Special Issue CFP!

Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society invites proposals that investigate, theorize, and/or analyze the rhetorical work of platforms. By platforms, we draw on Tarleton Gillespie to mean “sites and services that host public expression, store it on and serve it up from the cloud, organize access to it through search and recommendation, or install

Call for Applications: Multimedia Editor and Review Editor

Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society is currently looking to bring two new editors to our current editorial team: Multimedia Editor and Review Editor. Multimedia Editor: The Multimedia Editor serves as the chief decision-maker for the technical and stylistic use of video, audio, and other means of persuasive presentation. As a member of the editorial staff, this person

Vol. 6.1: Embodied and Affective Rhetorics

"This issue features a range of topics, but despite their diversity, the articles share a common thread of embodiment and affect, two areas toward which much current rhetorical scholarship is directed. While theories of embodiment and affect frame just a few of these essays, all of them reflect the centrality of bodies and emotion in

2017 CCCC Editors’ Roundtable

Present Tense will once again have a number of editors attending and presenting at the CCCC Annual Convention and the ATTW Annual Convention, this year in Portland, OR. Be on the lookout for Editors wearing Present Tense pins, stop by the CCCC Editors’ Roundtable, and feel free to ask us questions about the upcoming issue or about your

A Goodbye and Future Hellos

Present Tense is sad to announce that Allen Brizee is leaving his position as Review Editor. He will be pursuing new editing and publishing avenues, though wishes to continue the legacy of editorial work he began at Present Tense. On a related note, Present Tense will soon be issuing a call for new Editors, including Review Editor and

Affective Rhetoric in China’s Internet Culture

"The affective rhetoric of China’s Internet culture provides an instructive illustration of a kind of rhetorical activity that preserves but exceeds overt and explicit symbolic or referential meanings: a rhetoric that binds and separates people especially by the circulation of affective energy."

Book Review: Owens’ Writing Childbirth

"Throughout the book, Owens recognizes and values the agentic moves of first-time mothers who leverage educational knowledge in their birth plans and those who draw from their own experiential knowledge of childbirth. In doing so, she resists privileging either knowledge."

Award-Winning Annotated Bibliography!

Present Tense would like to congratulate Matthew B. Cox and Michael J. Faris for being accepted into The Best of the Independent Rhetoric & Composition Journals, 2015 (Parlor Press). Their annotated bibliography, “An Annotated Bibliography of LGBTQ Rhetorics,” was published in Vol. 4 Iss. 2. Congrats!

New Positions and a Goodbye

Present Tense is happy to announce that two of our Editors have found new academic homes this past year. Megan Schoen, our co-Managing Editor, is now an Assistant Professor at Oakland University, and Elizabeth Angeli, our Annotated Bibliography Editor, will be moving to Marquette University. We also say goodbye to Alexandra Hidalgo, our outgoing Multimedia Editor, as

Vol. 5.3: Rhetoric and Social Justice

"In this issue, we learn that what gets written into law is as important as what gets intentionally omitted and that campus timely warnings are likely neither timely nor warning. We also learn the value of hashtags in cultivating concerned publics, how cynicism can be productive, and how public rhetoric can be a symbolic and
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