Composing and connecting along the Seine. Is that you, Heraclitus? (2014)
christa teston, phd
Christa Teston, PhD
Typographic chaos and order in Paris flea market (2014)
Typically, my research involves decision-making in medical and scientific contexts. But in my book project, I'm interested in that which precedes formal decision-making: medical and scientific evidences. Mol, Moser, and Pols (2010) argue that “good care” in medicine is “persistent tinkering in a world full of complex ambivalence and shifting tensions” (14). In my book project currently under review at University of Chicago Press (tentative title: Bodies in Flux: Doing Rhetoric, Dwelling With Disease), I explore four specific tinkering practices concerning medical evidences: visualization, assessment, synthesis, and computation. Each case study describes medical and scientific practice as a kind of quixotic empiricism that involves human, nonhuman, and computational partnerships.
Other projects in progress include,
(1) New Directions in Rhetoric and Materiality (co-edited with Barbara Biesecker & Wendy Hesford)
Barbara, Wendy, and I invite proposals for monographs or edited collections for this book series, published through The Ohio State University Press. Here is the call:
Current thinking about rhetoric signals a new attentiveness to and critical appraisal of material-discursive phenomena. New Directions in Rhetoric and Materiality provides a forum for established and emerging scholars to explore how rhetorical theories attuned to the everyday, material, lived conditions of human, nonhuman, and extra-human life are brought to bear upon a wide range of investigative foci, including bodies, biologies, economics, environments, borders, and social events of consequence. Of particular interest to the series’ editors are monographs that push or push against the theoretical, analytical, and methodological orthodoxy on agency in various environs as well as those that pair rhetorical theory with an analysis of material conditions and the social-symbolic labor circulating therein.
(2) Biomedical Attunement
This project involves studying not-quite-human, biomedical materials’ suasive potential. To do this, I analyze genetic biomarkers’ prognostic potentiality in cancer care. I pair Rickert’s (2013) theory of rhetorical attunement with scholarship in feminist materiality (Barad; Bennett; Braidotti; Frost; Haraway) as a theoretical framework with which to understand the suasiveness of a novel colon cancer biomarker—ERCC1.
(3) Dignity and the Posthuman Patient
Dignity discourse creates a sense of shared humanity by distinguishing humans from nonhumans. Yet, our posthuman predicament indicates humans have always been both embodied and embedded within nonhuman matter(s) (cf. Alaimo; Barad; Bennett; Braidotti), particularly in medical contexts. What, then, is human dignity in the age of the posthuman patient? I explore this question by conducting a case study of dignity discourse in palliative care practices (inspired by Jeanette Pols's investigation of nurses, dignity, and patient washing practices).
Publications in progress include,
Related publications include,
*Winner of NCTE’s award for best article reporting qualitative or quantitative research in technical or scientific communication
Flea market miscellany in Paris, France (Feb 2014)
Only after becoming engaged with and a part of the very community and activities I study am I able to understand ways in which rhetoric (material-discursive phenomena) does work. In the classroom, therefore, I design learning experiences for students based on the philosophy that we learn best by doing. That is, I aim to facilitate a supportive classroom environment that encourages experiential, problem-based, collaborative learning.
Rhetorics of Medicine, Science, and Public Policy (Fall 2012)
Literacy: Histories, Practices, and Controversies (Fall 2011)
Rhetoric and Community Service (Service Learning Course)
Technologies and the Future of Writing
Honors Writing: Science and Technology
Parisian palimpsest (2014)
Assistant Professor, English
Interim Director, Business & Technical Writing
Book Review Editor, Journal of Business & Technical Communication
The Ohio State University
Department of English
164 West 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
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