RhetCanada/Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric

Association #111
RhetCanada/Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (RhetCanada/CSSR)
Conference dates: 
Sunday, May 27, 2018 to Tuesday, May 29, 2018
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.

Rhetoric is the study of strategic communication through the lens of "rhetorical" theories and perspectives. Rhetorical theory, criticism, and pedagogy provide insight and instruction into how people communicate effectively (or ineffectively) and ethically (or unethically) in order to inform, persuade and/or delight their audiences. Our 2018 special topic is "That's not rhetoric!" "Yes it is." This dialogic theme invites participants to discuss and debate the borders of our definitions of rhetoric and what they mean to the way we see the world and speak, write, and act within it.

We are a plenary conference. Presentations usually take place in one room, without concurrent sessions. We believe this fosters collegiality and discussion among participants. We encourage and mentor graduate students to be involved in our conference. We are a bilingual society with presenters in French and/or English.

Our conference is of interest to scholars in many liberal arts disciplines, especially those who study communication, languages, writing, argumentation, history, and philosophy. Scholars in sciences and professional fields occasionally employ rhetorical theories to understand and teach communication in their fields. We welcome presentations on the following topics: rhetorical theory, criticism, and/or history; rhetoric in popular culture and everyday life; rhetoric and the media, film, gaming, and visual culture; rhetoric and the physical environment; rhetoric and the body, sports or performance; rhetoric in the fine arts and literature; rhetoric and identity, women's/gender studies; rhetoric in various disciplines and professions; rhetorical discourse analysis and genre studies; rhetoric of political, legal or public discourse; biographical research on rhetors or rhetoricians; interdisciplinary perspectives on rhetoric

Call-for-papers deadline: 
January 15, 2018
President's Reception: 
May 27, 2018
Program Chairs: 

Tania Smith, University of Calgary; John Moffatt, University of Saskatchewan

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 

Sylvain Rheault, University of Regina