Thursday, 6 March 2014
Dunton Tower 1811
Refreshments @ 16:30
Talks start @ 17:00
Save the date for #domination, a new, undisciplinary speakers series exploring shared concepts in the social sciences and humanities
Ummni Khan, Law and Legal Studies
Emilie Cameron, Geography and Environmental Studies
Danielle DiNovelli-Lang, Sociology and Anthropology
The Body as Machine: Neoliberal Biopolitics and the Performative Rhetorics of HIV Treatment-as-Prevention
The TasP (Treatment-as-Prevention) paradigm is premised on the claim that scaling up testing and providing immediate access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) for individuals living with HIV will produce a broader preventative benefit at the public health level and reduce the number of new HIV infections. Building on Marilou Gagnon’s paper, which argues for the emergence of a new medical category of “virally suppressed,” this paper performs an analysis of two pro-TasP media campaigns in order to demonstrate the rhetorical strategies at play in the constitution of virally suppressed/unsuppressed subjectivities. First, it analyzes a BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS YouTube “public service” advertisement, which enjoins the viewer to get tested by analogizing the body to “a great machine.” Second, it reads the cover photograph of a recent Médicins sans frontières publication depicting an African woman wearing a t-shirt declaring, “Viral Load Undetectable.” These two, unrelated campaigns, provide the occasion for a critical assessment of subject-formation within the rhetoric of suppression. While these campaigns presume vastly different audiences, each provides an image with which the viewer is meant to identify—desirable subject-positions available to be taken up, incorporated, and lived. In brief, the images of the bodies they propose are synecdochal for a normative and compliant subject, while a nexus of normalizing forces operate covertly in the background. Judith Butler’s theory of performativity is used to help read these campaigns and to understand the kind of subject that consolidates around the norm that is proposed by the TasP paradigm.
Toward an Ethic of “Self-Abuse”:
Ethics, Masturbation, and the Care of the Self
Department of English Language & Literature
“Research Talks” Lecture Series
6 December 2013, 15:00 – 16:30
1811 Dunton Tower
In his late work, Michel Foucault argues for an ethics founded on the ancient “care of the self,” a self-relation that critically resists the institution of rationalism, the ethics of autonomy, and their apotheosis in neoliberal biopolitics. As paradoxical as it may sound, this research talk figures masturbation as a metaphor for critical resistance and ethical self-relation. I argue that the master trope for the masturbator is catachresis, where “use” and “abuse” enter into fleshly and promiscuous ambivalence, and moral agency must be thought anew.
PhD in the Production of Literature
Graduate Research Fellowships in
Digital Humanities / Digital Rhetoric
The Department of English Language and Literature is soliciting applications to Carleton University’s PhD in the Production of Literature. Selected candidates will be fully funded for up to five years. Fellowship recipients will have some combination of skills in the areas of rhetorical theory and criticism, text encoding and analysis, comparative literature (ancient, modern or postmodern), and/or critical media studies. Research experience in digital humanities / digital rhetoric will be an asset. The fellowships will be affiliated with the Canada Research Chair in Rhetoric and Ethics, and will also include a Research Assistantship associated with Carleton’s new Digital Rhetorics Laboratory.
The funding package will consist of a combination of Research Assistant income, scholarly stipend, and Teaching Assistantship, in addition to other opportunities for graduate funding, both internal and external to Carleton University. The dollar figure will be finalized as part of a total funding package upon acceptance to the PhD in the Production of Literature.
To learn more about Carleton’s PhD in the Production of Literature, please visit: http://carleton.ca/english/
Please note the deadline for applications to the PhD program is 1 February 2014.
For inquiries about the project, about the Canada Research Chair in Rhetoric and Ethics, or about graduate study at Carleton University, please contact Prof. Stuart J. Murray: rhetoric [at] carleton [dot] ca
PDF for download, click here.
How Criminal Law Intersects with HIV Health and Social Care in England & Wales
Dr. Adam Bourne, Research Fellow with the Sigma Research Group, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
This guest lecture presents qualitative research findings of how criminal prosecutions for the transmission of HIV interact with the provision of high-quality HIV health and social care in England and Wales. Seven focus groups were undertaken with a total of 75 diverse professionals working in clinical and community-based services for people with HIV. We found that participants’ understanding of the law in this area is varied, with many knowing the basic requirements for a prosecution, yet being very uncertain about communicating key details with those using their service. The way that participants approached the topic with service users was influenced by their personal views on individual and shared responsibility for health, their concerns about professional liability, and their degree of trust in non-coercive health promotion approaches to managing public health. These findings have direct implications for the development and delivery of legal resources to support HIV service providers, and they also afford some opportunity for comparison and contrast with similar work undertaken in Canada.
When: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Where: University of Ottawa, Colonel By Hall, 161 Louis Pasteur, Room 206 C
The conference will also be presented by webinar online.
For more information click here.
Download poster here.
Event co-sponsored by the Canada Research Chair in Rhetoric & Ethics.