CFP Civic dialogue conference

CFP Civic Dialogue and Leadership Conference
Texas A&M, April 3-6, 2014

Texas A&M University

Civic dialogue is both a process and a product.  As process, it indicates how multiple groups and individuals engage in persuasion, conversation, and argumentation in the context of civil society and politics.  But as product, it is something to strive for through sometimes “uncivil” acts, often in the face of powerful opposition.  Thus, civic dialogue is at the same time a means of engagement and a desired endpoint.   The tension between process and product is particularly acute in contemporary political culture in which the proliferation of polarizing discourse in our public sphere and in organizations presents a challenge for politicians, citizens, and organizations who wish to take a leadership role.  But whether as process or product, civic dialogue always stands in relationship to acts of rhetorical leadership that mobilizes people to act in concert toward a common aim.  This conference will bring together rhetoric, leadership, and organizational communication scholars to explore and analyze civic dialogue and leadership in political and organizational contexts. Scholars will present papers on civic dialogue and leadership in different contexts including: democratic deliberation, social movements and protest, workplace democracy, corporate social responsibility, ethics and leadership practice, the presidency, and diversity and difference.

One goal of the conference is to draw together both established and junior scholars (including graduate students) who are interested in civic dialogue and leadership. Therefore, the conference will feature both plenary speakers and contributed paper presentations. Plenary and contributed papers and responses will be competitively selected to appear in a planned edited conference volume.  A second goal of the conference is to draw together a group of interdisciplinary scholars who are interested in civic dialogue and leadership; therefore the conference will feature the work of both rhetorical and organizational communication scholars. We are pleased to announce that Professor John Murphy will deliver Texas A&M University’s annual Kurt Ritter Lecture in Political Rhetoric during the conference.

Scholars interested in contributing a paper to the conference should submit a one-page abstract to:

Dr. Jennifer Jones Barbour
Department of Communication
Texas A&M University
4234 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Or email your submission (emailed submissions encouraged) Deadline for abstract submissions is December 15, 2013; notifications of acceptance will go out January 1, 2014; completed papers are due March 1.