CFP: KBJ Special Issue (deadline Jan. 1, 2016)

KBJ: The Journal of the Kenneth Burke Society invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to papers/projects/multimedia presentations developed from the 9th Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society (KBS 2014).

Chaired by Paul Lynch and Nathaniel Rivers and hosted by Saint Louis University, KBS 2014 provided a venue for scholarship that “focused on attitudes toward technology and technology’s own attitude.” Burke scholars responded to a theme in which “attitude mediates action and motion. Attitude is incipient action. Media have attitudes. Media are incipient. We act through media and media act through us. This dance of attitudes, both human and nonhuman, shapes action. Action is always in media res.” This special issue of KBJ will feature work originally presented at conference and revised for publication.

About the Guest Editor
Jodie Nicotra, Associate Professor of English at the University of Idaho, presented the keynote address “The Uses of Compulsion: Addressing Burke’s Technological Psychosis” at KBS 2014. A native of Pittsburgh, Nicotra earned a doctorate in rhetoric and composition from Penn State in 2005. Most recently, she has written a textbook for first-year composition called “Becoming Rhetorical: A Toolbox for Analyzing and Creating Written, Visual, and Multimodal Compositions” (Cengage, 2017); her newest project is a book titled “The Microbial Imaginary: Rhetorics of Tiny Life.” She recently directed the Composition Program and teaches courses in composition and rhetorical theory.

Submission Guidelines
All scholarly approaches—historical, textual, empirical, pedagogical, performative—are welcome and encouraged. Each essay, hypertext, or other project submitted for possible publication will be anonymously reviewed and should be submitted through KB Journal's submission interface at

Allowable formats include Word, RTF, or HTML. All article submissions should conform to the most recent style guide of the Modern Language Association (MLA, currently the 3rd edition of the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publications), which covers all matters related to manuscript preparation not covered by KB Journal guidelines. Authors must use in-text citations and provide a reference or Works Cited page at the end of the essay. Authors may also include explanatory endnotes, though such notes should be kept to a minimum and should not be automatically embedded in the text using Word's note function (they will need to be extracted). Hypertext or other projects requiring multiple files may be submitted as a Zip file.

Each submission should also include the author's or authors’ name(s), title, professional affiliation, mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number. No author-identifying information should appear in the corpus of the text itself. Each submission should include a fifty-word abstract. Works submitted for review should not have appeared in any other published form. If any part of the submission has been presented at a colloquy, conference, or convention, the date and form of that presentation should be indicated in the submission notes. It is expected that such submissions will be substantially revised to make them suitable for publication in the journal

Full projects for publication consideration are due no later than January 1st, 2016. Reviews will be completed by March 1st, 2016. Publication is projected May 1st, 2016.