Series Editor
Byron Hawk
University of South Carolina

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THE NEW MEDIA THEORY series investigates both media and new media as complex rhetorical ecologies. The merger of media and new media creates a global public sphere that is changing the ways we work, play, write, teach, think, and connect. Because these ecologies operate through evolving arrangements, theories of new media have yet to establish a rhetorical and theoretical paradigm that fully articulates this emerging digital life.

The series includes books that deploy rhetorical, social, cultural, political, textual, aesthetic, and material theories in order to articulate moments of mediation that compose these contemporary media ecologies. Such works typically bring rhetorical and critical theories to bear on media and new media in ways that elaborate on a burgeoning post-disciplinary "material turn" as one further development of the linguistic and social turns that have already influenced scholarly work across the humanities.

Possible Topics

  • Rhetoric and New Media
  • Digital Publics
  • Writing with Sound
  • Media Ecologies
  • Tactical Media
  • Digital Writing
  • New Material Rhetorics
  • Complexity Theory
  • Posthumanism
  • (Actor) Network Theory
  • Procedural Rhetorics
  • Embodied Writing
  • Digital Art
  • Computational Writing
  • Globalism and Technology
  • Writing through Video

Submission and Contact Information

Queries should be directed to Byron Hawk, Editor, New Media Theory, University of South Carolina, Department of English, Humanities Office Building, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. Email:

Review our full submission guidelines here.

Your proposal should outline the rationale and projected audience for the book and its relation to other books in the field; include the book's table of contents or a chapter outline, the estimated length and the timetable for completion, and the introduction and (if available) a sample chapter. Please also send the CV of the author(s) or editor(s).

Books in the Series

  • Networked Humanities: Within and Without the University, edited by Jeff Rice and Brian McNely (2018)

  • Suasive Iterations: Rhetoric, Writing, and Physical Computing by David M. Rieder (2017)

  • Writing Posthumanism, Posthuman Writing, edited by Sidney I. Dobrin (2015)
  • Ready to Wear: A Rhetoric of Wearable Computers and Reality-Shifting Media by Isabel Pedersen (2013)
  • Mics, Cameras, Symbolic Action: Audio-­Visual Rhetoric for Writing Teachers, by Bump Halbritter (2013). Computers and Composition Best Book Award 2014.
  • The Available Means of Persuasion: Mapping a Theory and Pedagogy of Multimodal Public Rhetoric, by David M. Sheridan, Jim Ridolfo, and Anthony J. Michel (2012)
  • Avatar Emergency by Gregory L. Ulmer (2012)
  • New Media/New Methods: The Academic Turn from Literacy to Electracy, edited by Jeff Rice and Marcel O’Gorman (2008)
  • The Two Virtuals: New Media and Composition, by Alexander Reid (2007). Honorable Mention, W. Ross Winterowd/JAC Award for Best Book in Composition Theory (2007)

    About the Editor

    Byron Hawk is associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina. He is the author of Resounding the Rhetorical: Composition as a Quasi-Object (Pittsburgh UP, 2018), A Counter-History of Composition: Toward Methodologies of Complexity (Pittsburgh UP, 2007), winner of the W. Ross Winterowd Award, and coeditor of Small Tech: The Culture of Digital Tools. He was also the founding coeditor (with David Rieder) of Enculturation: A Journal of Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture in 1996.