[Update] Making Meaning: Language, Rhetoric, and Enculturation

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Language and Rhetorical Studies Student Interest Group
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Deadline extended! Graduate Student Conference

Making Meaning: Language, Rhetoric, and Enculturation

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

November 15-16, 2013

Keynote Speaker: Shirley Brice Heath, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

CALL: The Interdisciplinary Language and Rhetorical Studies Workshop at the University of Michigan invites you to join us for a conference devoted to considering how we make cultural meaning through the linguistic and rhetorical choices that shape our interactions. Theories of enculturation suggest that we interact with one another in rhetorically meaningful ways that are influenced by – and influence – culturally significant literacy practices. These practices are culturally meaningful and yet often idiosyncratic. In considering the relationship between language, rhetoric, and culture, this conference invites papers that explore the process of enculturation, including how it assimilates to and resists cultural norms. This conference functions as a space for graduate and professional students from various disciplines to question, analyze, and theorize the roles that language and rhetoric play in various literacy practices, both past and present.

Proposals should be submitted to langrhetconference@umich.edu no later than midnight of Sunday, September 30, 2013.