this is a Call for Papers: I am cross posting in case someone would like
to contribute a paper. Language teaching is pre-eminently a rhetorically
related activity by definition, IMO.
I hope someone finds this information useful
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Subject: [RFP] CFP Reminder
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2004 16:25:18 -0400
From: Kahn, Seth <skahn@...
Reply-To: Rhetoricians for Peace <rfp@...
Obligatory apologies for cross-postings...
Hey folks. Just a friendly reminder that the deadline for Jong-Hwa Lee and my _Rhetorical Activists and Activist Rhetoricians_ collection is coming up soon. Some of you might be happy to note (see revised call below) that we've extended the deadline slightly. Those of you who have projects ready to submit by the original Aug 1 deadline, we still encourage you to get them in. Thanx. --Seth
Call for Papers: Seth Kahn (Department of English, West Chester University) and Jong-Hwa Lee (Department of Communication Studies, Loyola Marymount University) invite scholar/teacher-activists in any branch of rhetorical studies to contribute to the collection Rhetorical Activists and Activist Rhetoricians: How Rhetoric Contributes to Democracy. Rhetorical scholarship stems from the practice of democracy, civic engagement, and participation. But what exactly do we mean by those terms? We aim to open space for rhetorical scholars to reflect on their own professional work, i.e., to understand those tropes and relate them to their professional practices as teachers, scholars and activists. We would like contributors to address these types of questions:
How does the work that we do as rhetoricians contribute to democracy? How could it?
How does our work make anything more democratic than it was before we did the work?
How do we understand or define “democracy?” How does it enable our research, teaching, and service? What are our motives for engaging in democratic practices?
To maximize the number of participants and diverse points of view in the book, we are asking for short contributions (10-12 pages). We want to represent a wide array of political positions and presentational styles, as well as a range of activist experience and commitments. For example, we imagine some contributors narrating experiences in activist campaigns and explaining how those experiences frame teaching or research activities. Other contributors might describe current research projects and use this space to articulate the potential impacts the projects could have on democratic practice. Others might describe conflicts between political actions and institutional responsibilities, and discuss ways of working with/through those conflicts.
In broad terms, our goal is to share and juxtapose our reflections on the socio-political consequences of our work, especially in terms of democracy, civic engagement, and participation. In one sense, we see a conversation among rhetoricians who have been engaged in different struggles in which we share know-how and mistakes. In another sense, we see rhetoricians working through the problems and possibilities of being rhetorical activists, in hopes of prompting readers to make and/or follow through on their own commitments.
Please submit manuscripts by August 15, 2004 [EXTENDED DEADLINE]. You can submit electronically (MS Word attachments) to skahn@...
, or you can send hard copies to Seth Kahn, Department of English, Main Hall, West Chester University of PA, West Chester, PA 19383. Queries are welcome.
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