CFP: Kairos in Mass Communications Panel (12/1/05; 2/24/06)
CFP: Mass Communications Panel
A Symposium in Rhetoric: "Rhetoric & Kairos"
Open to faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars
The Federation Rhetoric Committee of the Federation of North Texas Area
Texas Woman's University - Denton, Texas
Where: ACT Bldg. 2nd Floor
When: February 24, 2006
"News.is both pulled and pushed through our society.through all societies:
the uninformed anxious to obtain news, the informed eager to give it away.
Even without the benefit of sophisticated information technologies, the
news, driven by these complementary desires, can attain impressive speeds."
Mitchell Stephens A History of News
We are seeking proposals for papers that address the idea of Kairos in mass
"The opportune occasion for speech. The term kairos has a rich and varied
history, but generally refers to the way a given context for communication
both calls for and constrains one's speech. Thus, sensitive to kairos, a
speaker or writer takes into account the contingencies of a given place and
time, and considers the opportunities within this specific context for words
to be effective and appropriate to that moment. As such, this concept is
tightly linked to considerations of audience
<http://rhetoric.byu.edu/Encompassing%20Terms/audience.htm> (the most
significant variable in a communicative context) and to decorum
<http://rhetoric.byu.edu/Encompassing%20Terms/decorum.htm> (the principle
of apt speech)." Quoted courtesy of Silva Rhetoricae (rhetoric.byu.edu)
Disability Rhetoric in Mass Communications
The Rhetoric Symposium broadly defines Kairos to incorporate a wide variety
of research interests. The panel is interested in papers which present an
interdisciplinary approach to mass communications.
* Proposals should be in abstract form (approximately 250 words);
electronic submissions are preferred.
* Please send abstracts and a brief biography to Janet Johnson
* The deadline for submission of all proposals is December 1, 2005
The keynote speaker will be Dr. Brenda Brueggeman of Ohio State University.
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