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RSA 2016: Deadline for Submissions is July 15, 2015

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 17th Biennial Rhetoric Society of America conference (May 27-29, 2016 in Atlanta) is July 15, 2015. The theme of the conference is "Rhetoric and Change." 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.

Interested parties are invited to submit abstracts for individual papers, and proposals for panels or special format events (roundtables, debates, etc.). In recognition of rhetoric's international reach, we especially encourage proposals from scholars located outside of the United States. Panels representing only one institution are strongly discouraged and a slight preference will be shown for panels representing not only different institutions but also different disciplinary fields (e.g., Composition, English, and Communication). Submissions that take advantage of off-site venues are also encouraged, but note that submitters are responsible for the logistics of arranging these. We encourage those of you who recently attended the RSA Institute in Madison to consider submitting proposals grounded in your valuable work there.

Individual paper proposals should be a maximum 350 words. Panel proposals for 3-4 presenters should be a maximum of 1000 words. We also invite "special format proposals," including roundtables and alternative types of presentations. Special format proposals should be a maximum of 350 words. Individuals may not submit more than two proposals, either individually or as part of a panel.

In order to submit your proposal, please visit the RSA submission site: 

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