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RST Conference

We will convene a Rhetoric of Science and Technology conference in class on Mondays, December 5 and December 12. The conference will feature nine presentations based on either 1) papers or 2) posters.

Paper presentations should include a slidedeck or a handout. Likely many of the paper presentations will extend from Project Two. If you develop a slidedeck, please submit it via email no later than Sunday, December 4, at 7 p.m. Paper presentations should be no longer than 12 minutes and should anticipate time for Q&A-style discussion.

Poster presentations will work somewhat differently in that you will bring a printed copy of your poster to class on Monday, December 12. Poster presenters will show their poster to the class and give a brief, informal explanation of the ideas it presents and design decisions you made.

Develop a one-page proposal (i.e., no more than 500 words) that articulates your plan for the conference. That is, your proposal should explicitly establish whether you will be developing a poster or a paper. In the proposal, introduce your work and explain its relevance to an RST audience. Your proposal is due by the start of class on Monday, November 21. Upload a copy to the EMU Online Dropbox.

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2019 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"Rhetoric of science is simply, then, the study of how scientists persuade and dissuade each other and the rest of us about nature, —the study of how scientists argue in the making of knowledge" (xii). Randy Harris, "Introduction," Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science: Case Studies

"The reality, feasibility, and representativeness of a project are progressive concepts, but they are also controversial; that's why it's so hard to get a clear idea about the technologies involved" (66). Bruno Latour, Aramis, or The Love of Technology

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