The Global and Non-Western Rhetorics Standing Group aims to provide a diverse and inclusive space for everyone interested in the teaching and the study of global rhetorical traditions – with a particular focus on their iterations in non-Western contexts. Our approach to a globally inclusive, non-Western rhetorical inquiry is based on the following premises:
- Rhetorics and Assumptions – Although it is traditionally assumed that “rhetoric” originated in ancient Greek and Roman contexts, Greco-Roman rhetoric is only a point of reference for us to begin with, and it may not even apply to broader global practices; therefore, new terminologies and theories are welcome.
- Rhetorics and Culture – “Culture” is a fluid concept, so we are interested in dissolving, crossing, and questioning geographic borders and the present boundaries between East and West, Greek and Non-Greek, and so on.
- Rhetorics and References – “Rhetoric” includes various cultural, subcultural, cross-cultural, and subaltern habits, conventions, and innovations in persuasion, but could also include unique stylistics and approaches to general communication–even approaches to spiritual revelation
Our group is committed to fostering culturally sensitive and respectful learning communities. We strive to model advocacy, care, reflection, and support for all our members – inclusive of all races, religions, nationalities, genders, sexualities, classes, abilities, and other identities. We encourage and appreciate the diverse expression of ideas to provide opportunities for intellectual enrichment. We aspire to promote connections between traditions and peoples around the globe.
To that end, the goals of this group include the following:
- Initiating an accessible, usable web presence, both to better serve the existing group and to raise visibility about GNWR issues, resources, and conversations for the CCCC community writ-large;
- Providing a listserv and other social platforms for members: 1) to collaborate with, query, and support one another on topics related to teaching GNWR, 2) to discuss and address issues of composing in various GNWR media, and 3) to promote recommended GNWR scholarship;
- Facilitating the exchange of research work through collaborative projects and publications.
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