Image: Ana Teresa Barboza’s (2006) “ Primer premio pasaporte para un artista“

english 7879 | christa teston, phd
fall 2016 :: rhetoric seminar
Classical and contemporary rhetorical theory offers
a set of unique affordances for the study of
scientific and medical practice—including
explorations of the role of power, place, and
precarity in how,

risk is assessed,
expertise is defined,
decisions are made, and
uncertainty is mitigated and navigated.

In this seminar, you will learn how to mobilize
rhetorical theory as “an instrument capable of
performing...intricate analysis” (Fahnestock &
Secor) and to navigate complexities associated
with disability, disease, and crisis. We’ll explore a

working definition for “care” that is responsive to
human frailty and vulnerability amidst constantly
changing cellular, sociopolitical, economic,
environmental, and technoscientific phenomena.
Students interested in intersections between race,
class, ethnicity, and biomedical science are
especially encouraged to enroll.
Finally, you will have an opportunity to co-author a
publishable manuscript about conducting
sustainable research in the field of rhetoric of health
and medicine.

Wednesdays, 12:40-3:40 p.m.
419 Denney Hall
Christa Teston (