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Rhetoric Society of America – Call for Papers ... Rhetorics for All ... Deadline extended to August 2, 2019

The deadline to submit projects to Rhetorics for All has been extended to August 2, 2019.

The Rhetoric Society of America invites you to contribute your work to “Rhetorics for All” (RFA), an exhaustive catalogue of the public projects undertaken by members of the society.

Modeled on the “Humanities for All” initiative of the National Humanities Alliance, the RFA aims to collect publicly engaged rhetorical scholarship in a central location, give it greater visibility through RSA networks, and facilitate connections between those pursuing such scholarship within and beyond the society. RSA believes that a public catalogue of the engaged work of our membership will provide models for public work, enhance collaboration across the society, and broaden the narrative regarding the role of rhetorical study in higher education and contemporary culture.

RFA uses a broad understanding of the public humanities. Following definitions of the public humanities by the NHA and the NEH, the RFA seeks to catalogue a wide range of public projects. The following lists varieties of public work which we wish to catalogue, but it is not exhaustive.

  1. Public Audiences. We are seeking rhetorical research that bring the ideas and insights of rhetorical scholarship to a general audience. This includes podcasts, public lectures, public writing, op-eds, editorials, letters, blogs, or writing circulated on the web.
  2. Engaged Research. We are seeking work in which rhetorical scholars partner with community members at any stage in the research, writing, publishing process. This includes rhetorical field work that relies on community engagement.
  3. Engaged pedagogy. We are seeking innovative pedagogies designed to engage students in public life. This includes service-learning projects, internships, curriculum re-designs, etc.
  4. The infrastructure of engagement. We want to catalogue structures that support public scholarship and public engagement, including degree programs, symposiums, lecture-series, technologies, centers, and funding mechanisms.

Because the value of the RFA depends on broad participation, RSA strongly encourages its membership to submit their publicly engaged work.

To contribute, please send a 300-word description of your work and, if possible, a photograph. The description should stress the public engagement aspects of the project. Consider the paragraph and the photograph as advertising copy: what do you want your peers to know about this work.

Submit all materials (or questions) to RSA Public Humanities officer Dave Tell ( by August 2, 2019. All contributed materials will be included.

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