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 and registration will begin in early 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.

The eight seminars will investigate the racial contract (Mark McPhail and Keith Miler), the new materialism (Diane Davis and Thomas Rickert), rhetoric’s affect and the affect of rhetoric (Joshua Gunn and Jenny Rice), digital rhetoric beyond the screen (James Brown, Casey Boyle, and Steph Ceraso), in/visible bodies and human rights (Wendy Hesford and Wendy Kozol), post-cold war presidential rhetoric (John Murphy and Mary Stuckey), the rhetorical spaces of memory (Carole Blair and Greg  Dickinson), and queer archival immersion—to be held in the world famous Kinsey Institute and working with its collections (Charles Morris, E. Cram, Eric Darnell Pritchard, K.J. Rawson, and Jennifer Tyburczy).

The Institute Workshops will feature a workshop on academic publishing led by the immediate past editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech and the current editor of Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and a wide array of topical workshops on argumentation, the archive, animal rhetoric, computational rhetoric, decolonizing rhetoric in the 21st century, disability rhetorics, rhetoric and environmental justice, rhetoric and the scientific object, rhetoric and sport, non-western rhetorical traditions, cinema and social movement, sonic rhetoric … and well … so much more.

Spring is a beautiful time of the year in Bloomington. The Indiana University campus is a short walk from Kirkwood Avenue where Bloomington features a wide array of ethnic cuisines. The Art Museum, designed by I. M. Pei holds an incredible collection of art, and the Lilly Rare Book library holds a wide collection of rare books and special holdings, including a Gutenberg Bible (you can actually touch it you like!), the original manuscript for Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, and some of Kenneth Burke’s letters (for you Burkophiles out there). We also have a state of the art, world class cinema. We have also secured blocks of hotel rooms at the Biddle Hotel in the Indiana Memorial Union, as well as low cost housing in newly renovated, single occupation dormitories.

I know I speak for all of my colleagues in Indiana University’s newly formed rhetoric program, housed in the English department but which brings together rhetoricians from both communication and composition, when I say that I look forward to seeing you in Bloomington between May 21-27, 2017.

If you have any questions please contact us at RSA2017@indiana.edu.