CFP: Kairos and Media (12/1/05; 2/24/06)

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Janet Johnson
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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


Kairos: Definition

“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 (the most significant variable in
a communicative context) and to decorum (the principle of apt speech).” Quoted
courtesy of Silva Rhetoricae (



Citizen Journalism


Web Blogs



Film Studies

Media studies


Disability Rhetoric in Mass Communications

Historical papers

Media Ethics


Public Relations



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.


Submission guidelines:


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.

For additional details about the symposium, please visit the conference web

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