Mark Aakhus (School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University, NJ, USA) investigates the relationship between communication and design, especially the uses of technological and organizational design, to augment human interaction and reasoning for decision-making and conflict-management. He uses multiple methods from discourse analysis and computational social science to examine language, argumentation, and social interaction in professional practice, organizational processes, and information infrastructures. He co-edited Perpetual Contact: Mobile Communication, Private Talk, Public Performance, Cambridge University Press, 2002 (with James Katz).
His most recent papers include Framing fracking: Semantic frames as meta-argumentative indicators for knowledge-driven argument mining of controversies, Journal of Argumentation in Context, 2019 (with Elena Musi) and Advancing polylogical analysis of large-scale argumentation: Disagreement management in the fracking controversy. Argumentation, 2017 (with Marcin Lewiński).
Argumentation Design — Design Argumentation: The prospect of new institutional practice
All around us, everyday, choices are made about how to manage disagreement in the conduct of activities. Argumentation studies typically attend to these choices in terms of individual actors making arguments and critiquing the arguments of others, which is taken as the essence of argumentation. While much effort has gone towards means for describing, evaluating, and prescribing such individual choices, argumentation theory must go further if it is to address the contemporary communicative conditions for public argument and complex matters of energy policy and climate change. A way forward is to understand the work performed in society, and the knowledge developed, for managing disagreement and how this work institutionalizes particular ideas about argumentation into practices, organizations, and technologies while defining argumentative possibilities.