Figures of Democracy: Rhetoric, Authority, and Civil Culture Conference sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. October 21- 22, 2005.
What are the various ways that democracy can be enacted in speech?
This conference invites scholars in Rhetoric, Communication, Law, and Political Theory to consider the various ways that democracy can figured, which is to say both imagined and instantiated in public discourse and symbolic action.
We take as a starting premise that there is no single authoritative or mature model of democracy. There are many ways of performing democracy and of living (post)modernity. These ways imply distinct rhetorical forms, modes of address, tropes, and styles. This conference aims at developing a deeper appreciation of these and of their consequences.
We invite proposals for papers in such areas as:
Figures of Constitutionsp
Figures of Democratic Subjectivity
Figures of Law and Governance
Figuring Church and State
Figuring the Queer Polis
Figuring Democratic Empire
Figuring the New Europe
Figuring the many Americas
Figuring Islamic Democracy
Figuring the Middle East
Please email paper proposals, along with a one page statement of your research interests and recent publications, to the following e-mail address by March 4, 2005.
Prof. Maurice Charland
Dept. Communication Studies
Phone: (514) 848-2424 x2546 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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