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Bradford Vivian

Bradford Vivian

Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences


Biography:

My fellowship is devoted to completing my current book project, Commonplace Witnessing: Rhetorical Invention, Historical Remembrance, and Modern Public Culture, which examines how idioms of witnessing have infused the discourse of citizens, politicians, and civic institutions in recent decades. The popular appeal of such idioms allows liberal-democratic subjects to think and speak as witnesses obligated to preserve memories of past injustice or tragedy. Witnessing in modern western society represents a widely utilized source of information in the intersecting forms of historical wisdom, legal evidence, and moral persuasion. Commonplace Witnessing examines how prevalent idioms of witnessing influence the production of social meaning and value regarding the ostensible lessons of infamous historical injustices and tragedies.