2022 ASHR Symposium: Rhetoric in Motu

We are pleased to announce the program for the 2022 Rhetoric in Motu Symposium, which will be held prior to the Rhetoric Society of America convention in Baltimore, MD, USA from May 25-27, 2022. Please see below for additional details.

Wednesday, May 25

2:00 pm – 3:15 pm — Panel #1: Monuments, Memorials, Memory

Active Chairs: Jennie Keohane, University of Baltimore, and Natalie Bennie, Penn State University

Louise Zamparutti, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, “Monument in Motu”

Junyi Lv, University of Southern California, “Memories in Motu: Oil Museums in Rhetorical Spheres”

Dylan Rollo, Northwestern University, “Material Rhetoric Unmoored”

Geoff Clegg, Midwestern State University, “Whatever Became of Cheikh Anta Diop’s Dream?: African Rhetorical History after Black Athena”

3:45 pm – 5:00 pm — Panel #2: Movements/Moving to Action/Love for Others

Active Chair: Jordan Loveridge, Mount St. Mary’s University

Curry Kennedy, Virginia Military Institute, “‘No Stranger Motive’: Love and Rhetoric in Augustine’s De catechizandus rudibus”

Meg Itoh, University of Maryland, “Slithering Toward Social Change: Mobility, Power, and Transnational Rhetorics of Resistance”

Elizabeth Ellis Miller, Mississippi State University, “Civil Rights Rhetoric’s Movements: Recovering the 1957 Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom”

Isaac Richards, Brigham Young University, “The American Religion and the Rhetoric of Theophany”

5:30 pm — Keynote #1: Dr. Karrieann Soto Vega, University of Kentucky

“Reverberations of Defiance: Activating Memory in Anticolonial Activism”

Thursday, May 26

9:00 am – 10:15 am — Panel #3: Theory, Teaching, Practice

Active Chair: Michele Kennerly, Penn State University

Atilla Hallsby, University of Minnesota, “Rethinking Rhetoric: Toward a Secret Historiography of Rhetoric”

Carolyn Commer, Virginia Tech University, “Moving Moments: On Using the Octalogs to Teach Rhetoric’s Histories”

Kaitlyn Patia, Whitman College, “Turn On, Tune In, Burnout: Theorizing Energy, Rhetoric, and Resistance”

Kendall Gerdes, University of Utah, “Moving Force: Rhetoric and Violence in the Time of Solon”

10:45 am – 12:00 pm — Panel #4: Global Mobility

Active Chair: Allison Prasch, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Walter Lucken IV, Wayne State University, “Lampedusa: Toward an Oceanic History of Rhetoric”

Nabila Hijazi, Loyola University Maryland, “Syrian Refugee Women Thriving While Being Mobile”

Josie Portz, University of Arizona, “Phantom Mobility: Coercion, Conversion, and Letter Writing in Colonial Sri Lanka”

12:00 pm – 1:25 pm — Presenters to have lunch with active chairs; food provided by ASHR

1:30 pm — Keynote #2: Dr. Rudo Mudiwa, University of California, Irvine

“Invention: The Master Term for Overthrowing the Master”

3:30 pm – 4:45 pm — Panel #5: Mobility, Gender, Sexuality

Active Chair: Amber Kelsie, Wake Forest University

Marissa Croft, Northwestern University, “Movement and the Dress Reform Movement: Uncovering the Mobility Rhetorics of the Rainy-Day Dress”

Tim Etzkom, Indiana University, “Cooking Up Americanness: Rhetoric, Cookbooks, and American Identity in Motion”

Tyler J Martinez, “An Embodied Queer Rhetoric of Motion”

Friday, May 27

9:00 am – 10:15 am — Panel #6: Movement/Activism/Current Events

Active Chair: Andre E. Johnson, University of Memphis

Eric Detweiler, Middle Tennessee State University, “When Feelings Move, Whose Feelings Matter?”

Jose Manuel Cortez, University of Oregon, “Undocumenting Rhetoric”

River Cook, Wake Forest University, “Anarchic Communication and Modern Conspiracy Theories: Using QAnon to Interrogate Argumentation on Social Media”

Ben Wetherbee, The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, “Showing as Troping as Moving amid COVID-19: An Epideictic Turn”

10:45 am — Keynote #3: Maryam Ahmadi, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Semi-Colonial Rhetoric: Persian Balaghat at the Limits of the ‘Non-West'”

A PDF of the Symposium program is also available.