Heather Ashley Hayes

Heather Ashley Hayes is a scholar, author, speaker, and global citizen critic researching, writing, organizing, and teaching. Influenced by training in both rhetorical criticism and anthropological field work methods, her work focuses on the social implications of racialized violence and discourses of terrorism, both domestically and as part of the global, decades long US-led war on terror within the United States and abroad.

Dr. Hayes is Chair and Assistant Professor of the Department of Rhetoric and an affiliated faculty member in the Program in Race and Ethnic Studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, USA. She is also the author of Violent Subjects and Rhetorical Cartography in the Age of the Terror Wars (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Committed to public and global deliberation, she has presented her work across the US, Middle East, and Europe to diverse audiences, teaches at both a small liberal arts college and inside penitentiaries, and serves as Terrorism and Middle East desk editor for Citizen Critics (www.citizencritics.org), where she also is a contributor.

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Embracing Networked Criminality: Dispatches from the Argumentative Frameworks of Hacktivism

  • AFA/NCA ALTA Biennial Argumentation Conference Snowbird Center Alta, UT USA (map)

This presentation examines the argumentative terrain of the "hacktivist" element within the loosely cohered, global Internet based group Anonymous. Specifically looking to the actions in #OpEgypt and #OpTunisia, the work explores the networked criminality and resistance embraced by factions of Anonymous who participated in these operations. Hayes argues that this faction of Anonymous, sometimes known by competing members within organization's ranks as "moralfags," represents a new way to understand expansions of the public sphere in which dissent against state sanctioned violence can thrive.