The African Association for Rhetoric
in collaboration with
Common Text, College of Arts and Science,
Howard University, Washington DC
announces the 2015 colloquium on
Rhetoric, Transformational Leadership and Du Bois.
The colloquium seeks to feature various panels at the intersection of Rhetoric and Transformational leaders. Graduate Students of senior students who desire to present papers should also send in abstracts on, but not exclusive to, the following themes.
Each paper will be considered on its own merit. Well written papers will be considered for publication in the Association’s: African Journal of Rhetoric (AJR). Students’ papers may also be published in Balagha: African Rhetoric Quarterly.
The organising committee would like to emphasise that the conference of the African Association for Rhetoric is a multidisciplinary, multisectoral event. We seek participation from all disciplines, sectors and scholars who seek to contribute to engagements in and around rhetoric, public communication, leadership and transformation in society.
Defining the Rhetoric of Transformation or transformative rhetoric within a socio- political process
Rhetoric, Transitions and Political complications
Formations and Transformations in the Uses of Rhetoric in Africa
Philosophical and Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Transformation in Africa
Political Transitions and Institutional Transformation
Transition, transformation and Presidential Rhetoric
Transitions and Institutional Agency: Changes in Media and the Economic Sector
Impact of Transitions in North Africa on Other African Countries
Imagining a New Africa: The Rhetoric of Transformation in Literature and Oratory
Political Operatives as Agents of Change: Transformational Leadership and Transformational Change
Rhetoric and the Notion of Transitional Justice
Rhetoric, Transformation and Economic Development in Africa
Transition, Transformation and Civil Society
The Intellectual and the Political Process: Rhetoric of Transformation in Knowledge Production
Cramton Hall and Blackburn Centre
Howard University, Washington DC
April 3-4 2015
Proposed Keynote Speakers
President Barrack Obama
Retired General Collin Powell
Former President Bill Clinton
Proposed Registration Fees:
Deadline of Abstract:
February 28 2015
About the Organisations
The African Association for Rhetoric (AAR) is a body of scholars that conducts research into the performance of rhetoric and public discourse. The African Association for Rhetoric (AAR) has since 2007 organised successfully four international conferences and a Roundtable under the Theme: Africa’s Responsibility to Africa. The Association has two major publications, African Journal of Rhetoric (AJR: SAPSE Accredited) and Balagha: African Rhetoric Quarterly. The Association has a growing membership across the globe. For further information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Common Text is a freshman Project of the College of Arts and Sciences, Howard University. The Program chooses on a yearly basis an interesting reading for student, and for the 2014/2015 academic year, the title chosen is: text form students to read is the Du Bois, The Education of Black People: Ten Critiques.
Conference and Presentation format: Keynote presentation normally lasts for an hour: 45 minutes will be allocated for paper presentation and 15 minutes for discussion. Other paper presentations will only last 30 minutes per speaker: 20 minutes for paper presentation and remaining 10 minutes for discussion.
The African Association for Rhetoric (AAR) has successfully managed to establish its publications and a track record of producing and dissemination knowledge through its main publications: African Journal of Rhetoric and Balagha: African Rhetoric Quarterly. Summaries of papers presented at the conference will be published in Balagha, while refereed paper will be published in the African Journal of Rhetoric (AJR). So far, 2 volumes of the African Journal have been published and four issues of the Balagha: African Rhetoric Quarterly have been published. AJR is a print journal while Balagha is an online only journal.