RhetCanada/Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric

Association #111
RhetCanada/Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric (RhetCanada/CSSR)
Conference dates: 
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 to Friday, June 4, 2021
To attend this conference, register for Congress and add RhetCanada/CSSR #111 in Section 3 of the registration form.
Registration is required for all conference attendees, including speakers, presenters, panelists, organizers and those chairing or attending a session.

On the virtual event platform, RhetCanada/Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric's greeting table is located in Hall B. Please note, you must be registered for an association’s conference to access their greeting table. 


This year’s RhetCanada conference theme asks participants to explore how rhetoric, so commonly associated with our present social and political divisions, might also be used to bridge them. We live in an increasingly polarized world, and rhetoric is a word often associated with deepening divisions, whether it is “anti-immigrant rhetoric,” “populist rhetoric,” or simply “the rhetoric of hate.” But framing rhetoric solely as a tool of division neglects rhetoric’s essential role in bridging divides and forging or reinforcing community.

Rhetoric provides strategies to constructively discuss, accommodate, or transcend differences, whether they are personal, social, or political. How then has rhetorical discourse served to negotiate difference, foster reconciliation, and forestall violence, and what role might rhetoric play in remedying the current climate of polarization?

• Rhetorical theory, criticism, and/or history • Rhetoric in popular culture and everyday life • Rhetoric and the media, film, gaming, and visual culture • Biographical research on rhetors or rhetoricians • Rhetorical studies of Canadian public discourse, as well as public discourse in any global setting
Call-for-papers deadline: 
January 15, 2021
Program Chairs: 

Bruce Dadey, University of Waterloo | Andrew McGillivray, University of Winnipeg | Benoît Sans, Université libre de Bruxelles (GRAL)

Local Arrangement Coordinators: 



For more information, contact the association directly. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.