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The University of Iowa’s Department of Communication Studies invites applications for a full time, tenure-track faculty position in rhetorical studies at the rank of assistant professor. We seek a scholar-teacher with demonstrated theoretical fluency and a research record in contemporary rhetorical criticism, rhetorical theory, and/or critical histories of rhetoric. The ideal candidate’s research and teaching program will be concerned with civic engagement and the ways in which individuals and groups use rhetorical strategies to engage public controversies at the local, national, and/or global level. Possible areas could include (but are not limited to): civic engagement, environmental rhetoric, gender and sexuality, health and technology, political communication, race and ethnicity, social justice, and transnational rhetorics. Candidates will build on existing strengths among Communication Studies faculty in the areas of health, technology and/or social change.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a related discipline in hand by August 15th, 2016. A strong record, or promise of, outstanding teaching and scholarship and evidence of a demonstrated or potential ability to mentor graduate students are required qualifications for this position. The ability to collaborate across specializations in the Department and with other disciplines is desirable.

The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community, with faculty from diverse research backgrounds. The University of Iowa is a large public university in a friendly, culturally diverse community. The Department of Communication Studies and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, two writing samples, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation through the UI’s online application system (https://jobs.uiowa.edu/faculty/view/67245). Screening will begin October 1st, 2015, with applications considered until the position is filled.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the search chair, Dr. Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, at darrel-wanzer-serrano@uiowa.edu.

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WILL – Workshops in Informal Logic and Linguistics

23rd April 2016
University of Łódź, Poland

Call for Participants:

The Department of English and General Linguistics at the University of Łódź invites you to participate in the first session of WILL: An Argumentation Forum, to be held at the Faculty of Philology in Łódź.

The aim of this meeting is to discuss the theory and practice of argument and reasoning from a linguistics perspective. Topics will depend on the interests of the participants, but are likely to include:

  • The Language of Argumentation
  • Argumentation and Experiment in Linguistics
  • The Nature of Evidence
  • Informal Logic Fallacies
  • Materials for Teaching Argumentation
  • Rhetoric and Persuasion

Rather than presentations followed by a few minutes for discussion, this meeting will feature workshops of about one hour, concentrating on providing a forum for discussion and co-operation.

For more information please visit the Workshops website: http://filologia.uni.lodz.pl/WILL/

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“Truth and Persuasion”

September 24-26, 2015,
Sassari (Italy)

Call for Papers

The S.I.F.A. (Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy) is pleased to announce its Midterm Conference on Truth and Persuasion.

General Aim

The conference aims to advance our understanding of the relationships between the concepts of truth and persuasion. While the absolute conception of truth has been widely criticised, the philosophical implications of this critique are far from clear. There is a general agreement that we need a conception of truth sensitive to contexts and to historically situated subjects. Some have concluded that truth is local and rational argumentation culturally bounded. Others have suggested that sound argumentation is culturally relative. What is the role of truth and rational argumentation in the exchange among different cultures? Are conversations among cultures based on persuasion, rather than truth? The Conference aims to refocus the discussion on the intricacies and
complexities of the relation between truth and persuasion, a theme that has been largely neglected in the last decades.

Keynote Speakers

The Keynote speakers will include:

Simon Blackburn
Marian David
Wolfgang Huemer
Frans van Eemeren

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Rhetoric Society of America Conference

Atlanta, Georgia
May 27-29, 2016

via the RSA website:

The 2016 theme “Rhetoric and Change” can be read in two directions. Rhetoric prompts change, but we also bring change to rhetoric. Even our various definitions of rhetoric begin from the shared premise that rhetoric is the study and theory of adaptation, transformation, improvisation, alteration. In essence, rhetoric is the study of change.

The 2016 conference theme invites inquiries about all kinds of change: evolutions and revolutions, transformations and deformations, progresses and failures. We encourage presenters to consider rhetorics of change and the material effects (or lack thereof) of such rhetorics. As we near the 50th anniversary of the Rhetoric Society of America, we may also consider our own disciplinary (r)evolutions.


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CFP: “Global Justice: Radical Perspectives” (Special Issue of Global Justice: Theory, Practice, Rhetoric) | Public Reason.

This special issue asks whether the liberal framework, which arguably has not sufficiently and/or systematically addressed structural issues of class, power and recognition, actually lacks the conceptual resources to do so. It aims to understand whether more radical approaches can help us to cast light on what global injustice actually is and what we should do about it. What can feminist, post-colonial, Marxist, queer theory, disability studies, critical race theory, recognition theory, radical democratic and post-development approaches tell us about global justice, if anything? Do identity, history, gender, race and power matter to global justice? Can we incorporate these critical perspectives into the existing debates? Or must we reconfigure what constitutes global justice or injustice if we are to make sense of the real-world inequities that motivate critical theorists and social movements?

Deadline: 31 August, 2015

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Call for Proposals

Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA)

Argumentation, Objectivity and Bias

May 18-21, 2016 University of Windsor

The OSSA Organizing Committee invites proposals for papers and posters which deal with argumentation, as it intersects with the ideal of objectivity and the problem of bias.

Abstracts prepared for anonymous refereeing must be submitted electronically no later than SEPTEMBER 7, 2015. Instructions on how to prepare and where to submit abstracts will be made available in March on the OSSA 11 website: www.uwindsor.ca/ossa .

Keynote speakers:

  • Mark Battersby, Critical Inquiry Group Vancouver
  • Scott Jacobs, Department of Communication University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Michel Meyer, Chaire de Rhétorique et d’Argumentation, Université Libre de Bruxelless
  • Susana Nuccetelli, Department of Philosophy St. Cloud State University

The J. Anthony Blair Prize

OSSA wishes to promote the work of graduate students and young scholars in the field of argumentation studies. Thus we strongly encourage submissions from this group. The J. Anthony Blair Prize ($1000 CDN) is awarded to the student paper presented at the Conference judged to be especially worthy of recognition. The competition is open to all students whose proposals are accepted for the Conference. Canadian graduate students who need financial assistance in order to attend should advise the Organizing Committee when they submit their proposals. For the purpose of the Conference, a graduate student is one who has not completed his or her graduate program by September 7, 2015. (Additional information about this prize will also be available on the website.) All conference related inquiries should be sent to ossa@uwindsor.ca

Organizing Committee:

H. V. Hansen – C. E. Hundleby – C. W. Tindale
University of Windsor


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(provisional title)

Editors: Assimakis Tseronis (University of Amsterdam); Charles Forceville (University of Amsterdam)

Taking up on the momentum that has been gathering in the last two decades around the study of multimodal discourse from an argumentation studies perspective, we have taken the initiative to propose the first edited volume on the subject to the Argumentation in Context book series of John Benjamins Publishing House. The number of papers presented in the last OSSA and ISSA conferences as well as the special issues devoted to the subject by journals such as Argumentation and Advocacy, Argumentation, and Semiotica attest the growing interest and maturing discussions on the theoretical, methodological and analytical issues that the argumentative analysis of non-verbal modes raises. We would like to invite you to submit a proposal for a chapter that fits with the project as described in the outline of the book.


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