Call for Chapters: Rhetoric and Sociolinguistics in Times of Global Crisis


Dr. Eda Başak Hancı-Azizoğlu, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Maha Alawdat, Kaye Academic College of Education

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: July 29, 2020
Full Chapters Due: October 11, 2020
Submission Date: November 30, 2020


Language and society are not independent: The definition of language includes in it a reference to society (Wardhaugh, 2010, p.1). A crisis, which often changes the dynamics of a society too suddenly to control, refers to having experiences that reflect intense struggle and jeopardy. Crises often leave people in vulnerable situations in which a moment in time can function as a turning point of a catastrophic situation for the better or worse. From another perspective, the concept of crisis signifies losing control of everyday privileges, a good example is the COVID-19 crisis. Therefore, the interaction of rhetoric and sociolinguistics in times of crisis is inevitable. What’s more striking, it is crucial to internalize how rhetoric, an effective skill from ancient times to make meaning of sociologically breakthrough events, changed the course of events as well as the fate of humanity. Within the same context, this interdisciplinary work invites scholars from diverse disciplines to explore, investigate, and analyze the concept of “crisis” from global, sociolinguistic, and rhetorical perspectives.


This book aims to explore and situate the concept of global crisis within rhetoric and sociolinguistics as well as other disciplines such as education, technology, society, language, and politics. The purpose of this book is also to bridge the gap to initiate a discussion on understanding how rhetoric and sociolinguistics could create critical awareness for individuals, societies and learning environments during crisis times. Thus, this interdisciplinary book invites scholars from diverse disciplines to consider the course of unpredictable and life-changing events from an innovative and critical perspective in times of crisis.

Target Audience

The target audience of this book will be scholars, researchers, language teachers, writing experts working in the field of rhetoric, education, linguistics and culture; who are interested in the discipline of writing for analyzing times of crisis such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. What’s more, the book will provide insights and vision to diverse disciplines of scholars around the world to face global disasters and what solutions could be offered scientifically and rhetorically to make the world a better place for all humanity.

Recommended Topics

• Language, Society and Crisis
• Rhetoric of Culture, Self and Society
• Effects of Crisis on Societies
• The Power of Words in Crisis Times
• Communication as Power to Resolve Crisis
• Language Use in Crisis Times
• Writing at Times of Crisis
• The Significance of Writing in Times of Crisis
• Writing as a Healing Method in Times of Crisis
• Expressive Writing in Times of (Global) Crisis
• Digital Writing in Times of Crisis
• Multilingual Rhetoric and Crisis
• The Role of Rhetoric in the Writing Classroom in (Global) Crisis Times
• The Sociolinguistic Aspect of Crises
• Crisis in Global and Sociolinguistic Contexts
• Rhetorical Traditions for Digital Rhetoric
• Crisis Management from Sociolinguistic and Rhetorical Perspectives
• Sociolinguistic Impact of Crisis and Multilingual Societies
• Political Rhetoric at the Times of Global Crisis
• Crisis Rhetoric
• Global Crisis and Rhetoric
• Rhetorical Changes in Crisis Times

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 29, 2020, a chapter proposal between 350 to 750 words that outline the significance of their proposed book chapter. Full chapters are due on October 11, 2020. All interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global. This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020-2021.

Important Dates

July 29, 2020: Proposal Submission Deadline
July 15, 2020: Notification of Acceptance
October 11, 2020: Full Chapter Submission
November 24, 2020: Review Results Returned
January 5, 2020: Final Acceptance Notification
October 11, 2020: Final Chapter submission


Dr. Eda Başak Hancı-Azizoğlu & Dr. Maha Alawdat

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