The Contours and Configurations of Black Religious Rhetoric and Communication

The Center for the Study of African American Rhetoric and Public Address and Memphis Theological Seminary will sponsor a virtual conference tentatively titled "The Contours and Configurations of Black Religious Rhetoric and Communication" on November 17, 2020. 

Conducted via Zoom and chaired and organized by Andre E. Johnson, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies at the University of Memphis, the conference will consist of panel presentations and roundtable discussions. Included in the conference is the keynote panel titled: "Early Sunday Morning: The Artistry, Eloquence, and Rhetoric of the Black Preaching Tradition."

We are interested in papers that examine any aspect broadly defined, of Black religious rhetoric and communication. Not only will participants interrogate the meaning and makeup of the Black religious rhetoric and communication, but we will also discuss the different historical periods and figures, theoretical frameworks, pulpit oratory, spoken word, the role of archival or digital research and explore new and innovative ways to move forward.

If you are interested in participating, please submit a 250 word abstract to
aarhetoricandpublicaddress@gmail by September 1, 2020. We will notify you of our decision by September 15, 2020.


More information about registration, panels, and participants is forthcoming.