CFP: Rhetoric Discourse and the Communicative-Dialogical Mind

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Focusing on wide-raging domain of rhetoric communication, the conference addresses past and present issues ranging from Aristotelian Rhetoric to cognitive-oriented linguistic approaches. It is argued that our communicative minds operate beyond cool reason by mixing up semantic domains in multimodal frames both in mass and networked communication. Metaphor use in specialist and popularized discourse contexts must also be accounted for in view of the pervasiveness of imaginative processes in terminology coinage in different areas of expertise.

Researchers from different areas of knowledge and persuasions, from Antiquity to the Present, are invited to present paper proposals, focusing on one of the following themes:

  • Political Rhetorics and mass communication

  • Metaphor and Terminology

  • Metaphor and different approaches

  • Multimodal Communication

  • Digital Discourse and variation

The congress sponsored by The Center of Linguistics and the Center for Classical Studies of the University of Lisbon  features plenary sessions with keynote speakers, and parallel sessions for paper presentations.

Working languages: Portuguese and English.

We welcome:

•  individual proposals for a 20 minute-paper;

•  joint proposals for thematic panels with 3 papers.

Please include the following information with your proposal:

•  full title of your paper / of your panel and respective papers;

•  abstract (ca. 350 words per paper), optionally with a short list of bibliographical references;

• a short biographical note (ca. 150 words).

Please note that:

• All paper proposals will be peer-reviewed;

• Deadline for proposals: February 28, 2017;

•  Notification of acceptance: February 19, 2017 (first proposals); March 31, 2017 (extended deadline);

•  Proposals should be submitted by e-mail in MS Word or PDF format to with the  subject header: Abstract proposal.

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#NaBloPoMo #17.5: Architectural Perspective, Artistic Mark-making (The Beginning)

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#1: I created a red (#ff0000) outline of the building and blocked out the sky and ground details with a pale yellow (#ffffbe)

Anyone that knows me and my creative eye, or has found or followed my works online, would know that I have an eye for architecture, perspective and capturing strong atmospheric compositions. They would also know that I becoming a whingeing pain when trying to recreate them by hand, on paper, the true pure way as I like to think.

This time I attempt to move to digital reworking and creation. Not for material reasons, but time. I want to learn to work at speed. To be less paralysed with decision making. To make mistakes and not feel like it’s ruined everything.

I first created a sketchy outline. To carve out the sharp lines, but also soften their existence. Though this building encapsulates strength and paternal support, I wanted some sketchiness in there, metaphorically speaking. The pale yellow was then brushed in using a larger brush applied using the pressure tool for the Bamboo tablet pen. This was done to add a little radiance and murky innocence to the piece.

If anything reflecting on my very quick (10 minutes or so) creative decisions reminds me so much of how my mind reaches the zones converging emotional connection and practical resolutions while I play with freedom felt during creative mark-making sessions.