ASHR at NCA 2018


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.