Madison Jones is a PhD candidate in rhetoric and writing studies at the University of Florida. His research explores the role of place and environment in networked writing. He teaches courses in digital rhetoric, composition, and professional writing. His scholarship and teaching intersect the fields of ecocomposition, creative writing studies, advocacy, and digital rhetoric. Visit his website madisonpjones.com and follow him on Twitter @mpjonesiv.
This past winter I spent a month in Greece, traveling and researching, something I’ve wanted to do for years. I have long been interested in the relationship between the material environment and ancient rhetorics, especially concerning Plato’s dialogues, but I never had the means to go and see the places I was reading and writing about. I was very fortunate to receive a research travel award from my institution, which made this incredible opportunity possible for me. My trip led to more discoveries than I can ramble off in one post, but I’m planning a series of future posts reflecting on parts of the trip and how it contributed to my thinking about rhetoric and writing.
Figure 1: The Greek Agora. Photograph by the Author.
I began dreaming of Greece when I was researching the role of place in Plato’s dialogues as a master’s student living in Auburn, Alabama. To me, the place seemed about as far off as it could be: temporally, spatially, ideologically, geographically. It was as differe…