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Expert in: Sociotechnical controversies

Benoît-Barné, Chantal


Directrice de département, Professeure agrégée

My research program is aimed at achieving a better understanding of the situated rhetorical practices by which political and organizational players influence the interactions in which they take part. I study the constitutive role of language in different types of interactions and situations, such as spontaneous face-to-face interactions in the workplace, formal deliberation among citizens involved in public consultation hearings, or inter-organizational collaboration between stakeholders with divergent and often competing interests, backgrounds, and discourses. Thus, my research documents the many different ways in which rhetoric partakes in the establishment/perpetuation of relatively long-lasting social, material and political structures, such as a public sphere (Benoit-Barné, 2006, 2007), a technology (Benoit-Barné, 2007) or a relationship of authority (Benoit-Barné & Cooren, 2010).

I am particularly interested in three questions:

  • the ways in which contemporary political actors debate controversies, in particular but not exclusively as part of arguments concerning science and technology;
  • the role of objects in interactions, and the way in which players organize themselves and advance discussions through association with objects;
  • how political and organizational players manage the tensions between the ideals driving them and the practical requirements of their activities.

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