After an intense three weeks in June participating in Chico State's Academy E-Learning, I find myself hard at work this July on an article revision I've been fiddling with for a year now. Originally a dissertation chapter, this particular piece uses the Bush-era Torture Memos to think through the relationship between torture and rhetoric. My current focus is on 1) situating torture/rhetoric in terms of Obama's presidency, as well, 2) re-considering how I frame the conversation I see myself taking part in, and 3) re-framing my intervention (always the most challenging part).
My break from writing is taking some time to read texts for my upcoming graduate seminar in rhetoric and human rights! There's so much brilliant work out there - I have no idea how I'll narrow the field...
The Rhetoric Society of America's conference has so far been my favorite. conference. ever. Just looking at the schedule gets me anxious for the semester to end - must get to Atlanta STAT. This year I'm presenting with a few folks I met in the Rhetoric & Ethics pre-conference workshop at CCCC in 2015. Because we're all interested in rhetoric and human rights, we've put together a panel titled "Structures of Imprisonment: Rhetoric and Change in 21st Century Prison Activism." My contribution to this May's line-up is research on Abu Ghraib Detention Center as a space where (sometimes violent) material rhetorics haunt us.
Tom Fox and I have proposed a joint paper for this fall's Thomas R. Watson Conference in Louisville, KY. Bringing together his experiences with the Boles Fire (Weed, CA) last year, my research in rhetoric and repair/making, and our shared excitement over Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing's The Mushroom at the End of the World, we decided that presenting together on how communities repair following disaster would be just the thing.
Here you'll find updates about upcoming (and ongoing) research...