Call for papers

Subject: Call for papers
From: Gail Lippincott <lipp0015 -at- MAROON -dot- TC -dot- UMN -dot- EDU>
Date: Thu, 5 Oct 1995 16:08:37 -0500

Call for Papers: Special Issue of _Technical Communication Quarterly_ (TCQ)

Environmental Rhetoric and Technical Communication

In the last few years studies of "environmental rhetoric" have appeared
with increasing frequency. All of these, in varying degrees, touch on
key issues in technical communication: the presentation of scientific
information to audiences not trained in science, the history of expert
discourses, managerial writing in government and industry, the evolution
of genres for technical discourses, the language of public policy, the
use of evidence in technical versus nontechnical argumentation, the
different demands of speaking and writing in different contexts and from
different perspectives, the growth and maintenance of discourse
communities, the influence of media upon messages delivered in public
discourse, and in general the use of information in planning and
implementing action agendas.

The purpose of this special issue of _TCQ_ is to explore technical
communication's role in improving the quality of rhetoric surrounding
environmental decision-making. Because environmental matters
potentially offer great opportunities for improved public dialogue
through which technical knowledge and various human values can be
weighed to arrive at the best possible solutions, technical
communicators should contribute to that improved dialogue. The editors
seek original contributions which will provide TCQ readers with a
variety of research approaches, theoretical positions, ideologies for
consideration, as well as implications for technical communication
practice, pedagogy, and/or program development.


Bill Karis
Dept. of Technical Communications
Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY 13699-5760
(315) 268-6484
karis -at- craft -dot- camp -dot- clarkson -dot- edu

M. Jimmie Killingsworth
Dept. of English
Texas A & M University
College Station, TX 73664
(409) 847-8550
JKillin502 -at- aol -dot- com


Send a 1000 word abstract (hard copy and 3.5" disk with an ASCII file)
to Bill Karis at the above address by November 8, 1995.

Authors will be notified of acceptance by January 17, 1996.

First drafts of papers will be due by April 17, 1996.

Final versions of papers will be due by July 31, 1996.

Gail Lippincott, _TCQ_ editorial assistant
University of Minnesota
Department of Rhetoric, 201 Haecker Hall
1364 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

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