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Calls: Discourse Analysis, Pragmatics/Belgium
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Van De Mieroop,
Rhetoric in Society III
Message 1: Rhetoric in Society III
From: Dorien Van De Mieroop <dorien.vandemierooplessius.eu>
Subject: Rhetoric in Society III
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Full Title: Rhetoric in Society III
Short Title: RIS III
Date: 26-Jan-2011 - 28-Jan-2011
Location: Antwerp, Belgium
Contact Person: Hilde Van Belle
Meeting Email: RIS3lessius.eu
Web Site: http://www.lessius.eu/tt/ris
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics
Call Deadline: 30-Jun-2010
Since Aristotle, the study of rhetoric has focused on the persuasive aspect
of discourse in the political, forensic, and ceremonial domains. Rhetoric
deals with doxa, the shared opinions and reasons people consider plausible
and acceptable in a specific situation. It involves decisions taken by
participants in public discourse on the basis of common deliberation and
free choice in domains in which there can be no absolute truth, e.g. as in
social and political life. Nowadays, we have come to realize the importance
of rhetoric in all forms of discourse. There is no communication without
some form of rhetoric.
Rhetoricians examine how people use arguments and language in order to
convince or persuade an audience. But there is a lot more to rhetoric than
that. It comprises more than sets of advice; in fact it is an art. It is the art of
discovering what is persuasive in a given situation. This inventiveness
points to how rhetoric has a heuristic function as well. It appeals to our
creativity in our search for relevant questions and answers to specific
matters. And as our discourse and arguments develop in interaction with
other discourses (Voloshinov / Bakhtin), the hermeneutic aspect of rhetoric
should not be overlooked. There is no rhetoric without analysis,
interpretation and theoretical reflection. The art of speaking and writing
'well' can be considered a cornerstone of our cultures and our educational
The conference Rhetoric in Society aims to present and discuss different
approaches to rhetoric. It will address this basic question: in what ways can
the study of rhetoric function and provide an insight into our postmodern
world? Consequently, what can it claim about discourse in the public
domain, how is it related to empirical sciences, what can it say about the
ever increasing amount of information and opinion that pervades our lives?
Conversely, it can also be asked in what way actual language and
communication theories and disciplines draw on ancient rhetoric.
Contributions to the conference will cover a wide range of both themes and
theories. They will cover a broad spectrum of academic fields and thus
favour interdisciplinary research not only within the fields of rhetoric,
rhetorical criticism, rhetorical citizenship, argumentation studies, pragmatics,
critical discourse studies, text linguistics, art and literature, but also the
fields of communication studies, journalism studies, political, social and
educational studies, history and philosophy.
Call For Papers
We welcome papers or panel proposals on the role of rhetoric and
argumentation in written and oral discourse and genres, on topics such as:
public deliberation, controversies, legal decision-making, spin, hyphenated
writing, social change, political campaigning, social movements, public
relations, publicity, advertising, management, corporate internal
communication, art and literature, visual rhetoric and public media
The core themes of the conference are:
Rhetoric in journalism and new media
Rhetoric in political discourse
Rhetoric in organizational discourse
Rhetoric in legal discourse
Rhetoric in education
Rhetoric in visual communication
Theoretical, historical and (inter)cultural perspectives on rhetoric
Please send your abstract of max. 300 words edited in MS Word to
The abstract should include a title, a research question, an indication of the
theoretical framework, at least three bibliographical references,
methodology, results and conclusion. The academic committee will review
the abstracts (blind reviewing).
Deadline for abstracts is June 30thth 2010, 12 a.m. Central European time.
All contributions should be presented in English only.
Please mention in your abstract the conference theme(s) within which you
wish to present your paper.
Please put your name in the subject of your mail, and your further
references in the mail message (affiliation, university or institution, e-mail,
phone number, most important publications on the topic if possible, and the
title of your paper).
Notification of acceptance will be sent before September 15th 2010.
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