Upcoming Special Issues

This summer, Kairos will publish a special issue on Rhetoric, Technology, and the Military, guest-edited by Alexis Hart and Mike Edwards. It’ll be a full issue, and here’s a glimpse of the working Table of Contents. It’s a doozy!


  • Chris Anson and CPT Shawn Neely on plagiarism, collaboration, and intellectual property in the Army in “The Army as Textual Community: Exploring the Concepts of Attribution, Appropriation, and Shared Goals”
  • Geof Carter on humor, cynicism/kynicism, and soldiers' self-representations in “Diogenese, Dogfaced Soldiers, and Deployment Music Videos”
  • Steve Fraiberg on the Israeli Army as incubator for high-tech startups in Israel in “The Rhetoric of the Military and the National Imag(e)ination”
  • Paul Rutz, a watercolor painter and war correspondent in Iraq, on "What a painter of 'historical narrative' can show us about war photography"


  • Paige Paquette and CPT Mike Warren on the pedagogical uses of narrative, service learning with soldiers and cadets, and distance education in “Telling War Stories: The Things They Carry”


  • Peter W. Singer's Wired for War, reviewed by Steve Resch and Tony McGowan


  • with Noam Chomsky by Carl Whithaus
  • with Hugh Burns by Ryan Trauman

Wow. Look for it in May 2010. And if that weren’t enough….

In May 2011, guest editors Shannon Carter and Bump Halbritter promise a very special issue on Undergraduate Research in Digital Media. They reported a high number of proposals submitted, with about half of them being accepted. Since the submission deadline passed in October, I’ve been on the lookout for other journals that would publish digital media work by undergraduate students, and I’m pleased to report two of which I heard about while at MLA. The first, called X/changes, is edited by Julianne Newmark at New Mexico Tech and publishes linear and multimodal writing studies scholarship by undergraduates. Another journal that recently launched from the Digital Writing and Research Lab at UT-Austin is JUMP, the Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects. I encourage Kairos readers to peruse these journals, work multimodal scholarship into your classes and curricula, and have students submit to these journals! This is a great way to share the conversation about multimodal scholarship between academic ranks as well as to keep informed on what undergraduates know (and can do) about and in digital media.

And if you have a great idea you want to see represented in Kairos, we accept proposals for special issues on a rolling basis. Read the guest-editor guidelines and let us know if you have any questions.