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RES RHETORICA

Rhetoric of unity and division

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Editor of the issue: Agnieszka Kampka (e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The issue will be devoted to rhetoric as a tool for building a community and creating a sense of unity or division. We welcome submissions featuring examples and analyses on the following topics:

- how the speaker convinces the public that they have something in common or how he sets them against each other; how rhetoric helps to build empires, either political or economic; how rhetoric disintegrates empires and fosters separation and individuation; what means are used by the president referring to the national collectivity or a sports coach building the team unity; what kind of rhetoric unites the religious followers and what kind leads to religious divisions; whether rhetoric can bolster customer loyalty; whether rhetoric consolidates international alliances; how rhetoric, both verbal and non-verbal, strengthens the ties between the members of the group; the symbols and rituals bringing a family together.

Deadline: 31.01.2015

Publication: March 2015

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Rhetoric of war

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Editor of the issue: Anna Bendrat (e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

This issue of Res Rhetorica aims to examine the myriad relationships between rhetoric and war understood both as an armed conflict and a linguistic battlefield between the “right” and “wrong” visions of the world.

Topics of interest include the following: war as a rhetorical construct; rhetoric of power relations during conflicts – politics (international and internal), society, gender etc.; war propaganda; “theatres of war” or war as a spectacle; rhetorical representations of enemies and adversaries; war of metaphors / metaphors of war; conflicts and their impact on language practice; dictatorship and hegemony as forms of rhetorical power;rhetoric of memory, grief and trauma; visual rhetoric of war: film, art, war memorials etc.

Deadline: 28.02.2015

Publication: June 2015

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Rhetoric of hybridity

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Editor of the issue: Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska (e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

This issue of Res Rhetorica aims to address the phenomena of hybridity in various domains of public discourse, including political, media, corporate and academic. Hybridity can be understood as deliberate mixing of properties of different genres, modes, styles and rhetorical patterns for some strategic purposes. We seek papers that explore interfaces between various rhetorics. Of particular interest are studies that characterize texts that aim to persuade while they pretend to inform and projects that discuss the implications of various cross-overs between information and persuasion.

Deadline: 30.06.2015

Publication: October 2015

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