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May 26-29, 2016

RSA 17th Biennial Conference

Rhetoric & Change

Hilton Downtown, Atlanta, Georgia

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Hilton, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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RSA 2016 - Undergraduate Research Network

The RSA 2016 convention will feature an Undergraduate Research Network on Saturday, May 28th from 11:00am to 1:45pm. The Undergraduate Research Network will match talented undergraduate rhetoricians with a faculty mentor and peers with similar interests for a workshop-type discussion of student projects, as well as conversation on issues in contemporary rhetorical studies.

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17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America Conference

Rhetoric Society of America Conference
Atlanta, Georgia
May 27-29, 2016

Gregory Clark
Cara Finnegan
Jenny Rice

We live and work in the context of change. Technologies, climate patterns, educational practices, economic models, cultural values: changes are swiftly moving channels that cut across our everyday lives. We are sometimes told that change is good, positive, and inevitable. Yet, at the same time, change can also mark volatility and loss. Change is a transformational energy.

The 2016 theme “Rhetoric and Change” can be read in two directions. Rhetoric prompts change, but we also bring change to rhetoric. Even our various definitions of rhetoric begin from the shared premise that rhetoric is the study and theory of adaptation, transformation, improvisation, alteration. In essence, rhetoric is the study of change.

Atlanta has been one such place marked by change across its history. The history of civil rights movements in Atlanta reflects the ways that rhetoric and change feed into each other, prompting changes in the ways we speak and in the ways we take action. Atlanta also mirrors a changing techno-landscape that marks many transnational cities across the world. Home to Coca-Cola, CNN, UPS, AT&T Mobility, and the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta is an inevitably point of contact with international flows of discourse, people, and things.

The 2016 conference theme invites inquiries about all kinds of change: evolutions and revolutions, transformations and deformations, progresses and failures. We encourage presenters to consider rhetorics of change and the material effects (or lack thereof) of such rhetorics. As we near the 50th anniversary of the Rhetoric Society of America, we may also consider our own disciplinary (r)evolutions.

Registration is now open for the 2016 RSA Biennial Conference at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown - May 27-29, 2016. To register CLICK HERE.

Extending the RSA commitment to professional mentoring, a diverse set of pre-conference activities will begin the day before, including workshops on leadership in and outside the academy, on sustaining research for contingent faculty, the career retreat on advancement for associate professors, and the RSA/ISHR seminar in classical rhetoric —this year on Quintilian.

All in all, the program is shaping up nicely, and we’re sure you will find the conference interesting, enjoyable and productive.