This edited volume represents the best of the scholarship presented at the 18th National Communication Association/American Forensic Association Conference on Argumentation. This biennial conference brings together a lively group of argumentation scholars from a range of disciplinary approaches and a variety of countries. Disturbing Argument contains selected works that speak both to the disturbing prevalence of violence in the contemporary world and to the potential of argument itself, to disturb the very relations of power that enable that violence. Scholars’ essays analyze a range of argument forms, including body and visual argument, interpersonal and group argument, argument in electoral politics, public argument, argument in social protest, scientific and technical argument, and argument and debate pedagogy. Contributors study argument using a range of methodological approaches, from social scientifically informed studies of interpersonal, group, and political argument to humanistic examinations of argument theory, political discourse, and social protest, to creatively informed considerations of argument practices that truly disturb the boundaries of what we consider argument.
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Introduction: Disturbing Argument Catherine Helen Palczewski Keynote Address Challenging Communities: A Perspective About, From, and By Argumentation Carol Winkler Spotlight Panel Introduction: Perspectives on Argument Over Fiscal Policy 1. Economic Rationality, Twenty-First Century Style: A Critical Examination of Its Realism, Pragmatic Value, and Ethical Consequences Dennis S. Gouran 2. Informal Logic to the Rescue? Politics and Logic in U.S. Fiscal Debates Leo Groarke 3. Obama on the Affirmative: Sequester Arguments as Policy Debate Sarah T. Partlow-Lefevre 4. The Liberal Public Sphere and the Debt Ceiling Crisis Robert C. Rowland 5. Argumentation from Expert Opinion in the 2011 U.S. Debt Ceiling Debate Jean H. M. Wagemans Director’s Choice Panel: Playing at and Disturbing the Boundaries of Argument 6. Arguing for Emptiness: Community in the Debate Over Rhetoric and Love Matthew Bost 7. The Willing Choice of Farm Labor in the UFW "Take Our Jobs" Campaign Lisa A. Flores 8. Yarn Bombing and Argument by Aesthetic Appropriation Leslie A. Hahner 9. Arguing Sideways: The 1491s’ I’m an Indian Too Mary E. Stuckey Body and Visual Argument 10. Toned Arms or Big Butt? Michelle Obama’s Disturbed Notions of Body, Race, Gender, and Advocacy as Let’s Move! Spokesperson Ruth J. Beerman 11. The Progenic Trauma Tattoo as Resignification: Auschwitz 157622, A-15510, 4559, . . . Linda Diane Horwitz, Daniel C. Brouwer 12. Smackdown! Michelle v. Oprah: Disturbing Pleasures of the Black Catfight Joan Faber McAlister, Denise Oles-Acevedo 13. Starving to Live: Self-Mutilation as Public Argument in the Colombian Hunger Strikes Ryan Erik McGeough, Danielle Dick McGeough 14. Disturbances to Certaint
Catherine H. Palczewski, Ph.D., is a Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Northern Iowa, USA, where she also served as the Director of Debate from 1994-2009. She received her B.S., M.A, and Ph.D. from Northwestern University where she also competed in policy debate. She was a member of the 1987 US team, and in 1999 served as coach of the team, that participated in the Committee on International Discussion and Debate tour of Japan. She recently completed her term as co-editor for the American Forensic Association journal Argumentation and Advocacy. Her work has appeared in that journal, as well as in the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Studies, NWSA Journal, and The Southern Communication Journal. She received the Francine Merritt Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Lives of Women in Communication, the Iowa Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities and Fine Arts Faculty Excellence Award, the George Ziegelmueller Outstanding Debate Educator Award, and the Rohrer Award for the Outstanding Publication in Argumentation. Her work tends to focus on how marginalized groups rhetorically construct their messages to gain access to, and be legible in, the dominant public sphere.