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Sherlockian.net Launches!

After close to a year of collaborating on the new site architecture and design for Sherlockian.net, which WIDE acquired last fall, the new website has gone live! Be sure to check it out!



WIDE Director Liza Potts publishes on the Sherlockian fandom

In her recent article in Transformative Works and Cultures, “A case of Sherlockian identity: Irregulars, feminists, and millennials,” Liza Potts examines the ways fan communities have developed over time. Potts looks at the gender differences of traditional societies, like the formerly men-only Baker Street Irregulars, and current fan conferences, such as 221B Con, which was founded by, and primarily attended by women. Potts also examines the generational differences in these fan groups and how identity has affected their memory-making practices.

Liza Potts Heads to ASH!

This spring, WIDE Director Liza Potts (@LizaPottslpotts@msu.edu) will be bringing the redesigned Sherlockian.net to The Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes. The community will have an opportunity to test out the site and provide feedback as WIDE prepares for its launch in the fall.

WIDE Awards at CCCC!

Two WIDE members and alumni won awards at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Portland this year. They are:

Laura Gonzales, honorable mention in Outstanding Dissertation in Technical Communication for “Sites of Translation: What Multilinguals Can Teach us about Rhetoric, Writing, and Technology.”

Jim Ridolfo, Research Impact Award for Digital Samaritans: Rhetorical Delivery and Engagement in the Digital Humanities.

WIDE Heads to ATTW and CCCC!

Researchers, graduate students, and alumni of WIDE will all head to Portland, Oregon for the annual Association of Teachers of Technical Writing conference and the Conference on College Composition and Communication. With presentations ranging from WIDE Director Liza Potts’s look at cultivating archival connections through building, working, and teaching with them (CCCC MW.07) to Ben Lauren and Dawn Opel’s focus on using role-playing games in the classroom and the workplace (CCCC L.04), and think tank sessions discussing the future of online writing instruction from Casey McArdle (CCCC I.02) and how to cultivate equity in a professional organization (CCCC E.03) with Donnie Sackey, WIDE is bringing a plethora of exciting directions to the table.

We’ll also get to hear from graduate students like Heather Turner, who takes a look at data visualization approaches in social-justice oriented research (ATTW B3), and Victor Del Hierro, who discusses pedagogy, place, and public memory from a feminist, hip-hop, and queer researching perspective (CCCC C.06). It’s not all presentations here either, where Lauren Brentnell will lead a roundtable on sustaining identity through cultural practice as a cohort (CCCC G.54) and Jack Hennes will be showing a poster connecting transportation planning and technical communication with the public during the afternoon poster session at ATTW.

And that’s not even the half of WIDE presentations this week! Be sure to follow us on Twitter at @msuwide for updates on the sessions!

Get involved with WIDE!

Summer meetings are held every other week as a team and weekly as a project team.

Please direct questions and inquiries to our Research Assistant: 

Jacob Largen

WIDE (Writing, Information, and Digital Experience) is a research center in the College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University.