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. …
Dear rhetoric scholars, please plan ahead some time to draft your proposal to present at the CSSR 2017 conference. The deadline is coming in one month.
- Download the full CFP document from https://app.box.com/v/cssr-cfp-2017
- Proposals are due by January 15, 2017.
You’re welcome to consult with me (Tania S. Smith) about your proposal ideas in advance. It’s also nice to know some more proposals are likely to come in by the deadline.
Please distribute our call for papers to individual colleagues and offer a personal note to encourage them to submit a proposal. I’ve already sent the CFP to a number of distribution lists. I’ve also distributed it internationally. We may be a society based in Canada, but our presentation topics and membership reach far beyond Canada.
Encourage your best students of rhetoric (graduate and undergraduate) to submit a proposal and/or attend our conference and become a member. We offer a prize for the best student paper, and we have positions on committees earmarked for students.
Unlike several other rhetoric societies that meet biennially, we host annual conferences. Your regular participation in our conferences can sustain and deepen your collegial relationships and networks of academic support (and perhaps even collaboration) beyond your own institution and region.
Rhetoricians may currently be a rare breed (at least outside of the US), but good rhetoric and good rhetorical scholarship is crucially important today. Rhetoric can be a growing (inter)disciplinary area if we continue to demonstrate the field’s breadth, relevance and usefulness.
I’m looking forward to many high-quality submissions for an invigorating conference in 2017 in Toronto.
Dr Tania S. Smith, President, CSSR/SCER
The Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (CSSR / SCÉR) invites scholars and students to submit proposals for presentations in English or French. Our next annual conference will be held at the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Congress 2017 (www.congress2017.ca) at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, Canada, May 30 – June 1, 2017.
- Download the full CFP document from https://app.box.com/v/cssr-cfp-2017
- Proposals are due by January 15, 2017.
Our special theme this year is “Rhetoric and interdisciplinarity/disciplinarity.” However, proposals are not limited to the special theme.
The society welcomes papers on all aspects of rhetoric:
- rhetorical theory, criticism, and/or history
- rhetoric in popular culture and everyday life
- rhetoric and the media, film, gaming, and visual culture
- rhetoric and the physical environment
- rhetoric and the body, sports or performance
- rhetoric in the fine arts and literature
- rhetoric and identity, women’s/gender studies
- rhetoric in various disciplines and professions
- rhetorical discourse analysis and genre studies
- rhetoric of political, legal or public discourse
- biographical research on rhetors or rhetoricians
- rhetorical aspects of sociolinguistics and semiotics
We foster dialogue among scholars from diverse disciplines and professions who are interested in rhetoric. We welcome not only mainstream rhetorical scholarship, but also “rhetoric in/and” a wide variety of domains or disciplines and through interdisciplinary frameworks.
Please distribute this call among your networks. I look forward to receiving your proposal.
Dr. Tania S. Smith, CSSR / SCÉR President
The CSSR 2017 Call for Papers is currently in review & translation.
Please start to plan your presentation proposal. It is due January 15, 2017.
Consider your travel plans to attend the conference at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, from May 30 to June 1, 2017. Congress usually offers low-cost campus accommodation as well as hotel and airline discounts. Congress registration fees will be available at reduced early-bird rates until March 31.
More information is on our Conference page.
[copied from H-Rhetor announcement]
Call for Papers for volume 10, n° 1(19)/ 2017
ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies
Rhetoric and Peace at Crossroads: Public and Civic Discourse, Culture and Communication Perspectives
Dr. Noemi Marin, Professor, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, Florida Atlantic University, USA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Lara Martin Lengel, Department of Communication, School of Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University, USA (email@example.com)
This special issue examines rhetorical and/or cultural-critical perspectives on peace, non-violence, and the role of civic discourse in contemporary times. The issue intends to cover scholarship that focuses mainly on the last 30 years, including the historic period following 1989 that created a democratization of discourse throughout the world, yet engaged even more peace and conflict as paradigmatic perspectives on migration, terrorism, communism, and political and social change. Accordingly, some areas of scholarship pertinent to this special issue are: geopolitics and discourse of peace; historical public arguments for non-violence; theoretical approaches to communication and conflict as cultures of peace; migration and its peace-related consequences in the 21st century; nationalism as cultural or political paradigm of national identity; international contexts for rhetoric of peace, to name a few. Of note that this issue intends to present an interdisciplinary set of scholarly articles open to all disciplines such as but not limited to political communication, rhetorical studies, intercultural and/or international communication, and peace and conflict studies.
– December 20, 2016: submission of the proposal in the form of an abstract of maximum 2 pages. The proposal must include a list of recent references;
– January 5, 2017: acceptance of the proposal;
– April 30, 2017: full paper submission;
– June 15, 2017: full paper acceptance.
Full papers should be between 6,000-8,000 words in length. Papers can be submitted in English or French. The abstracts should be in English and French, max. 2 pages followed by 5 keywords. Please provide the full names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of all authors, indicating the contact author. Papers, and any queries, should be sent to:
Authors of the accepted papers will be notified by e-mail. The journal will be published in July 2017.
 The journal ESSACHESS is covered in Scopus Elsevier, ProQuest CSA, EBSCO Publishing, Index Copernicus, DOAJ, Ulrich’s, Gale, J-Gate, CEEOL, Genamics Journal Seek, SSRN, GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Social Science Open Access Repository (SSOAR), MLA Directory, and DRJI (Directory of Research Journal Indexing) databases. The journal is also recognized by AERES – French Evaluation Agency for Research and higher Education and sustained by the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.
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 : http://www.congress2017.ca/sites/default/files/sites/default/uploads/conference-schedule-2017-en.pdf
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!