will be drawn in part from an international social studies of science colloquium Dr. Longo will co-convene at University of Minnesota in April 2011 on the topic "Practicing Science, Technology, and Rhetoric: The North-South Divide in an Emerging Global Order" (https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/practicing-science-colloquium/). This colloquium will be co-sponsored by the UMN Institute for Advanced Studies as part of Dr. Longo's Spring 2011 IAS fellowship. Please see website for additional information.
Dr. Longo and colloquium participants will compile a multimedia collection of articles, videos, images, and other materials to publish online for continued discussion and interaction. Seminar participants will work with these multi-modal materials to add to the ongoing global discussion on technology, development, and communication issues.
Please contact Bernadette Longo (blongo@umn.edu) if you have questions or ideas about this seminar.
This seminar will build on activities at the 28-29 April 2011 colloquium on this same topic and the multimedia collection published from the colloquium.