Welcome to the website of the Rhetoric Society of America. RSA is the umbrella organization for multi-disciplinary scholars, teachers, and students who are interested in the study of rhetoric in all of its historical and contemporary permutations.
The Rhetoric Society of America represents a large and growing community of scholars, teachers and students interested in the study of rhetoric. RSA embraces a broad conception of rhetoric which includes spoken, written, visual and material texts circulating in a wide variety of situations ranging from the public to the private and from face-to-face to digital, within historical and contemporary social, political, and cultural contexts including race, gender, class, sexuality, and ethnicity among others. We believe that the arts of persuasion, with a rich history dating to antiquity, continue to be a vital force in shaping public life and are committed to furthering its study.
Our members pursue rhetorical studies in various ways: some by focusing on the long, rich traditions of rhetoric in various cultures and others by critically interrogating contemporary dynamics of power, identity, and difference. Our association provides support for these and other aspects of rhetorical studies including its history, theory, pedagogy, practice and criticism.
Perhaps most importantly, RSA serves as a bridge for scholars housed in various disciplines, allowing them to come together to explore aspects of rhetoric together. Our more than 1600 members come from a wide range of departments including communication studies, composition, English, history, linguistics, philosophy, political science and sociology.
We also boast members from more than a dozen nations including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Israel, and Sweden. In addition, RSA enjoys productive and mutually rewarding relationships with numerous other rhetoric societies like the Canadian Society for the Study of Rhetoric, the Latin American Rhetoric Association, and the Rhetoric Society of Europe.
RSA pursues its broader agenda through a variety of activities. We sponsor a biennial national conference in even-numbered years. The next conference will be held over Memorial Day weekend, 2014, in San Antonio, TX. For more information about the conference, CLICK HERE.
In odd-numbered years, RSA sponsors a summer institute consisting of week-long seminars and two-day workshops on specific topics in rhetoric. The next RSA Institute will be held June 1 - 7, 2015 at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. For more information on the institute, CLICK HERE.
We are also pleased to publish the Rhetoric Society Quarterly, a leading interdisciplinary journal covering all areas of rhetorical studies. RSQ is published five times per year – four quarterly issues and one issue on a designated topic or theme. For more information on the journal, CLICK HERE.
If you are interested in rhetorical studies, please consider joining RSA. For a membership application, CLICK HERE. If you are already a member, navigating the website will bring you in contact with RSA activities and projects, and we invite your continued active participation.