John Louis Lucaites

Indiana University
800 East 3rd St., Rm. 245
Office: 812-855-5411; Home: 317-535-0719; Cell 317-690-0951
Fax: 812-855-6014
e-mail to: lucaites@indiana.edu
Curriculum Vita (pdf)

Dame Rhetoric


RESEARCH PROGRAM

Professor Lucaites's research concerns the general relationship between rhetoric and social/political theory, and seeks to contribute in particular to the critique and reconstruction of liberal-democratic public culture in contemporary late-modern society. The project currently has two related trajectories. The first emphasis focuses on the role of photojournalism as a mode of "public art" that teaches us to "see" and "to be seen" as citizens. The second trajectory focuses on the relationship between race and U.S. social and political identity and attends to the ways in which the concept of "race" is constructed and articulates with the prevailing ideological commitments of contemporary Anglo-American versions of the liberal project (e.g., "equality," "property," "individualism," "merit," "public trust," etc.). His most recent work includes the book No Caption Needed: Photojournalism, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy (Chicago, 2007), co-authored with Robert Hariman which has led to the development of a daily blog on photojournalism as a public art titled nocaptionneeded.com. He is also a contributing editor at BagNEWSnotes.com.

 

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LINKS TO WORK ON CRITICAL RHETORIC

 


"Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, 
preserves contact -- it is silence which isolates."
-- Thomas Mann

 

Last Updated January 13, 2008 Copyright, 1997, John Louis Lucaites URL: www.indiana.edu/~rhetid/index.html