June 3 – 9, 2013
The Institute will commence with five Seminars running from Monday to Friday, June 3-7, culminating in a plenary luncheon. After lunch on the 7th, twenty Workshops begin and will run to midday on Sunday, June 9th.
Registration for the 2013 RSA Summer Institute in Lawrence, KS is open! If you have been accepted into a Workshop or a Seminar (or if you are a session leader), it’s time to register. To do so, please visit http://www.continuinged.ku.edu/programs/rhetoric-society/. If you are a session leader or a graduate student, you will need a special code to receive the appropriate discounts. You should have received this code already. If you are not a session leader or a graduate student, you do not need a code to register. The Registration deadline is April 1, 2013.
Related news: Information on Lodging for the Institute can be found here:http://rhetoricsociety.org/aws/RSA/pt/sp/institute_lodging.
David Zarefsky, Northwestern University
Robert C. Rowland, University of Kansas
Jean Goodwin, Iowa State University
Jeanne Fahnestock, University of Maryland
Frans H. van Eemeren, University of Amsterdam
Argumentation is the study of how people justify their acts, beliefs, attitudes, and values, and influence the thought and actions of others, by providing good reasons for the claims they make. This subfield includes both descriptive study (what do people consider to be good reasons and what are they doing when they offer what they take to be justifications?) and normative investigation (under what circumstances should claims be considered justified?). It addressesboth argumentation in general and argumentation in specific contexts such as law, business,science, religion, and public affairs.
On the intellectual map, argumentation is on the border where logic, dialectic, and rhetoric all meet. Within rhetoric, it has a substantial presence in both English and Communication. Moreover, available jobs in rhetoric often include teaching one or more sections of an argumentation course. Yet argumentation often is missing from the graduate curriculum, even in some of the most prominent programs in rhetorical studies. This seminar is intended, at least in some measure, to redress this deficiency.
Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to:
Logical, dialectical, and rhetorical approaches to argumentation
The emergence of pragma-dialectics
Informal logic and the fallacies
Argumentation and public reason
Fields and spheres of argument
Speech-act analysis and the design of arguments
The New Rhetoric and argumentation studies
Argumentation and rhetorical pedagogy
Time will be spent in overview presentation and discussion, critical examination of readings, and applications. We will balance theoretical considerations and analysis of actual arguments. If necessary to limit enrollment, preference will be given to graduate students and junior faculty who have not previously participated in an RSA Institute seminar.
Questions should be directed to David Zarefsky to firstname.lastname@example.org.