President’s Message, 2015

CSSR President’s message

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

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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CFS Special 2016 Journal Issue on Improvisation

Call for submissions: Special issue of Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation

Guest edited by Jason Robinson, Mark Lomanno, and Sandra Mathern

Deadline of abstracts: 1 November 2015 (see the bottom for details)

(This is excerpted from Improvisation and the Liberal Arts, call for proposals)

Like improvisation, the liberal arts advance our understanding of how individuals and communities interact with and relate to one another and derive meaning from human experience. In this special issue of Critical Studies in Improvisation / Études critiques en improvisation, we aim to present scholarship, creative work, and pedagogies that positions improvisation (in any expressive modality) within or in relation to the liberal arts, broadly defined.

We anticipate that contributions to this special issue may address, but are not limited to, the following questions:

•How does improvisation engage and activate modes of critical thinking, creativity, and knowledge production in ways that draw from, intersect with, or forward the liberal arts?
•How does improvisation serve as a model or suggest new kinds of interdisciplinary studies within liberal arts?
•What new pedagogical models emerge from the practice of improvisation within the liberal arts?

•In the context of the liberal arts, how is improvisation practiced and theorized in fields traditionally associated with improvisation (music, dance), as well as within fields in which improvisation is a more novel concept?

We invite proposals from scholars and artists whose research, creative work, or teaching engages or resides within the liberal arts, defined as broadly as possible. Proposals may include:

•Scholarly essays, position statements, documentation and analysis of one’s creative work, interviews, media-rich presentations.

Abstract and Accepted Proposal Deadlines

Abstract proposals should be no more than 500 words and must be sent via email to Jason Robinson (jrobinson@amherst.edu) no later than 1 November 2015.

(Accepted proposals will be notified by 1 January 2016.)

Full submissions of accepted proposals are due no later than 1 June 2016.

CSSR-SCÉR 2016 Conference Dates

Please put the date in your calendars! / Merci de noter les dates dans vos agendas!

The Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric will hold its conference May 31 to June 2, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta, as part of the yearly Congress of the Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities.

You might also want to know how our dates relate to other related conferences:

1) The Canadian Society for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW) will meet May 28-30, so those attending both (held at the same Congress in Calgary) can attend both conferences in a row.

2) The Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) also meets just before us, on May 27-29, so if you plan to attend both RSA and CSSR-SCÉR, this gives one day of travel time from Atlanta, Georgia to Calgary, Alberta.

The CSSR-SCÉR Call for Proposals is still in development.  As in previous years, we hope to post it early this fall with a deadline for December.  Consider what you’d like to present to your rhetoric colleagues in 2016!

Le prochain Congrès de la Société Canadienne pour l’Étude de la Rhétorique se tiendra du 31 mai au 2 juin 2016 à Calgary (Alberta) dans le cadre de la rencontre annuelle de la Fédération des Sciences Humaines.

Attention, deux Congrès associés auront lieu fin mai, pensez à prendre vos dispositions :

1) La Société Canadienne de Rédactologie (ACR) se réunira du 28 au 30 mai, également à Calgary. Pour les intéressés, il est possible et aisé de participer aux deux Congrès dans la foulée.

2) La Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) organise, elle aussi, son Congrès juste avant nous, à savoir du 27 au 29 mai. Mais pour ceux qui projettent de prendre part aux deux rencontres (la nôtre et celle de la RSA), sachez qu’il vous faudra compter une journée de voyage entre Atlanta (Georgie, USA) et Calgary.

L’appel à proposition pour le prochain Congrès de la SCÉR/CSSR est en préparation. Conformément aux années précédentes, nous espérons le diffuser d’ici l’automne avec une date limite en décembre. Toutefois, songez dès maintenant à ce que vous présenterez à vos collègues rhétoriciens en 2016 !

 

CFP: Rhetoric Society of America 2016 conference

Call for proposals: 17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America conference – “Rhetoric and Change”

Atlanta, GA, 27-29 May, 2016

An excerpt from RSA’s CFP is noted below. Please visit RSA site’s page for the complete content at:

http://rhetoricsociety.org/aws/RSA/pt/sd/news_article/108347/_PARENT/layout_details/false#sthash.klS2vUZ3.dpuf

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America conference (May 27-29, 2016 in Atlanta) is July 15, 2015. The theme of the conference is “Rhetoric and Change.”

Interested parties are invited to submit abstracts for individual papers, and proposals for panels or special format events (roundtables, debates, etc.). In recognition of rhetoric’s international reach, we especially encourage proposals from scholars located outside of the United States.

Individual paper proposals should be a maximum 350 words. Panel proposals for 3-4 presenters should be a maximum of 1000 words. We also invite “special format proposals,” including roundtables and alternative types of presentations. Special format proposals should be a maximum of 350 words. Individuals may not submit more than two proposals, either individually or as part of a panel.

CFP 2016 Rhetoric conference in Namibia

Call for papers: The African Association for Rhetoric (AAR) 6th Conference “Rhetoric for Good Governance in Africa”

Windhoek, Namibia, 4-6 JULY 2016

Excerpted from the AAR website. Full information at http://aarsouthafrica.wordpress.com/

Deadline of Abstracts: 28 August 2015

The influence rhetoric has on socio-political reality is unquestionable. The question of virtue and vice arises in Africa in a quest to explore the role rhetoric plays in the process of enhancing responsible leadership and good governance on a continent riddled with a plethora of governance related problems. The underlining question for this Conference is: What role should rhetoric play in fostering good governance in Africa?

This Conference seeks to bring together rhetoricians, eminent intellectuals, researchers, government operatives, diplomats and industry professionals to contribute to the conversation on the proposed conference theme. Submissions should address but not be limited to the sub-themes listed below.

The organising committee would like to emphasise that the Conference of the African Association for Rhetoric is a multidisciplinary, multisectoral event.

Sub-themes:
• Rhetoric for governance in public and private spheres
• Rhetorical presidency and good governance
• Parliamentary discourses/debates as a factor of good governance
• Rhetoric and good governance for sustainable development in Africa
• Opposition rhetoric and good governance in Africa
• Rhetoric in advertising and marketing
• Rhetoric, Social Media and E-government
• Rhetoric in the healthcare systems in Africa
• Rhetoric and traditions forms of good governance in Africa
• Governing systems – democracy, communism, socialism, autocracy
• Rhetoric and the media and its role in fostering good governance
• Rhetoric, climate change, hospitality and tourism in Africa
• Diplomacy, African conflict resolution mechanisms and rhetoric
• Religion, rhetoric and good governance
• The rhetoric of spin doctors and good governance

Abstracts

Abstracts of between 250 and 300 words should be addressed to: babeukes@unam.na  Ms Bronwen Beukes will receive them and forward them to conference organisers for review.

Deadline of Abstracts: 28 August 2015

OTHER AAR SITES OF NOTE:

FACEBOOK:  https://www.facebook.com/AfricanAssociationForRhetoricAAR

AFRICIAN JOURNAL OF RHETORIC ON SABINET: http://reference.sabinet.co.za/sa_epublication/aar_rhetoric

AAR 2016 Poster