RhetCanada/Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric

Association #111
RhetCanada/Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (RhetCanada/CSSR)
Conference dates: 
Wednesday, June 3, 2020 to Friday, June 5, 2020
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add RhetCanada/CSSR #111 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.
This year’s conference theme asks participants to explore how rhetoric, so commonly associated with our present social and political divisions, might also be used to bridge them. As Carolyn Miller observes, “The community we need, after all, is not a geographic or demographic or empirical entity; it is a rhetorical construction, one that is necessary both for emotional solidarity and for political action” (91). Rhetoric provides strategies to constructively discuss, accommodate, or transcend differences, whether they are personal, social, or political. How then has rhetorical discourse served to negotiate difference, foster reconciliation, and forestall violence, and what role might rhetoric play in remedying the current climate of polarization? Proposals need not be limited to our conference theme. We also welcome papers on all aspects of rhetoric, in English or French. We aim to schedule all or most sessions in plenary format, rather than in concurrent sessions in different rooms. Plenaries offer participants a larger audience and foster the growth of a community of rhetorical scholars through discussion, debate, and shared experience. We expect presenters to participate in all (or most) other sessions, not just those in which they present. As a bilingual society, we may combine French and English presenters in panels. Miller, Carolyn. “Rhetoric and Community: The Problem of the One and the Many.” Defining the New Rhetorics, edited by Theresa Enos and Stuart C. Brown, Sage Series in Written Communication, 1993, 79-94.
History and theory of rhetoric; Rhetoric and bridging social divides; Rhetoric of/in various disciplines, fields, and contexts; Rhetorical praxis
Call-for-papers deadline: 
January 10, 2020
President's Reception: 
June 4, 2020
Program Chairs: 

Bruce Dadey, University of Waterloo, Benoît Sans, Université libre de Bruxelles (GRAL)

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 

Bruce Dadey, University of Waterloo


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