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Emergence(s): A Rhetoric Symposium

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About the Symposium

The Rhetoric Society of Old Dominion University (RSODU) is excited to be hosting our first symposium this summer, with support from the Rhetoric Society of America:

What: A webcast symposium considering emergence(s) in the field of rhetoric

Who: Keynote speaker Anne Frances Wysocki, a roundtable discussion with rhetoric scholars including Janet Bing, Kathie Gossett, Kevin Moberly, Liza Potts, and Anne Wysocki, and six panels of presentations in the various subdisciplines and concentrations of rhetoric (click here to download the complete schedule of presentations)

When: July 12th from 8:00-5:30 and July 13th from 8:00-

Where: Participants can attend in one of two ways:

  1. In person at the Gornto Teletechnet Building (Room 222) at Old Dominion's Norfolk campus OR
  2. Via interactive webcast (participants will be sent URL and log in information once they have submitted their registration).

We invite everyone who is interested in the recent development and interdisciplinary expansion of our field to join with us in exploring these areas and their influences at this year's symposium.

Rhetoric itself has experienced a re-emergence as an academic subject, and with the growth of new technologies, interdisciplinary networks and (restorative/revival/historical) studies, the topics of study in our field are quickly multiplying. The emanation of these topics areas for inquiry highlights the value of rhetorical study and the widespread influenceof rhetoric in our society. To explore these developments and their influences, our symposium will focus on emergence(s). How do new technologies impact our field? How can theories or topics from other fields enhance our current studies of rhetoric? How should we understand and apply traditional approaches to rhetoric today?

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We are honored to have Dr. Anne Frances Wysocki as our keynote speaker this year. Dr. Wysocki's keynote, entitled "Taking Apart What Moves: Rhetorical Analyses of New Media Texts," explores several different new media texts to consider what it takes to look at them rhetorically—including how we might account for how such texts often seem to call forth differing embodiments, differing sensous engagements, than unimodal print texts.

Dr. Wysocki is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in written, visual, and digital rhetorics. She is lead author of Writing New Media: Theory and applications for expanding the teaching of composition, which won the Computers and Writing Distinguished Book Award,  and her compositions have appeared in Computers and Composition, Kairos, CCC, and the Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, as well as in many books; with Dennis Lynch she has published Compose/Design/Advocate: A Rhetoric for Integrating Written, Visual, and Oral Communication and The DK Handbook. She has designed and produced software to help undergraduates learn 3D visualization and to introduce them to geology. Her interactive new media pieces “A Bookling Monument” and  “Leaved Life” have won, respectively, the Kairos Best Webtext award and the Institute for the Future of the Book’s Born Digital Competition.

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Please fill out our registration form and email it to Please let us know whether you plan to attend in person or participate through our webcast.

Participants coming to the ODU campus will receive a map, a local information packet, and a campus parking pass once they have registered; distance participants will receive tech specifications, the webcast URL, and a username and password for logging into the web cast.

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Old Dominion's main campus is located at 5115 Hampton Blvd in Norfolk, Virginia. All sessions will be held in the Gornto Teletechnet building at the Norfolk campus (see campus map). For turn-by-turn directions, click on the map below.

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The following hotels are close to the ODU campus:

Springhill Suites Norfolk (adjacent to campus)
4500 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, VA 23508 USA
(757) 423-4100

Quality Inn (3.1 miles north of campus)
8051 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23505
(757) 451-0000  

Hampton Inn (3.4 miles north of campus)
8501 Hampton Blvd, Norfolk, VA 23505
(800) 577-3006      

Residence Inn (3.2 miles south of campus)
227 W Brambleton Ave, Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 842-6216

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All attendees are asked to park in Lot 20 or Lot 30 (see campus map). Please be sure also to display the printable parking pass in the window of your vehicle while you are parked on campus (you should receive this about one week before the conference via email).

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