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Sixth bulletin, November 23, 2012

Greetings!

With this bulletin we primarily want to remind you why to register for the conference. The deadline for registration and payment is November 30, 2012. We cannot accept payment upon arrival, so you must preregister and prepay.

Why attend this conference?

We think there are plenty of reasons why you may look forward to “Rhetoric in Society 4.” The January weather in Denmark might not be one of them, but how about:

The theme, the panels, and the presentations:

Rhetorical citizenship is a conceptual frame for research into the workings of civic life from a plethora of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary positions. If you’re open to scholarly exchange across disciplinary borders on topics of mutual interest, RiS4 is the place for you!

The conference program (soon accessible at rhetoricinsociety.hum.ku.dk/programme) promises three days of intellectual discussion of a great variety of topics, case studies, and theoretical issues. You are bound to hear things that complement your own work, challenge it, or add new perspectives to our collective understanding of rhetorical citizenship.

The keynote addresses:

In the spirit of cross-disciplinarity we have invited three distinguished keynote speakers from three different scholarly fields: David Zarefsky (Rhetoric), Peter Dahlgren (Media Studies), and Karen Tracy (Discourse analysis). All three will discuss an aspect of rhetorical citizenship as it plays out in their theoretical and critical work.

Read more about the keynote addresses: rhetoricinsociety.hum.ku.dk/keynote_speakers/.

The participants:

In Copenhagen, you will meet scholars from over 20 different countries representing every continent except Antarctica! Conference attendees will be travelling from countries such as: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Namibia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America. Some of these scholars you are sure to have met before, others will be new but welcome acquaintances.

The welcome reception:

The reception will take place in the Ceremonial Hall of the Copenhagen Town Hall from 5:00-7:00 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 15. We are proud to announce that Mr. Mogens Lykketoft, Speaker of the Danish Parliament, former Minister for Foreign Affairs, and former party leader of the Social Democrats, will open the reception with a few words of welcome.

The new organization:

The conference features the founding assembly of the Rhetoric Society of Europe - a long-needed scholarly organization that welcomes members from across the world.

Copenhagen:

Some might actually think that the dark month of January is an even more fascinating time to visit Copenhagen. In 2008 this open-minded metropolis topped Monocle’s list of the world’s most livable cities, and since then it has finished among the top three each year.

We have hand-picked a selection of attractions and cultural events you might enjoy during your stay. From Dec. 1 you can click here for our suggestions, with links to book tickets, etc.: rhetoricinsociety.hum.ku.dk/what_to_do

How to register and pay:

Follow this link to the page “Registration and payment” on the conference website: rhetoricinsociety.hum.ku.dk/registration_and_payment/.

Deadline for registration and payment is November 30, 2012.

Abstracts:

Should you want to update your abstract, please do so before November 30, 2012.

Here is how to do it:

Log in to the conference system (at conference.sc.ku.dk/index.php/ris4/ris4/login) using the username and password you chose when you originally submitted. Click on “User Home”, then “Author”, then “Archive” on the page “Active Submissions”, then the title of your abstract and then, finally, on “Add supplementary file” in the section “Submission”. Use the form on the next page to upload the revised version of your abstract in Word- or PDF-format. If you have any problems uploading, please do not hesitate to contact us at RiS4@hum.ku.dk, and we will do our best to help you.

Special dietary needs:

If you have special dietary needs, such as being a vegetarian or having religious or health related dietary constraints, we ask you to contact us so that we may make arrangements for your meals at this address: RiS4@hum.ku.dk

Please indicate if you plan on attending the conference dinner so that we may also make arrangements for you for that.

Other special needs:

Persons with disabilities that require special arrangements are also asked to contact us so that we may plan to best accommodate you, e.g., in terms of elevator access or seating arrangements. Please write to us at RiS4@hum.ku.dk.

Best regards,

The conference planners

Mette Bengtsson, Mark Herron, Christian Kock, Sune Holm Pedersen, Rasmus Rønlev, and Lisa Villadsen