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Beyond Morality: Developing a New Rhetorical Strategy for the Animal Rights Movement. First published in the Fall 2011 issue of the Journal of Animal Ethics by the University of Illinois Press in partnership with the Ferrater Mora Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. You can read a response by Per-Anders Svärd in the same issue of the journal (accessible through JSTOR).
Bakhtin’s Carnival as Part of Democratic Elections: A Reexamination. This article examines the politics and rhetoric of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the founder and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia and Vice Speaker of Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament. It also questions the applicability of certain elements of Michail Bakhtin’s theory of carnival – particularly his concepts of free and familiar contact and carnival’s temporality – as tools of rhetorical criticism and analysis of political discourse in modern democracies. First published in 2008 in volume 6, issue 1 of Controversia: an international journal of debate and democratic renewal, sponsored by the Open Society Institute and the International Debate Education Association (IDEA).