Transnational Research in Technical Communication

Stories, Realities, and Reflections

Edited by Nancy Small & Bernadette Longo

Subjects: Technical Communication
Series: SUNY series, Studies in Technical Communication
Hardcover : 9781438489032, 234 pages, July 2022
Paperback : 9781438489025, 234 pages, January 2023

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Table of contents

Introductions and Beginnings
Bernadette Longo and Nancy Small

1. Planning and Pivoting: Archival Work in Botswana and South Africa
Emily January Petersen

2. Grappling with Globalized Research Ethics: Notes from a Long-Term Qualitative Research Agenda in India
Breeanne Matheson

3. Lost in Translation: Losing Rigid Research Team Roles in a Field Study in Vietnam
Sarah Beth Hopton, Rebecca Walton, and Linh Nguyen

4. Accidental Tourist in a Narrative World with Technologies: A Story from Katanga Province
Bernadette Longo

5. Across the Divide: Communicating with Stakeholders in Papua New Guinea
Bea Amaya

6. "Nuestra vida en el medio oeste, USA": Listening to Mexican Immigrants
Laura Pigozzi

7. Syrian Refugee Women's Voices: Research Grounded in Stories and Recipe Sharing
Nabila Hijazi

8. Relearning Your Knowledge: The Loud Silence
Yvan Yenda Ilunga

9. Chemistry Publication Ethics in China and the United States: Transdisciplinary Teaming in a Time of Change
Kathryn Northcut

10. Mingled Threads: A Tapestry of Tales from a Complex Multinational Project
Rosário Durão, Kyle Mattson, Marta Pacheco Pinto, Joana Moura, Ricardo López-Léon, and Anastasia Parianou

11. Importing Lessons from Qatar: Toward a Research Ethic in Transnational and Intercultural TPC
Nancy Small


Offers unique story-based insights into the complexities and challenges of transnational and intercultural research.


Transnational Research in Technical Communication considers the complexities of intercultural projects from a compelling perspective: first-hand narrative reflections. Readers go behind the scenes as scholars share their experiences crossing a variety of borders in their efforts to engage in knowledge-making endeavors. Interwoven through each chapter are stories of how projects were designed, adapted, and sometimes even failed. The collection begins with an introduction situating it at the intersection of recent scholarship in storywork, intercultural research, and technical and professional communication’s social justice turn. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions and recommendations for further reading. The closing chapter reveals a nascent "ethic of transnational and intercultural research" growing out of contributors' lessons learned and generous reflections. Anyone interested in or planning to undertake a transnational or intercultural project can benefit from these storied case studies, and as a result, this collection contributes to moving the field forward as it strives to promote more ethically aware and responsive research.

Nancy Small is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wyoming. Bernadette Longo is Associate Professor of Humanities at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.


"Shifting the focus away from traditional understandings of validity and rigor, the editors and authors offer personal, vulnerable stories about their experiences, successes, and—perhaps most important—failures when engaging in transnational research. With this explicit focus on narrative and storytelling, along with the variety of fields that the authors of the collection represent, the book serves as a resource for scholars across disciplines who are interested in transnational work and, more specifically, who are interested in questioning the ethics and power dynamics that come into play in transnational work." — H-Net Reviews (H-Sci-Med-Tech)

"This volume contributes methodological reflections on transnational and intercultural research within the field of TPC. It is a how-to guide of sorts with reflections by researchers discussing research projects. Thus, it contributes much-needed stories about working in the field while conducting transnational research." — Guiseppe Getto, East Carolina University