Call for Presenters, Visual Rhetoric Session at SAMLA, Atlanta, GA. November 7-9, 2014

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Visual Rhetoric Regular Session, South Atlantic Modern Language Association

The Role of Visual Rhetoric in Environmental and Intellectual Sustainability

The South Atlantic Modern Language Association's (SAMLA) focus this year is Sustainability and Humanities, and this Call for Papers invites submissions that examine the ways that visual rhetoric is tied to sustainability in academia at large and the humanities in particular. We welcome a broad view of sustainability that takes into account both concrete environmental impacts and more abstract measures such as retaining academic knowledges and building long-lasting digital texts. To that end, we invite proposals that consider the way images—including any aspect of their production, deployment, or analysis—can affect sustainability within university cultures of research and teaching. We are particularly interested in proposals that consider how visual rhetoric can be used in attracting audiences to cooperate in self-sustaining archives, the role of visual rhetoric in disseminating big data and other resource-intensive academic projects, and the role of visual rhetoric in starting and maintaining campus sustainability initiatives.

Please send abstracts of 500 words or less to the session's chairs, Moe Folk, and Shawn Apostel,, no later than May 23, 2014, and include with your abstract any audio/visual needs you have. All presenters must be members of SAMLA at the time of presentation. Please be sure to include your contact information and any other special needs you may have.

SAMLA will be held in Atlanta, GA on November 7-9 2014. For more information about the conference, visit