CFP: The Rhetoric of Platforms

The Rhetorics of Platforms: Special Issue CFP

[Announcement copied from the Present Tense Journal website.]

For this special issue of Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society, we invite proposals that investigate, theorize, and/or analyze the rhetorical work of platforms. By platforms, we draw on Tarleton Gillespie to mean “sites and services that host public expression, store it on and serve it up from the cloud, organize access to it through search and recommendation, or install it onto mobile devices.” Platforms encapsulate a complex assemblage of cultural, political, ideological, and economic practices. We are interested in research and scholarship that untangles such assemblages—that is, work that examines the rhetorics of platforms. Continue reading CFP: The Rhetoric of Platforms

2017 CSSR Late proposals accepted until Jan. 21 (for members only)

Did you miss the deadline to submit your 2017 CSSR proposal?

It was Sunday, January 15th.

The good news is that we’ve got a wealth of proposals from new people! However, I am somewhat dismayed that some of our regulars haven’t submitted proposals.

Therefore, IF you are a currently paid CSSR member, OR you are a past paid CSSR member, and you would still like to submit a proposal for the 2017 conference,

  1. Please email me (Tania Smith) ASAP to declare your intention to submit a proposal. I would like to know how many are coming late so I can start preparing peer review now.
  2. I would be willing to receive your late proposal by end of day, Saturday, January 21 if you are a current paid member or a past member.  Consider this a bonus “membership benefit” this year!  See the 2017 conference page for information and the CFP.

I’m sorry we cannot afford an extended deadline of longer than 1 week for members. We must start reviewing right away. Several people who submitted proposals need early review results in order to obtain travel funding.

I also aim to give results in time for every presenter to register while Congress still offers a reduced “early bird” registration fee and to plan their accommodations before rooms are not sold out at conference hotels nearby.

Prepare your CSSR 2017 proposal

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.

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

CSSR/SCÉR 2017 Conference Call for Proposals due Jan 15, 2017

CSSR / SCÉR Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric / Société Canadienne pour l’Étude de la RhétoriqueThe 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.

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.

Sincerely,

Dr. Tania S. Smith, CSSR / SCÉR President

CSSR 2017 Call for Papers coming soon

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.