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The Conceit of Context

Resituating Domains in Rhetorical Studies


Edited By Charles E. Morris III and Kendall R. Phillips

This edited volume features essays derived from presentations delivered at the 15th Biennial Public Address Conference held at Syracuse University in October 2016, as well as additional material. The Conceit of Context explores the often invoked—indeed a central term in the history of rhetorical studies—but less often engaged concept of context. In this volume, we center the notion of context as the site of engagement, critique, and imagination, seeking to deepen the critical and political promise of context in the study of public discourse.

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Karrin Vasby Anderson is Professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. She is coauthor or editor of three books that examine gender and U.S. political culture. Her research has been published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. Dr. Anderson is a recipient of the National Communication Association’s James A. Winans and Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, the Outstanding Book Award from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender, the Michael Pfau Outstanding Article Award in Political Communication, the Organization for Research on Women and Communication’s Feminist Scholarship Award, and the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women in Politics.

Department of Communication Studies

Colorado State University

A207 Behavioral Science Building

Fort Collins, CO 80523-1783

Timothy Barney is Associate Professor of Rhetoric & Communication Studies at the University of Richmond, where he teaches courses on public address, geopolitics, international relations, and visual rhetoric. He is the author of Mapping the Cold War: Cartography and the Framing of America’s International Power (UNC-Chapel Hill Press, 2015), and his work has been featured in Quarterly Journal of Speech, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication.

Department of Rhetoric and Communication Studies

402-E Weinstein Hall

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