Sweta Baniya, is an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Professional and Technical writing at Virginia Tech University. Her scholarship centers around the ever evolving, changing, and challenging global issue of natural and man-made disasters, such as earthquakes or climate change. Her research draws upon non-western paradigms into dialogue with contemporary rhetorical framings of natural and man-made disasters to support local and global communities faced with responding to such events. Her work has appeared in Enculturation, Journal of Business and Technical Communications, Journal of Technological Studies.
In Room 42, Sweta Baniya will be discussing the role of transnational publics as well as women in disaster management and disaster response. A former communication practitioner, she shares on how public voices, actions, and transnational activism is something technical communication practitioners can collaborate with in order to support communities suffering during and after a disaster.
Currently, she is working on a book project, Social Justice Oriented Technical Communication in Global Disaster Management, which demonstrates how local knowledge and transcultural practices of recognizing, highlighting, and valuing marginalized perspectives during or after a crisis create opportunities for tackling social injustices in post-disaster situations. With case studies of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake & 2017 Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, this book provides social justice and transcultural frameworks for researchers and practitioners in rethinking digitally complex and varied modes of crisis communications in global disaster management. Additionally, her research also demonstrates how social media platforms, such as Twitter, can be used to mobilize networks for additional philanthropic actions.
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