The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


New Books Podcast

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 13, 2014 - 11:42pm

New Books in Communications podcast

A reminder about the New Books in Communications podcast, part of the
New Books Network. Each episode features an interview with the author of
a recently published book in media studies. The first six episodes:

* 6. Melissa Aronczyk, *Branding the Nation: The Global Business of
National Identity*
* 5. Sarah Banet-Weiser, *Authentic(tm): The Politics of Ambivalence in
a Brand Culture*
* 4. Michael Serazio, *Your Ad Here: The Cool Sell of Guerrilla
* 3. David Hochfelder, *The Telegraph in America, 1832-1920*


Transforming Peer Review Bibliography

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 12, 2014 - 9:06pm

Digital Scholarship has released the Transforming Peer
Review Bibliography, which includes selected
English-language articles that are useful in understanding
significant transformations to the peer review process.

It is concerned with major changes to peer review, such as
open peer review (excluding just revealing the identity of
traditional peer reviewers) and post-publication review.

Most sources have been published from January 2010 through
December 2012; however, a limited number of earlier key


Linda Bergmann

Submitted by Nathan Johnson on January 12, 2014 - 4:42pm

With sadness, I forward news from Purdue. The following email is from Nancy Peterson, head of the English Department. We have lost an important member of the rhetoric community.

From: "Peterson, Nancy J"
Date: January 12, 2014 at 2:46:08 PM EST
To: CLA - ENGL - All
Subject: sad news

Dear all,

I am sorry to have some very sad news to share with you about Linda Bergmann. Linda passed away suddenly yesterday morning at home. She was a wonderful colleague and friend, and we will miss her dearly.


Call for Encyclopedia Entries

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 12, 2014 - 1:33am

Thomas Walzer,

CALL FOR AUTHORS: Encyclopedia of Theory

The Encyclopedia of Theory presents a major landmark reference at six
volumes featuring one volume of entries related to introduction to
theory; two volumes covering the humanistic disciplines; and three
volumes covering the scientific and empirical disciplines. This
structure reflects the two branches of theory study that evolved in the
early 20th century. Approximately 500 signed articles will be arranged
in A-to-Z format ranging from 2,000 words for definitional articles up


Even More Grants, via the Coalition for Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 11, 2014 - 11:03pm

Sponsor: Redd (Charles) Center for Western Studies
Program Number: 00923
Title: Publication Grants (Presses Only)
Web Site:
Program URL:
SYNOPSIS: The Charles Redd Center gives grants of up to $3,000
to assist in the publication of scholarly studies on Idaho, Montana,
Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, or Colorado.
Deadline(s): 03/15/2014

Sponsor: Fondation Brocher
Program Number: 06715


Penn State Grant

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 8, 2014 - 5:21pm

Penn State has the Kenneth Burke Papers as well as interesting records of the Speech Department in the middle of the 20th century that may be of special interest to your members. Please see our website for more information about the award program and our holdings.

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library on the University Park campus of Penn State offers four travel awards of $1,500 this year for researchers whose work would benefit from access to the collections held at Penn State. Currently, there are three travel grants:


More Grants, via the Coalition for Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 7, 2014 - 8:57pm

Sponsor: Smith College Libraries
Program Number: 12170
Title: Travel-to-Collections Fund
Web Site:

SYNOPSIS: Travel-to-Collections funds are available to offset
travel expenses of researchers engaged in a study that would benefit
from access to the holdings at Smith College. The sponsor also
welcomes and encourages requests from researchers at the pre-proposal
stage who would like to survey the holdings as they formulate their
research agendas.
Deadline(s): 02/15/2014



New Book: Cosmopolitan Lyceum

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 6, 2014 - 9:43pm

The Cosmopolitan Lyceum: Just Published!

The University of Massachusetts Press has just published Tom F. Wright's
edited volume entitled The Cosmopolitan Lyceum: Lecture Culture and the
Globe in Nineteenth-Century America (2013). The volume brings together
original research by scholars of history, literary studies, and
communication. These scholars investigate the ways that
nineteenth-century lyceum-goers encountered international currents and
crosscurrents. The historian Joan Shelley Rubin notes that the book's


Tenure and Privilege

Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 1, 2014 - 11:14am

Via a colleague on Facebook:

This blog entry makes a reasonable case that tenure functions in the way that white privilege does: