President’s Message, 2013-14


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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CSSR 2014 Draft Programme / Programme provisoire

Here is the DRAFT program for the 2014 CSSR Conference — updated March 27

If you are on the program as a presenter,

  • Register for the 2014 Congress by April 15 (early registration discount ends March 31). As part of your registration for the Congress, pay the CSSR “Association Conference fee,” which covers CSSR’s conference costs. Current CSSR members pay a reduced association fee.
  • Pay your CSSR Membership before you present. Pay online today via credit card on our Join Us page, or pay at the conference with cash or cheque.
  • Inform the CSSR President (Pierre Zoberman) as soon as possible of any programme changes or concerns:

Whether you are presenting a paper this year or not, we welcome you to participate in our conference and CSSR membership.

Plan your trip to the 2014 Congress:

Pierre Zoberman
CSSR President / Président SCÉR

2014 CSSR Graduate student prize guidelines

The CSSR graduate prize committee has created the following provisional guidelines for the 2014 CSSR graduate student prize. These guidelines will be in effect for the 2014 conference and will be voted on for approval at the 2014 AGM.

The winner’s essay will be eligible for publication in the society’s online journal, Rhetor. For further details on eligibility for the prize, see the CSSR 2014 Call for Papers: CFP-CSSR2014ExtendedDeadline.

Graduate student prize guidelines
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The student submissions will be judged in two areas:

  1. on the quality of the paper itself
  2. on the delivery of the presenter when the paper is presented at the conference.

The paper submitted to the conference itself must not be longer than 3,500 words. It will be judged not only on its writing style, but also on its scholarly contribution to rhetorical theory and criticism. The conference paper must adhere to the Rhetor Submission Format guidelines posted on the CSSR website.

The papers must be submitted to the CSSR president by April 28, 2014. The student prize will be announced at the end of the conference or soon afterwards. Continue reading

CSSR Membership – Online payment available

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It’s time to pay or renew your membership dues.

  • If you’re planning to present at the 2014 CSSR conference, our policy is that you pay for a 2014-15 membership before you give your presentation.  Our membership year is from June 1 to May 31.
  • Membership dues are not included when you pay your registration fees to the 2014 CFHSS Congress (register by March 31 for reduced rates) However, paid members get a discount on the “association fee” which pays for registration in CSSR sessions.

There are 3 ways to pay for CSSR membership:

  • Pay ONLINE using our new secure PayPal system (use your normal credit card; no PayPal account needed)
  • Pay in person at the conference (before your presentation) using cash or cheque.
  • Mail the Secretary-Treasurer a cheque

Full payment information and mailing address on our Join Us page. Continue reading

CSSR 2014 Conference registration now open


If you’re planning to attend the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (CSSR) conference May 28-30, 2014 at Brock University in St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada, you can now register for the Canadian Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences and pay our Association’s conference fees at

Please be aware that these fees only cover the cost of CFHSS / CSSR conference registration.

CSSR Membership fees ($40 reg, $10 student) are separate from and in addition to conference registration.

CSSR policy is that every individual giving a presentation at our conference must be a current paid member.  We encourage you to keep up your membership to support our society even if you can’t attend our conference in a given year.

Nominations for FHSS Board of Directors

As you may know, the CSSR holds its yearly conference as part of the Congress of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and is one of many associations that holds a membership in the Federation.

The CSSR Executive has received a call for nominations from among Canadian CSSR members for 4 positions available on the Board of Directors of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS), the main details of which are copied below. Continue reading

Rhetor Volume 5 Now Available

Volume 5 of the Journal Rhetor (2013) has now been published by the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric.  Issues are openly accessible on our website and will soon be indexed by EBSCO.


1. Persuasive Basanos: Torture in Aristotle and the Attic Orators, Christine Horton, pp. 1-9
2. The Prostitution of Praise, Alice den Otter, pp. 10-23
3. Lever les incertitudes du texte poétique: l’argumentation des scholiastes anciens d’Hésiode, Guillaume Tedeschi, pp. 24-34
4. What is Rhetorical Certainty?, Victor Ferry, pp. 35-43
5. Reservoirs of Ethos: Symbolic Authorship and the New Media Adaptation, Mark Rowell Wallin, pp. 44-57
Peruse them on our page for Rhetor Vol. 5