CFP: Teaching Audience: Theory and Practice

Call for Papers:
Teaching Audience: Theory and Practice

Brian Fehler (Tarleton State University), Elizabeth Weiser (Ohio State University-Newark), and Angela Gonzalez (Texas Christian University) invite scholars in rhetoric, composition, literacy, and communication studies to contribute to the collection Teaching Audience: Theory and Practice. Considerations of audience have been important in our disciplines at least since Aristotle’s Rhetoric, and this collection aims to open a space for discussing how scholar-teachers theorize and teach audience in first-year and advanced writing and communication courses. In particular, this collection will address such questions as:

How does our teaching of audience vary from first-year to advanced classes? How does the teaching of audience contribute to other pedagogical goals—such as multiculturalism, service learning, writing in the disciplines, etc? How do we put into practice in the classroom our theorizing about audience? What do our students already know about audience that we can make use of in the classroom? How can historical studies of audience and reception contribute to our teaching?

We are interested in papers from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and ask that papers address one of the following categories:

Teaching Audience: Papers in this category might address issues such as specific assignments; geographical and material limitations; World Wide Web communities/audiences; local community partnerships.

Theorizing Audience: Papers in this category might address such issues as technology and audience formation; audience construction and identification; multicultural/multinational audiences; self as audience; multiple audiences; historical perspectives.

Our goal is to provide a forum for theorizing audience and to present practical ways to teach audience awareness in the classroom. We hope this collection will enrich our understanding of the ways in which audience is talked about and taught in classrooms across campus and will spark new dialogues regarding interdisciplinary scholarship on audience.

Please submit 500 word abstracts (MS Word attachments) to Brian Fehler at by September 15 (completed articles by January 15). The editors will respond to abstracts by October 15. Queries are welcome to the above email or to Elizabeth Weiser,, or Angela Gonzalez,