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).


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


RhetCanada/CSSR Proposal Deadline: January 13, 2018

The January 13 proposal deadline for RhetCanada’s annual conference is fast approaching. The conference will take place May 27-29, 2018 at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, which will be held at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

The conference theme is “That’s not rhetoric!” “Yes, it is.” The topic invites participants to discuss and debate the borders of our definitions of rhetoric and what they mean to the way we see the world and speak, write, and act within it.

For more information, see the full Call for Proposals.

Funding is available to assist current and recent graduate students with travel expenses. See the Congress 2018 Student Funding page.

Please send proposals to Dr. Tania S. Smith, RhetCanada / CSSR President, Department of Communication, Media and Film, University of Calgary: smit@ucalgary.ca.

Rhetoric Positions at University of Waterloo

University of Waterloo English is hiring for a number of faculty positions:


  • Assistant or associate professorial positions: January 15, 2018
  • Lecturer postions: March 16, 2018

See the uWaterloo English website for more information about the department. Further enquiries may be directed to the chair, Professor Kate Lawson, at englishchair@uwaterloo.ca or at 519-888-4567, ext. 33965.

CFP: Res Rhetorica

Res Rhetorica is a peer-reviewed open access quarterly academic journal (ISSN 2392-3113). Its scope includes both theories of rhetoric and practices of persuasive communication. It is issuing the following CFP:

Rhetoric of Social Movements

The rhetoric of social movements is the theme for a special issue of Res Rhetorica planned for 2018.

A democratic public sphere is an arena where various social movements voice their claims; these include prominent environmentalist, feminist, LGBT, anti/alter-globalist, or nationalist movements, or local, identity-related, ethnic and political movements.

Social activism includes organizing protests, demonstrations, performances of civil disobedience or debates – all of which can be analyzed from a rhetorical perspective. Each social movement makes claims, presents them to the auditorium, argues for them, defends them against criticism. It actively campaigns to achieve in-group solidarity, to promote its ideas, and to convince the public to support its claims. It also strives to be identified and recognized in the public spheres and to position itself against antagonists.

Is the rhetoric of social movements related to their aims? Is it determined by the social context? How have digital media influenced the rhetoric of the social movements? Are there any global, universal patterns of social engagement and protest? How are appeals to emotions or authority used in social campaigning?

We invite submissions discussing, among other aspects:

  • The features of rhetorics of protesting
  • The new media and the new rhetoric of social campaigning
  • Using public space as rhetorical action
  • Varieties of persuasive repertoires
  • Media reactions to social activism
  • Contention and claim-making in public debates
  • Types of arguments in social activism
  • The role of visual rhetoric in social movements
  • The history of protest rhetoric and civil movements
  • The correlation between social causes and persuasive means
  • Cross-cultural comparisons of protest rhetorics

Issue Editor

Agnieszka Kampka (agnieszka_kampka@sggw.pl)


Submission deadline: 31 January 2018

How to submit

To see the author guidelines and submit the paper, prospective authors should register on www.ResRhetorica.com.
The Issue Editors welcome proposals (250 words) for the articles related to the theme of the issue to be sent to the Editors’ emails by the date specified in the Call for Papers.
We also invite year-round submissions unrelated to the themes of the consecutive issues to be published in the “Varia” section.
The papers are reviewed and have its own DOI.

Polish Rhetoric Society

Res Rhetorica is affiliated with the Polish Rhetoric Society. The Society, established in the year 2000, aims at promoting the awareness of rhetoric and perfecting the art of effective communication in practice by identifying links between rhetoric and other disciplines, disseminating research in the field of rhetoric, exchanging experience with researchers from other countries, and popularizing rhetorical skills. Feel welcome to join us and become a member of the Polish Rhetoric Society. For more information go to: www.retoryka.edu.pl.

CFP: CSSR/SCÉR 2018 Annual Conference/Colloque Annuel

RhetCanada (Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric / CSSR) invites scholars and students of rhetoric to submit proposals for presentations at its annual conference.

Location: Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Congress 2018, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Dates: May 27 – 29, 2018

Special Sessions theme: “That’s not rhetoric!” “Yes, it is.”

Proposals Due: January 13, 2018

The exchange that comprises our 2018 special sessions topic invites participants to discuss and debate the borders of our definitions of rhetoric and what they mean to the way we see the world and speak, write, and act within it.

What are the implications of considering rhetoric as queen of the liberal arts and as mere or empty rhetoric? Is rhetoric’s true home in public discourse, and is it broadly inclusive of genres and media, such as conversation, architecture, graffiti, blogs, and games? Does rhetoric still exist and potentially wield power where it is not named? What do we gain and lose when seeing the world from a “rhetorical” perspective?

Proposals for conference papers are not limited to the topic of the special session theme. The society welcomes papers on all aspects of rhetoric, in English or French. 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.

See the full Call for Proposals and instructions.

Funding is available to assist current and recent graduate students with travel expenses. See the Congress 2018 Student Funding page.

Proposal submission:  By January 13, 2018 send your proposal to Dr. Tania S. Smith, RhetCanada / CSSR President, Department of Communication, Media and Film, University of Calgary: smit@ucalgary.ca.


RhétCanada (Société Canadienne pour l’Étude de la Rhétorique /) invite ses membres à soumettre des propositions de communication pour son Colloque annuel.

Lieu: le Congrès 2018 de la Fédération Canadienne des Sciences Humaines, Université de Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Dates: les 27 – 29 mai, 2018

Session thématique: “Ce n’est pas de la rhétorique. Mais si!”

Date limite de soumission des propositions: 13 janvier 2018

Notre session thématique de 2018 invite les participants à discuter et à débattre des limites de nos définitions de la rhétorique et de ce qu’elles signifient pour la manière dont vous voyons le monde, dont nous parlons, écrivons et agissons au sein de celui-ci.

Quelles sont les implications de considérer la rhétorique comme la reine des humanités, de parler de pure rhétorique ou de rhétorique vide ? Le lieu propre de la rhétorique est-il le discours public, est-elle plus largement incluse dans les genres d’expression et les médias, comme la simple conversation, les tweets, l’architecture et les graffiti ? La rhétorique existe-t-elle toujours et exerce-t-elle potentiellement son pouvoir là où elle n’est pas nommée ? Que gagnons et perdons-nous en voyant le monde à travers une perspective « rhétorique » ?

Les propositions de communication ne sont pas limitées au seul sujet de la session thématique. Les propositions relatives à tous les aspects de la rhétorique sont bienvenues, en français ou en anglais. Nous favorisons le dialogue entre les chercheurs qui, venus de disciplines et de contextes professionnels variés, s’intéressent à la rhétorique (au sens le plus large). Notre but n’est pas seulement d’accueillir le courant dominant de la recherche en rhétorique, mais bien d’encourager l’exploration de la « rhétorique dans et à travers » une grande variété de domaines ou de disciplines, et suivant des méthodes et des cadres interdisciplinaires extrêmement divers.

Voir le CFP complet.

Un fonds est également disponible pour aider les actuels ou récents étudiants de cycles supérieurs (Master et plus) pour leurs frais de déplacement. Voir le lien suivant  Congress 2018 Student Funding page.

Les propositions de communication doivent être adressées d’ici le 13 janvier 2018 à Dr. Tania S. Smith, Présidente de la SCÉR, Department of Communication, Media and Film, Université de Calgary, AB, Canada : smit@ucalgary.ca.