Seeking abstracts and proposals (up to 500 words) for essays concerned with histories, traditions, or patterns of rhetoric taking place in the margins of traditional disciplinary practice. One area of rhetorical theory and practice that is underdeveloped is the study of the means of persuasion available to the unempowered—those outside access to the polis, the academy, the political arena. People living outside of access to the traditional sites for rhetorical participation do occasionally find access there, but always as outsiders still. From Aspasia onward, much of the research into marginal figures that took place in the 1980s and 1990s focused on the occasional minority figure who made his or her way into the public sphere using traditional academic rhetoric. We have not much considered the rhetorical power of those who do not have social or institutional identities despite their contributions in social and workplace structures. This work will consider where outsiders to social, political, academic, and economic power did and do participate, despite this lack of representation in public life. Essays should address the concept of “outsider rhetoric,” or the study of how people in the margins actively, collaboratively, deliberately practice rhetoric with a sense of political and social purpose, throughout the history of the discipline.
Deadline: April 30, 2005
Please send proposals electronically or via regular mail
Dr. Anne Meade Stockdell-Giesler
Department of English, Box R
The University of Tampa
401 W. Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33606
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