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Two USU Press Digital-First Titles Win Awards

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013

illustration of the digital book ‘Transnational Literate Lives in Digital Times’
'Transnational Literate Lives in Digital Times' received both the Research Impact Award and the Advancement of Knowledge Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
cover illustration for the digital book ‘Technologies of Wonder’
'Technologies of Wonder' took the Outstanding Book Award.

Two titles from Utah State University Press’s open-access digital imprint Computers and Composition Digital Press are the recipients of three 2013 prizes from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. USU Press is now a part of University Press of Colorado.


Transnational Literate Lives in Digital Times received both the Research Impact Award and the Advancement of Knowledge Award, and Technologies of Wonder took the Outstanding Book Award.


The awards represent growing evidence that scholarship created in digital-only forms and released on open access platforms can indeed meet the traditional standards of rigorous pre-publication peer review that have always defined scholarly publication in the humanities and that have grounded the system of academic tenure and promotion, according to Beth Svinarich, sales and marketing manager of University Press of Colorado and USU Press. Within just the last few years, promotion committees in traditional English and humanities departments have begun to turn toward accepting digital scholarship as real scholarship, assessable scholarship, for which researchers can and should gain career rewards, she said.


Transnational Literate Lives in Digital Times is a book-length project documenting how people in and outside the United States take up digital literacies and fold them into the fabric of their daily lives. The research contributes to our knowledge of the impact of digital media on literate practices and provides a basis for developing approaches for studying and teaching successful practices. The book suggests different and increasingly nuanced ways of understanding the life histories and digital literacies of those with transnational identities, attempting to take into account local perspectives and the complex processes of globalization.


Technologies of Wonder: Rhetorical Practice in a Digital World considers the theoretical and pedagogical implications of designing academic scholarship in interactive digital media and proposes renewed emphasis on embodied visual rhetoric and on the canon of arrangement as an active visual practice. The project uses the concept of the Wunderkammer to argue for techné and wonder as guiding principles for a revitalized visual canon of arrangement and as new models of invention and intervention in multimodal scholarly production. Technologies of Wonder also presents examples of how this rhetoric of inquiry can be applied to multimodal projects in the classroom.


Computers and Composition Digital Press is committed to publishing innovative, multimodal digital projects. The goal of the press is to honor the traditional academic values of rigorous peer review and intellectual excellence, but also to combine such work with a commitment to innovative digital scholarship and expression. For the editors, the press represents an important kind of scholarly activism — an effort to circulate the best work of digital media scholars in a timely fashion and on the global scale made possible by digital distribution.


For more information on Transnational Literate Lives in Digital Times, Technologies of Wonder: Rhetorical Practice in a Digital World or Computers and Composition Digital Press, contact Beth Svinarich, beth@upcolorado.com.


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Contact: Beth Svinarich, University Press of Colorado and Utah State University Press, (720) 406-8849, ext. 803, beth@upcolorado.com

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