|Dr. Lisa Foster
Position: Assistant Professor
Education: Ph.D., University of Texas, August 2006
Office: Burton Hall 131
Office Hours: M 1:30-3:30
Classes Spring 2013 semester:
COMM 2413: Media Literacy
COMM 3483: Communication and Argumentation
Academic Interests: Public Sphere Theory, Political Media and Popular Culture, Rhetorics of Democracy and Social Change.
In my theoretical inquiry of the Public Sphere I advocate the role of traditional argumentation in the formation of democratic publics; question the constraints of class, gender, race, ethnicity and sexuality in access to publicness; highlight the privatization of marginalized concerns as a method of social control; and examine the relationship of vernacular voices to mass audiences. I rely upon textual analyses at the intersection of politics and popular culture to study the public sphere. Here I interrogate how we define ourselves rhetorically in relationship to our popular culture, how the circulation of many mediated texts (music, film, television, and accompanying web resources) shapes our political ideas and invites public deliberation and argument formation.
In this realm I have specific interests in the relationship between political controversy and popular music. In writing about rhetorics of participatory democracies and social change, I examine the role of organizing ideologies (i.e. nationalism, patriotism, justice) as a base for democratic engagement, concurrences between social movement strategies of internal solidification and moments of broader public deliberation, and the direction and trajectory of rhetorical influence between social movements and popular culture.
Foster, Lisa. “Populist Argumentation in Bruce Springsteen’s The Rising.” Argumentation and Advocacy
48, 2, (2011): 61-80.
Foster, Lisa. "The Rhetoric of Heavy Metal Resistance: Musical Modalities in Iraqi Public
Life." Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 4 (2011): 318-336.
Foster, Lisa. "Ordinary Struggle and the “Public Good”: Navigating Vernacular Voices, State Power, and the Public Sphere in Quests for Social Justice." In Through the Eye of Katrina: Social Justice in the United States, Richelle Swann and Kristin Bates, 285-302. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2007.