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Benoit-Barne, Chantal

Associate Professor


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Benoit-Barne, Chantal

Research expertise

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.

Areas of expertise


BENOIT-BARNÉ, C. (2010). Investigating public controversy through the rhetorical inscription of non-humans:  Objects as sources of puzzlement and as symbols. Dans Gouran, D. (Éd.),  The Functions of Argument and Social Context (p.32). Washington, DC:  National Communication Association.

ROBICHAUD, D. & BENOIT-BARNÉ, C. (2010). L’épreuve de la conversation: comment se négocie la mise en oeuvre des normes dans l’écriture d’un texte organisationnel. Études de communication, 34.

BENOIT-BARNÉ, C. et COOREN, F. (2009). The Accomplishment of Authority throught Presentification: How authority is distributed among and negotiated by organizational members. Management Communication Quarterly, 23 (1), 5-31.

BENOIT-BARNÉ, C. (2007). Socio-Technical Deliberation about Free and Open Source Software: Accounting for the Status of Artifacts in Public Life. Quarterly Journal of Speech, 93(2) : 211-235.

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