UPDATE: Kairos and Media Studies Panel (1/6/06; 2/24/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Janet Johnson
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CFP: Kairos and Media Studies Panel
Extended Submission Deadline: January 6, 2006
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
driven by these complementary desires, can attain impressive speeds."
Stephens A History of News
We are seeking proposals for papers that address the idea of Kairos in the

 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
a communicative context) and to decorum (the principle of apt speech)."
courtesy of Silva Rhetoricae (rhetoric.byu.edu)

Subjects of interest, but not limited to:

Citizen Journalism


Web Blogs



Film Studies

Media studies


Disability Rhetoric in the Media

Historical papers

Media Ethics


Public Relations


The Rhetoric Symposium broadly defines Kairos to incorporate a wide variety
research interests and research methods. The panel is interested in papers
which present an
interdisciplinary approach to the media.

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 January 6, 2006

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Brenda Brueggeman of Ohio State University.

For additional details about the symposium, please visit the conference web
site: www.frs.suavecat.com

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