ASHR at NCA 2016


NCA’s 102nd Annual Convention, “Communication’s Civic Callings,” was held November 10–13, 2016, in Philadelphia, PA.

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) featured individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions.

Below is a list of papers, panels, and discussions from ASHR at NCA 2016:

Constituting Civic Spaces: Argument, Narrative, and Image

“The Political Use of the Part and the Whole in Lysias 12 Against Eratostenes”
Adam Cody, Penn State University

“The Narrative Momentum of Ford’s Theatre”
John Marc Cuellar, Ohio University

“The Deportation Act of 1918, A. Mitchell Palmer, and the Red Menace of Bolshevism: A Case Study in the Natural Selection of Reaction”
James P. Dimock, Minnesota State University, Mankato

“Photographic Phantasia”
Tiara Good, Penn State University

The Nature of Rhetoric

“The ‘Colors of Rhetoric,’ a Vibrant Return”
Debra Hawhee, Penn State University

“The Problem of Plants and ‘Vegetal Rhetoric'”
Monica Westin, California College of the Arts

“Floral Arrangements”
Michele Kennerly, Penn State University

From Figure to Ground: Engaging Hyperbole Rhetorically and Philosophically

“Hyperbole as a Homeric Gift in Aristotle’s Rhetoric”
Mari Lee Mifsud, University of Richmond

“‘Heretical’ Knowing: Gnōsis, Hyperbole, and the Boundaries of Rhetorical Experience”
Cory Geraths, Penn State University

“The Hyperbole Anterior to Hyperbole”
Jessica N. Sturgess, Northern Illinois University

Discussion Panel:

Rethinking Spectacle and the Neoliberal Imaginary: A Discussion of Ned O’Gorman’s The Iconoclastic Imagination: Image, Catastrophe, and Economy in America from the Kennedy Assassination to September 11

Answering the Call: The Rhetorical Tradition of the Ideal Statesman

“Civic Courage and the Call to Service for Plato’s Statesman”
John J. Jasso, Penn State University

“John of Salisbury’s ‘Historia Pontificalis’: Rhetorical Reflections of a Medieval Statesman”
Brian Gilchrist, Mount St. Mary’s University

“Scholar, Statesman, and Saint: Thomas More and the Humanist Ideal of Statesmanship”
Timothy P. Green, Northern Michigan University

“Resurrecting the ‘Doctus Orator’: McLuhan’s Vision of Statesmanship in the Global Village”
Anthony Wachs, Northern State University

Discussion Panel:

Unwrapping: A Tribute to MariLee Mifsud’s Rhetoric and the Gift

History at the Intersection of Rhetoric, Politics, and Pedagogy

“Cultural Appropriation and Roman Elite Sensibility: Reading Cicero’s Rhetorical Genealogies”
Ilon M. Lauer, Western Illinois University

“Foiling Belletristic Rhetorics with Civic Debate in Mid-Eighteenth-Century Scotland”
Beth Innocenti, University of Kansas

“Prudential Claims in Barack Obama’s Rhetoric about Edward Snowden and NSA Surveillance”
Svilen V. Trifonov, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Constituting the Civic Commonplace: Theories, Cases, Methods

“Queering the National Park Service: Rhetorical Opportunities and Challenges in Designating LGBT Commonplaces”
Thomas R. Dunn, Colorado State University

“Medieval Commonplaces and Their Civic Callings”
Jordan Loveridge, Arizona State University

“The Colonial Topos: Others’ Space as Common Place”
Christa J. Olson, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Materializing the Topos: Obama in Selma and the Commonplaces of U.S. National Identity”
Allison M. Prasch, Colorado State University

Rereading Ancient Rhetorics

“A Moratorium on the Syllogism”
James A. Fredal, Ohio State University

“Lysias, Logography, and the Uselessness of Platonic Rhetoric”
George Huston Gittinger, Northwest Vista College

“Rhetoric on Bottom: Sophistic Rhetoric, Queer Reading, and the Discourse of “Other” in Plato’s Sophist”
Chase Aunspach, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“Aristotle’s Theory of Attention in the Rhetoric”
David Landes, American University in Dubai

Discussion Panel:

The Civic Ideals and Rhetorical History of American Pragmatism: A Roundtable on Robert Danisch’s Building a Social Democracy

Isocrates’ Helen in the Modern Age: Vision, Victimhood, and Pedagogical Vitality

“Isocrates and Civic Pedagogy: On the Desirability and (Im)possibility of an Isocratic Revival”
Matthew Struth, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

“Isocrates’s Helen, Performance Culture, and Civic Education”
Ekaterina V. Haskins, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

“Isocrates’ Helen: Myth, Signification, and (Wo)Men in Times of War”
Brittany Ann Knutson, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Literature as Equipment for Memory: Rhetorical Theory and Remembering National Trauma in Foreign Literatures

“Chinese Trauma and Patriotic (In)sanity”
Rya J. Butterfield, Nicholls State University

“Juozas Urbšys and the Murder of Themis”
Andrew C. Jones, LCC International University

“The Story of Barefoot Gen: Containment Rhetoric through Aesthetics of Fragmentation and Moral Predicament”
Wade Walker, Auburn University

“Lieux de Mémoir of The Spanish Civil War: Soldiers of Salamis and the Return of the Classical Greek Hero”
Elizabeth R. Earle, Texas A&M University

“Melancholy and the Politics of Expectation in Turkey”
Caitlin Miles, Texas A&M University

The Feminization of Credit and the Rhetoric of Economic Stability

“Female Stock Jobbers and the Feminization of Speculative Investment”
Rachel Avon Whidden, Lake Forest College

“Gender and Access to Credit in the United States: Rhetoric and Political Economy in the Controversy over Women’s Banks”
David Hingstman, University of Iowa

“The Lures and Vicissitudes of Credit: Feminization, Risk, and Uncertainty”
G. Thomas Goodnight, University of Southern California

 Call for Papers (ASHR at NCA 2016)

NCA’s 102nd Annual Convention, “Communication’s Civic Callings,” November 10-13, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA.

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) invites submissions in the form of individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions for the 102nd NCA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, PA. Submissions will be open from January 18 to March 30th 2016.

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, “communication’s civic callings,” emphasizes “the complicated pasts, compelling presents, and coming possibilities of our civic life,” and challenges us to “create opportunities for thinking about communication as a form of civic action that can have powerful effects on students and colleagues, multiple national communities, and global constituencies.” Throughout the history (histories) of rhetoric, rhetoric has vigilantly answered communication’s civic callings in myriad ways. ASHR encourages submissions linking the theory and practice of rhetoric to communication’s civic callings, 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:

Please submit your proposal through NCA’s Convention Central:

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 11:59 PM (PST)

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Library:

For all submission types, please include a note requesting your and/or fellow panelists’ audio and visual needs. NCA can supply standard equipment (e.g., projector, screen) only. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

Please visit ASHR’s new website for further information about the society including upcoming events, the journal Advances in the History of Rhetoric, resources, and more:

2016 NCA ASHR Program Planner: Gina Ercolini, Speech Communication & Rhetoric, University of South Carolina. Questions / Assistance —