Style and the Future of Composition Studies CFP

deadline for submissions: 
December 11, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Edited Collection (eds. Paul Butler, Brian Ray, and Star Medzerian Vanguri)
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Style and the Future of Composition Studies Call for Proposals (CFP)

Edited by Paul Butler, Brian Ray, and Star Medzerian Vanguri


While the current renaissance in the study of style has been widely documented in the field (see Bacon; Butler; Duncan; Fahnestock; Farmer; Johnson; Johnson and Pace; Killingsworth and Holcomb; Ollinger; Ray; Vanguri), few scholars to date have theorized how style can help us rethink or reshape other new and emerging disciplinary interests and, concomitantly, the very future of Composition Studies. Indeed, given the field’s movement toward focusing, for example, on multimodal (Alexander and Rhodes; Ball; Folk; R. Miller; Ray; Selfe) and new media (Wysocki; Ball; Rice; Hawisher) forms of writing; visual rhetoric (Brooke; Handa; Murray); new student-centered theories of response (N. Sommers; Anson); various aspects of globalization, from indigenous rhetorics (Baca; Villanueva) and translingualism/code-meshing (Horner and Liu; Canagarajah; Young) to transnational feminist and global theories (Micciche; Schell; Mohawnty); and ongoing advances in professional writing and writing across the curriculum (Buehl; McLeod; Olinger; Rogers; Zawacki), the edited collection explores the ways in which these areas open up a new frontier of research and scholarship in which style directly impacts—and is impacted by—multiple sources of shifting disciplinary inquiry.

As such, Style and the Future of Composition Studies asserts that style has become the arbiter of emerging scholarly interests and examines how the field of composition and rhetoric navigates, and, in the process, reshapes, our rapidly changing disciplinary territory. Drawing upon various rhetorical and critical theorists, the collection argues that the reemergence of stylistic inquiry can be used dynamically to produce new insights not only about emerging disciplinary interests, but also about the study of style as a kind of language in and of itself.

In looking forward to the future of stylistic research within the field, the following questions present themselves as lenses through which to view the future of style in Composition Studies. The questions are intended to serve as heuristics that, while suggestive, are certainly not definitive or intended to limit the field of inquiry.

Please send 250-word proposals, with the subject line “Style Collection Proposal,” to Paul Butler (, Star Vanguri (, and Brian Ray ( by the end of Monday, November 27. We will review and respond to submissions by the end of January, 2018. Refer to the tentative timeline for further details.


If you have questions, please feel free to email:

Paul Butler,

Star Vanguri,

Brian Ray,


Possible Topics

  • How does style work in conjunction with “languaging,” translingualism, code-meshing, and similar language theories to suggest new ways to think about writing in the field?
  • How does style intersect with other areas inside and outside of the areas of composition studies? What are its cross-, trans-, or multi-disciplinary possibilities and potentials?
  • How does style allow us to explore the intricacies of place, space, and social relationships through composition?
  • In what ways does style inform administrative work or service in our discipline?
  • How can stylistic study inform areas of the discipline such as affect theory; writing and healing; or studies of emotion to help us develop fresh approaches to those research sites?
  • In what ways can the study of style help us investigate new areas of inquiry within business and professional writing or technical writing in specialized disciplines?
  • How is the future of style important to scientific inquiry and our ability to write about new areas of investigation in those areas?
  • How does style apply to the future of professional disciplines as law, medicine, and business, especially in focusing a new light on ethical inquiries and dilemmas?
  • How might style be called upon to complicate theories of authorship, authenticate authorship, or identify plagiarism/forgery?
  • What is style’s role in object-oriented rhetoric and how can it help us understand the techne of posthuman hybridity?


Submission and Publication Schedule

Monday, November 27                       250-word abstracts due

Monday, December 27-Jan 29            Abstract response from editors sent to contributors

Monday, April 2, 2018                       First draft of articles due

Monday, May 7, 2018                       Editorial comments from editors to contributors

Monday, August 6, 2018                    Contributors’ final manuscript copy due

Monday, October 15, 2018                 Projected date chapter proofs sent to contributors

Monday, November 12, 2018             Projected date proof revisions due from contributors

Monday, January 28, 2019                 Projected date edited collection published