CFP: Special Issue on Rhetoric and Peace Studies (English and French)

[copied from H-Rhetor announcement]

Call for Papers for volume 10, n° 1(19)/ 2017

ESSACHESS – Journal for Communication Studies[1]

www.essachess.com

Rhetoric and Peace at Crossroads: Public and Civic Discourse, Culture and Communication Perspectives

http://www.essachess.com/index.php/jcs/announcement/view/19

Guest editors:

Dr. Noemi Marin, Professor, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, Florida Atlantic University, USA (nmarin@fau.edu)

Dr. Lara  Martin Lengel, Department of Communication, School of Media and Communication,  Bowling Green State University, USA (lengell@bgsu.edu)

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.

Important Deadlines

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:

essachess@gmail.com

Authors of the accepted papers will be notified by e-mail. The journal will be published in July 2017.


[1] The journal ESSACHESS is covered in Scopus Elsevier, ProQuest CSA, EBSCO Publishing, Index Copernicus, DOAJUlrich’sGale, J-Gate, CEEOL, Genamics Journal SeekSSRN, 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.

Plans for CSSR 2017 in Toronto

Plan pour la SCER 2017 à Toronto

The 2017 conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric / Société Canadienne pour l’Étude de la Rhétorique will once again be held as part of the Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. / La conférence 2017 de la Société Canadienne pour l’Étude de la Rhétorique / Canadian Society for the Study of Rhétorique se déroulera, une nouvelle fois, dans le cadre du Congrès des sciences humaines du Canada.

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Ryerson University. / Lieu: Toronto, Ontario, Université Ryerson

Date: TBA (on 3 DAYS between May 27-June 2) / Dates: à préciser (3 JOURS entre le 27 mai et le 2 juin)

Theme: “Rhetoric and Interdisciplinarity / Disciplinarity”

This year, we are especially interested in presentations that explore through research and scholarship how “rhetorical studies” has been located within or among various disciplines in Canada and abroad, historically, today, and perhaps potentially in the future. In what contexts is/was rhetoric a discipline, and/or to what degree is/was it seen as innately interdisciplinary? How is rhetoric’s inter/disciplinarity defined not only by academic politics and structures, but by broader social contexts and ideologies? What kinds of rhetorical strategies are used to articulate the relation of rhetorical studies to various other fields of study? And ultimately, why or how does its inter/disciplinarity matter? — How have certain professions, roles, communities, and projects benefited from, or suffered with or without a disciplinary/interdisciplinary study of rhetoric? How does rhetoric’s inter/disciplinarity potentially strengthen or weaken the quality, diversity, identity and visibility of “rhetorical” scholarship, education, and practice, in Canada and beyond?

Thème : « Rhétorique et Interdisciplinarité / disciplinarité »

Cette année, nous sommes particulièrement intéressés par les communications qui font état de la recherche sur la manière dont les « études rhétoriques » se situent au sein et au travers de différentes disciplines au Canada et à l’étranger, et ce, historiquement, aujourd’hui, et potentiellement dans le futur. Dans quels contextes la rhétorique a été/est toujours une discipline et/ou dans quelle mesure elle est/était considérée comme intrinsèquement interdisciplinaire ? Comment l’interdisciplinarité de la rhétorique est-elle envisagée, non seulement par les politiques et structures académiques, mais également dans des contextes sociaux et dans des idéologies plus larges ? Quels types de stratégies rhétoriques sont mises en œuvre pour articuler la relation entre les études rhétoriques et d’autres champs d’étude ? Et enfin, pourquoi cette inter/disciplinarité est-elle importante, et comment cette importance se manifeste-t-elle ? – Comment certaines professions, postes, communautés et projets ont pu tirer bénéfice d’une approche disciplinaire/interdisciplinaire de la rhétorique ? Comment ont-ils été fragilisés par cette approche ou, au contraire, par l’absence d’une telle approche ? Comment l’inter/disciplinarité de la rhétorique peut renforcer ou affaiblir la qualité, la diversité, l’identité et la visibilité des études, de l’éducation et de la pratique de la « rhétorique », au Canada et ailleurs ?

As usual, we will also welcome presentations on all topics, themes and aspects of rhetorical studies. / Les propositions relatives à tous les aspects de la rhétorique restent, comme toujours, bienvenues, et ceci, quel que soit le champ d’étude envisagé.

Call for Proposals:  to be distributed in Fall 2016, with proposals due by January 15, 2017 / Appel à propositions : diffusion prévue à l’automne 2016 ; les propositions de communications seront attendues pour le 15 janvier 2017.

