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Graduate Student Annual Webinar - Call for Proposals

Deadline: November 15, 2013

Rhetoric Society of America

Call for Proposals

Graduate Student Annual Webinar
Deadline: November 15, 2013

The Rhetoric Society of America calls for innovative proposals for the third annual graduate student webinar, an event designed to be accessible to all student members of RSA. The webinar may focus on a topic of scholarly interest or professional development. The principal consideration in selecting a webinar proposal will be the extent to which the topic invites wide interest and bridges institutional affiliations (i.e. English and Communication). The webinar should seek to incorporate an interactive forum for participants, regardless of its specific format (e.g. scholarly talk, panel discussion, roundtable). Themes could draw on issues of shared professional concern, such as publishing, getting a job, or applying for grants. Alternatively, the webinar may function as an opportunity to explore broad disciplinary questions, with participation from senior rhetoric scholars. Another option may be to organize the webinar around a book selected for the RSA annual book award. 

The student chapter that sponsors the webinar will be responsible for facilitating the webinar and providing the necessary technology. In keeping with RSA’s goal of creating more opportunities for graduate student collaboration and conversation across campuses throughout the year, the webinar must be made available to all RSA student members. RSA will assist with promoting the event, which would ideally take place in the first quarter of 2014, in advance of the RSA Conference in San Antonio.

Last year's webinar featured an interactive talk by Professor Rita Raley hosted by the Digital Writing and Research Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. Raley’s talk was entitled “From Creative Cloning to Where-Next: Tactical Media as Speculative Practice” and took up questions of activism and media’s ability to adapt to changing material and rhetorical situations. For more information about previous webinars, please click here.

Webinar proposals should be submitted online no later than November 15, 2013.  Proposals must include a principal contact person, a rationale for the webinar (500 words or fewer), and a description of the technology that will be used. Submissions may also choose to include an event budget (if requesting financial support). CLICK HERE to submit your proposal.

Selected proposals will be notified by mid-December 2013. Questions may be directed to Kendall Gerdes ( and Jennie Keohane (


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