11/29/2019: “Embodied Composing in ‘Crip Time'” by Caitlyn Ray

Today’s feature is a video essay by Caitlyn Ray titled “Embodied Composing in ‘Crip Time'” published through Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. From the video description: “What does composing look like in and across digital, networked spaces and the physical spaces our bodies inhabit as we compose? In this project, the authors take on this question and others as they capture and share their composing processes across mediums, platforms, localities, and languages.”

“Embodied Composing in ‘Crip Time’: An Exploration” by Caitlyn Ray (Kairos 21.2 Praxis)

Caitlyn Ray is a PhD candidate in rhetoric and composition at University of Louisville.


“Somatic Metaphors” and “Triggering Bodily Uptake through Movement” by Jennifer Lin LeMesurier

Another #AntiAbleistComposition feature for today is a set of essays on embodiment and movement by Dr. Jennifer Lin LeMesurier. Dr. LeMesurier is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. She has previously taught at Cornish College of the Arts and the University of Washington.

Essay #1: “Somatic Metaphors: Embodied Recognition of Rhetorical Opportunities.” Rhetoric Review, vol. 33, no. 4, 2014, pp. 362-380.

Essay #2: “Mobile Bodies: Triggering Bodily Uptake through Movement.” College Composition and Communication, vol. 68, no. 2, 2016, pp. 292-316.


11/27/2019: “A Tale of Inaccessibility at ODU: Our Manifesto”

Today’s #AntiAbleistComposition feature is “A Tale of Inaccessibility at ODU: Our Manifesto” by Ruth Osorio alongside her students at Old Dominion University.

From the essay:

“Access means everything! Typically, architects tend to only consider those who are able bodied and do the bare minimum to make sure the buildings don’t violate the ADA. But there is so much more that needs to be considered. Society is used to making our daily surroundings look “normal.” However, steps are not the norm for some! For some, steps are a barrier. Something as simple as the bathroom is even a barrier, especially when you can’t fit your motorized chair, your service animal or even go through your monthly cycle because the space was not built to fit you. Classrooms have to change! Bathrooms have to change! Daily spaces that should incorporate everyone have to change! Access is happiness, and it begins with an A because it comes first and it signifies all.”


A Thank You Note

I want to thank a number of people who have supported me and my work over the past year and half as I have progressed through my PhD program:

  • Jennifer LeMesurier
  • Gracen Brilmyer
  • Christina V. Cedillo
  • Wilson Knight
  • Elana Friedland
  • Ruby Nancy
  • Lynn Reid
  • Els Woudstra
  • Olivia Wood
  • Kate Horowitz
  • Jason O’Neill
  • Pritisha Shreshta
  • Jessica Thelen
  • John Lucier
  • Lexi Walston
  • Psyche Ready
  • Marjorie James
  • Kelsey Mason
  • Dan Schapiro
  • Jasmine Villa
  • Cana Itchuaqiyaq
  • Brooke Siegler
  • Christa Teston
  • Agata Foryciarz
  • Keli Tucker
  • Marilyn Downing
  • Emily Smith
  • Cristobal Martinez
  • Brian Fehler
  • Gretchen Busl
  • Kristin Lacey
  • Atta Zahedi
  • Sam Johnson
  • Malea Powell
  • Mitch Cieminski
  • Caddie Alford
  • Jessica Brown
  • Les Hutchinson
  • Saffyre Falkenberg
  • Teacoa Rushton
  • Julia Bernier
  • Megan McIntyre
  • Jean Alger
  • Helen Rottier
  • Meagan Solomon
  • Atinuke Abayomi-Paul