My name is Chris Lindgren. I am a PhD student in the Rhetoric of Science and Technical Communication program in the Writing Studies department at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (UMN). My research will appear in The Kids Still Can’t Write: Literacy Crisis Discourses in the 21st Century and the Rhetoric and Digital Humanities edited collections.
Much of my research examines the relationships between rhetoric, writing, and literacies; specifically code and computational literacies called proceduracies. My research seeks ways to understand how source code texts are emerging sites of writing and rhetorical activity.
Most recently, I am interested in developing methodologies that help reveal how materials and spaces are intimately bound to user spaces online. My curiousity has led me closer into how source code texts overlap, mix, and influence everyday discursive and non-discursive practices. For example, how do Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) influence web developer practices? Are APIs themselves a type of rhetorical border, considering how they corral developers into learning particular methods of interacting with particular sets of data? To pursue questions such as these, I think rhetoric, writing, and literacy scholars need to examine the in situ, everyday literacy practices of web developers. By doing so, I believe the humanities will provide professional and scientific domains an even more rich understanding of how developer practices are multiple and socially meaningful.
I am always trying to bridge disciplinary pathways by taking on roles such as Associate Editor for Itineration, which is a journal dedicated to cross-disciplinary scholarship. I also worked as an RA for University of Minnesota's Computer Science department, helping them shape and rollout their writing enriched curriculum. As a Master's student at NDSU, I co-developed the Sugar Labs @ NDSU project with Dr. Kevin Brooks, utilizing action research methods to learn more about how kids interact and learn with technology and procedural and coding literacies. Now, as a PhD student at UMN, I hope to design a study related to the everyday developing and rhetorical practices emerging from how both humans and bots on the web write and re-write data structures.