CFP/Edited Collection: Rhetoric and Oil Discourse (“Energy Humanities”)

CALL FOR PAPERS FOR AN EDITED COLLECTION: THE RHETORIC AND DISCOURSE OF OIL

Proposals Due: Jan. 31, 2016 (see below for submission details)

(edited, full version available here)

Recent years have seen the rise of the “Energy Humanities,” which consider cultures in terms of the energy sources that make them possible, energy sources that tend to be invisible to those inhabiting a given culture. In Oil Culture, for example, Ross Barrett and Daniel Worden argue that in contemporary North America oil is largely secreted out of sight but, at the same time, “the oil industry is as ubiquitous and necessary to contemporary life as money” (xix). This simultaneous invisibility and necessity is effected through rhetoric. For instance, in the recent “Life Takes Energy” campaign. We don’t see oil, or pipelines, or windmills in these ads, but energy’s necessity is asserted and the energy corporation’s necessity is implied.

Despite the rise of the Energy Humanities, eco-rhetoric, and Petroculture, no study of oil rhetoric currently exists. Therefore, The Rhetoric and Discourse of Oil seeks papers that examine how discourse and rhetoric create/enable the spectrality of oil (how rhetoric persuades individuals/the public that oil is an invisible magic elixir fuelling progress) and how it also disrupts or counters that view. Contributions to this collection will engage with our understanding of petroleum in its fundamental ambiguity, not only as a key sustaining source of modern culture but also as a toxic and destructive commodity. As such, The Rhetoric and Discourse of Oil seeks interventions in the discourses and rhetorics of oil and its related industries. Possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to, rhetoric and/or discourse and one or more of the following:

bitumen extraction;

hydraulic fracturing (fracking);

Off-shore drilling;

Pipelines and other forms of transportation (oil-by-rail, the Lac Mégantic disaster, tankers);

Spills, Leaks, Ruptures;

Upgrading and Refining;

Lawsuits (Aboriginal consultation, Treaty rights);

Politics;

Government documents;

Industry documents;

Advertising;

Film;

Poetry, fiction, drama;

Visual Rhetoric;

Photography/Petrography;

Environment vs. Economy;

Economic History.

Please submit proposals of 300-400 words to Jon Gordon (jfg2@ualberta.ca) and Heather Graves (hgraves@ualberta.ca) by Jan. 31, 2016. Final papers will be due Sept. 1, 2016.

Call for Papers – “Ecoplay: Digital Games and Environmental Rhetoric”

Call for Papers – “Ecoplay: Digital Games and Environmental Rhetoric”

Kyle Bohunicky and the University of Florida

TRACE at University of Florida

Deadline of Abstracts: 1 Oct 2015

The University of Florida’s TRACE journal publishes online peer-reviewed collections in ecology, posthumanism, and media studies. Providing an interdisciplinary forum for scholars, we focus on the ethical and material impact of technology. TRACE Innovation Initiative’s second call for papers, “Ecoplay: Digital Games and Environmental Rhetoric,” focuses on digital games and asks how play contributes to ecological thought.

Building on M. Jimmie Killingsworth and Jacqueline S. Palmer’s Ecospeak: Rhetoric and Environmental Politics in America as well as Sidney I. Dobrin and Sean Morey’s Ecosee: Image, Rhetoric, Nature, this issue proposes “Ecoplay” as a rhetorical framework for investigating the intersection of gameplay and ecocriticism. Both Ecospeak and Ecoseeexplore how rhetorical forms encourage support and sympathy for environmental movements. Specifically, Ecospeak identifies rhetorical patterns in writing about environmental politics and argues that discourse is a fundamental part of the environmental problem. Meanwhile, Ecosee claims that image-based media plays a powerful role in shaping arguments about ecology, environment, and nature. Examining play as a catalyst for environmental discourse, Ecoplay critically considers existing and potential rhetorics of digital ecologies and evaluates how games make arguments about nature.

Games often perpetuate problematic ideologies about human-nature-technology relationships by offering a platform for environmental consumption, resource management, colonization, cultivation, etc. At the same time, game designers and players can challenge entrenched ecological narratives or promote conservation efforts through digital worlds. TRACE’s “Ecoplay” issue seeks a comprehensive way of engaging the interplay between multiple forms of ecological rhetoric in digital games and ‘plays’ with how the multi-modality of games enables rhetorical forms to interact. Thus, contributions to this issue of TRACE should explore how digital games configure our understandings of ecologies and ecological issues through their design, play, and materiality.

Paper topics may include, but are not limited to, any of the following as they relate to digital games:

  • Ethics and rhetorics of play, interface, or design
  • Representations of nature, ecology, or environment
  • Wildlife or resource management
  • Ecological conservation or preservation
  • “Green” games
  • E-waste and pollution
  • Built environments, construction, and destruction
  • Agriculture, gardening, and urbanization
  • Media ecologies
  • Posthumanism

Completed articles will be peer-reviewed and should be between 3000-6000 words in length. Multimedia submissions are accepted and encouraged. If you are interested in contributing to the TRACE Innovation Initiative’s second issue, please send a 500 word abstract to trace@english.ufl.edu by Oct. 1, 2015.