"Theory Building in the Rhetoric of Health and Medicine," a free public lecture delivered by J. Blake Scott
This presentation will make a case for approaching and valuing theory building as a methodology for the Rhetoric of Health & Medicine (RHM), and by extension other areas. Rhetorical scholarship in this area has increasingly focused on building knowledge through mixed method research, raising questions about the role of theory and theorizing in projects that aim to understand and respond to “wicked problems” in health and medicine. In addition, the stakes of such scholarship and of the health and illness phenomena it studies create a heightened need for carefully inventing (with) theory and even approaching theory as an act of care. Drawing extensively on feminist science studies, the presentation will offer working definitions of theory and methodology before discussing and illustrating several types of theory-building approaches to the RHM. Collectively, these approaches function as value-laden acts of invention that attune, energize, engage, and provoke those involved in RHM research.
Friday, April 21 at 5:00pm to 6:45pm
Wells Fargo Auditorium