This special includes work developed from presentations first delivered at the 9th Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society held in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2014 and hosted by Saint Louis University. The conference was chaired by Paul Lynch and Nathaniel Rivers and had has its focus "attitudes toward technology and technology's own attitude." This issue of KB Journal also includes new work not originally presented at this conference but developed independently and published here for the first time.
David Blakesley is the Campbell Chair in Technical Communication and Professor of English at Clemson University. His books about or drawing from Burke include The Elements of Dramatism (2002), Late Poems 1968–1993 by Kenneth Burke ((with Julie Whitaker), and The Terministic Screen: Rhetorical Perspectives on Film (SIU Press, 2007). He received the Distinguished Service Award from the KB Society in 2005.
Glen Southergill is Assistant Professor of Professional and Technical Communications at Montana Tech. He earned his PhD in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design at Clemson University. Glen's research surrounds the rhetorics of interactive media (in theory and practice), with special attention to gaming and cultures of play, literacies/electracies, user experience design, networked writing(s), and new approaches to scholarly publishing.
Rochelle Gregory, PhD, is currently the Honors Coordinator and an English Instructor at North Central Texas College in Corinth, Texas, where she teaches first-year composition, technical writing, and sophomore literature as part of the Honors Study Abroad program. Her research interests include the intersections of Kenneth Burke, Disability Studies, and Visual Rhetoric. When she's not working, Dr. Gregory enjoys traveling to Europe and playing in her local roller derby league.
Ryan Weber is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. His areas of specialization include the rhetorics of irony, service learning, Stephen Colbert, and business and technical writing. With Nathaniel Rivers, he is the co-editor of Literature as Equpment for Living: The Literary Reviews of Kenneth Burke.
KB Journal's mission is to explore what it means to be "Burkean." To this end, KB Journal publishes original scholarship that addresses, applies, extends, repurposes, or challenges the writings of Kenneth Burke, which include but are not limited to the major books and hundreds of articles by Burke, as well as the growing corpus of research material about Burke. It provides an outlet for integrating and critiquing the gamut of Burkean studies in communication, composition, English, gender, literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and technical writing. In light of this, Kenneth Burke need not be sole focus of a submission, but Burke should be integral to the structure of the argument.