trans/ formation

February 4, 2022 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Online Event


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Translingual Literacy Studies Digital Hub  

Zoom Workshop Presentation Sponsored by  

The University of New Mexico Department of English 

Southwest Hispanic Research Institute 



Dr. Shiben Banerji 


“Voices of Democracy and Counter Publics: 

Learning to Disagree without Becoming Violently Disagreeable.” 

Friday, February 4, 2022 @ 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (MST) 

Zoom Meeting ID 979 4205 0746 


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Dr. Michelle Hall Kells 



Shiben Banerji  

Shiben Banerji is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Shiben received a Mellon Junior Fellowship in the Humanities, Urbanism, and Design, and a Graham Foundation Publication Grant for his first book, Lineages of the Global City (University of Texas Press), which recovers the interwar configuration of city design as a method for shaping a new democratic subject. For his current book project on rhetorical theory and public infrastructures of uncertainty, Shiben was appointed Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Humanities at the University of Illinois. 



Shiben Banerji’s presentation, “Voices of Democracy and Counter Publics: Learning to Disagree without Becoming Violently Disagreeable,” draws on interviews with Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Stokely Carmichael to interrogate the conceptual and historical significance of truth as an ethical value. Nonviolence is often narrowly and incorrectly seen as a tactic. This view differs from the notion of nonviolence as a philosophy or way of life. The latter definition here illuminates rhetorical analysis of political speech ubiquitously and misleadingly characterized as “post-truth.” Historicizing the distinction between the two values of truth, this work-in-progress essay advances a definition of rhetoric as the actuality of being, in contrast with its familiar Aristotelian cast as the potentiality of persuasion.  

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