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, I study decision-making in medical and scientific contexts. But rhetorical analyses of deliberative decision-making have triggered a related curiosity about science and medicine's evidential backstage—or all the work that goes on behind the scenes when doctors and scientists attempt to materialize evidence. In Bodies in Flux: Scientific Methods for Navigating Medical Uncertainty (under contract, University of Chicago Press), I explore four specific backstage scientific methods for evincing disease: 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 related 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 our book series, published through The Ohio State University Press. Here is the call.
(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
What is human dignity in the age of the posthuman patient? How do rhetorics of human dignity shape nonhuman things? How do nonhuman things shape human dignity and professional healthcare practices? This second book project includes, among other objects of study, a site-based investigation of contemporary biomedical practices among occupational therapists who collaborate with assistive technologies.
(4) Precarious Rhetorics (co-edited with Wendy Hesford & Adela Licona)
Our edited collection couples materialist and rhetorical analytic frameworks with interdisciplinary understandings of precarity as a way to draw attention to and critique how people, environments, and things structurally condition de/valuation and the “slow death" of particular peoples and populations (cf. Berlant, 2007; Puar, 2010; Cacho, 2012).
Publications in progress include:
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*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)