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Why Attend the 2012 RSA Conference?: Speakers, Supersessions, a Seminar, and a Research Network

Hello everyone, 

Are you wondering whether or not to submit a paper or panel proposal for the 2012 RSA Conference in Philadelphia (May 25-28, 2012)? If you are, let me help you with your decision by giving you a Preview of Coming Attractions. And if you think they look interesting, be sure to submit your proposal by the deadline: Friday, September 16, 2011

So why attend the 2012 RSA Conference? 


• Jacqueline Jones Royster will present the Sunday luncheon keynote.

• Kathleen Hall Jamieson and Karlyn Kohrs Campbell will collaboratively present the Friday General Session Featured Talk before the Friday Evening Reception. 


1. Human Rights Rhetorics: Arabella Lyon and Lester Olson 2. Transnational Rhetorics: Ralph Cintron and Bob Hariman 3. Rhetorical Leadership: Greg Clark and David Kaufer 4. Women in the History of Rhetoric: Cheryl Glenn 5. Visual Rhetoric & Presidential Politics: Cara Finnegan 6. Decolonial Rhetorics of Indigeneity and Latinidad: Victor Villanueva 7. Rhetoric and Film: Joyce Middleton and Kendall Phillips. 8. ... (There will be others!) 


• Prof. Laurent Pernot: I know many of you were disappointed when Prof. Pernot had to cancel his appearance at the 2010 conference, but he has agreed to conduct a seminar and give a featured speech in Philadelphia next year. 


This program offers a unique opportunity for graduate students to expand their contacts in the field and to discuss and improve their work. Of course, we encourage graduate students to submit proposals for individual presentations, panels, and special events. But we also recognize that one of the highlights of the conference for everyone is the chance to meet and converse with established scholars.  For that reason, RSA 2012 will once again include a special program offering emerging scholars the opportunity meet and talk with one another and with a senior scholar and to do this in an informal small group setting.  Be on the lookout for another e-bulletin with details about the research network. 


To submit a paper or panel presentation for RSA 2012, simply go to the following URL and follow the instructions: 

OK, that's all for now. Here's hoping to see you all in Philadelphia! 

Best wishes, 

Kris Ratcliffe
President-elect Rhetoric Society of America

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