Call for Proposals

Continuing the Conversation of Rhetoric’s Keywords

The NC State University RSA Chapter invites proposals for the annual Carolina Rhetoric Conference, which rotates each year among Clemson University, University of South Carolina, and NC State University. This year, NC State will be hosting this conference in Raleigh, NC, April 12-13. The conference theme is Continuing the Conversation of Rhetoric’s Keywords. We hope to engage and foster a conversation about what is still missing, what is needed, and what needs to remain as keywords, or key issues, in rhetorical studies, given our past, our contemporary moment, and our future.  

This past May, RSQ published a special edition titled, “Keywords: A Glossary of the Pasts and Futures of the Rhetoric Society of America,” to mark the RSA’s 50th anniversary. The special issue featured essays that commemorated the organization’s intellectual, scholarly, and historical achievements. Based on sixty submissions, the editorial board chose the following nine keywords: the body, the digital, energy, genre, kairos, memory, public, resistance, and sound.

Although the chosen keywords are do an excellent job at representing rhetoric’s past, present, and future, this conference is an opportunity to consider what other keywords might be added?

We welcome you to present your work on a keyword with consideration to what are the ongoing themes, challenges, and affordances of rhetoric, and what rhetorical theories will carry us into the future. As such, which keyword would you advocate for, and how do you see this keyword’s past, present, and future in rhetorical studies. What larger question(s) does your proposed keyword allow us to examine that others may not. Or, how might you add or build on to the nine keywords selected above? How might other keywords be used in pedagogical and critical approaches?

Beyond considering keywords, we also seek proposals which retheorize and problematize the idea of having keywords in rhetorical studies. Are there other formations of rhetoric outside of keywords that may be more fruitful for productive scholarship? What performances, digital tools, or pedagogical resources may extend rhetorical engagement?

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We invite presenters to submit proposals in the following formats:

  • Individual Presentations
    • Paper Presentations: Individual papers will be grouped into panels based on common themes.
    • Interactive Installations: These can include digital posters, multimedia presentations, critical making demonstrations, and/or performances.
  • Panel Presentations 
    • Each panel should include three 20-minute individual presentations focused on a central topic, with 15 minutes for Q&A.
  • Roundtable Discussions 
    • Roundtable discussions should have at least four presenters, focusing on subjects that reflect current conversations in the field and extend the conference themes. Presentations should be brief and engage the audience in discussions.  
  • Poster Presentations
    • Individual or collaborative presenters: (1 poster per submission) presenters will be required to be present during a set poster session time, but posters may also be displayed throughout duration of conference

Individual proposals should be no more than 150 words. Panel proposals should include individual proposals (150 words) with a rationale (up to 350 words) and be no more than 750 words together. Roundtable discussions should include individual proposals with a rational of no more than 750 words. Poster proposals should be no more than 150 words. 

The deadline for submissions is February 8, 2019. Please submit your proposal using the CRC19 Submission Form. You can save your work and revise your submission up until the deadline. 

Acceptances will be sent out by March 1. Registration will begin in March. Please contact the conference co-chairs Laura Roberts, Mai Xiong, and Matt Halm with any questions or concerns you might have:

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