ASHR at NCA 2017

Call for Papers:

NCA’s 103rd Annual Convention, “Our Legacy, Our Relevance,” November 16-19, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) invites submissions in the form of individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions for the 103rd NCA Annual Convention in Dallas, Texas.

ASHR’s goal is to promote the study of both the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages and its relationship with poetics, politics, religion, law, and other cultural influences. ASHR understands the history of rhetoric in expansive terms. As such, it promotes conversation and scholarship on all historical aspects, facets, and traditions of rhetoric, and with reference to all intellectual, national, and cultural communities.

The convention theme, “Our Legacy, Our Relevance” encourages scholars, researchers, teachers, students, and practitioners to “take stock of where we are, where we have been, and where we want to go next, but also to imagine what impact we want to have on lived communities.” As NCA urges us to consider how and why our work may bridge “the gap” between and across public, technical, and professional fields, we invite each other and our audiences to engage our scholarship for its relevance in every day life. ASHR is deeply committed to the legacy of our discipline and encourages submissions that connect the rich history of rhetoric to present practices in politics, education, science, technology, and other fields.

ASHR encourages submissions linking the theory and practice of rhetoric to communication’s legacy and relevance, but welcomes all submissions relevant to the society’s aims.

Submission Formats:

1) Individual Papers: We will consider complete papers of no more than 8,000 words (including references). Please remove all author identifying information from the paper and include a description of no more than 250 words. If you are a student, please select “student authored” in the submission form to be considered for the ASHR Top Student Paper award, which will be presented with fanfare at the ASHR Business Meeting and featured on the ASHR website.

2) Paper Sessions: We also invite cohesive proposals for paper sessions. The proposal should include a session title, a 200-300 word thematic description and overall rationale for the panel, a paper title and 250-word description for each paper, a designated chair, respondent (if applicable), and participant contact information. Please do not submit full papers with paper session proposals.

3) Panel Discussions: While ASHR generally prefers papers and paper sessions, we will also review proposals on timely, well-grounded, and focused topics particularly suitable for discussion format. Panel discussion proposals should include a panel title, a thematic description of 200-300 words, a rationale that both justifies the topic and why a discussion format is required, a designated chair, and participant contact information

Submission Details:

Note: Submissions are now closed.

2017 NCA ASHR Program Planner: Alessandra Von Burg, Wake Forest University, beaslea@wfu.edu or 336-758-5405.