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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New CSSR Posters for 2015

A new 8×10 CSSR/SCÉR poster and 2×6 bookmark are now available.

See them on the Posters page of our website.

I have also created a “campaign” series of four 4×6 postcards with messages and quotations about rhetoric, eloquence or oratory.  Each card comes in a French version & an English version. They are great for sharing on social media.

I will bring some postcards, bookmarks, and “Rhetoric is majestic” and “Rhetoric is useful & good” cards for distribution at our conference next week.

Submit a postcard idea

I also welcome submissions of content for additional postcards with a similar design. Not every postcard can be printed due to cost, but they would be shared on our website and social media.

I’d need a complete postcard concept, which includes the following:

1) a brief 2-3 word persuasive or informative message about what rhetoric is, or does, or can do, ideally using the word “rhetoric” or “eloquence” or similar terms that identify rhetoric.

2) a very short, pithy quotation with a citation that develops the idea of the poster’s message. This has to be very short to prevent it from being too small print.

3) AND, for PR materials for our bilingual society, we need the content of the message and quotation in eloquent French and English. Please do not send content in only one language because it can take a lot of time to find or make a good translation.

Send your complete, bilingual content ideas to webmaster@cssr-scer.ca.  I will select and edit the content as necessary for postcard design, and all PR materials will be reviewed by the Executive committee.

Academic conference tips from UAffairs

It’s conference season for many of us, and good presentations are a rhetorical art.

I would like to recommend this short article re-distributed by email today by the University Affairs magazine:

Also of interest from University Affairs:

New CSSR / SCER Zotero Bibliography

CSSR / SCÉR hosts a bibliography group on Zotero.org.

Zotero is free open-source cloud-storage bibliographic software created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media in the USA.  It collects source citations from library databases, Google books, Amazon, and various web sites, by working within your web browser.

The “CSSR SCER – Rhetoric” library of bibliographies can be browsed by the public at this address:

https://www.zotero.org/groups/cssr_scer_rhetoric/items

Our group’s bibliography houses

  1. a folder for all articles in our Rhetor journal,
  2. a folder for publications authored by CSSR members on the topic of rhetoric (even book reviews and conference papers are eligible, and you can also add an item with your CV and/or link to your profile)
  3. a folder containing an unlimited number of sub-folders for sub-topics within rhetorical studies.

See more info on our new Bibliographies page.