Veering Operations with Derek Mueller

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Veering Operations: A workshop on data visualization and distant reading

Monday, May 8th

4pm in Angell 3154 

In this presentation, Derek Mueller will attend to language-based patterns that can help us recognize long-rising and long-falling indicators for so-called turns in rhetoric and composition/writing. Using distant reading and thin description methodologies, Mueller suggests turn spotting as a contemporary veering operation and a means of inquiring into patterns among the networked disciplinary discourses of the field, both at the small scale (e.g., a single article) and at much larger scales (e.g., collections of several hundred articles). He will share selected visual models from his forthcoming book, Network Sense: Methods for Visualizing a Discipline, that aid us in discerning patterns in rising and falling frequencies of keywords in College Composition and Communication.

Dr. Derek N. Mueller is Associate Professor of Written Communication and Director of the First-year Writing Program at Eastern Michigan University. His teaching and research attends to the interplay among writing, rhetorics, and technologies. Mueller earned his PhD from Syracuse University’s Composition and Cultural Rhetoric (CCR) program in 2009. At EMU, he regularly teaches courses in visual rhetorics, writing pedagogy, and digital media. He continues to be motivated professionally and intellectually by questions concerning digital writing platforms, networked writing practices, theories of composing, and discipliniographies or field narratives related to writing studies/rhetoric and composition. Along with Andrea Williams, Louise Wetherbee Phelps, and Jen Clary-Lemon, he is co-author of Cross-Border Networks in Writing Studies (Inkshed/Parlor, 2017). His forthcoming monograph, Network Sense: Methods for Visualizing a Discipline (Colorado State University Open Press’s #writing Series), will be available this summer. Mueller’s other work has been published inKairosEnculturationComputers and CompositionComposition Forum, and JAC. For more, visit


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