President’s Message, 2013-15

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CSSR President’s message

Welcome to the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (CSSR), a scholarly society dedicated to the study of rhetoric in the broadest possible terms. We welcome scholars from a wide range of disciplines: music, communications, literature, history, medieval and renaissance studies, political science, philosophy, etc…  The society provides a forum of exchange for everything rhetorical, and we publish an on-line biennial journal (Rhetor) of peer-reviewed rhetoric scholarship.

Message du Président SCÉR

Bienvenue à la Société canadienne pour l’étude de la rhétorique (SCÉR), une société savante consacrée à l’étude de la rhétorique au sens le plus large. Nous accueillons les chercheurs de diverses disciplines: musique, communication, la littérature, l’histoire, études médiévales et de la Renaissance, sciences politiques et philosophie, etc.). La société constitue  un forum d’échange pour tout ce qui concerne la rhétorique et nous éditons une revue bisannuelle en ligne (Rhetor) avec évaluation des articles par des spécialistes.

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2015 Conference and Membership fees

Until March 31 (Tuesday), you can get a $20-35 CDN discount for registering early for the 2015 CFHSS Congress, where the 2015 CSSR conference will be held.

Below is an outline of the CSSR Congress and CSSR Membership fees and how and when they are due.  If you are presenting a paper with us, please note your fee deadline at the end of this message.

CONGRESS FEES

1) To register for Congress, go to http://congress2015.ca/

  • Register prior to March 31st:  $170 (Reg) / $62 (Students, retired and unwaged)
  • Register as of April 1st:  $205 (Reg) / $82 (Students, retired and unwaged)

2) In addition, pay the Congress’s “Association fee” for the association you wish to attend. This fee covers CSSR’s specific conference-hosting costs. Each Congress association charges a different fee for their conference (ranging between $15-$250), and an individual may pay to attend more than one association’s conference. CSSR’s Congress Association fees are among the lowest:

  • $40 (Reg)/ $30 (Student/retired) for paid CSSR Members,
  • PLUS $10 extra for Non-members (see CSSR Membership fee info below)

The Congress Registration & Association fees are both paid online at the website above.

CSSR MEMBERSHIP FEE

Membership is not included in Congress fees.  The yearly CSSR “Membership fee”  is paid directly to CSSR:

  • $40 (Reg) / $10 (Students) per year.
  • The next membership year runs from June 2015 to May 2016, and membership fees for the coming year are due by the end of our 2015 conference.

CSSR Membership can be paid in person in $CDN cash or cheque at the conference, OR any time on the CSSR website: Click “Join us” in the main menu to pay online by credit card via PayPal (no PayPal membership is necessary).

FEE DEADLINES for CSSR PRESENTERS:

  • Pay your Congress fees at least 2 weeks before your presentation date to confirm your spot on the final CSSR 2015 programme. The Congress will give us a list of all who have paid by that date.
  • Pay for your 2015-16 CSSR Membership prior to giving your presentation

 

 

CSSR Website Maintenance notice

In the coming days or weeks (March 2015), I will be doing a complete backup and reinstall of the CSSR Website in order to beef up its security.

During the maintenance the website may be occasionally unavailable, or down for a day or more.

The member database created in 2014 may need to be rebuilt.

Thank you for your understanding!

Tania Smith, CSSR Vice-President and Webmaster.

CSSR 2015 Conference CFP – Extended Deadline Jan 10

The Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (CSSR) invites members to submit proposals for papers to be presented at its annual conference, to be held in conjunction with the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Congress 2015 (http://congress2015.ca) at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON., June 3-5, 2015.

Extended deadline: January 10, 2015

La Société Canadienne pour l’Étude de la Rhétorique (SCÉR) invite ses membres à soumettre des propositions de communication pour son Congrès annuel qui se tiendra en même temps que le Congrès 2014 de la Fédération Canadienne des Sciences Humaines (http://congress2015.ca) à l’Université d’Ottawa, Ontario, du 3 au 5 juin 2015.

Download: CSSR-SCÉR-2015-CFP-Extended-deadline.pdf

CSSR 2015 Conference – Call for Proposals

The Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (CSSR) invites members to submit proposals for papers to be presented at its annual conference, to be held in conjunction with the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities’ Congress 2015 (http://congress2015.ca) at the University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON., June 3-5, 2015.

La Société Canadienne pour l’Étude de la Rhétorique (SCÉR) invite ses membres à soumettre des propositions de communication pour son Congrès annuel qui se tiendra en même temps que le Congrès 2014 de la Fédération Canadienne des Sciences Humaines (http://congress2015.ca) à l’Université d’Ottawa, Ontario, du 3 au 5 juin 2015.

Extended deadline: January 10, 2015

Download the PDF: CSSR-SCÉR-2015-CFP-Extended-deadline.pdf

CFP: Rhetoric in the Knowledge Society, Poland, 2015

Call for proposals:  Fifth “Rhetoric in Society” Conference (RiS 5) entitled “Rhetoric in the Knowledge Society”

University of Warsaw, Poland, 24-27 June, 2015

The Rhetoric Society of Europe, Polish Rhetorical Society, and Italian Language Department of the University of Warsaw invite submissions to the conference “Rhetoric in the Knowledge Society.”

The ideal of sapere aude (“do dare to know”) has been known since antiquity. However, the conceptualization of the Knowledge Society is relatively recent. Knowledge, as one of the key concepts in modern society, may also be viewed from a rhetorical perspective. Knowledge is created within discourses and articulated in texts. These texts contribute to creating the very concept of knowledge and its internal qualifications such as scientific and non-scientific knowledge. The texts persuade the audience to various knowledge claims and dissuade it from others.

The goal of the conference is to articulate ways in which knowledge is conceptualized and made manifest through different rhetorical practices in various contexts of communication within society. We invite papers that address at least one of the two notions of ‘rhetoric’: rhetoric as an object of analysis and rhetoric as a theoretical and methodological framework. Rhetoric as an object of analysis may include, e.g., texts constitutive of academic discourse, scientific popularization, expert discourse, lay discourse on knowledge and dealing with knowledge, as well as representations of knowledge in literature, advertising, art, or humor. Rhetoric as a theoretical and methodological framework encompasses the conceptual and methodological tools elaborated within the long tradition, from the Aristotelian naturalist model of rhetoric to modern developments and innovative approaches that foster the theoretical progress of the discipline.

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