UPDATE: Jesuit Rhetoric Looking Back/Forward (8/25/05; RSA, 5/26/06-5/29/06)

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Peters, Dr. K. J.
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The deadline for both of the following panel proposal calls for theRhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference is August 25. Please note 2 calls for proposals are posted below.

RSA Panel Title: Rhetoric in the Jesuit Tradition: Looking Back


Summary: Since the founding of the Jesuits five hundred years ago, rhetorical theory and practice have held prominent places in the order's educational and spiritual missions. Adaptive rhetorical practices have been integral to the missionary work of the order, Jesuit education has emphasized rhetoric as a central component of the Ratio Studiorum, and Jesuits and Jesuit-trained scholars have made significant contributions to rhetorical theory. This panel will examine the historical relationship between the Jesuit order and rhetoric. Scholars are invited to submit papers examining a wide variety of aspects of this historical relationship. Potential topics include, but are no mean limited to, the following:

· The place of rhetoric in the founding and mission of the order.

· Key rhetors and theorists in the Jesuit rhetorical tradition (e.g.: Ong, Corbett, Vico, Ricci, etc.).

· Rhetorical perspectives on Jesuit practices of cultural and community adaptation.

· Jesuit organizational culture as a "carrier wave" for selective aspects of rhetorical education and theory across the centuries.

· Rhetorical dimensions of key Jesuit texts: The Constitutions, the Ratio Studiorum, The Spiritual Exercises, General Congregation documents, etc.

· The rhetorical pursuit of social justice and inquiry: application and misapplication (e.g.: liberation theology, preferential option for the poor, the Inquisition, etc.).

· Character formation and rhetorical education in the Jesuit tradition.


Send 250-300 word abstracts by August 25th, 2005 to Dr. Jeff Philpott, Communication Department, Seattle University, 901 12th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122 or jphilpot_at_seattleu.edu.



Panel Title: Rhetoric and the Jesuit Tradition: Looking Forward


Summary: Rhetorical theory and practice holds a prominent place in the history and tradition of Jesuit educational and spiritual missions. Today, the promotion of social justice and the service of faith remains the work of persuasion. Looking forward, the Jesuit order, Jesuit trained scholars, and the faculty of Jesuit universities will continue to confront issues of social justice. However, Jesuit education does not appear to emphasize rhetoric as it did when the Ratio Studiorum was the standard educational guide. This panel poses two questions. How will the historical relationship between the Jesuit order and rhetoric be projected into the future? What place will rhetorical theory and practice have within recent reformulations of the mission of Jesuit higher education? Scholars are invited to submit papers that explore the deployment of rhetorical theory and practice in the Jesuit mission, the Jesuit university, and within the socially responsible higher education of tomo!
 rrow. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:


?How can rhetorical education and composition studies in the Jesuit environment best prepare students for the challenges of the current age?

?Linking the Jesuit tradition of open inquiry to the revitalization of rhetorical education.

?What does Eloquentia Perfecta mean for contemporary rhetorical

?What are the benefits and challenges of teaching rhetoric within a
strong and valued tradition of rhetoric? How does this valuing of the
tradition enable and constrain teachers of rhetoric and composition?

?The question of character and moral formation in the modern, pluralistic Jesuit University. What is the role of rhetorical study?
?Uniting speaking and writing, communication and composition in Jesuit education.
?How should the Jesuit tradition inform rhetorical education and composition
?How does the "Jesuit" name reflect the character and pedagogy of rhetoric and composition teachers? What value and significance does the "Jesuit"
brand name have for the work of teachers?

?Can principles of the Ratio Studiorum find a place in contemporary pedagogy? Is a new Ratio Studiorum called for and what would it look like?

Send 250-300 word abstracts by August 25th, 2005 to Dr. K.J. Peters, Department of English, One LMU Dr. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045 or kjpeters_at_lmu.edu.

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