ASHR at NCA 2018

ASHR Panels at NCA 2018

ASHR is pleased to sponsor the following panels and papers at NCA 2018. Make sure to add these to your conference schedule.

Playing with Approaches to Classical Rhetoric
Thu, 11/8: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Hilton, Grand Ballroom A (Second Level)

“How Dunamis Plays with Conventional Ideas of Power and the Fragility of the Stronger in Sophocles’ The Women of Trachis,” Birney R. Young, University of Pittsburgh

“Improvisation in Philostratus’ Lives of the Sophists,” Artemis Brod, Indiana University Bloomington

“Quintilian’s Goodness,” Bryce Duane Tellmann, Penn State University

“Re-Dressing Rhetoric: Recovering Clothing as Delivery Through Quintilian’s Toga,” Marissa G. Croft, Northwestern University

Virtue, Timeliness, and the Public Good
Thu, 11/8: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Hilton, Grand Ballroom A (Second Level)

“Republican Educators and America’s Kindergarten Movement: Utilizing Play to Promote Public Good and Cultivate Virtuous Citizens,” Nora Murphy, University of Maryland

“Sacred Kairos and Secular Chronos: Angelina Grimke’s Negotiation of the Temporal and Eternal in the ‘Pennsylvania Hall Address,'” Krista Leva Klocke, Iowa State University

“Writing without Virtue: Veronica Franco’s Letter on Courtesans,” Allison Borzoni, Boise State University

Methodological Possibilities for Archival Invention in a Digital Age
Fri, 11/9: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Hilton, Grand Ballroom A (Second Level)

“Data’s Coin of the Realm,” Nathan R. Johnson, University of South Florida

“Digital Methods for Reconstructing Sallie Holley’s Abolitionist Rhetoric,” Pamela Vanhaitsma, Penn State University

“Recovering Women Writers in the Federal Writers’ Project,” Courtney Rivard, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

“Sonic Rhetorical Historiography and the Digital Archive,” Jonathan Stone, University of Utah

Pedagogies at Play: Exploring Texts, Agency, Publics, and Empathy within the Writing Classroom
Fri, 11/9: 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Hilton, Grand Ballroom A (Second Level)

“Cicero in the City: Civic Writing, Empathy, and Imitatio, in the Writing Classroom,” David DeVine, Arizona State University

“Playing with Personae: Avatars, Agency, and Authorial Identity in the Writing Classroom,” Savanna Conner, Arizona State University

“Reacting to the Protopublic: Habermas and Eberly in Student Writing,” Emily C. Robinson, Arizona State University

“Repurposing Texts and Pedagogies: Black Mirror and Feminist Rhetorical Practices in the Writing Classroom,” Eric Brown, Arizona State University

Playful Histories and Historiographies
Fri, 11/9: 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Hilton, Grand Ballroom A (Second Level)

“Playing at the Funerary Pyre: Rhetoric at Play in Plato’s Menexenus,” Ryan Blank, University of Pittsburgh

“Playing with Theophrastus’ Characters,” Rosa A. Eberly, Penn State University

“Probability, Play, and the Progymnasmata in Matthew of Vendôme’s Ars Versificatoria,” Jordan Loveridge, Mount St. Mary’s University

Playing With Fire: Eugene Debs, Canton 1918, the Sedition Act and the Trial of American Progressivism from the Century Mark
Sat, 11/10: 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Hilton, Grand Ballroom A (Second Level)

“Eugene Debs at Canton: Socialism, Pacifism and World War I,” Margaret Zulick, Wake Forest University

“Silence or Sedition: The Rhetorical Trajectory of Eugene Debs’ Canton Arguments,” Jamie C. Capuzza, University of Mount Union; Sean O’Rourke, Sewanee, University of the South

“The Rhetoric of Kate Richards O’Hare: A Woman Convicted,” Sue Peterson, California State University Chico

“What Debs Said,” James Darsey, Georgia State University

Gender, Race, and Rhetoric at Play
Sat, 11/10: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Hilton, Salon I (Lobby Level)

“Black Women, Beal and the Shifting of Enemyship,” Megan Orcholski, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

“Lysistrata and the Tropology of Gender and Style in Rhetorical Criticism,” Madeline Denison, Northwestern University

“Monstrosity, Naturalism, and the Reduction of Black Personhood in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp,” Max W. Plumpton, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

American Society for the History of Rhetoric Business Meeting
Sat, 11/10: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM
Hilton, Salon II (Lobby Level)

Decolonizing Rhetorical and Communication Theory in the Classroom: Playing with Pedagogy to Challenge Modern/Western Bias
Sat, 11/10: 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Salt Palace Convention Center, 355B (Level 3)

Bernadette Calafell, University of Denver
J. David Cisneros, University of Illinois
Jenna N. Hanchey, University of Nevada, Reno
Kent A. Ono, University of Utah
Stacey Sowards, University of Texas, El Paso
Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, University of Iowa

Playing with Philosophies of Rhetoric
Sat, 11/10: 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM
Hilton, Salon I (Lobby Level)

“Everyone Is at Liberty to Be a Fool: Schopenhauer’s Philosophical Critique of the Art of Persuasion,” Ethan Stoneman, Hillsdale College

“Rhetoric’s Kosmos: Being in a Networked World,” Jeremy Johnson, Penn State University

“Richard McKeon’s Pragmatist Philosophy of Rhetoric,” Peter D. Simonson, University of Colorado, Boulder

Place, War, and Invention
Sun, 11/11: 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Salt Palace Convention Center, 255B (Level 2)

“American Philhellenes and the Poetics of War,” Jeremy L. Cox, Penn State University

“Helen of Troy and the War on Terror,” Brittany Ann Knutson, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

“Power of Place: A Classical Approach to Fracking Ordinances,” Colton D. Hensley, University of North Texas

“Troubling the Cognitivist Tradition: A Materialist Orientation to Rhetorical Invention,” Michelle Gibbons, University of New Hampshire


NCA’s 104th Annual Convention, “Communication at Play,” November 8-11, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) invites submissions in the form of individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions for the 104th NCA Annual Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. Submissions will be open from January 15 to March 28, 2018.

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 at Play” encourages scholars, researchers, teachers, students, and practitioners to “discuss important aspects of communication, while also providing rich metaphorical resources for reconsidering the role and function of communication in breaking impasses, challenging cultural practice, providing perspective, and creating identifications through shared delight.”  As NCA urges us to consider play in “imaginative, experimental, strategic, creative, and fun” ways, we invite submissions that open up the array of ways rhetoric has been, and continues to be, deployed. 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 through playful interpretation.

ASHR encourages submissions linking the theory and practice of rhetoric to the role of play in communication practices and frameworks, 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 28, 2018, 11:59 PM Pacific

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:

2018 NCA ASHR Program Planner: Robert Danisch, University of Waterloo,, 519-888-4567 ext. 38603.