This collection, aimed at scholars, teachers, and practitioners in technical communication, focuses on the praxis-based connections between technical communication and theoretical movements that have emerged in the past several decades, namely new materialism and posthumanism. It provides a much needed link between contemporary theoretical discussions about new materialisms and posthumanism and the practical, everyday work of technical communicators. The collection insists that where some theoretical perspectives fall flat for practitioners, posthumanism and new materialisms have the potential to enable more effective and comprehensive practices, methodologies, and pedagogies.

chapter |20 pages


ByDaniel P. Richards, Kristen R. Moore

part I|97 pages

Shifting Politics and Histories

chapter 1|25 pages

Storytelling as a Balancing Practice in the Study of Posthuman Praxis

ByEmily Legg, Patricia Sullivan

chapter 2|21 pages


ByJulie Staggers, Michele Simmons

chapter 4|27 pages

Factors to Actors

Implications of Posthumanism for Social Justice Work
ByEmma J. Rose, Rebecca Walton

part II|77 pages

Shifting Methodologies

chapter 5|22 pages

Can Objects be Moral Agents? Posthuman Praxis in Public Transportation

ByMeredith A. Johnson, Nathan R. Johnson

chapter 6|19 pages

Writing Down the Machine

Enacting Latourian Ethnography to Trace How a Supercomputer Circulates the Halls of Washington, DC as a Report
BySarah Read

chapter 8|20 pages

User Experience in a Networked Environment

How Latour Can Help Us Do Better UX Work
ByGuiseppe Getto, Nathan A. Franklin, Sheryl M. Ruszkiewicz, Jack T. Labriola

part III|84 pages

Shifting Workspaces

chapter 9|20 pages

The Role of Metis in Revising Automotive Recall Letters

ByEhren Helmut Pflugfelder

chapter 10|18 pages

Objects of O2

A Posthuman Analysis of Differentiated Language Use in a Cross-Disciplinary Research Partnership
ByMark A. Hannah

chapter 11|20 pages

Beyond Hearts and Minds

Posthumanism, Kairos, and Technical Communication in US Army Field Manual 3-24, Counterinsurgency
ByJason Barrett-Fox, Geoffrey Clegg

chapter 12|26 pages

Investigating the Workplaces of Science

ByDeborah C. Andrews