2019 Institute

Co-Directors: Jessica Enoch and Kristy Maddux


8th Biennial RSA Summer Institute
University of Maryland, College Park
College Park, Maryland
June 3 - 8, 2019

The members of the rhetoric faculty at the University of Maryland, College Park are thrilled to host the 8th biennial RSA Institute in summer 2019. Like Institutes before it, UMD will offer two ways for scholars to participate:

●      8 week-long seminars Monday, June 3rd to Thursday, June 6th
●      25 weekend workshops Thursday, June 6th to Saturday, June 8th. 

The key terms for the UMD Institute are archives, diversity, memory, politics, and protest. Our Institute leaders are among the finest and most innovative scholars in rhetorical studies and will explore these terms in deep and provocative ways. 

More specifically, our seminars will invite conversation and study around African American rhetorics and pedagogies (Richardson and Carey), intersectional feminisms (Glenn and Chavez), digital rhetorics and race (Brown and Knight Steele), social protest (Cloud and Towns), medical rhetorics (Jack and Jensen), public memory (Vivian and Mack), visual rhetoric (Marshall, Bruce, Webb), and archival research methods (Ore and Stillion Southard). 

Our workshops will take on topics ranging from foodways rhetorics (Alvarez and Kelly), rhetorical placemaking (Dickinson and Ackerman), cultural rhetorics (Powell and Long-Smith), and career planning (Kerschbaum and Bostdorff), to rhetorical education (Ratcliffe and Jensen), neoliberalism (Asen and Dingo), rhetoric and migration (Flores and Harris), and, of course, much more! 

Leaders and participants at the Institute will be able to take full advantage of our UMD location. This major research institution houses excellent collaborative research facilities, strong English and Communication departments, as well as MITH, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. Just a few metro stops away, in Washington, D.C., participants can explore archives, museums, monuments, and sites for all kinds of political exchange. Excellent new restaurants are easily accessible from the local hotels and lower-cost housing at residence halls. 

We hope you’ll join us at UMD for the 2019 Institute. We’re excited to welcome you to campus and to engage our key terms and questions together!

Plesae click here for a copy of the 2019 Insitute flyer.