Calls for papers : Rhetoric and communication standards (24-25 nov. 2014) & Rhetoric in the Knowledge Society (24-27 june 2015)

L’équipe du GRAL est heureuse de relayer les appels à propositions de deux Congrès en rhétorique qui se dérouleront en Pologne : (1) Rhetoric and communication standards, Warsaw, Poland, 24-25 November 2014, (2) Rhetoric in the Knowledge Society,  University of Warsaw, Poland, 24-27 June, 2015.

Rhetoric and communication standards – 24-25 November 2014, Warsaw

Polish Rhetoric Society in association with The Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences invites you to 13th Conference of Polish Rhetoric Society « Rhetoric and communication standards » (24-25 November 2014, Warsaw, Nowy Świat 72, Staszic Palace, room 144).

Ancient rhetoric had developed a comprehensive model of persuasion. Following its rules and recommendations was thought to increase the chances of the speaker to persuade the audience. The ancient ideal of the vir bonus dicendi peritus (a good man, an experienced speaker) was linked to ethical standards and oratorical competence. From antiquity till today a number of suggestions and recommendations on the principles of effective persuasion has been formulated. In addition to the normative approach, the current research interest lies in the descriptive approach: what standards, practices and cultural norms of persuasive communication developed over the centuries? How are they changing now? What are the new standards and expectations which shape contemporary persuasive communication? We invite you to a joint reflection on rhetoric in the context of norms, standards, practices and social expectations about persuasion. Your paper may addresses the following issues:

• Formulation of standards, rules and recommendations with reference to persuasion (logic, ethics, effectiveness, appropriateness, politeness, etc.)
• Genres of speech and principles of persuasion
• The standards, bans and requisitions in language policy (e.g., censorship, political correctness)
• Violations of communication standards and their impact on persuasion (e.g., provocation, scandal)
• Communication norms and ethics of persuasion in various professions (marketing, commerce, politics, PR, business, science)
• Cultural diversity of guidelines and rules regarding persuasion
• Historical changes of persuasive practices and recommendations for persuasion
• The didactics of persuasion (textbooks, guides, courses).

During the English part of the conference we will be pleased to present our guest speaker Alejandra Vitale (Universidad de Buenos Aires), the President of the Rhetoric Society in Argentina.

Practical information


30 September 2014 – deadline for on-line submissions of paper proposals (20 min presentation) via form

15 October 2014 – notification of acceptance

30 October 2014 – registration deadline: conference fee 350 zł (70 EURO), includes conference materials, lunches and coffee breaks;

31 January 2015 – sending a text for publication. The articles will be selected after a review process.

For additional information please contact us at


Rhetoric Society of Europe
Polish Rhetorical Society and Italian Language Department of the University of Warsaw

Fifth « Rhetoric in Society » Conference (RiS 5)

Rhetoric in the Knowledge Society

University of Warsaw, Poland
24-27 June, 2015

Call for papers

The ideal of sapere aude (« do dare to know ») has been known since antiquity. However, the conceptualization of the Knowledge Society is relatively recent. Knowledge, as one of the key concepts in modern society, may also be viewed from a rhetorical perspective. Knowledge is created within discourses and articulated in texts. These texts contribute to creating the very concept of knowledge and its internal qualifications such as scientific and non-scientific knowledge. The texts persuade the audience to various knowledge claims and dissuade it from others.

The goal of the conference is to articulate ways in which knowledge is conceptualized and made manifest through different rhetorical practices in various contexts of communication within society. We invite papers that address at least one of the two notions of ‘rhetoric’: rhetoric as an object of analysis and rhetoric as a theoretical and methodological framework. Rhetoric as an object of analysis may include, e.g., texts constitutive of academic discourse, scientific popularization, expert discourse, lay discourse on knowledge and dealing with knowledge, as well as representations of knowledge in literature, advertising, art, or humor. Rhetoric as a theoretical and methodological framework encompasses the conceptual and methodological tools elaborated within the long tradition, from the Aristotelian naturalist model of rhetoric to modern developments and innovative approaches that foster the theoretical progress of the discipline.

Proposals may include, but need not be limited to, such areas as:

  • rhetorical strategies involved in the creation, transmission, criticism, and evaluation of knowledge in academic and non-academic settings
  • rhetorical features of texts qualified as conveying scientific knowledge, pop-knowledge, folk-knowledge, common knowledge, pseudo-knowledge
  • the rhetorical analyses of discourses on and carried out within institutions of knowledge (e.g. universities, schools, museums, think-tanks)
  • social mobilization of emotions related to knowledge (e.g. concepts of risk society; confidence or diffidence towards experts; appreciation or depreciation of the humanities)
  • knowledge and power (“disciplinarization” through knowledge vs. empowerment through knowledge; policies of knowledge)
  • knowledge and knowledge workers as object of cultural representations in literature, art, film, humor, advertising.

The above topics is by no means closed; we are open to further proposals. Please do not hesitate to contact us with other suggestions and ideas that best satisfy your expectations concerning the programme. We welcome also ideas for panels from scholars willing to lead a session.


Annonce de parution : Salvatore Di Piazza, Congetture e approssimazioni. Forme del sapere in Aristotele, mai 2012

L’équipe du GRAL est heureuse d’annoncer la parution du dernier ouvrage de notre collègue Salvatore DI PIAZZACongetture e approssimazioni. Forme del sapere in Aristotele, Milano, Mimesis Edizioni, 2012.

Présentation de l’éditeur : Si chiedeva Carlo Ginzburg in un celebre saggio della fine degli anni settanta: « Può un paradigma indiziario essere rigoroso? ». Questo libro tenta di dare una risposta a questa domanda a partire da un’analisi dei testi aristotelici. In particolare cerca di mettere a fuoco una nozione centrale ma ancora poco tematizzata nelle opere di Aristotele, il per lo più, la modalità del contingente che è regolare e al tempo stesso variabile, e che caratterizza la maggior parte delle realtà con cui viene a contatto l’essere umano. Di fronte a ciò che è per lo più, la forma di conoscenza più adeguata è la congettura, che si presenta come una modalità conoscitiva rigorosa, seppur fallibile, proprio perché adeguata al suo oggetto. Questo libro cerca di mostrare come la posizione aristotelica nei confronti del sapere congetturale e del ruolo dell’errore nella conoscenza umana rappresenti una risorsa teorica assai attuale, in grado di fornirci, inevitabilmente, anche una visione complessiva dell’idea aristotelica di uomo. Chi riesce a tenere insieme regolarità ed eccezione, chi sa dar conto della natura per lo più delle realtà tipicamente umane, sostiene Aristotele, è un uomo eccellente, pur essendo in ogni momento egli stesso soggetto alla possibilità dell’errore, o forse proprio per questo.

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