CFP: [Rhetoric-Composition] Promise of Reason/Perelman Conference

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Teresa Coronado
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*******New Deadline: Sept. 21, 2007**************


University of Oregon â€" May 17-20, 2008

Faculty and Graduate Students are invited to submit proposals for papers
and panels for this international conference commemorating the fiftieth
anniversary of the publication of Chaim Perelman and Lucie Olbrechts-
Tyteca’s Le nouvelle rhétorique: Traité de l‘argumentation (1958), one of
the most influential twentieth-century rhetorical works.

Submissions are welcome dealing with any aspect of Perelman’s work and
influence, or argumentation, informal reasoning, or modern rhetoric in
general. Interdisciplinary work in rhetoric and/or argumentation theory
is welcome. Of specific interest are proposals dealing with the

• legal argument and justice
• rhetoric and human rights
• ethical rhetoric and communications
• argumentation as a substitute for violence
• international diplomacy and conflict resolution
• rationality and reasonableness in international relations
• negotiated assent in public debate
• opposition and cooperation is conflict situations
• argumentation across cultures
• persuasion and leadership

Featured speakers at the conference will include:

• Jeanne Fahnestock, University of Maryland
• Alan G. Gross, University of Minnesota
• Michael C. Leff, University of Memphis
• Noemi Mattis Perelman
• Francis J. Mootz III, Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State
• Christopher W. Tindale, University of Windsor
• Barbara Warnick, University of Pittsburgh

250 words abstracts and/or proposals may be sent electronically via the
conference website at:

Special features of this conference include:
• A public “Contrarian Forum” including a debate by advocates for
public policy with responses on the rhetoric of the debate by conference
• Master Classes conducted for graduate and undergraduate students
by conference speakers
• Competitive scholarships for undergraduates to attend the
conference and master classes
• Organized outings to experience Oregon’s pleasures: rafting, wine-
tasting, mountain hiking, coastal sight-seeing
• Proximity to the Rhetoric Society of America’s annual conference
in Seattle Washington, May 23-26, 2008

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