RHETORICAL VISTAS: TRANSCENDING OLD DISCIPLINARY BOUNDARIES INTO NEW COLLABORATIVE TERRITORIES
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This article utilizes the special issue theme to discuss old disciplinary boundaries in the study of rhetoric that has limited American and Eurasian academic connections, and to begin the process of creating new global collaborative territories. Current boundaries have produced several intellectual and scholarly gaps, including differences in institutional hierarchies, and economic challenges that are threatening higher education from a variety of standpoints. In addition, eclectic theoretical foundations, conceptual differences with the words communication and communications and differing institutional nomenclatures for American communication departments provide additional impediments. This article subsequently suggests five avenues for erecting global disciplinary bridges for new collaborative territories, including increased awareness of scholarly histories, international scholars, the perceptions of the relationships between rhetoric, argumentation, and persuasion, and scholarly organizations as well as taking advantage of synchronous and asynchronous technologies that can foster mutual global scholarly awareness and participation.
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