Global Rhetorics of Science

Expected to ship: 2023-09-01

Takes a multicultural, interdisciplinary approach to the rhetoric of science to expand our
toolkit for the collective management of global risks like climate change and pandemics.


With this volume, the field of rhetoric of science joins its sister disciplines in history and philosophy in challenging the dominance of Euro-American science as a global epistemology. The discipline of rhetoric understands world-making and community-building as interdependent activities: i.e., if we practice science differently, we do politics differently, and vice versa. This wider aperture seems crucial at a time when we are confronted with the limitations of Euro-American science and politics in managing global risks such as pandemics and climate change—particularly in our most vulnerable communities. The contributors to this volume draw on their familiarity with a wide range of global scientific traditions—from Australian Aboriginal ecology to West African medicine to Polynesian navigation science—to suggest possibilities for reconfiguring the relationship between science and politics to better manage global risks. These possibilities should not only inspire scholars in rhetoric and technical communication but should also introduce readers from science and technology studies to some useful new approaches to the problem of decolonizing scenes of scientific practice around the world.

Lynda C. Olman is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is the author of Sins against Science: The Scientific Media Hoaxes of Poe, Twain, and Others, also published by SUNY Press.


"This manuscript is an invaluable addition to the field by exploring the rhetorical landscape surrounding scientific traditions beyond Western science, including non-Western approaches to communicating about science-related knowledge and examples of cross-cultural communication of science. The examples from the book cover cultures/peoples/knowledges from six continents and two oceans—a pretty amazing spread. This area is understudied but interest in it is booming, so the book is timely." — Lindy Orthia, Australian National University

"I cannot think of another volume on the rhetoric of science that approaches the subject from a global perspective, especially a perspective that centers indigenous knowledge and decolonial perspectives." — Donnie Johnson Sackey, University of Texas at Austin