CFP: Composition/Rhetoric and Popular Culture (10/15/06; PCA/ACA, 4/4/07-4/7/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Michael Carlson Kapper
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Call for Papers

Composition and Rhetoric Area

Popular Culture Assocation/American Culture Association Conference

The Boston Marriott Copley Place
Boston, MA
April 4-7, 2007

The Composition and Rhetoric Area of the PCA/ACA seeks papers/projects
addressing the intersection of Popular Culture with Composition studies
and/or Rhetoric, as each of these terms can be most broadly construed.
We are interested in popular representations of writing, rhetoric, and
instruction in both, as well as the composed or rhetorical nature of
culture as expressed in popular artifacts. Topics include, but are not
limited to:

+ Composition and rhetoric in literature.
+ Composition and rhetoric in film.
+ Rhetorical analysis of literature, film, popular music.
+ Rhetorics of difference (feminisms, queer studies, racial and ethnic
studies), especially as related to popular culture.
+ Rhetorics of news media.
+ Rhetorics of politics and political campaigns (especially the 2006
mid-term election).
+ Rhetorics of warfare.
+ Rhetorics of protest/social causes.
+ Propaganda.
+ Advertising.
+ Rhetorics of religion.
+ Rhetorics practiced by specific groups (the military, social classes
or groups, academics).

This list should be considered suggestive rather than definitive; any
paper positioned in the intersection of culture, rhetoric, and
composition studies will be strongly considered.

We are also keenly interested in the intersection of rhetoric and
technology and media--the ways in which popular
technologies/media(tions) shape the rhetorics of argumentation,
persuasion, and culture. Papers considering the three-way intersection
of rhetoric, culture, and technology/media are encouraged.

Alternative session formats will be considered. Please explain format
and what is to be gained from this format in your abstract. A/V
equipment will be limited to TV monitors and DVD players; there is a
possibility of a limited number of monitors with VGA inputs (for
PowerPoint presentations and the like), though this is not guaranteed.

Graduate student submissions are welcome. Professors/instructors are
invited to present with their graduate and undergraduate students.
Limited support for graduate student and international travel is
available on a competitive basis--for further details, see:

For individual submissions, please send 250 word abstract and contact
information (email address, at least one postal address, at least one
telephone number).

For panel submissions, please send 250 word panel abstract plus 100 word
abstract of each paper and contact information (as above) for each

For more information on the conference or the organizations, visit:

DEADLINE: Please send abstracts by October 15, 2006

Send submissions or address queries to:

Michael Carlson Kapper, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Department of English
Capital University
1 College and Main
Columbus, OH 43209
614.236.6555 (Office- Mornings M-F)

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