Calum Matheson, PhD

1408 Cathedral of Learning
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PhD, University of North Carolina


Calum Matheson’s research focuses on mediation, the rhetorical tradition of the sublime, and the limits of language. His theoretical approach combines classical rhetorical and media scholarship with contemporary psychoanalytic and materialist theory. His current work analyzes apocalyptic imagination in popular culture, survivalism, nuclear war simulations, and the contemporary repercussions of Cold War culture in the United States.

“Procedural Rhetoric Beyond Persuasion: First Strike and the Compulsion to Repeat.” Games and Culture 10.5 (2015).

“To Make a Desert and Call it Peace: Stasis and Judgment in the MX Missile Debate.” Argumentation and Advocacy 51.1 (Summer 2014). With Kurt Zemlicka.

"What Does Obama Want of Me? Anxiety and Jade Helm 15." Quarterly Journal of Speech, forthcoming.

Courses Taught

  • Argumentation
  • Media Criticism
  • Argumentation and Debate (UNC)
  • Rhetoric and Public Issues (UNC)