84. Embodying Your Digital Self w/ Dr. Regina Duthely

Dan invites fellow Saint John’s University alum Dr. Regina Duthely from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA to talk about the possibilities of digital teaching & digital rhetorics away from current Zoom-emergency pedagogy, the digital space being a place to fully embody the self, the burden of extra labor/service that scholars of color, particularly women of color, take on in academia, how students thrive when we expand past “just the essay,” what Regina is excited about coming up in her career, and so much more.

Regina Duthely is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She specializes in Black feminist digital rhetorics, African American rhetorics, and multimodal composition and rhetoric. In her article “Black Feminist Hip-Hop Rhetorics and the Digital Public Sphere” (Changing English, 2017), she argues that digital public discourse spaces like Twitter and blogs like The Crunk Feminist Collective allow for Black voices not only to be inserted in the mainstream media, but to transform those media to center Black women’s epistemological and ontological practices. Dr. Duthely is currently working on a book manuscript exploring Black women’s embodied digital rhetorics. 

People and Texts Mentioned in this Episode

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“I think everyone is going through this, right, how do we adjust to the new expectations of things being more accessible online and then for the campus here, how do we return to our culture of in person.”
–Dr. Regina Duthely

“The thing that I’m trying to sort of advocate for amongst my colleagues is we don’t actually have to go back, sort of like hunker down in this like we’re back in person, but that we have the possibility of imagining something different.” –Dr. Regina Duthely

“The emergency Zoom pandemic year is not an accurate representation of what online or digital teaching can be.”
–Dr. Regina Duthely

“A lot of the work that I was looking at […] [scholars of color] are criticizing the early internet’s imagining of sort of this disembodied-you-can-be-whoever-you-want, you can disconnect from the self and create a new digital self that’s not connected to who you really are. And, scholars of color push back against that and say, ‘My body cannot be disconnected from my digital self, my digital presence.’”
–Dr. Regina Duthely

“I’ve always been thinking about, what does it mean to bring your full physical self into a space where your body isn’t actually in a room with other people. So much of that is connected to this sort of like full existence of Blackness and a Black self and a presentation of that self.” –Dr. Regina Duthely

“There’s sometimes this expectation that people of color, everything they do in the world is an act of protest, and forget we [can] actually let people live and experience things and be in the world without having to be some sort of labor.” –Dr. Regina Duthely

“If nothing else, people of color are able to celebrate the creators and appreciate the originators in ways that they publicly wouldn’t necessarily have been able to in the past.” –Dr. Regina Duthely

“Remix is a part of Black culture and Hip Hop culture, specifically.”
–Dr. Regina Duthely

“We sort of limit what is possible when we require only the essay.”
–Dr. Regina Duthely

“Even for me, coming into school, the idea of what I thought writing was as an English student was completely transformed in Graduate School.” –Dr. Regina Duthely

“When you are one of the few people of color, women of color, on your campus, there’s an added layer of service that gets asked of you.” –Dr. Regina Duthely

This episode was recorded on February 11th, 2022. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be occasional audio hiccups. The theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod.

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