President’s Message, 2015-2017

CSSR President’s message

by Dr. Tania S. Smith, President 2015-2017

We are an international, bilingual scholarly society based in Canada, dedicated to the study of rhetoric–its theory, practice, criticism, history, and pedagogy.

We adhere to a broad understanding of rhetoric as the art and study of acts of communication: their forms, strategies, ethics, and effects on various audiences.

We study rhetoric in all genres of writing, speech, performance, physical artifacts, and media, and in all cultures, languages, and eras.

We welcome scholars who engage in rhetorical studies within a wide range of disciplines such as communication, literature, the fine arts, history, political science, philosophy, writing studies, as well as the sciences and professions.

We believe the study, teaching, and practice of rhetoric should aim to enrich human understanding and inquiry, culture, mutual respect, and social cooperation. …

Message de la Présidente de la SCÉR

par Dr. Tania S. Smith, Présidente 2015-2017

Nous sommes une société savante internationale, bilingue (anglais / français), établie au Canada, et dédiée à l’étude de la rhétorique – sa théorie, sa pratique, sa critique, son histoire et sa pédagogie.

Nous adhérons à une définition large et généreuse de la rhétorique entendue comme art et comme étude des actes de la communication : leurs formes, leurs stratégies, leur dimension éthique et leurs effets auprès d’une grande variété d’auditoires.

Nous étudions la rhétorique dans tous ses genres, toutes ses formes et sur tous ses supports (écrit, oral, performance, objet physique, médias), et ceci dans toutes les cultures, toutes les langues et à toutes les époques.

Partant, nous accueillons des chercheurs qui se consacrent aux études rhétoriques depuis un très large spectre de disciplines (abordées aussi bien en tant que sciences qu’en tant que professions) : la communication, la littérature, les beaux-arts, l’histoire, la science politique, la philosophie, la rédactologie.

Nous croyons que l’étude, l’enseignement et la pratique de la rhétorique peuvent aider à enrichir notre compréhension de l’être humain, ainsi que l’enquête menée sur le fait culturel, le respect mutuel et l’entente sociale. …

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CSSR/SCÉR 2017 in Toronto: Dates and more Plans

SCÉR 2017 à Toronto: 30, 31 mai et 1er juin


Our association’s meeting dates at the 2017 Congress in Toronto are as follows: / Nous avons été informés que les dates de notre colloque au Congrès de 2017 à Toronto sont :

  • May 30, May 31, June 1 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday). /  les 30, 31 mai et 1er juin (mardi, mercredi, jeudi)
  • Our president’s reception is scheduled for Wednesday. / la réception du président pour nous est programmée  le mercredi. 

The Congress as a whole starts May 26 and ends on Friday June 2. / Le congrès dans son ensemble commence le 26 mai et s’achève le vendredi 2 juin. 

You can see the dates for all the Congress associations here: / Vous trouverez les dates pour toutes les sociétés du congrès ici :

Our Brief Description

Our CSSR/SCÉR association and 2017 conference will be described thus on the Congress website:

Rhetoric is the study of strategic communication through the lens of “rhetorical” theories and perspectives. Rhetorical theory, criticism, and pedagogy provide insight and instruction into how people communicate effectively (or ineffectively) and ethically (or unethically) in order to inform, persuade or delight their audiences. Rhetoric is actively performed in all media and situations, all cultures and languages, whether or not rhetors (communicators) are conscious of using rhetoric. Rhetoric is not limited to “public discourse,” although much of rhetorical study has focused on public discourse.

Our conference at the Congress in 2017 will have some sessions focused on the topic of “Rhetoric and Interdisciplinarity / Disciplinarity.” We have chosen this theme because we are well aware that rhetoric and rhetoricians find their home in a wide variety of academic disciplines and institutions in Canada and beyond. We would like to understand how disciplinarity or interdisciplinarity affects the study and teaching of various kinds of rhetoric in various institutional locations, both historically and today.

(Sorry, no French translation yet)

Call for Proposals

The CSSR/SCÉR 2017 Call for Proposals (CFP) is currently in development, and it will need to be translated into French before circulation, hopefully by November.

Submissions will be due by January 15, 2017.

The CFP will be very similar to the 2016 (last year’s) call for proposals, except for the more detailed description of the year’s theme for special sessions and the keynote speaker info.

