Welcome to the Society!

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) offers rhetoricians multiple points of entry and enthusiasm. It is fitting that the word “society” should lead this welcome, since rhetoricians understand better than most the importance of gathering with others for a common purpose; moreover, being a rhetorician today (as in plenty of other days) can be a dispiriting business, and sociality helps. The common purpose this particular society sustains is the study of rhetoric as a historically situated cultural practice. Accordingly, ASHR’s programming—from panels organized for its annual NCA unit, to papers given at its biennial symposia, to articles published in its journal—promotes discussion about strains and domains of rhetoric in all historical periods, cultural contexts, and theoretical guises.

Upcoming Events

American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) Symposium

in/and the History of Rhetoric

UPDATE: March 30, 2020

Dear ASHR Members:

We hope you are doing alright in these upset and upsetting times.

We write to update you on the status of the ASHR Symposium. In consultation with the presenters, we have decided to avail of a different and optional format: presenters have been invited to create 3-5-minute audio or video files that tease the content of what would have been their presentations. We will host these files on the ASHR website. Expect another message from us in June with instructions on how to access them.

Until then,

Wishing you well,
Michele Kennerly, ASHR President
with the Steering Committee

More information . . .