TECHStyle 3.0: Goals for 2013-2014


The editors of TECHStyle welcome new and returning Brittain Fellows to a new semester! We want to share with you our goals and objectives for the continuing development of the site. New Britts will contribute regularly to TECHStyle through their participation in weekly Digital Pedagogy seminars (see a sample post here). All Britts are invited to publish content to other featured categories: Teachable Moments, Reflections, Digital Humanities, Further Reading and more. (You can visit the … Continue reading

Britt Fellow Goes Bibliophile


It always seems self-contradictory to proffer sage career advice to fellow teachers and academics. I am not too far removed from the realm of the Brittain Fellows, having been one from 2007-2008. Like you, I walked among the hallowed halls of Skiles and watched the ever-fluctuating stream of students, many convinced they were born to be engineers, etc. I offered them reflection, insight into diverse and possibly subversive concepts and the ability to think beyond … Continue reading

A New Podcast, Featuring Colonel Hall!

Colonel Stephen C. Hall making remarks at the Ribbon-Cutting Celebration for the Stephen C. Hall Building (on the terrace).  R.E. Burnett. © 2013. Used with permission.

  We are pleased to present the second podcast in TechStyle’s podcast series! Our second episode features Colonel Stephen C. Hall, USAF Retired, 1967 Graduate of Georgia Tech, and the namesake of our new home, the Stephen C. Hall Writing and Communication Building, on the Georgia Tech campus.  The podcast was recorded the day before the official ribbon-cutting on March 13,  2013. (Scroll to bottom of article for podcast player.) Col. Hall was a lively … Continue reading

Anticipating THATCamp

Register » THATCamp Southeast 2013

I’ve been a member of the digital humanities community here at Georgia Tech for the past year and a half (+!) and yet here I am, THATCamp-less.  It’s a shame.  I’m ashamed!  THATCamp is one of the hallmarks of what we at the Brittain Fellowship try to do on a regular basis: to get smart people together, learn about the intersections of technology and humanities research, share ideas, and learn how to better communicate them.  … Continue reading

Ellis Presents Paper at 1st Int’l Philip K. Dick Conference

First-year Brittain Fellow Jason W. Ellis delivered his paper, “Philip K. Dick as Pioneer of the Brain Revolution,” at the first international Philip K. Dick conference held at the Technische Universität Dortmund, Germany on 15-18 November 2012. The conference brought together scholars from Australia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, the United Kingdom, and the United States to discuss their interdisciplinary research focusing on Dick’s fiction and lasting cultural influence across media. In his conference paper, … Continue reading

“Tech Gets Medieval” and Other Ways We Teach the Past

Tech Gets Medieval graphic

For many instructors, teaching about the past can be problematic, especially to Georgia Tech students who may have little interest in any time period that predates their existence, or who may have the interest, but don’t see how such topics can aid them in their pursuit of a STEM degree. While this article focuses on my specialty, the medieval era (roughly 500AD-1500AD), this issue is pertinent to anyone who teaches an historical period. To that … Continue reading

Harkey edits new edition of poems

John Harkey, a second-year Brittain Fellow in Georgia Tech’s Writing and Communication Program, recently served as editor for a facsimile edition of Lorine Niedecker’s handmade book of poems from 1964, Homemade Poems. The edition has just been published through The City University of New York’s (CUNY) Center for the Humanities, as part of Lost and Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative. Archival research led Harkey to Niedecker’s original book, which is held in The New … Continue reading

Dean-Ruzicka on combating hate through YA literature

Brittian Fellow in the Writing and Communication Program, Rachel Dean-Ruzicka, gave an invited talk at a special symposium held at American University – Washington College of Law on September 27th. The symposium was held in honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Journal of Hate Studies and was organized around the theme of “Hate and Political Discourse.” The symposium brought together speakers from MIT, Ohio State, University of Hawai’i, Kalamazoo College, and the University of … Continue reading

Early Modernism and Multimedia

Brittain Fellow Diane Jakacki’s book chapter, “The Roman de la rose in Text and Image: A Multimedia Research and Teaching Tool” (co-authored with Christine McWebb) has just been published in Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture (Brent Nelson and Melissa Terras, eds. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2012). This chapter presents the early development stages of the imageMAT image annotation tool project for which Diane is the interface designer. The project is funded by the Andrew W. … Continue reading

Kashtan Publishes Article on Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics

Second-year Brittain Fellow Aaron Kashtan’s article “My mother was a typewriter: Fun Home and the importance of materiality in comics studies” is now available as an online preprint from the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and should be available in print form in 2014. Based on a close reading of Alison Bechdel’s acclaimed graphic novel Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, the article argues that comics scholars need to pay more attention to how material … Continue reading