Carolina Rhetoric Conference 2019

Continuing the Conversation of Rhetoric’s Keywords

Welcome to the Carolina Rhetoric Conference (CRC) 2019 hosted by NC State’s Rhetoric Society of America Student Chapter. Each year, Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, and NC State University rotate hosting CRC. We are happy to have this collaboration as it gives us opportunities to build a stronger community of rhetorical scholarship and gives us an opportunity to get to know one another and each other’s work. You will find that this is one of the best regional conferences to attend with connections to leading scholars in the field. Join us on NC State’s campus April 12th-13th! Please continue to check this website as information will be updated.

This year’s event is sponsored by the Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media Student Association and the Rhetoric Society of America. We are delighted and excited to welcome you to join us to discuss the conference theme “Continuing the Conversation of Rhetoric’s Keywords.”

This theme is largely inspired by RSA’s 50th anniversary as an organization and the Special Issue titled, “Keywords: A Glossary of the Pasts and Futures of the Rhetoric Society of America.”  We are proud to say that the Carolina Rhetoricians were well represented in this issue, see abstracts here. The special issue featured essays that commemorated the organization’s intellectual, scholarly, and historical achievements. Based on sixty submissions, the editorial board chose the following nine keywords: the body, the digital, energy, genre, kairos, memory, public, resistance, and sound. We would like to know what you, graduate students, junior faculty, senior faculty, independent scholars, and community leaders would like to add to this list. What is missing from this list? What can be built on from this list? What does a keyword do? How can we use keywords?What are the consequences and affordances of having a list of keywords for rhetoric? View the full CPF here.

Be sure to check the upcoming Schedule to find panel times and locations as it becomes updated.  Again, we look forward to having an open, accessible, and generative conference by providing opportunities to share your scholarship and through offering connections with other graduate students and faculty in the region.

The deadline for submissions is February 8, 2019. Please submit your proposal using the CRC19 Submission Form

If you have questions, please email the conference co-chairs Laura Roberts, Mai Xiong, and Matt Halm at

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