NCA 2024

American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) 2024 CFP:

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) invites submissions for the 110th NCA Annual Convention, “Communication for Greater Regard,” held November 21-24, 2024 in New Orleans, LA. Submissions will open in January 2024 on the NCA Convention Central. All Submissions must be uploaded by Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 11:59 PM (PST).

ASHR’s mission is to promote the study of the theory and practice of rhetoric across periods, languages, and cultural contexts. Conceiving of the history of rhetoric in expansive, pluralistic terms, ASHR promotes conversation and scholarship that treats any aspect, facet, and tradition of the history of rhetoric, drawn from formal or informal archives, and informed by a diversity of theoretical and methodological traditions. 

Although ASHR welcomes any submission that fits our general mission, we are particularly interested in scholarship that engages with the convention’s theme “Communication for Greater Regard” in historical contexts and/or related to the history and historiography of rhetoric. Specifically, submissions might engage in (but are not limited to) the following lines of inquiry:

  1. Examination of how various historical figures, rhetors, communities, social movements, and/or texts have cultivated care and concern for others;
  2. Exploration of which theoretical approaches, historical methods, and/or modes of interpretation invite scholars to exercise greater regard toward their objects of inquiry and the historical record;
  3. Excavation and analysis of how disregard has contributed to our histories of rhetoric;
  4. Exhortations for how historians of rhetoric might embrace “regarding” as a mode of analysis and scholarly engagement. 


1) Individual Papers: ASHR asks for complete papers of no more than 8,000 words (including references). Please remove all author-identifying information from the paper and include an abstract of no more than 250 words. Submissions should ensure to include title, abstract, keywords, and author information in the appropriate sections of the electronic submission form. If all authors are students, please select “Student Paper” in the submission form to be considered for the ASHR Top Student Paper award. Annual awards will be presented at the ASHR Business Meeting and featured on the ASHR website.

2) Paper Sessions: ASHR invites cohesive proposals for paper sessions. The proposal should include (1) a session title, (2) a 200-300 word thematic description and overall rationale for the panel, (3) a paper title and 250-word description for each paper, (4) a designated chair, (5) respondent (optional), and (6) 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: (1) a panel title, (2) a 200-300 word thematic description, (3) a 200-300 word rationale justifying the session topic and requirement for a discussion format, (4) designated chair, and (5) participant contact information.


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 NCA’s Convention Resources Library.

By way of general reminders:

  • For all submission types, A/V requests should be made at time of submission.
  • Paper session proposals should include individuals representing multiple institutions and no single person should operate in more than one role (e.g., chair, respondent, or presenter).
  • Submitting a proposal is a commitment to register for and attend the 2024 NCA convention. 
  • Prior to submitting a proposal that includes other presenters in any capacity, secure their permission to include them and confirm their commitment that they will register for, attend, and present at the convention upon acceptance of the program.
  • ASHR will only consider proposals that are original work that has not been presented at another conference and is not under consideration for another conference. Submitted material should not be published or accepted for publication at the time of submission.
  • A paper or panel proposal may not be submitted to more than one NCA interest group or affiliated organization.

MORE INFORMATION: Please visit ASHR’s website ( for information about the Society, upcoming events, the journal (Journal for the History of Rhetoric), resources, and more.

ASHR NCA Unit Planner 2024

Dr. Allison Prasch, Associate Professor
Department of Communication Arts
University of Wisconsin-Madison