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David Zarefsky, Northwestern University, US (Rhetoric)

"Is Rhetorical Criticism Subversive of Democracy?". Read more about David Zarefsky's keynote address here.

David Zarefsky’s research interests focus on argumentation, Presidential rhetoric, and the history and criticism of U.S. public discourse, with a special focus on the pre-Civil War period and on the 1960s. His publications (counting several books and over 70 scholarly articles) span topics such as the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the rhetoric of the war on poverty during the Johnson administration and American public discourse (both historical and contemporary), argumentation, rhetorical criticism, and public speaking.

Here is a sample of some of Professor Zarefsky’s recent publications:

  • "Making the Case for War: Colin Powell at the United Nations," Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 10 (Summer 2007), 275-302.
  • "Strategic Maneuvering through Persuasive Definitions: Implications for Dialectic and Rhetoric," Argumentation, 20 (2006), 399-416.
  • "The U.S. and the World: Unexpressed Premises of American Exceptionalism," Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (Amsterdam: Sic Sat, 2007), 1567-1571.
  • Sizing Up Rhetoric, co-edited with Elizabeth Benacka (Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2008).
  • Public Speaking: Strategies for Success, 5th ed. (Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2008).

Peter Dahlgren, University of Lund, Sweden (Media Studies)

"Cosmopolitanism and Global Citizenship: the Rhetoric of Moral Agency". Read more about Peter Dahlgren's keynote address here.

Peter Dahlgren’s work pivots around notions of the public sphere and the democratic character of late modern society. Professor Dahlgren is especially interested in citizenship as a form of identity, and with the theme of a 'civic culture', both as an empirical and a normative referent, set in relation to the transformations of political life. He is generally interested in the rise of extra-parliamentarian initiatives and redefinitions of 'the political'. The latest focus of his research concerns has been to apply these perspectives to the Internet.

Professor Dahlgren’s recent publications include:

  • "Reinventing Public Service Communication: European Broadcasters and Beyond," Sage: Culture & Society, 34:3 (2012), 385-387.
  • "L’Espace public contemporain," European Journal of Communication, 27:1 (2012), 87-90.
  • "The Troubling Evolution of Journalism," Changing Faces of Journalism - Tabloidization, Technology and Truthiness (London: Routledge, 2009), 146-161.
  • Young Citizens and New Media: Learning for Democratic Participation (London: Routledge, 2007).

Karen Tracy, University of Colorado at Boulder, US (Discourse analysis)

"The Peculiar Role of Religion in American Citizens’ Public Discourse". Read more about Karen Tracy's keynote address here.

Karen Tracy is a discourse analyst who studies problems in justice, education-, and governance-linked institutions. Through close study of a communication practice, in combination with interviews of participants, and analysis of documents (e.g., minutes, web pages, legal opinions), she seeks to build a picture of the problems, conversational strategies, and ideals of good conduct in particular communication practices. She is currently at work on the dispute in US society about extending the institution of marriage to same-sex couples.

Professor Tracy’s recent publications include:

  • Challenges of ordinary democracy: A case study in deliberation and dissent (University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2012).
  • "A facework system of minimal politeness: Oral argument in appellate court," Journal of Politeness Research: Language, Behaviour, Culture, 7 (2011), 123-145.
  • "What’s in a name?: Stance markers in oral argument about marriage laws," Discourse & Communication, 5:1 (2011), 1-23.
  • ""Reasonable hostility": Its usefulness and limitation as a norm for public hearings," Informal Logic, 31:3 (2011), 171-190.
  • The prettier doll: Rhetoric, discourse, and ordinary democracy, co-edited with J. P. McDaniel and B. E. Gronbeck (Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama, 2007).
  • Everyday talk: Building and reflecting identities (New York: Guilford, 2002).