2012 Summer Symposium

Between Scientists & Citizens: Assessing Expertise In Policy Controversies

June 1-2, 2012 Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Co-sponsored by the Great Plains Society for the Study of Argumentation and the Science Communication @ISU Project.

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Keynote speakers: Sally Jackson, Speech Communication, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Massimo Pigliucci, Philosophy, Lehman College, CUNY

We are increasingly dependent on advice from experts in making decisions in our personal, professional, and civic lives. But as our dependence on experts has grown, new media have broken down the institutional barriers between the technical, personal and civic realms, and we are inundated with purported science from all sides. Many share a sense that science has lost its “rightful place” in our deliberations. Grappling with this cluster of problems will require collaboration across disciplines: among rhetorical and communication theorists studying the practices and norms of public discourse, philosophers interested in the informal logic of everyday reasoning and in the theory of deliberative democracy, and science studies scholars examining the intersections between the social worlds of scientists and citizens. For this conference, we invite work on expertise in policy controversies from across the disciplines focused on argumentation, reasoning, rhetoric, communication and deliberation.