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The First Croatian International conference on Rhetoric (in honor of  Ivo Skaric) will be held April 19th – 22nd 2012 on the island of Brac (Postira) in Croatia.  Scholars working in the field of rhetoric and neighboring disciplines are invited to submit.


Abstracts should be submitted no later than 15th January 2012 by email to dis@ffzg.hr. Following a peer review process, notifications of acceptance will be sent by 15th February 2012.
Abstracts should be written in Croatian or English and should not exceed  500 words, excluding author details (name and affiliation) and references.   Abstracts should include a description of the research, aim and method and the most important results.  Conference papers will be published in the Proceedings.

Conference Themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Argumentation and Law
  • History of Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric and Philosophy
  • Media Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric of Political Discourse
  • Rhetoric of Religious Discourse
  • Rhetoric of Scientific Discourse
  • Rhetoric in Education
  • Argumentation Theory

More information can be found at the conference website: http://www.ffzg.unizg.hr/dis/

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Call for Papers

Rhetoric in Society 4

“Contemporary Rhetorical Citizenship:

Purposes, Practices, and Perspectives”

Department of Media, Cognition, and Communication

Section of Rhetoric

University of Copenhagen

January 15-18, 2013

This is the first bulletin of the fourth biennial Rhetoric in Society Conference to be held January 15-18, 2013 at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

With this bulletin, we want to invite you to do two things: mark your calendars and start thinking about how you might contribute to the conference with your scholarship.

Below, we introduce the theme of the conference and provide basic information about the various presentation formats.

Within a few weeks, we will contact you again with more information about the conference program, key-note speakers, and how to submit an abstract.

In the planning of the conference we wish to promote discussion among conference attendees. One way is to set time aside for discussion in all meetings, another is to allow for regular breaks, and a third way is to arrange social gatherings suitable to networking and amicable conversation. We hope you will come and be part of the discussion!


The theme for this fourth conference on Rhetoric in Society is “Contemporary Rhetorical Citizenship: Purposes, Practices, and Perspectives”.

With the concept of rhetorical citizenship we want to draw critical attention to the ways in which being a citizen in a modern democratic state is in many respects a discursive phenomenon. Citizenship is not just a condition such as holding a passport, it is not just behavior such as voting; citizenship also has a communicative aspect: Some perform citizenship when they watch a political debate on TV or discuss a program about homeless people with their colleagues over lunch – or when, one day, they don’t duck behind the fence but engage their cranky neighbor in conversation about her views on city street lighting. Others enact citizenship when they engage in political debates on Facebook or Twitter or join their friends in coming up with the most poignant wording for a protest sign the day before a street demonstration. And for others still, “rhetorical citizenship” is a distant ideal far from the realities of their everyday life; because the legal citizenship, literacy, and media access that such a conception of citizenship often presupposes aren’t within their reach, their experience with rhetorical citizenship is one of exclusion.

Rhetoric, with its double character as academic discipline and practice, stands in a unique position to engage the linguistic and discursive aspects of collective civic engagement. Drawing on and in collaboration with neighboring fields of inquiry such as political science, discourse studies, linguistics, media studies, informal logic, practical philosophy and social anthropology, scholars of rhetoric are able to study actual communicative behavior as it circulates in various fora and spheres – from face to face encounters to mediated discourse. With our diverse theoretical and methodological backgrounds we hold many keys to pressing concerns such as the alleged polarization and coarsening of the ‘tone’ in public debate, the turning away from political engagement toward smaller spheres of interest, and the general difficulty in making politics work constructively in many parts of the world, not least the EU.

We invite attendees – scholars, teachers, students, and citizens across a range of disciplinary traditions – to extend our knowledge of the social roles of rhetoric through theoretical and critical study, and to consider our roles as public intellectuals: how are we to name, describe, criticize, analyze, and, indeed, undertake or teach rhetorical action on matters of communal concern whether locally, nationally, or internationally?


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25 years of the Discourse and Rhetoric Group
10 years of the Culture and Media Analysis Research Group
March 21st-23rd 2012

Call for individual papers
Please submit your Abstract via Loughborough University’s Conference Administration page: http://www-staff.lboro.ac.uk/~ssca1/DCconf2012/DC2012home.html

We encourage submissions that engage with empirical and theoretical topics in communication studies, discourse analysis, conversation analysis, media studies, social interaction, or cultural studies. Preference will be given to papers that address in original ways the promises and challenges or research in any of these (inter)disciplinary areas.

Abstracts should be up to 350 words in length and written in English. Only one abstract as single / first author will be accepted from any one individual.

Deadline for Abstracts: 1st November, 2011

Looking forward to meeting you in Loughborough!
Dr. Sabina Mihelj
Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies
BSc Communication and Media Studies Programme Director
Department of Social Sciences
Brockington Building
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU Loughborough
Url: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ss/staff/mihelj.html

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