State of the Art Twenty Years On: Reflections



This paper discusses three position papers presented at the vicentennial conference of the Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology (ARST) concerning the disciplinary prospects of rhetoric of science and technology as a field. It identifies common themes among the three papers, including a theoretical focus on rhetorical invention, the prospects for viable responses to institutional changes and pressures in the academy, and the possibilities for interdisciplinary and public engagement by rhetoricians of science. It also identifies points of departure among the three papers, including their respective foci on globalization, the place of style in invention, and the interaction of the technical and public spheres.

Keywords: rhetoric of science, Celeste Condit, Lawrence Prelli, David Depew, John Lyne, globalization, invention, public sphere, technical sphere, demarcation

How to Cite: Campbell, J. A. (2013) “State of the Art Twenty Years On: Reflections”, Poroi. 9(1). doi: