President’s Message, 2017-2019

CSSR President’s message

by Dr. Tania S. Smith, President 2015-2019

We at CSSR (also known as RhetCanada) 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 2015-2019

La SCÉR (également connue sous le nom « RhetCanada ») est 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 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 les genres d’écriture, de discours, de performances, sur tous les supports et dans les médias, dans toutes les cultures, toutes les langues, et à toutes les époques.

Nous accueillons des chercheurs qui se consacrent aux études rhétoriques depuis un très large spectre de disciplines comme la communication, la littérature, les beaux-arts, l’histoire, la science politique, la philosophie, la rédactologie, dans les sciencesautant que dans les professions.

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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JOB: Media Studies and Professional Communication

Red Deer College is Now Hiring a Media Studies  and Professional Communication (MSPC) Instructor

(Conditional Continuous Probationary)

RDC offers students a learner-centred environment that provides practical and innovative learning experiences. The School of Arts and Sciences houses three departments: Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering, and Social Work. The School delivers a range of certificate, diploma, university transfer, and collaborative degree programs, as well as service courses to students in most other RDC programs.

The School of Arts and Sciences particularly seeks faculty members with superior preparation and ongoing engagement in their academic and professional fields, passion for teaching, and willingness to commit to making excellence in teaching their primary focus. The School builds itself around a vision of connecting innovation and tradition by fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in all activities: development and renewal of courses and programs, approaches to teaching and learning, and scholarly activity and community engagement by students and faculty.

The successful candidate will fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Teach core courses in the Media Studies and Professional Communications Diploma program, RDC’s University transfer program in Communications, and fundamental courses in writing and communication for students across a range of career diploma programs
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and scholarship
  • Form strong relationships with Central Alberta communications professional

For more information contact:

Dr. Jane MacNeil, Associate Dean
Phone: 403-342-3319
Email: jane.macneil@rdc.ab.ca

Required Qualifications

  • MA in Communications or related field (candidates with a relevant MBAwill also be considered)
  • Recent professional experience in areas such as public relations, marketing and branding, project management, visual/document design, or entrepreneurship
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Proficiency with industry standard software

Preferred Qualifications

  • Post-secondary teaching experience

Desired Start Date:  August 8, 2018
Consideration of applications begins April 27, 2018.

For more information on this position and to apply, please visit  https://employment.rdc.ab.ca/ and click on Faculty & Non- Credit Instructor Opportunities.

CFP: Losing Our Words: Transformations in Language and Culture

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Chang, journalist and music critic on hip hop music and culture
Submission Deadline: May 30
Conference Dates: October 27-28, 2018
Conference Location: 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, Canada

Please submit via our website: http://www.humber.ca/liberalarts-ifoa/call-proposals

This conference explores the relationship between language and culture and taps into the rich fields of language studies, literature, history, sociology, politics, media studies, cultural studies and sociolinguistics, with a special focus on the interrelated nature of language and culture as it changes, evolves, adapts, or indeed is endangered or lost. Our conference takes an interdisciplinary approach to this topic. We are accepting proposals from areas that will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Lost Languages
Language attrition
Language acquisition
Reclaiming language
Sociolinguistic analysis
Affect Theory and Critical Animal Studies
Forensic linguistics
Multilingualism
Metrolingualism
Multimodality
Transitivity
Cultural appropriation
Language, culture, and identity
The language and culture of traditional and new media
The Political Language of dissent, oppression, activism or diplomacy
Language and gender
Racialized Language
Language & the Arts
Body language and culture
The culture of Learning and the technology of language
The culture of economics
History of Language
Philosophy of Language
Psychology of Language and Culture
The Culture of Advertising

We welcome proposals from researchers within all relevant academic disciplines.

If accepted, the presenter(s) should prepare a 20-minute presentation each, the oral equivalent of approximately 8 to 10 pages, double spaced, in Times New Roman 12pt font.

Call for Papers/Appel à contributions: Rhetor 8

La version française suit ci-dessous.

The editor and editorial committee of Rhetor: the Journal of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric invite submissions for its eighth volume, scheduled for 2019 publication. Rhetor is a bilingual, refereed, online journal published biennially by RhetCanada, a scholarly society dedicated to the study of rhetorical theories, practices, and history.

Possible topics for the volume may include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Rhetorical Criticism
  • Classical and Historical Rhetorics
  • Visual, Material, and Multimodal
    Rhetorics
  • Rhetorics of Gender, Sexuality, Race, Ethnicity, Age, Class, and Social Identifications
  • Rhetorical Pedagogy
  • Digital Rhetorics
  • Rhetoric and Popular Culture
  • Rhetoric and the Body
  • Rhetoric and Music
  • Professional Rhetorics
  • Environmental Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric of Animality
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Rhetorics of Identity
  • Rhetoric and Religion
  • Scientific Rhetoric
  • Rhetorics of Invention, Organization, Style, Memory, or Delivery
  • Rhetoric and Literature

A range of topics are welcome. Each manuscript, however, should advance or enrich a tradition of inquiry around the practice, criticism, or history of rhetoric, broadly understood. Prospective authors are advised to familiarize themselves with previous issues of Rhetor and to follow the manuscript style as posted on the Rhetor webpage. Those submitting an article for review must indicate in an accompanying cover letter that their submission has not been previously published and is not under consideration for publication in another journal, book, or collection.

Authors should also include the following with their article submission: 1) an abstract between 100-150 words; 2) a list of (approximately) five key words pertinent to the manuscript; 3) a cover letter with the author(s) name(s), affiliation(s), and contact information including email address(es); and 4) a three- to four-sentence author biography statement.

Authors should not include names or identifying information in the article itself. Submissions should not exceed 6500 words and must follow the Modern Language Association’s (8th ed.) guidelines for publication.

Deadline for submissions is 1 September 2018. Anticipated publication is September 2019.

Articles (in MS Word format), cover letters, abstracts, biographical statements, and general questions can be sent electronically to Tracy Whalen, Editor, at t.whalen@uwinnipeg.ca. Rhetor welcomes articles in either English or French.


L’éditeur et le comité éditorial de Rhetor : Le Journal de la Société Canadienne pour l’Étude de la Rhétorique, vous invite à soumettre vos articles pour son huitième volume, à paraître en 2019. Rhetor est un semestriel bilingue, référencé et publié par RhetCanada, une société savante dédiée à l’étude de la théorie, de la pratique et de l’histoire de la rhétorique.

Les sujets possibles pour ce volume sont les suivants, sans s’y limiter :

  • La théorie rhétorique
  • La critique rhétorique
  • La rhétorique antique et l’histoire de la rhétorique
  • La rhétorique visuelle, matérielle et multimodale
  • La rhétorique des genres, de la sexualité, de la race, de l’ethnicité, des classes et identifications sociales
  • La pédagogie rhétorique
  • La rhétorique digitale
  • La rhétorique et le corps
  • Rhétorique et musique
  • Rhétoriques professionnelles
  • Rhétorique environnementale
  • Rhétorique de l’animalité
  • Rhétorique et composition
  • Rhétorique de l’identité
  • Rhétorique et religion
  • Rhétorique scientifique
  • Rhétorique de l’invention, de la disposition, du style, de la mémoire et de la performance
  • Rhétorique et littérature

Une variété de sujets sont les bienvenus. Le plus important est que le manuscrit enrichisse la critique rhétorique, l’histoire de la rhétorique ou permette de faire avancer sa pratique. Il est recommandé aux auteurs de se familiariser avec les volumes précédents de Rhetor et de suivre les conventions de mise en page telles qu’elles sont présentées sur le site : http://cssr-scer.ca/journal/. Les auteurs doivent par ailleurs accompagner la soumission de leur contribution d’une lettre assurant que leur manuscrit n’a pas été publié ou soumis ailleurs.

Le manuscrit soumis doit également être accompagné : 1) d’un résumé de 100-150 mots ; 2) d’une liste d’environ 5 mots-clefs ; 3) d’un mail précisant les nom, affiliation et coordonnées de l’auteur ; 4) d’une notice biographique de 3-4 lignes. Les informations sur l’auteur ne doivent pas être présentes dans l’article lui-même.  Les articles soumis ne doivent pas dépasser les 6 500 mots.

Date limite de soumission : 1er septembre 2018 (pour une publication prévue en septembre 2019)

Les articles (au format MS Word), accompagnés de la déclaration d’exclusivité, du résumé et de la notice biographique doivent être envoyés à Tracy Whalen, éditrice: t.whalen@uwinnipeg.ca. Rhetor accepte les articles en Anglais ou en Français.

Rhetor 7 Now Available / Rhetor 7 est maintenant disponible

RhetCanada is delighted to announce that Rhetor 7 (2017), assembled under the able editorship of Pierre Zoberman, is now in circulation. Readers will find in this seventh issue investigations of rhetorical pedagogy, environmental rhetorics, gamification, literature, and philosophy. This bilingual assortment, the collective endeavour of scholars from North America, Africa, and Europe, speaks to the diversity of theoretical approaches and interests in contemporary rhetorical study.

As the new general editor of Rhetor, I extend my thanks first to Pierre Zoberman for his equanimity and discerning eye, to all the reviewers, the RhetCanada executive and Rhetor editorial board, and to the contributors who have made this issue the rich offering it is. Members are encouraged to preview the articles here on the RhetCanada website and visit the EBSCO database for article downloads when they are up and ready.

Stay tuned in the next months for a special issue of Rhetor and (very shortly!) a Call for Papers for Rhetor 8 (2019).

Best,

Tracy Whalen

Editor, Rhetor

La Société Canadienne pour l’Étude de la Rhétorique/ RhetCanada a le plaisir d’annoncer que Rhetor 7 (2017), édité sous la direction de Pierre Zoberman, est maintenant disponible. Ce septième numéro réunit des explorations de pédagogie (de la) rhétorique, des rhétoriques écologiques, de la ludification, de la littérature et de la philosophie. Cette collection d’articles, fruit des réflexions de chercheur.e.s d’Amérique du Nord,  d’Afrique et d’Europe, tæmoigne de la diversités des approches théoriques et des intérêts qui animent aujourd’hui les études rhétoriques.

En tant que nouvelle directrice de Rhetor, je tiens à remercier Pierre Zoberman pour son égalité d’humeur et sa sagacité, ainsi que tou.te.s les évaluateurs.trices, le bureau de la Société Canadienne pour l’Étude de la Rhétorique et le comité de rédaction de Rhetor, et, bien sûr, les auteur.e.s qui ont fait de ce numéro l’ouvrage riche qu’il est. J’encourage les adhérents à lire les articles en avant-première ici sur notre site, et de visiter la base de données EBSCO où ils/elles pourront télécharger les textes.

Ne manquez pas dans les mois qui viennent un numéro spécial de Rhetor et (très bientôt!) un appel à contributions pour Rhetor 8 (2019).

Bien à tou.te.s

Tracy Whalen

Directrice, Rhetor

 

In memory of Michael Purves-Smith

Dear CSSR / RhetCanada members and associates, it is with sadness that I share news that one of our long-term and most cherished members, Michael Purves-Smith, passed away this week.

[Photo uploaded to the obituary website by the family] 

See his online obituary at http://dreisingerfuneralhome.com/tribute/details/1071/Michael-Purves-Smith/obituary.html#content-start

Michael and his wife Shannon Purves-Smith have contributed to the society for decades both separately and in partnership, playing many roles in the executive and committees and faithfully attending yearly CSSR conferences.

Michael’s gentlemanly kindness, organizational wisdom and deep intellect will be missed. He has left a strong legacy on our scholarly organization, and more importantly, he will be kindly remembered and respected in the hearts and minds of those who have worked together with him on committees, heard his presentations, shared meals or adventures with him, or discussed ideas with him. Michael has also left behind his writings for us to enjoy and ponder. He was not only a strong rhetorician and rhetorical critic, but he also used his eloquence as an active participant in Canadian and global society and culture, doing his best to leave an ethical, creative, and powerful impact on his audiences.

We thank you, Michael, for a life lived so well.

Dear Shannon, we send out our thoughts to you at this time and sincerely wish you and your family and friends comfort in your time of mourning.

Tania S. Smith
Current President, CSSR