CRC 2012 (Feb 17-18)


Call for Submissions: Carolina Rhetoric Conference 2012 (Feb. 17-18)

The Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design (RCID) program at Clemson University invites you to submit your scholarly work for presentation at the 2012 Carolina Rhetoric Conference (CRC).  CRC will be held on Clemson’s campus in South Carolina’s beautiful Upstate region (Clemson, SC) February 17-18, 2012 (Fri-Sat). The submission deadline is December 1st by email:

CRC began several years ago as a joint graduate student endeavor by rhetoric programs from rotating hosts The University of South Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Clemson University. This year we are excited to broaden our borders under the conference theme, “Embracing Heritage. Expanding Horizons.”  We encourage you to pass this Call for Submissions to other Master’s and Doctoral programs across the Carolina regions (that are involved, either directly or tangentially, in studies related to rhetoric) that may be interested in joining for an intimate and engaging conference. We are also excited to be offering three session types to which you can submit (please only submit one proposal per presenter):

1) Individual Presentation:  “Traditional” panel session format with 3-4 presenters (submitted individually) per panel grouped by thematic similarities, followed by a short Q&A session.  Submissions for Individual Presentations can be traditional scholarly papers and/or can bescholarly multi-media presentations with creator commentary before/during/after.

2) Showcase Session: This session will be similar to a traditional “poster session,” where creators stand alongside their work in an exhibit hall with casual opportunities to chat more personally with fellow scholars about their project. Submitters are encouraged to consider submitting digital/multi-media projects (videos, photo essays, artinstallations, etc.). Traditional “poster” submissions will also be welcomed.

3) Works-In-Progress Roundtable: In these sessions, 3-5 scholars across experience levels will be grouped in order to briefly explain their work to those at the table in order to then receive encouraging and substantive feedback/suggestions from their fellow scholars.

*** Submissions that embrace the conference theme are encouraged, but all submissions will be welcomed for consideration.

HOW-TO-SUBMIT: Submissions should be made via email ( ) by the December 1st deadline.  Please place “CRC Submission” in the Subject line of your email. In the Body of the email, please include the following:

Contact Information: Name, School Affiliation, Degree Level (MA, PhD, Faculty), Email Address, and the Title of your Submission.

Attached to the email, please include a Word document that is free of any immediately identifying information (i.e., no name or school affiliation) but that includes the following:

1) The Title of your Submission

2) A 200-300 word Abstract explaining the thesis and theoretical/methodological support for your project. (Artwork/Audio-Visual-Samples for multi-media/non-text-based submissions will also be accepted, accompanied by short descriptions of the project)

3) Identify which type of session you would like this considered for: Individual Presentation (part of a traditional panel); Showcase (physical and digital media); or Works-In-Progress Roundtable.

4) Indicate whether or not you are willing to have your work considered in an alternate session type than the one you list (i.e., would you be willing to show your Individual Presentation submission as part of the Showcase if requested by the CRC committee?).

5) What, if any, technology needs does your presentation require?

We look forward to an engaging and innovative opportunity to network, test ideas, and share perspectives at the 2012 CRC.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email them to:

Stephen Lind, Conference Chair, CRC 2012
Clemson University
RCID (Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design)
President, S3S (RCID Student Body Organization)


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