Tuesday, May 27, 2008

CFP: 17th Biennial Conference, International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR), McGill University, July 22-26, 2009.

Conference Theme: "Innovative Perspective in the History of Rhetoric." The biennial conference of ISHR brings together several hundred specialists in the history of rhetoric from around thirty countries. This will be the first meeting of the Society in Canada since 1997. The Society calls for papers that focus on the theory and practice of rhetoric in its historical contexts from classical period to the present. The main theme of the conference is "Innovative Perspective in the History of Rhetoric". Over the last two decades, new fields of investigation have emerged in the research being done in the history of rhetoric – or should we say "Histories of rhetorics". New spheres of activities (religious studies, queer studies, feminist writings, etc.) as much as new geographical areas (Amerindian, Asian and African traditions, among others) have questioned the a priori of a universal and hegemonic model based on a classical and occidental definition of the history of rhetoric. Papers exploring these new trends in Western and Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas are welcomed. Papers are also invited on every aspect of the history of rhetoric in all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, law, and other elements of the cultural context. Visit the conference homepage here: http://ishr.mcgill.ca/.

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