Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric along with the PhD in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor invite you to a talk by
CRRAR Graduate Student Fellow
“Considering Historic Monuments as Rhetorical Visual Arguments”
Abstract: In recent years, historians and philosophers have been forced to reconsider the impact monuments, sculptures, and plaques have had on communities as well as the messages these symbols are communicating to the general public. My research explores the different ways Canadian monuments have impacted communities found across Canada; including Windsor’s most recent monument dedicated to Chief Tecumseh and General Brock.
After explicating J.A. Blair and Leo Groarke’s positions on the power of visual arguments. I expand their original research to incorporate historical monuments as visual rhetorical devices. I claim that historical monuments and the sacred space surrounding these memorials construct a visual argument about who is worthy of mourning, honour, and remembrance.
These monuments in conjunction with their signage and geographical locations all serve to support a chosen narrative that private organizations or municipal, provincial, or federal governments decide to promote. Monuments have been utilized to enshrine a particular account of history on sacred sites that, on closer inspection, reveal a sustained argument over which perspective of history should be remembered.
Friday, March 6, 2020
Chrysler Hall North, 1163
All are welcome