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Interdisciplinarity in/of Rhetoric: Theory and Practice in Rhetorics

San Luis Potosi
Organization: International Rhetoric Workshop
Categories: Rhetoric & Composition
Event Date: 2020-07-08 to 2020-07-10 Abstract Due: 2019-11-30

As we prepare for the 3rd Biennial International Rhetoric Workshop, we warmly invite international PhD students and emerging scholars to come together and consider the myriad ways that our contemporary and established traditions of rhetorical theory and criticism inform global flows of meaning-making.

The IRW is an international workshop that creates space for emerging and early-career rhetorical scholars and critics to participate in an informal setting that facilitates engaging discussion, developing scholarship, and bridging communities. The workshop is structured as a 3-day intensive retreat, which includes keynote speakers, roundtable sessions, and working Pods. This intimate program format of IRW promotes sustained community and conversation not often possible at conventional conferences.

The first organizing committee held its inaugural IRW in 2016 in Uppsala, Sweden. Motivated by the enormous success of the 2016 gathering, IRW organizers followed up in 2018 with a meeting in Ghent, Belgium. For 2020, we have conscientiously chosen to hold the 2020 workshop in San Luis Potosí, Mexico at El Colegio de San Luis, in order to gather academics, scholars, and activists who are thinking about language and communication as we stay critical of its limits and consequences. In alignment with this purpose, the working languages in 2020 will be English and Spanish with the aid of translation software and technology.

Proposals that broadly speak to the conference theme, Interdisciplinary in/of Rhetoric, are encouraged but certainly not required. We encourage a wide range of topics and approaches, as we believe that this can and will enhance the discussion and workshop experience. In all, we invite you to participate in the 3rd IRW and look forward to reading the many exciting proposals that we hope this theme will inspire.

Suggested topics

Rhetorical theory 
Transnational rhetoric
Rhetorical history
International rhetorics
Rhetorics of translation


How can rhetorical studies contribute to the theoretical, critical, and conceptual practice of rhetoric in different communities? What are potential outcomes?

How is interdisciplinary work supported by rhetorical inquiry?

What rhetorical practices and processes confront, complicate, or help to sustain democratic cultures within an increasingly globalized world?


What nascent identity-positions emerge from transnational flows of bodies, beliefs, and communication practices as they move across borders and boundaries?


How does rhetoric’s transnational intellectual history cross borders?


How can the work of translation contribute to the study of rhetoric across national borders?


How are ideas of race, ethnicity, and gender rhetorically deployed as a political means to securing hegemonic conditions or undermining democratic processes?  


How do colonial legacies influence or complicate rhetorical conceptions of global citizenship and the idea of a global community?

How does language supremacy structure our everyday lives directly and indirectly?


How do LGBTQ activists’ rhetorical practices centered on queer worldmaking circulates or is contested in an increasingly globalized world?


Submission Deadline:  

Please submit a 150-200 word abstract and an application by November 30, 2019.   The application form can be found at http://www.internationalrhetoric.com/workshop-2020/.  If you have any questions or problems with the application form, please contact 2020InRhWo@gmail.com. Applicants will hear back in January 2020.

http://www.internationalrhetoric.com/workshop-2020/

2020InRhWo@gmail.com

Organizing Team