For Review: Constitutional Revisions for the 2017 AGM

We plan to present important revisions to our constitution this year at our AGM.

The final article of our constitution states “The constitution may be amended by two-thirds of the members present and voting at the Annual General Meeting. The minimum six weeks written notice shall apply and members will be given six weeks to submit responses before the vote at the meeting.”

We have created two Google Forms (online surveys) that present the revisions and their rationales and gather feedback in advance of the AGM. There will be limited time for discussion during the AGM.

  • PART 1:  Article 4 (Executive roles):  https://goo.gl/forms/iRtcrqjTsURUNwdn1
  • PART 2: Article 1 (Name) and Article 7 (Amendment of the Constitution): https://goo.gl/forms/iRtcrqjTsURUNwdn1

Please try to respond on these forms before May 25, since we may need some time to compile and review the responses prior to the AGM.

Review and responses are welcomed from 1) current members, 2) those who plan to pay or renew membership soon, as well as 3) past members who still consider themselves affiliated with us.

According to the constitution, your advance responses does NOT constitute an official vote, according to article 7 quoted above. However, at the AGM we would like to summarize the responses we have gathered to date, since it could aid us significantly in making wise decisions about the future of our organization.

Official voting will be held on each article at the Annual General Meeting (AGM), May 31, 2017 at Ryerson University, as part of the conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric / La Sociéte Canadienne pour l’Étude de la Rhétorique.

If you wish, you can return to the surveys several times to review the proposed revisions again and add further responses under your name, but you must fill out valid identifying information each time. We’ll group together your responses and consider all of them as one person’s input.

SPAM & Phishing warning about emails from @cssr-scer.ca

Dear members and all who may receive emails from CSSR,

Members of our executive have recently received several fake emails from “Tania S. Smith” purportedly sent from “president@cssr-scer.ca” and requesting payment of invoices, etc.  When the recipient hits “reply,” the email gets sent to an unknown email address.

Please be advised that we do not SEND any individual emails originating from our @cssr-scer.ca email addresses EXCEPT announcements sent from our website mailing list. Our list address is not published online or stated here in order to keep it secure. Our email digests via MailChimp come with the subject line “Posts from … for [date]” and have a blue/teal background when viewed in HTML.

Yes, we do own cssr-scer email addresses, but they are only used for receiving public inquiries from our website TO our current executive committee members. Our website host is set up to forward these email inquiries to the individuals currently serving in those roles. It forwards your message to them at their preferred email address. When you get a reply from them, it will not come from a cssr-scer.ca email address.

Don’t worry, our website and mailing list security and privacy have not been compromised. There is nothing we as the CSSR can do to prevent such scams from occurring. They can happen to any organization that has names and emails published online.  All the scammer needs to know is the person’s real name related to a particular email address, and then they need to know the email addresses of some people who may expect to receive emails from that person.

Any public name and email address is vulnerable to forgery of this type. If your name and email are published on your university website, it also can be forged in an email sent to anyone you’re publicly known to be affiliated with.

For more information on this type of email spam, see this page from the University of Chicago advising their own staff about this issue: https://answers.uchicago.edu/page.php?id=28859

CSSR/SCÉR 2017 in Toronto: Dates and more Plans

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

Dates

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!

CSSR 2016 Student Prize Awarded

Prix de la meilleure communication présentée par un/e étudiant/e au Colloque de la SCÉR 2016

The award this year went to / Le prix est décerné cette année à

Lyuba Encheva, Ryerson University 

“The Grammar and Rhetoric of Gamification”

Abstract: This paper examines the political implications of the “mechanization of work” within games and the concept of “work” as the end result of a game. I engage in a close reading of Michael Hugos’ 2013 book Enterprise Games through Burkean dramatism. The examination of rhetorical devices in the book unveils a contradiction at the core of the “gamification” concept: it rests on the presumption that players’ engagement or “intrinsic motivation” can be externally stimulated.

Résumé : Cet article analyse, d’une part, les implications politiques de la « mécanisation du travail » eu égard à la problématique des jeux, et, d’autre part, le concept de « travail » en tant que résultat final d’un jeu. Pour ce faire, l’auteur conduit une lecture suivie de l’ouvrage de Michael Hugos, Enterprise Games, paru en 2013, à travers le « dramatisme » propre à Kenneth Burke. L’examen des dispositifs rhétoriques exposés dans le livre dévoile une contradiction au cœur de la notion de « ludification » (gamification) : elle repose sur la présomption suivant laquelle l’engagement ou la « motivation intrinsèque » des joueurs peuvent être stimulés de l’extérieur.

We welcome Lyuba Encheva to submit her complete, revised paper for publication in Rhetor, the Society’s journal. / Nous serons heureux d’accueillir la version révisée de l’article de Lyuba Encheva pour publication dans un prochain numéro de Rhetor, la revue électronique de notre Société.

Congratulations! / Félicitations! 

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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