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A few concerns about the return of the NCA bylaws proposal (Pat Gehrke)

Submitted by syntaxfactory on June 4, 2014 - 6:04am

A few concerns about the return of the NCA bylaws proposal (Pat Gehrke)



Submitted by syntaxfactory on January 23, 2014 - 5:34pm

by ridolfo on January 22, 2014, 3 comments

The Modern Language Association Job Information List has been published since 1965. As part of another project I am working on, I OCRed the complete archive from April 1965 to present. In this post today, I note first mentions of key words or disciplinary phrases reheated to rhetorical studies and technology.

See: for fulltext of this fascinating historical exercise.


"My Favorite Comm Professor"

Submitted by syntaxfactory on April 21, 2013 - 7:18am

This post is about disciplinarity, about disciplinary identity, and about disciplines and communities. It is also about a certain "working through" of both a response to some pedagogical experiences and some personal narratives.


Disciplinarity and Interdisciplinarity

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 20, 2013 - 6:04pm


New division: "communication activism and/or social change communication"

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 4, 2012 - 10:18pm



"Gaming" Citations

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 6, 2012 - 9:13am

IHE raises the question of whether it's legit to invite scholars to engage in practices that bump the citation rankings of other scholars (and therefore, of the journals in which those scholars appear).


Is Rhetoric a Substantive or Methodological Field?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on October 9, 2011 - 5:11am


Pirsig draws the scene of his main character, Phaedrus, interviewing for a fellowship with the Chairman of a University of Chicago’s philosophy program:


Family Resemblances... Rhetoric and the Citizen

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 25, 2011 - 2:39pm

Looking at this month's "Review of Communication" and "College English"...

Why is the Citizen important in rhetorical studies?
Rufo and Atchison:
"In the last decades and change, the citizen has appeared on the pages of rhetoric’s most influential journals with the regularity of a close friend or neighbor popping over for a visit or borrowing flour. Everywhere in print, we are concerned with our dear friends, citizen and citizenship."



Foucault in the 21st century

Submitted by syntaxfactory on July 5, 2011 - 12:29am

Let me redirect some of the Foucaut energy. In the 21st century, we are still experiencing new exhumation and illumination of Foucault. What are the things I need to read or learn from the recentish publication of these posthumous sources?

2003 Society must be defended: lectures at the Collège de France, 1975-76 By Michel Foucault, Mauro Bertani, Alessandro Fontana, François Ewald, David Macey

2004 Abnormal: Lectures at the Collège de France, 1974-1975 By Michel Foucault, Valerio Marchetti, Antonella Salomoni