President’s Message, 2013-15


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 2015 Draft Programme

Here is our draft programme:

Members, please note the dates and times for our Conference Dinner and AGM.

Note that we will also have an officer from SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) come to talk and answer questions about the Canadian government’s funding programs for scholars and associations.

Dear Presenters,

  • Confirm your intention to present in person. The Congress’s 1) registration fee and 2) CSSR Association fee must be paid on the Congress website at least two weeks before the presentation (May 19). This will confirm your plan to attend CSSR and present your paper. Only confirmed presentations will be printed in the final conference programme.
  • Please check your information.  Review your name, institution name, and presentation title. NOTE: The exact date and time are not finalized until the final programme because sometimes last-minute changes must be made. If you must request schedule changes, or request that your presentation not be moved beyond a certain time/date, please only do so if you have strong reasons why you cannot present at a certain time during our conference days, and make your request as soon as possible at the email below. Thank you.
  • Pay or renew your membership fee to CSSR. In order to present a paper, scholars must be members of the CSSR. Annual membership dues for the upcoming year must be paid before the presentation of the paper (membership may be paid in person at the conference to the Secretary-Treasurer (John Moffatt), OR online via credit card on our Join Us page).

We encourage all conference delegates to participate as fully as possible as audience members and respondents for colleagues’ CSSR/SCÉR presentations.

If you haven’t purchased a flight yet, keep in mind the Congress website also has a special code to enter for airline ticket discounts. There’s currently an Air Canada “seat sale” for many flights to Ottawa if you purchase on the Air Canada website by April 22 (click on the menu item “special offers”). Time is also running out if you want to book accommodations in Ottawa–this is a large congress including many associations, with thousands of delegates.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in early June!

Contact for programme: Pierre Zoberman, CSSR President / Président SCÉR,

Xchanges Journal: Graduate & Undergraduate CFP



Call for Papers: Issue 11.2, Undergraduate Research


The Xchanges online journal is a refereed interdisciplinary Technical Communication, Rhetoric/Writing, and WAC journal published by New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (New Mexico Tech).

Xchanges is seeking submissions of major research projects or Senior theses completed by Technical Communication, Technical Writing, or Composition/Rhetoric students during the 2014-15 academic year.  Undergraduate theses/research projects may be submitted in either traditional print or multimodal web formats.

Theses or research projects must present innovative, original research of interest to technical communicators, to those engaged in the research and practice of Writing Across the Curriculum, or to Rhetoric/Writing professionals and students in a range of professional or academic settings. The focus of the journal Xchanges is broad and inclusive, thus the journal editors are not stipulating research-topic parameters for this issue.

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CFP Epistolary Cultures conference, York, UK, March 2016

Call For Papers

Epistolary cultures – letters and letter-writing in early modern Europe
The University of York
18-19 March, 2016

From the place of Cicero’s intimate letters in the development of Renaissance humanism, to the knowledge networks of merchants, collectors and scientists, to the role of women in the republic of letters, recent years have seen a flowering of studies on the practice of letter-writing in Early Modern Europe, as well as major editing projects of early modern letters – Hartlib, Comenius, Scaliger, Casaubon, Browne, Greville, and the EMLO and Cultures of Knowledge projects. This conference will explore the manifold aspects of early modern letter-writing in the sixteenth and seventeenth century in its Latin and vernacular forms. It will consider topics such as the intellectual geographies of letter-writing, the connections between vernacular and Latin letter cultures, questions of genre, rhetoric and style, as well as the political, religious, and scientific uses of letters.
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2015 Congress Accommodations

Planning to travel to the 2015 Conference in Ottawa?  I just received an email today from Congress that urges travelers to book accommodations as soon as possible. They say:

“We cannot stress enough the importance of booking your accommodations early. Even though a large number of rooms have been blocked in hotels around town, the discounted room rates are available only for a limited time or until the room blocks sell out. Reservations received after the release dates may be subject to significantly higher rates, sometimes up to $120 a night more than special Congress rates! Hotels will start releasing their rooms around mid-April. We therefore encourage you to make your reservations quickly to get the best price and availability.  … Alternatively, you can choose to stay in one of the University of Ottawa residences. You will be near all campus buildings and Congress highlights, so it is definitely worth considering!

The Congress 2015 website at has accommodation information,just click on “Plan your trip” on their main menu.

Also, their website has airline booking codes that may get you a discount on your airfare.

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.


1) To register for Congress, go to

  • 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.


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).


  • 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 ( 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 ( à l’Université d’Ottawa, Ontario, du 3 au 5 juin 2015.

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