Twentieth Biennial Conference
Tübingen Germany 28-31 July 2015

Call for Papers

The Twentieth Biennial Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) will be held in Tübingen, Germany, from Tuesday, July 28 to Friday, July 31, 2015. The Biennial Conference of ISHR brings together several hundred specialists in the history of rhetoric from around thirty countries.

Scholarly Focus of the Conference

The Society calls for papers that focus on the historical aspect of the theory and practice of rhetoric. The special theme of the conference will be "Rhetoric across Cultures." Papers dedicated to this theme are invited to interpret the concept of cultures in its broadest sense and to explore not only the role of rhetoric in relationships between diverse coexisting (national, social, intellectual) cultures, but also in diachronic relationships between earlier and later (ancient, medieval, modern) cultures, or else ‘supracultural’ anthropological concepts of rhetoric, the contribution of rhetoric to human culture as such, or other related topics.
Papers are also invited on every aspect of the history of rhetoric in all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, art, religion, geographic areas and other elements of the cultural context.

Procedure for Submission

Proposals should be submitted for a 20-minute presentation delivered in English, French, German, Italian, Latin, or Spanish. Group proposals are welcome, under the following conditions. The group must consist of 3 or 4 speakers (or any aggregate of these numbers) dealing with a common theme in order to form a coherent panel. The person responsible for the panel, who may also be one of the speakers, has the task of introducing the papers and guiding the discussion. Each speaker in a panel should submit a proposal form for his or her own paper and send the finished paper to the head of the panel before the conference; proposals for such papers must specify the panel for which they are intended. In addition, the person who is responsible for the panel must complete and submit a separate form explaining the purpose of the proposed panel.

Proposals for papers and for groups must be submitted on-line.

Please fill out the on-line form carefully. In exceptional cases, proposals may also be sent by mail to the following address:

Manfred Kraus
Philologisches Seminar
Wilhelmstraße 36
72074 Tübingen

Guidelines for preparing proposals are provided at the bottom of this message. The length of the abstracts must not exceed 350 words.

Deadline for Proposals

The deadline for submitting proposals is May 4, 2014.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out before the end of August 2014. In a few cases participants may require an earlier acceptance date in order to secure funding. We will try to accommodate such requests if they are made with appropriate documentation.

Information about the Conference, including accommodation at favorable rates, will be provided during the academic year 2014-2015. The conference registration fee is still to be determined. Graduate students and scholars from underrepresented countries pay reduced registration fees and may be eligible for travel grants.

Looking forward to your participation,

Manfred Kraus,
President of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric

Guidelines for the preparation of proposals:

The members of ISHR come from many countries and academic disciplines. The following guidelines are intended to make it easier for us to come together and understand one another's proposals. The Program Committee recommends that all proposals contain:
  1. a definition – accessible to a non-specialist – of the field of the proposal, including chronological period, language, texts, and other sources;
  2. a statement of the problem that will be treated; its place in relation to the present state of research in the field under consideration; its significance for the history of rhetoric;
  3. a summary of the stages of argumentation involved in treating the problem;
  4. scientific results and advances.