Rhetoric Society of America Seventh Biennial Institute, 2017

Seminars: Monday, May 22 – Thursday, May 25, 2017
Workshops:Thursday, May 25 – Saturday, May 27, 2017
Seminars will run Monday morning through Thursday noon. Workshops will run Thursday afternoon through Saturday noon. There will be a plenary lunch provided for both seminar and workshop participants on Thursday at noon, featuring our keynote lecture.
Location: Indiana University Bloomington

Director: John Louis Lucaites, Provost Professor, Department of English
Hosted by: Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences




Sponsored by:
IU College of Arts & Sciences
IU Department of Communication & Culture
IU Department of English
The College Arts & Humanities Institute
Culbertson Fund

About the Institute

The 2017 Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington Indiana is coming up in May 2017! The application deadline has now passed. Acceptances will be sent out and registration will open at the end of January 2017.

The 2017 Institute will be the largest Institute yet with eight seminars and twenty-one workshops led by some of the most innovative, inspiring and engaged scholars working on rhetoric today. [Read More]

Eric King WattsKeynote Speaker
Eric King Watts
Associate Professor of Communication
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Title: “Racism, Race, and the Rhetorical Labors of (Bio)Diversity.”

Abstract: This lecture will begin an intervention into the “problem” of diversity by attending to the actual rhetorical labors it performs. It is commonplace for institutions, groups, and individuals to perceive diversity work as a set of discursive practices put together by specialists recruited to address some sort of crisis or emergency; since such crises are repetitive, diversity work seems to fail, repeatedly; this ritual has given diversity a bad name; it has been slurred. This lecture, then, will attempt to provide a radical re-contextualization of diversity by doing what might, at first blush, seem crazy, or paradoxical. The lecture will reintegrate diversity into the discourses of biopolitical racism, racial formation, and contemporary enjoyment of the postracial. The lecture will contend that diversity has always had a hidden prefix, “bio,” and by re-attaching it, rhetorical studies has a vital “object” of study and can advance our understanding of the invention and manipulation of human difference.