We always welcome topics on any theme in rhetorical studies, not just presentations that fit our theme for the year.

Students are always welcome to present.

We hope you will start planning your presentation proposal soon!

CFP: Relevant Rhetoric journal, Deadline Oct 2016

RelevantRhetoric-journal[From their website] Relevant Rhetoric: A new Journal of Rhetorical Studies is a refereed online journal created to publish pieces of academic rhetorical criticism that are of value not only to academic scholars and historians interested in persuasion, but also to the educated lay-public. The journal seeks to further our understanding of and conversation about modern persuasive practices with the largest possible audience.

Please see a call for Volume 8 submissions, related to persuasive attack, at

Deadline for submissions related to persuasive attack is October 30, 2016.

Essays that are submitted and do not relate to the call will be considered for a second issue in Volume 8 or will be considered for Volume 9 (2018), depending on the number of submitted/accepted essays. Deadline for submissions not related to the call on persuasive attack is October 1, 2016.



CSSR Social Media update, August 2016

I’d like to introduce our CSSR-SCÉR Website & Social Media team and explain what’s going on in the world of our CSSR Social Media forums.

First, join me in giving sincere thanks to our current Website & Social Media team!

  • Tania Smith, CSSR Webmaster and Social Media admin since 2012
  • Ryan McGuckin, CSSR webmaster assistant, and CSSR-SCÉR Google+ co-admin since 2015
  • Brandon Katzir, CSSR social media assistant, and Twitter co-admin since 2015
  • Bruce Dadey, CSSR Webmaster co-assistant, and Twitter co-admin since 2016
  • M. Shivaun Corry, CSSR Facebook, since 2016
  • David Beard, our current CSSR-SCÉR Secretary, also holds the webmaster’s backup & password files just in case the webmaster becomes unavailable to do her work.

With the help of this team, our association has a greater ability to publicly engage those who choose to “follow” us on social media.

CSSR-SCÉR Social media is intended to complement, not replace, our website. Although our website is restricted to more “official” executive announcements and “academic” information (such as Job Ads and Calls for Papers for rhetorical studies), our social media posts can cast a wider net by also sharing articles and media that are broadly relevant to discussion of “rhetoric” or “eloquence” in the public forum and rhetorical studies in general.

Our pages on Google+ and Twitter are also publicly accessible to people without login, thus increasing our association’s reach and relevance.  This is one way our association stays engaged with our people and the public.

Currently, our social media is integrated in a “chain” of forwarding and accumulating posts from one forum to the next:

  1. All our CSSR blog posts (news) get automatically posted to CSSR Google+ and CSSR Facebook.
  2. On our CSSR Google+ page, we share additional material that may be relevant to our followers on G+.  We also post on two interactive “community” pages that we host, where members can also post material:
  3. All our official Google+ posts made by our Google+ assistants (including posts forwarded to G+ from our website blog) get automatically fed to our CSSR Twitter page.
  4. Our CSSR Twitter assistants add more material to our feed and keep it active and relevant to our Twitter followers
  5. Our CSSR Facebook assistants add material to the Facebook page. (Due to technical difficulty and settings, Facebook cannot easily accept an automatic feed from our Twitter page, but it does mirror our CSSR website posts.)
  6. Our CSSR Twitter feed is publicly accessible online and in a “widget” in the left-hand sidebar of our CSSR website.

Therefore, even if you are not a user of any of these social media outlets, you can view our Social Media activity on our website. Just scroll down on any CSSR website page and look in the left sidebar under the menu.  There, you’ll see our public Twitter feed, which includes all the posts that have s accumulated on Google+ as well as Twitter.

If you use Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, we encourage you to join or follow us there!


Tania Smith,
CSSR-SCÉR Webmaster, and President 2015-2017

CFP: 21st Century Englishes Grad Conference, due July 15, 2016

Call for Papers

21st Century Englishes Graduate Student Conference, sponsored by the Rhetoric Society of the Black Swamp, the BGSU Student Chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America

Date of conference: Saturday, October 15, 2016

Location: Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

Contact email:

Proposal Deadline (for panel and individual presentations): Friday, July 15, 2016

Conference Theme: Interdisciplinarity in the 21st Century: Studies Within and Across Disciplinary Boundaries

contact email: