CFP: Criminal Kairos (12/1/05; FRS, 2/24/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Donna M. Souder
contact email: 

The Texas Woman's University English Rhetoric Graduate Organization (TWU
ERGO) is sponsoring a special panel (or panels, if submissions warrant) on
"Criminal Kairos" at the 2006 Federation Rhetoric Symposium to be held
February 24, 2006 on the TWU campus in Denton, Texas.


We are seeking proposals for papers that address the kairotic stance of the
"criminal" within any historical era or society, including the present.
Questions to consider could include: How have societies used rhetoric to
define criminal acts? To define and or create the "criminal?" How has the
"criminal" used rhetoric to define herself or himself? How does this
kairotic stance influence a society's use of rhetoric? How are these ideas
communicated within a culture? Of course, there are multiple other
approaches to this research problem; these are merely guidelines to use in
shaping your own research question.

"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." - quoted courtesy of Silva Rhetoricae
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The Rhetoric Symposium broadly defines kairos to incorporate a wide variety
of research interests. ERGO welcomes papers from all academic areas
including but not limited to: Disability Studies, Rhetoric and Disability,
Rhetoric and Composition, English, Journalism, Political Science, Education,
History, Film Studies, Media Studies, Art, Psychology, and Sociology. ERGO
is interested especially in papers which present an interdisciplinary
approach to the research problem.

If you are interested in proposing a paper for the TWU ERGO sponsored panel,
please contact Charlene Green at


Proposals should be in abstract form (approximately 250 words); electronic
submissions are preferred.


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
site: <>

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