trisha n. campbell
I teach writing, digital production, digital storytelling, and rhetoric. I practice yoga. I obsess over sounds, the voice, and how to live non-divisively through our sounds and voices. Eventually, I hope my study of yoga stretches (like a good pose) into my teaching and research. Eventually, I will realize all the ways the two already co-create each other.
Currently, I am working on a book manuscript entitled, Digital Empathy, which discusses how we can foster and teach empathy through intentional digital production experiments using the voice, body, and other sonic composing materials.
At the heart of my work are enduring questions around the ethical, the rhetorical, the public, the body, and the digital. I take up each of these both separately and together through my art installations, articles, practices, pedagogies, and civically engaged or community-centered work. I found my way to empathy accidentally through my doctoral research on violence in inner cities. For years, I spent most of my time thinking about how violence circulates visually, textually, and digitally in networks, how empathy lacks, and how contagious our affects have become. By the last chapter, I realized that I was using actor-network theory and theories of affect to listen in on violence in the 21st century. What I found through this method of listening was the lack of another fraught 21st century word: empathy. Violence and empathy have so become my intertwined areas of research.
21st-century violence has led to a need for cultivating 21st-century empathy. I study violence and its empathy (or lack) through digital publics, arguments of division, race, and our radically connected inhabitancy of the world. I might say, on some days, that my work attempts to practice rhetorical listening and rhetorical empathy through and with publics, performance, and found media, archives, and voices.