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Diagnosing Folklore Perspectives on Disability, Health, and Trauma

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Dr. Andrea Kitta’s co-authored Diagnosing Folklore provides an inclusive forum for an expansive conversation on the sensitive, raw, and powerful processes that shape and imbue meaning in the lives of individuals and communities beleaguered by medical stigmatization, conflicting public perceptions, and contextual constraints. This volume aims to showcase current ideas and debates, as well as promote the larger study of disability, health, and trauma within folkloristics, helping bridge the gaps between the folklore discipline and disability studies.

“Technical Rhetorics: Making Specialized Persuasion Apparent to Public Audiences”

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In this essay, Assistant Professor Erin Frost and Associate Professor Michelle Eble argue that “technical rhetorics” is a concept that has affordances for thinking about how to critically communicate with public audiences about specialized information. Invoking specialized information and persuasion in combination can help remind us—technical communication researchers, teachers, practitioners—that we have an obligation to emphasize the persuasive nature of the work that we do and study when interfacing with public audiences. The authors use gastric bypass surgery as an example to apply their argument. Read the article here.

Frost coedits special issue on rhetorics of health and medicine

Congratulations to Dr. Erin A. Frost, Assistant Professor, who co-edited a special issue of Communication Design Quarterly on the rhetorics of health and medicine with Lisa Meloncon from University of Cincinnati. Their lead article, “Charting an Emerging Field: The Rhetorics of Health and Medicine and Its Importance in Communication Design,” provides a comprehensive essay that surveys prior work as well as situates the special issue’s contributions to the field of medical and health rhetorics.

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