Derek Tanios Mkhaiel
Office: Bessey 273
New Materialism, Paralogic Rhetoric, Speculation, Contemporary and Street Art, Ecological Marxism, Literary/Critical Theory, Situationism, Utopia
Derek’s composition research focuses on the generative pedagogical possibilities at the intersection of paralogic rhetoric/post-process, new materialisms, and contemporary art. Specifically, focusing on the interconnected relations between meaning, materiality, situations, and event. His rhetorical research focuses on the material relations of social-environmental ecologies, the material-discursive properties of contemporary and street art and their meaning-making capacities, and the development of a Utopian Rhetoric aimed towards generating radical and political potentialities.
Dual M.A., California State University, 2017
B.A., California State University, 2014
Mkhaiel, Derek. “Doğan, Détournement, and The Ontology of Dissent” Interdisciplinary Humanities (Forthcoming 2020).
“Extinction Rebellion’s Material Resistance and Utopic Rhetoric” Society for Utopian Studies, East Lansing, MI. 10 Oct. 2019.
“Speculative Performativity: Fostering Rupture, Disorientation, and Imagination” Conference on College Composition and Communication, Pittsburgh, PA.13 Mar. 2019.
“Finjen Ahweh: The Lebanese Practice of Rupturing Time” Cultural Rhetorics Conference, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.17 Nov. 2018.
“Speculative Futures” Watson Conference, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. 25 Oct. 2018.
Sample Courses Taught
WRA 101: Writing as Inquiry