Open Lecture – The Kairos of Scholarly Multimedia: Examining the History of Webtexts through Metadata

Open Lecture

Blekinge Museum, Aula/Hörsalen

November 20th 2013


“The Kairos of Scholarly Multimedia: Examining the History of Webtexts through Metadata”

Cheryl E. Ball (Associate Professor of New Media Studies, Illinois State University, USA)

As editor of the journal Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Dr. Cheryl E. Ball will speak about the journal’s nearly 20-year history as a scholarly, peer-reviewed venue for publishing interactive multimedia. In its archives, the history of Web design is present, revealed through the interfaces of the webtexts it publishes as well as through the metadata of those webtexts. This talk will focus on a metadata-mining project recently conducted by the journal that reveals much about its history and future. This lecture is sponsored by the Digital Culture and Communication Program at Blekinge Tekniska Högskola and the EU-funded Art Line project. The lecture is in English and is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Dr. Cheryl E Ball is an Associate Professor of New Media Studies in the English Department at Illinois State University. Her areas of specialization include multimodal composition and editing practices, digital media scholarship, and digital publishing. She teaches writers to compose multimodal texts by analyzing rhetorical options and choosing the most appropriate genres, technologies, media, and modes for a particular situation. Since 2006, Ball has been editor of the online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, which exclusively publishes digital media scholarship and is read in 180 countries. She has published articles in a range of rhetoric/composition, technical communication, and media studies journals including Computers and Composition, C&C Online, Fibreculture, Convergence, Kairos, Programmatic Perspectives, and Technical Communication Quarterly. She has also published several books and textbooks about digital and multimodal rhetorics, including RAW: Reading and Writing New Media with Jim Kalmbach (Hampton, 2010); The New Work of Composing with Debra Journet and Ryan Trauman (CCDP/USUP, 2012); and Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects with Kristin Arola and Jennifer Sheppard (Bedford, 2013). During the 2013-14 academic year, Ball will be a Fulbright scholar in Norway, at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO). Following, she will take up a position as Associate Professor of Digital Publishing Studies at West Virginia University. Her online portfolio can be found at

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