The conference subject falls under four headings:
- Rhetoric in Journalism and New Media
- Rhetoric in Political Discourse
- Rhetoric in Organisational Discourse
- Rhetoric in Legal Discourse
- Joel Best is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware, Newark DE. From the theoretical perspective of social construction, Best has published many articles and more than ten books about the rhetoric of media in society, for example Threatened Children: Rhetoric and Concern about Child-Victims (1990), Random Violence: How we Talk about New Crimes and New Victims (1999) and – his latest book – about the way society constructs his own major problems: Social Problems (2007). http://www.udel.edu/soc/faculty/vita/jbestF06.pdf.
- Daniel J. O'Keefe is Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois, USA). His publications concern rhetoric, communication, and argumentation theory, with a special focus on persuasion theory and meta-analysis of persuasion effects research. He has received many awards for his publications and teaching, including the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division Distinguished Scholar Award. O'Keefe is the author of Persuasion: Theory and Research (Sage Publications, 1990; 2nd ed. 2002). http://www.dokeefe.net/
- Ineke Sluiter is Professor of Ancient Greek at the University of Leiden. Her interests concern rhetoric, cultural identity, ancient ideas on language and literature, ancient values and norms and free speech. She has dealt with these subjects in many publications, in which she often draws lines between the classical past and the present, as is reflected in titles like 'Communicating Cynicism: Diogenes’ Gangsta Rap'. Her presentation for the prestigious annual Dies Lecture for the university's 430th anniversary was also devoted to this theme. http://leidsewetenschappers.leidenuniv.nl/show_en.php3?medewerker_id=63
Abstracts Deadline for abstracts is 15th June 2008, 12.00 a.m. Central European time. Contributions are accepted in English only. Please send your abstract in max. 300 words edited in MS Word to InfoRhetoricLeiden@let.leidenuniv.nl. The abstract should include a title, a research question, an indication of the theoretical framework, methodology, results and conclusion. The academic committee will review the abstracts. Before September 15 you will hear whether your proposal has been accepted.
Proceedings Proceedings will be digitally published after the conference on the conference website and cd. A selection of the proceedings will be published in book form. Fees € 200,- (including lunches, coffee, tea and other drinks (‘borrel’) Special rate for undergraduate students: € 10,- per day (lunch not included)
The first and successful edition of Rhetoric in Society was organized by Aalborg University (Denmark), November 21-24, 2006. See http://diskurs.hum.aau.dk/rhetorics2006/
- Prof. dr. Ton van Haaften (Speech Communication, Faculty of Arts Leiden University)
- Dr. Henrike Jansen (Speech Communication, Faculty of Arts Leiden University)
- Dr. Jaap de Jong (Journalism and New Media, Faculty of Arts Leiden University)
- Dr. Willem Koetsenruijter (Journalism and New Media, Faculty of Arts Leiden University)