Inventing the Future ARST Vicentennial Celebration The Swan and Dolphin Hotel Orlando, FL, USA November 14, 2012 Association for the Rhetoric of Science & Technology (ARST) Preconference, held in conjunction with the 98th annual meeting of the National Communication Association Overview In celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology (ARST), this day-long preconference seeks to unite multiple generations of rhetoric of science and technology scholars in a conversation about the inventional potential of the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine. Position papers that take stock of the existing trajectories and future possibilities of scholarship in the rhetoric of STeM (science, technology, and medicine) will be discussed at the preconference and will subsequently appear in a special forum of POROI. Preliminary Schedule 8:30-9 am Registration 9-9:30 Inventing the Future: Welcome and Introduction to the Conference Theme Rhetoricians have long paid homage to rhetorical invention, but the concept sometimes recedes to the background of our scholarly inquiries. Yet invention possesses rich potential as a rubric through which to approach the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine. Among the tools and strategies of invention are the use of different templates, the importation of language from one context into another, the deployments of stases, the introduction of tropes and figures to shape or re-shape the reception of discourse, the pulling of a historical thread into the present situation, perspective by incongruity, and numerous others. The preconference will feature invention as a way of stimulating a lively discussion of our past, present and future. Participants will be encouraged to think, talk, converse, and write about the ways that the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine can be more inventive within academic and public contexts. 9:30-10:45 Plenary Session I: What’s In Our Repertoire? This session will explore how earlier work in the rhetoric of science and technology may afford resources for thinking about, or engaging in, rhetorical invention. Rather than frame early work in the area as foundational, we will revisit past work with an eye toward finding inventional possibilities. Perhaps we will find threads that were never picked up, threads that were dropped, and threads that can be pulled through to the present. Or, we may find nascent themes that can unsettle current practices. If there is life in our intellectual habitat, we can look for the plentitude and potentiality that might be found within our intellectual heritage. To explore these questions, three position papers reflecting on the inventional potential of earlier work in the rhetoric of science and technology will be shared in advance with preconference participants. The session will begin with each of the three scholars giving a 3-5 minute presentation reminding the audience of the central argument of their paper. Then, two more scholars will give 3-5 minute responses. The floor will then be opened for a discussion of the inventional possibilities in the rhetoric of science and technology. The room will be organized in a double horseshoe formation so that all participants can see one another with major speakers at the front table. Position Papers: Celeste Condit, John Lyne & David Depew, Lawrence J. Prelli Respondents: Jeanne Fahnestock and John Angus Campbell --break-11-12:15 Plenary Session II: Horizons of Possibility This session will mimic the session format of the first but will focus on emerging work, collaborative projects, and the developing possibilities for shaping discourse and discursive understanding in the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine. It will take seriously the idea that there is a repertoire to be drawn upon, updated, or deployed in order to provide resources for invention, and it will consider recent venues or research or public intervention as places where renewed attention to invention might produce creative responses. Position Papers: Leah Ceccarelli, Carl Herndl, Randy Allan Harris Respondents: Lynda Walsh and Carolyn Miller 12:15-2 pm Lunch in small groups on your own. 2-3:15 pm Emerging Directions in the Rhetoric of STeM: Octavian Table Discussions While we are at lunch, the room will be reset into 6 tables. Each table will contain between two and four conversational “anchors” who will lead a discussion of the inventional possibilities of their designated area. Other participants will be free to enter and leave the conversations at will and may choose to occupy a designated “devil’s advocate” seat in order to make sure multiple viewpoints are aired. At the end of the conversation, each set of table anchors will coordinate a position paper outlining potential futures in the area to appear in POROI. Scientific Genres Rhetoric of Technology Rhetoric of Medicine/Health Visual Rhetorics of Science Science, Publics, & Controversy Nanotech. & Synthetic Biology Jeanne Fahenstock and Carolyn Miller Bill Kinsella and John Lynch Judy Segal, Lisa Keränen, and J. Blake Scott Larry Prelli and Celeste Condit James Wynn and Lynda Walsh David Berube and Greg Wilson --break-3:30-4:30 Inventing the Future: Part II This session will link back to the morning’s themes. It will begin with a brief report of major topics discussed at each table. The session will conclude with a plenary discussion of future collaborations and larger projects that would benefit ARST and ideas about how we can better partner with other parts of the academy and relevant public and stakeholder groups. Oral History Project During breaks, a team of digital media scholars will execute an oral history project and will record video of participants reflecting on their experiences doing research in the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine. These will be uploaded to a refurbished ARST website via youtube. ARST Bibliography Project The preconference may lead to an attempt to compile a master bibliography of scholarship related to the rhetoric of science, technology, and medicine by merging existing bibliographies and participant contributions. We will seek volunteers to coordinate this effort after the meeting. For More Information Visit the ARST website at: http://www.arstonline.org for information about ARST. For information about the preconference, contact: Lisa Keränen, ARST First Vice-President and Preconference Organizer Department of Communication University of Colorado Denver, Campus Box 176 Denver CO 80217; Phone: 303.556.5668 Email: [email protected] *Lisa Keränen thanks the members of the ARST Board of Governors and ARST Officers, including David Depew, Karen Taylor, David Berube, Aimee-Marie Dorsten, James Wynn, Greg Wilson, and especially John Lyne for their input on the conference theme and format.