POROI publishes article on ARSTM preconference ecploring the issue of agency. Click here to view the issue now.


New ARST award winners announced for the 2013 year. Visit the Ploeger Memorial Award and Article of the Year pages for more information. All winners were recognized at the ARST business meeting at NCA.


Position papers and response papers written for the Vicentennial Celebration are now available in a special issue of POROI: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Rhetorical Analysis and Invention. Check it out here.


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2015 NCA

Preconference Photos

Oral History Project


ARSTM preconference

POROI article

THANKS to those of us who joined us for the NCA 2015 Preconference

Symposium on Agency in honor of Carolyn R. Miller

held Wednesday, November 18


Read the full text of Carolyn's Encomium from the preconference.


Above left: Lynda Walsh presents Carolyn Miller with the ARSTM Honorary Garden Trowel.

Above right: Graduate students present Carolyn with a gift.

Left: Preconference attendees gather for dinner following an engaging day of presentations and reflections.


Interviews from the ARST Oral History Project are available for viewing on the ARST YouTube Channel. The ARST Oral History Project features interviews with the following individuals:


David Berube                         John Angus Campbell

Leah Ceccarelli                      Celeste Condit                               

David Depew                          Jeanne Fahnestock

Alan Gross                             Randy Harris

Carl Herndl                            Lisa Keränen

John Lynch                             John Lyne

Carolyn Miller                       Lawrence Prelli

Judy Segal                             Greg Wilson

James Wynn


Thanks to Damien Pfister and his crew for all their hard work on the Oral History project and making these rich resources available to all of us.

CALL FOR PAPERS: ARSTM @ NCA 2016 Preconference


Post-Critique Rhetorics

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Philadelphia, PA


CLICK HERE to download a full schedule for the pre-conference


Recent work in rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine, as well as science and technology studies more broadly, has argued for a reorientation of our efforts away from a more critical agenda and toward the kinds of research that might directly intervene in public policy. Ultimately, arguments for post-critique or upstream rhetorics suggest that the appropriation of postmodern epistemology for dangerous political agendas (climate change denial, anti-vaccine movements, AIDS denialism, etc.) warrant a reevaluation of our more critical modes of inquiry and serious consideration of new non-activist interventional methodologies. Accordingly, the 2016 ARSTM Preconference invites papers that engage (or even critique) the idea of post-critique rhetorics of science, technology, and medicine.


ARSTM is also excited to sponsor/co-sponsor a number of exciting and thought-provoking panels over the course of NCA. See the full schedule of ARSTM panels here.

ARSTM Preconference Article Published

POROI just published "The Great Chain of Being: Manifesto on the Problem of Agency in Science."

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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

The Great Chain of Being from Retorica Christiana, 1579.


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