Graduate Student CRRAR Fellows
After working with the City of Windsor and the University of Windsor on a multitude of cultural related projects, I find myself fascinated by the approach contemporary philosophers have taken in the realm of aesthetics and public art. Upon learning of CRRAR’s research into multi-modal argumentation, I hope to investigate how one may consider public art or more specifically, historically dedicated monuments, as an instrument for molding opinion, moving an audience to action, or how these pieces can be used to construct a narrative (or preserve a stereotype ) about a particular community.
In recent years, contemporary historians and philosophers have been forced to reconsider the impact monuments, sculptures, and plaques, have had on communities and how the nation views itself. Of particular interest to me would be to apply Ryan McGeough and Catherine Palczewski’s approach to American Civil War monuments to Canadian monuments depicting Indigenous people. How Canadian relations with Indigenous tribes have been depicted in colonial monuments is a topic that needs addressing, and I feel CRRAR will provide a useful framework for tackling this research. I aim to contribute to CRRAR’s research in this form of visual argumentation in the hopes of better understanding the role aesthetics may play in our communities.
Currently, I am a PhD student in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor in the Cluster of Feminism and Social Justice. I have a Master’s Degree in Communication and Social Justice and I hold an Honour’s equivalent Bachelor of Arts in Communication Media and Film. My extensive background as a broadcast and print journalist has helped to shape my research interests which include social power dynamics, institutional and public discourse, bias, ideology, informed consent and ethics. I tend to take a social constructionist view of reality, and am especially interested in how discourse shapes our meaning and understanding. As such, I tend to favour methodological approaches, like Critical Discourse Analysis, and theory which can help to highlight problematic discourse.
My Master’s research addressed discourse utilized in online organ and tissue donor recruitment and registration, and whether it meets the threshold for informed consent. Moving forward, I will continue to research informed consent in the practice of organ and tissue donation.
Undergraduate Student CRRAR Fellows
I am a second-year political science student studying for a BA in law and politics with a minor in philosophy. I came to the university as a mature student with a desire to become a human rights lawyer. I have developed a profound appreciation for philosophy, logic, and argumentation due to their importance to political thought and legal argument. My research with Dr. Hansen involves collecting and analyzing the arguments made by the candidates in the 2019 federal election. This research aims to see it is possible to connect certain types of argumentation to a particular party or candidate.
Sophia is currently a fourth-year undergraduate Law & Politics student with great interests in law, analytic philosophy, and argumentation. She is currently studying political arguments reported by the media with Dr. Hansen, in addition to writing her thesis on political disinformation. With a background in political science and philosophy, Sophia plans to pursue her Juris Doctor.