CFP: Kairos and Film Studies (1/6/06; 2/24/06)

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Wendy Commons
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*A Symposium in Rhetoric: "Kairos & Film Studies"*

*Open to faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars*

The Federation Rhetoric Committee

of the Federation of North Texas Area Universities

Texas Woman's University - Denton, Texas

ACT Bldg. 2nd Floor
February 24, 2006

*A Definition of Kairos: *"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
principle of apt speech)." Quoted courtesy of Silva Rhetoricae (

The Federation Rhetoric Committee is currently seeking papers exploring
kairos in relation to film studies. Movies have become a tremendous part of
our culture, and their development, production, significance, and influence
on our society deserve to be acknowledged and examined.

The Rhetoric Symposium broadly defines *kairos* to incorporate a wide
variety of research interests. The Film Studies panel welcomes papers from
all academic areas* *including but not limited to: film in popular culture,
rhetoric in film and in the film industry, cultural significance of
particular films or of film as a medium, critical examinations of particula=
films, and the interrelationship of film and modern culture.**

*Submission guidelines:*

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

   - Please send abstracts and a brief biography to Wendy Commons at
   - The deadline for submission of all proposals is December 15, 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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