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]
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.