Department of Rhetoric & Writing
Department of Rhetoric & Writing

Daniel Smith to Speak at the University of Pittsburgh

Tue, October 16, 2012

Lecturer Daniel Smith will be speaking at the University of Pittsburgh on December 10. His talk is entitled "Reinventing Dramatism: Rhetorical Theory for the 21st Century."

The growing pervasiveness of digital technologies in the 21st century has transformed the world in which live. Mediated connectivity and interactivity are now fundamental dimensions of the rhetorical situation(s) in which we find ourselves. Consequently, one of the tasks of rhetorical theory is to re/invent (new) ways of understanding, discussing, and analyzing the dynamics of rhetorical action in such milieus. In an effort to contribute to this conceptual work of re/invention, Smith will articulate a theoretical framework for understanding and engaging rhetoric in the 21st century. Working with-in the overlapping but different emphases on action that characterize the thinking of both Kenneth Burke and Bruno Latour, he’ll present a case for the viability and productivity of reinventing dramatism.

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