ARST @ RSA 2012

Medicine, Health, & Publics

Association for the Rhetoric of Science & Technology (ARST) Preconference           
held in conjunction with the biennial conference                                                           
of the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)

The Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Philadelphia, PA, USA
May 24-25, 2012 

Conference Theme

Health and medicine occupy increasingly prominent places in public discourse with citizen advocates playing significant roles in developing, engaging, and critiquing biomedical texts and practices. But how exactly have diverse stakeholders used rhetoric to shape the discourses and practices of health and medicine? This preconference will address the multiple ways that publics and the medical establishment mutually influence one another by advancing theory, criticism, and/or practice related to the rhetoric of medicine and its publics. Several papers featured at the preconference will appear in a forthcoming special issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities on “Medicine, Health, and Publics.”


The primary purposes of preconference are to:
(1)             deepen participants’ understanding of how various stakeholders interface with biomedical research and practice; 
(2)             showcase current research related to the preconference theme across communication/English/composition audiences; 
(3)            build a network of medical rhetoric researchers across ARST and RSA; and
(4)             workshop papers for a special issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities.



Participants whose research is featured include rhetoric of medicine researchers from the U.S., U.K., and Canada who represent English, Composition, Linguistics, Communication Studies, and allied disciplines.

Preconference Program

Click here for a preliminary conference program.

Preconference Registration

Click here for a conference registration form.

Please fill it out and mail it the old fashioned way with a check payable to “ARST” to William White, the ARST treasurer, at the address listed on the form.

Direct any payment and registration inquiries to the ARST Treasurer at

The deadline for registration is April 1st.

Note that space is limited to the first 45 registrants.