11-13-2014 Erik Garrett

Erik Garrett Presentation

Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research
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Date: Thurs. Nov. 13, 2014
Time: 4:30-6:00
Location: Berger Gallery (207 College Hall), Duquesne University
Title: Dangerous Cities: Doing Radical Urban Phenomenological Research
Presenter: Dr. Erik Garrett, Associate Professor, Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, Duquesne University

Presentation Details:

Abstract: The phenomenological method begins with the examination of our "taken-for-granted" assumptions. The language we use carries with it many historical and cultural meanings of which the speaker may be unaware. Franz Fanon called for a form of radical phenomenological reduction in his fight for "postcolonial language." Structures of oppression, racism, and hate can be embedded in our current language structures and therefore need to be unpacked. This paper will closely examine language and images of the Hill District to show how seemingly benign descriptions of a community often carry with them problematic and prejudicial perceptions. I argue that code words such as "dangerous" are often used to continuede facto racial segregation in American cities decades after the end of legal segregation in the United States. A coded rhetoric of segregation and division immediately went into place at the end of the Civil Rights era. The focus of the presentation will be on the methodological research issues associated with unpacking these culturally and historically sedimented meanings.

Bio: Dr. Erik Garrett is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. He earned a dual PhD in both the departments of Philosophy and Communication at Purdue University. Dr. Garrett is author of Why Do We Go to the Zoo?: Communication, Animals, and the Cultural-Historical Experience of Zoos (2013, The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press). He is a co-founder of the Phenomenology Roundtable and current co-chair of the Society for Phenomenology and Human Sciences. His research is concerned with phenomenology, social political philosophy, urban communication, media ecology, and rhetoric. His new book project concerns urban phenomenology.

All interested faculty, graduate students, and other parties are invited. Refreshments will be served.

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