RSA Bi-Annual Conference


We would like to acknowledge that RSA 2022 is convening on the ancestral homeland of the Paskestikweya people in Baltimore City and on the unceded land of the Piscataway, Lumbee, and Cherokee peoples. We wish to pay our respects to the elders, and past and present citizens, of the Cedarville Band of the Piscataway Conoy, the Piscataway Indian Nation, and the Piscataway Conoy Tribe. We strive to hold space and value the perspectives that these nations share regarding their histories, cultures, and traditions.

Additional resources and information to help you learn more about the many Indigenous people who call the land and waters of the Chesapeake Bay home will be posted on the conference web page. A donation has been made by RSA to the Baltimore American Indian Center [], founded by Lumbee Tribal Members. We encourage all meeting attendees who can, to do the same.

Finally, thank you to the Visual Resources Association [] for sharing their labor and the resources they developed for their own Meeting to help us at RSA acknowledge and honor the Indigenous Peoples in Baltimore and surrounding areas.

Also, check out the Guide to Indigenous Baltimore app, available in the Apple app store and for Android on Google Play. In the mid-twentieth century, thousands of Lumbee Indians and members of other tribal nations migrated to Baltimore City, seeking jobs and a better quality of life. They settled on the east side of town, in an area that bridges the neighborhoods of Upper Fells Point and Washington Hill. Here, they created a vibrant, intertribal American Indian community, which they affectionately referred to as “the reservation,” in its heyday. Use this app to learn about places and spaces important to American Indian history and continued presence in the city.

 Updated 5-23-2022

Here is a link to the current RSA22 Programs:

Important: Please note you can adjust the time zone that displays on your screen by clicking on the black box with the clock icon in the upper left hand side of the screen. Please take a look at the time zone that is being displayed for you; the system will default to your local time zone. The meeting time zone is EDT. Please check the time zone when browsing the program.

This web-based program should function well on your mobile device. However, the program will also be available on the Guidebook app.

In browsing the program, what Confex is calling "Presentation Sessions" are sessions that were created from individual papers. What Confex is calling "Panel Sessions" or "Special Format Sessions" were submitted as complete sessions (panels, roundtables, etc.). If you'd like to browse everything together (including the Virtual sessions), choose "Meeting Calendar" then click Fri 27/ Sat 28/ Sun 29 to see a list of each day's sessions. For sessions created from individual papers, click the "View Papers" button to see the list of papers and authors (from there you can click each paper title to read the abstract of each paper). All co-authors should be visible (presenting authors currently are bolded), as well as all institutional affiliations.

As a reminder, there will be no printed version of the full program available on-site in Maryland. Both the in-person and virtual programs will be available online on this Confex program site (which you can also access on your mobile device) and via the Guidebook app. If you want a printed version of the full program, you will need to download what is available on-line and bring it with you. When you check-in at the conference registration desk you will receive a short conference guidebook with important information, including a schedule of the plenary sessions and special events, and up-to-date conference safety information.

How to Download RSA 2022's Guidebook App

You can continue to use the Confex program via the web on your mobile device. OR you can now download the Guidebook app from the Apple or Android app store.

To find the Guidebook, access your mobile app store and search “RSA 2022 Conference.” The app should appear at the top of the list, then simply download. To access the program in the app, click the three lines in the upper left-hand corner of the home page, then click Schedule. Please note the time zone in which items are being displayed; the time zone of the conference is EDT. You can add items to your personal schedule in the app by clicking the green + button next to their titles.

Please note that everyone will have access to all the virtual sessions and their recordings (available about a week after the conference). To access virtual conference events, click the following link and login with the email address you used to register for the conference Once you’ve done so, you should get an automated email that will allow you to access the virtual conference platform. You can join virtual sessions by clicking on the session in the virtual platform schedule and then clicking the Join Now button that will be available at the time of the session.

There will be no program changes or corrections accepted after today (5-2-2022).

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!

Colorado State University Department of Communication Studies

Northwestern University School of Communication

Pennsylvania State University Department of Communication Arts and Sciences

The Ted and Tracy McCourtney Endowment for Civic Deliberation, Penn State University

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Communication and Center for Writing Studies

University of Maryland Department of Communication

University of Memphis Department of Communication & Film

University of Texas at El Paso Department of English

Vanderbilt University Department of Communication Studies

University of Alabama Press

Michigan State University Press

Parlor Press

Penn State University Press

University of South Carolina Press

Taylor & Francis