Tag Archives: rhetoric of science

Cosmopolitics I-1

Stengers, I. (2010). Cosmopolitics I. R. Bononno, (Trans.). Minneapolis: U of Minnesota Press. *Note: I write about books for a number of reasons. Most often, it’s to share my thoughts or to critique them. In this case, I’m writing as part of an effort to figure out what it (the book) meant. The following post […]

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Recent Readings in STS

I’ve been reading pretty voraciously over the past two months and as such, I’ve not had time to keep up with my book reviews. So this is a catch up post. I don’t normally like to tackle so many works in a single review, but if I don’t write about these now I’ll never have […]

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RSA Recap

I’ve just returned a few days ago from the Rhetoric Society of American conference in beautiful Minneapolis, Mn (May28-31). I also attended the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology pre-conference, Friday morning. RSA is getting big. In fact, I heard many a grumble in the hallways of the conference hotel which said “too […]

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Pickering (2010) The Cybernetic Brain

Andrew Pickering’s (2010) The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future offers readers a thorough and detailed view into this history of cybernetic science. This history focuses on and is presented through a series of professional biographies of six prominent British cyberneticians who conducted most of their work during the first half of the last century […]

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Dissertation Defense

Just for fun I thought I’d post my dissertation defense notes. —————————————————————————— Rhetorics of pain:  Agency and regulation in the medical-industrial complex Disciplinary Project Rhetoric of science → Rhetoric of technoscience & medicine Scientific discourse → Material-semiotic networks Ontology, materiality, power, agency Textual analysis → Critical systems ethnography Everything’s an object of inquiry Capturing the […]

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Part II: Field atomization

This post continues the previous post. Though it’s not strictly necessary to read both to catch the tenor of my argument, it might help. As I mentioned in my last post, my efforts to think through the atomization of rhetoric http://5000.blogspot.com/2010/02/on-atomization-of-rhetoric.html has led me to atomize atomization. Where previously I was discussing the problems of […]

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Workspace revitalization program

I thought you all might like to see the results of my recently established workplace revitalization program. I assure you there is, if fact, a desk under that giant mess of dirty dishes, used coffee mugs, and discarded cans of cola. And here’s the proof: Those of you with eagle eyes may note that I’m […]

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Summer reading

The following is an abbreviated version of my summer reading list. But More importantly, I’m playing with Zotero (recently installed and much enjoyed). Cambrosio, A., Keating, P., Schlich, T., & Weisz, G. (2009). Biomedical Conventions and Regulatory Objectivity: A Few Introductory Remarks. Social Studies of Science, 39(5), 651-664. doi:10.1177/0306312709334640 Carolan, M. S. (2008). Democratizing Knowledge: […]

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Waddell, C. (1990). The role of pathos in the decision-making process: A study in the rhetoric of science policy. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 76, 381-400.

In “The Role of Pathos,” (reprinted in Harris’ Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science Case Studies, 1997), Craig Waddell explores the 1976 debate surrounding whether or not recombinant DNA (rDNA) research should be allowed in Cambridge, MA. In particular, Waddell focuses on the city-formed Cambridge Experimentation Research Board (CERB) and a meeting it had with […]

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