CALL FOR PAPERS
The Nineteenth Biennial Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) will be held in Chicago, USA, from Wednesday, July 24 to Saturday, July 27, 2013. The Biennial Conference of ISHR brings together several hundred specialists in the history of rhetoric from around thirty countries.
SCHOLARLY FOCUS OF THE CONFERENCE
The Society calls for papers that focus on the historical aspect of the theory and practice of rhetoric. The special theme of the conference will be “Rhetoric and Performance.” Papers dedicated to this theme will explore the theory and practice of rhetorical delivery, the historical contexts of rhetorical performance, the performativity of rhetorical texts, and other related topics.
Papers are also invited on every aspect of the history of rhetoric in all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, art, religion, geographic areas and other elements of the cultural context.
PROCEDURE FOR SUBMISSION
Proposals should be submitted for a 20-minute presentation delivered in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Latin. Group proposals are welcome, under the following conditions. The group must consist of 3 or 4 speakers dealing with a common theme in order to form a coherent panel. The person responsible for the panel has the task of introducing the papers and guiding the discussion. Each speaker in a panel should submit a proposal form for his or her own paper and send the finished paper to the head of the panel before the conference; proposals for such papers must specify the panel for which they are intended. In addition, the person who is responsible for the panel must complete and submit a separate form explaining the purpose of the proposed panel.
Proposals for papers and for groups must be submitted on-line (http://www.ishr-web.com/proposition.php).
Please fill out the on-line form carefully. In exceptional cases, proposals may also be sent by mail to the following address:
Department of English
University of Illinois
608 South Wright Street
Urbana, IL 61801 (USA)
Guidelines for preparing proposals are provided at the bottom of this message. The length of the abstracts must not exceed 350 words.
DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS
The deadline for submitting proposals is May 1st, 2012.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out before the end of August 2012. In a few cases participants may require an earlier acceptance date in order to secure funding. We will try to accommodate such requests if they are made with appropriate documentation.
Information about the Conference, including accommodation at negotiated favorable rates, will be provided during the academic year 2012-2013. The conference registration fee is still to be determined. Graduate students and scholars from certain countries may be eligible for reduced registration fees.
Looking forward to your participation,
President of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric
Guidelines for the preparation of proposals :
The members of ISHR come from many countries and academic disciplines. The following guidelines are intended to make it easier for us to come together and understand one another’s proposals. The Program Committee recommends that all proposals contain:
1) a definition – accessible to a non-specialist – of the field of the proposal, including chronological period, language, texts, and other sources;
2) a statement of the problem that will be treated; its place in relation to the present state of research in the field under consideration; its significance for the history of rhetoric;
3) a summary of the stages of argumentation involved in treating the problem;
4) scientific results and advances.