The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America
announcements and queries


New Book on Rhetoric of Economics

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 30, 2011 - 3:15pm

Paul Turpin's book, The Moral Rhetoric of Political Economy is now available from Routledge. I've read it in manuscript and heartily recommend it.


Query: PHD Exams

Submitted by Jim Aune on November 14, 2010 - 9:59pm

We're doing some reflection on our PHD exam process here in my shop. Could you regular (or irregular) readers help me out with some information gathering? How does/did your PHD program handle comprehensive/preliminary (some places they're separate things) exams? A brief paragraph description would help, plus any reflections on reforms you might make of the process (on or off-blog comments are fine; if you want to email me, it's In rhetoric here we ask students to identify 3 areas of competence (e.g.


Pitt Public Address Conference

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 19, 2010 - 6:24pm

The Biennial Public Address Conference is coming up, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. For the first time, the conference will be available on video. See this information from Gordon Mitchell:

Want to attend the 12th Biennial Public Address Conference upcoming
September 30 - October 2, 2010, but can't make it to Pittsburgh? Let us
bring some of the featured content to you live!

You are just one click away from setting up your virtual ticket to what
promises to be stellar criticism and commentary on the conference theme of


A Blow for Pluralism at Communication Monographs

Submitted by Jim Aune on February 27, 2010 - 11:42am

I can imagine the furor this must be creating in some sectors of NCA, but it's a welcome sign, and we owe Kathy a big commendation for commitment to pluralism in Communication scholarship. (One hopes in turn that QJS will become more open to social-science research.)

Editorial Statement
Communication Monographs
Katherine Miller, Editor


Announcement: Southern Colloquium on Rhetoric

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 15, 2010 - 2:51pm

This may be another time I wish I lived further south of the Canadian border than I do.


Humanities Funding Opportunities

Submitted by Jim Aune on February 4, 2010 - 11:00am

California Studies Consortium Grants
University of California Humanities Research Institute
New Deadline for All Programs: February 15, 2010

Visiting Humanities Fellowships, 2010-2011
Humanities Research Group
University of Windsor
Deadline: February 17, 2010

2009-2010 IHR Transdisciplinary Book Award
Institute for Humanities Research (IHR)
Arizona State University
Deadline for Nominations: February 14, 2010


Heidegger Question

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 23, 2010 - 2:15am

I just started reading Fredric Jameson's new book, Valences of the Dialectic. On p. 3 Jameson makes the case for discussing the "dialectic" in new ways"since the critique of representation (Heidegger) and since structuralism." I can't figure out what the heck he means by Heidegger's "critique of representation." Can anyone help?


RSA Program Advertising Deadline March 10

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 18, 2010 - 4:35pm

If you are able to, please ask your department to sponsor an ad in the program for this year's RSA conference. Information and form are here.



Submitted by Jim Aune on January 6, 2010 - 3:04pm

Two requests: 1. Please submit journal TOC's. David Beard reminded me this week that Pre/Text used to include these. Since there are a number of subfields within rhetorical studies (and our bibliographic resources are, as Jack Seltzer often says, not in great shape), TOC's would help introduce our RSA readers to other ways of doing rhetoric. 2. What would you identify as the main subfields in rhetorical studies? Argumentation/Informal Logic is one. Public Address is another. Is "Cultural Studies" separate from rhetorical studies? Others?



Submitted by Jim Aune on January 6, 2010 - 2:32pm

Call For Papers

American Society for the History of Rhetoric at the National Communication
Association Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA

Sunday, November 14 - Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric invites submissions of
program proposals and competitive papers. ASHR welcomes work that examines
both the theory and practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages, and
that deals with the relation between rhetoric and politics, law, philosophy,
religion, poetics and other cultural contexts.