Research Update: Summer 2011

This is a quick research brief on my current projects for the summer. Please feel free to hold me accountable.

Dissertation Agenda:

With my exams completed, I will spend the summer developing my dissertation prospectus and negotiating field research sites and IRB approval. My hope is to have the prospectus ready to defend in early fall and begin my field research shortly there after.

Writing Projects:

Currently I have three primary writing projects (though many more are in progress they are currently on the back burner).

1) A colleague and I are in the process of co-authoring the essay “Dangerous Desires: The Limits of Argumentative Reason in Public HIV/AIDS Health Campaigns” for presentation at the 2011 NCA/NFA Summer Conference on Argumentation in late July. This paper looks at the viability of reason and reasonability in public health discourse related to individuals who seek to contract HIV/AIDS. Our essay looks at the way desire offers an alternative mode of thinking about public health argumentation and this community.

2) I am working with a number of colleagues on helping continue to flesh out rhetorical field methods for conducting in situ research as rhetorical critics. Our effort in this essay focuses on understanding the willingness of the researcher to be vulnerabile in the field. We consider the ways experiences in the field have the ability to radically alter a researcher’s critical commitments and affective experiences. We explore ways that these experiences can inform the writing of rhetorical criticism.

3) In November I will be presenting a paper in the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of NCA on the use of whole body imagers at airport security checkpoints. This essay connects these images to the history of surveillance technology and considers the relationship between the subject and state in the gaze of these machines.

Grant Research:

I am continuing to work as a researcher this summer on The Cyber War Discourse Project. We are tracking the ways public officials write and talk about cyberwar looking to analyze this emerging area of military and industry concern as it happens. This project is led by Dr. Sean Lawson and Dr. Rob Gehl at the University of Utah.

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