Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Rhetoric, Politics, and the Obama Phenomenon

photo: The White House, Pete Souza, 5 February 2010

The registration deadline for the Rhetoric, Politics, and Obama Phenomenon conference at Texas A&M University is February 22, 2010. Registration information can be found here:

The conference will draw together scholars of Communication, Political Science, History, English, Women's Studies, Africana Studies, and others. The program can be found on the conference website:

"Rhetoric, Politics, and the Obama Phenomenon," Texas A&M University, March 4-7, 2010.

Barack Obama's meteoric rise from a little known Illinois state Senator in 2004 to President of the United States in 2008 was made possible in large part by his exceptional media strategies and rhetorical performances.

President Obama's image, words, and family have all become a part of the world-wide phenomenon that is Barack Obama. This conference will bring together rhetoric, media, and political science scholars to explore and analyze Barack Obama's image politics, communication practices, and rhetorical strategies. Scholars will present papers on such topics as the visual politics of Obama, Obama and leadership, Obama and civil rights, Obama's rhetorical style, and other topics relevant to the Obama phenomenon.

Bonnie Dow will deliver Texas A&M's annual Kurt Ritter Lecture in Political Rhetoric during the conference on the image politics/media coverage of Michelle Obama. One goal of the conference is to draw together both established and junior scholars (including graduate students) who are
interested in the Obama phenomenon. Therefore, the conference will feature both plenary speakers and contributed paper presentations. A second goal of the conference is to draw together a group of interdisciplinary scholars who are interested in the Obama phenomenon. Plenary and contributed papers and responses will be competitively selected to appear in a planned edited conference volume.

Please contact Jennifer Mercieca at mercieca@tamu.edu if you have any questions.

Dr. Jennifer R. Mercieca
Associate Professor
Department of Communication
Texas A&M University
4234 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843
Homepage: http://comm.tamu.edu/people/mercieca.html
Obamenon Conference: http://comm.tamu.edu/phenomenonprogram.html
Founding Fictions: http://amzn.com/0817316906

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