Title

The Great Chain of Being: Manifesto on the Problem of Agency in Science Communication

SMC Author

Bonnie Tucker

Author Role

contributing author

Status

Faculty

School

School of Economics and Business Administration

Department

Marketing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2016

Publication Title

Poroi

Description/Abstract

This manifesto presents positions arrived at after a day-long symposium on agency in science communication at the National Communication Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, November 18, 2015. During morning sessions, participants in the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine preconference presented individual research on agency in response to a call to articulate key problems that must be solved in the next five years to better understand and support rhetorical agency in massively automated and mediated science communication situations in a world-risk context. In the afternoon, participants convened in discussion groups around four topoi that emerged from the morning’s presentations: automation, biopolitics, publics, and risk. Groups were tasked with answering three questions about their assigned topos: What are the critical controversies surrounding it? What are its pivotal rhetorical and technical terms? And what scholarly questions must be addressed in the next five years to yield a just and effective discourse in this area? Groups also assembled capsule bibliographies of sources core to their topos. At the end of the afternoon, Carolyn R. Miller presented a reply to the groups’ work; that reply serves as the headnote to this manifesto.

Keywords

rhetorical agency, rhetoric of science, science communication, automation, biopolitics, publics theory, risk

Scholarly

yes

Peer Reviewed

1

DOI

10.13008/2151-2957.1246

Volume

12

Issue

1

Disciplines

Business | Economics | Marketing

Original Citation

Contributing author to Walsh, L. (2016). The Great Chain of Being: Manifesto on the Problem of Agency in Science Communication. Poroi, 12(1), 2. 10.13008/2151-2957.1246

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