*The Twenty-Third Biennial Conference of the International Society for the
History of Rhetoric (ISHR) Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
July 27-31, 2021*
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 twenty-minute conference papers focusing on
historical aspects of the theory and practice of rhetoric. This year’s
specific conference theme or focus is “Topics and Commonplaces in Antiquity
Topical invention originated in ancient Greece and was developed and used
throughout the western intellectual tradition as a systematized method of
finding arguments to discuss abstract, philosophical questions, as well as
specific questions determined by circumstances of time and space.
Commonplaces are part of topical invention. They reflect commonly accepted
views and ideas such as the benefits of peace vs. the harm caused by war,
and can be geared to provide arguments which confirm, suggest, or create
consensus. Studying topics and their application from a historical
perspective thus highlights how persuasive texts reflect and contribute to
the shaping of the intellectual and sociocultural contexts in which they
are situated. We invite papers on the theory and practice of topics in all
regions, periods and cultures. But of course we also welcome papers on both
the theory and the practice of rhetoric in all periods and languages, and
on its relationships with poetics, philosophy, politics, religion, law, and
other aspects of the cultural context.
*Procedure for Submission*
Proposals are invited for 20-minute presentations delivered in one of the
six languages of the Society, viz. English, French, German, Italian, Latin
and Spanish. The Society also welcomes panel proposals consisting of three
or four speakers dealing with a common theme, so as to form a coherent set
of papers. The chair of the proposed panel may also be one of the speakers.
Each speaker in a panel should submit a proposal form for his or her own
paper, clearly specifying the panel to which it pertains. In addition, the
panel organizer is expected to complete and submit a separate form
explaining the purpose of the proposed panel and naming the participants.
Please note that proposals for panel papers will be considered on their
individual merits by the Programme Committee, and there is no guarantee
that all papers proposed for a panel will be accepted.
Each person may only appear once as a speaker on the programme. Only one
proposal for presentation per person can be accepted, including also
presentations as parts of panels. Persons serving as (non-presenting)
chairs are not affected by this rule.
Proposals for papers and for panels must be submitted on-line. Please
complete the on-line form carefully and fully. For any questions please
contact the chair of the programme committee, *Prof. Lucía Díaz Marroquín
(firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>), or myself (firstname.lastname@example.org
<email@example.com>).* Please note that submitting a paper implies
making the commitment to attend the conference if your paper is accepted.
Guidelines for the preparation of proposals are provided at the bottom of
this message. The length of the abstracts must not exceed 300 words.
*Deadline for Proposals*
The deadline for the submission of proposals is *15 May 2020*.
The submission website will be open for submission by *February 2020*. An
alert will appear on the ISHR website and in your mailbox.
Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by September 2020. For
participants who require an earlier acceptance date in order to secure
funding, we will try to accommodate their requests if they are made with
Information about the Conference, including hotel accommodation, will be
provided at the beginning of the academic year 2020-2021. The conference
registration fee is still to be determined, but the Nijmegen organizers
will endeavor to ensure that this is kept as low as possible. Graduate
students and scholars from underrepresented countries pay reduced
registration fees and may be eligible for travel grants. *Click HERE to
I am very much looking forward to welcoming you to Nijmegen in 2021!!!
Marc van der Poel,
*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 its chronological period, language, texts and other
2. a statement of the specific problem that will be treated in your
paper; its place in relation to the present state of research in the
general field under consideration; and its significance for the history of
3. a summary of the stages of argumentation involved in addressing the
4. conclusions and advances in research.
International Society for the History of Rhetoric
International Society for the History of Rhetoric