Damián P Baca

About Damián P Baca

Damián Baca (PhD, Syracuse University) is author of Mestiz@ Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of Writing (Palgrave Macmillan), lead editor of Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114BCE to 2012CE (Palgrave Macmillan), and has published in JAC: An Interdisciplinary Journal in Rhetoric, Culture, & PoliticsCollege English, and Dialogue. He works at the intersection of rhetoric, comparative technologies of writing in Mesoamerica/later America, and globalization. Generally, he looks to cultures across Latin America, the Caribbean, and U.S. Latinidad as a lens through which to complicate and inform two correlative domains of inquiry:

  • The disciplinary formation of the study of alphabetic writing as it emerges during a crucial period of Western territorial annexation, and
  • The imperial complicity between "racialized" subjectivities and economy, from the development of the transatlantic commercial circuit in the sixteenth century to the present stages of late global capitalism.

Baca is especially interested in the rhetorical potential of decolonial invention - an invitation to theorize with, against, and beyond inherited patterns of thinking that emerged in Western Europe under capitalism. In place of merely challenging the Western Rhetorical tradition from a so-called "alternative" cultural locus, his work examines how and why the current study of Rhetoric and Composition becomes an unquestioned alternative to the immense global plurality of communicative forms and knowledges that remain obscured. He perceives these inquiries as having substantial implications for the politics and ethics of research, teaching, and curricular reform.

Selected Publications

Scholarly Books and Monographs

Baca, Damián and Victor Villanueva, eds. Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114 BCE to 2012 CE (Studies of the Americas Series). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. (270 pgs) (95%)

  • Review: Studies in American Indian Literatures 22.4 (2010): 85-88.
  • Review: College Composition and Communication 63.1 (2011): 145-161.
  • Review: Quarterly Journal of Speech 98.3 (2012): 320-336.

 

Baca, Damián. Mestiz@ Scripts, Digital Migrations, and the Territories of Writing (New Concepts in Latino American Cultures Series). New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. (210 pgs)

  • Review: Studies in American Indian Literatures 23.2 (2011): 96-100.
  • Review: College Composition and Communication 63.1 (2011): 145-161.
  • Review: Quarterly Journal of Speech 98.3 (2012): 320-336.
  • Review: Ethnic and Third World Literatures Review of Books 12 (2012). 28 August 2013

 

Chapters in Scholarly Books and Monographs

 

“Rural Literacies, Post-Industrial Countrysides: Resolana and the Shadow of the Atomic Age.” Reclaiming the Rural: Essays on Literacy, Rhetoric, and Pedagogy. Ed. Kim Donehower, Charlotte Hogg and Eileen Schell. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2011, pp. 75-89.

“te-ixtli: the ‘Other Face’ of the Américas.” Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114 BCE to 2012 CE. Eds. Damián Baca and Victor Villanueva. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 1-20.

“Rhetoric, Interrupted: La Malinche and Nepantlisma.” Rhetorics of the Americas: 3114 BCE to 2012 CE. Eds. Damián Baca and Victor Villanueva. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010, pp. 197-216.

              “Contesting U.S. Cultures of Authorship.” Authorship in Composition Studies. Eds. Rebecca Moore Howard and Tracy Hamler Carrick. New York: Wadsworth, 2006. 117-133.

 

Journal Articles

Baca, Damián. “Rethinking Composition, 500 Years Later.” Special Edition on Working English in Rhetoric and Composition: Global-Local Contexts, Commitments, Consequences. JAC 29:1/2 (2009): 229-242.

Baca, Damián and Victor Villanueva. “Introduction.” Special Edition in Writing, Rhetoric, and Latinidad. College English 71:6 July (2009): 561-563. (50%)

Baca, Damián. “The Chicano Codex: Writing against Historical and Pedagogical Colonization.” Special Edition in Writing, Rhetoric, and Latinidad. College English 71:6 July (2009): 564-583.

                 “Coming Into the Field: Narratives of the Personal and the Professional” with Susan Adams, et al. Dialogue: A Journal for Writing Specialists 8.1 (2002): 5-34.

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Contact Information

Damián P Baca
Associate Professor
Telephone: (520) 621-7216
Office: 434 Modern Languages Bldg
Office Hours: Wednesdays 1pm-2:30pm and By Appointment
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences