Call for Nominations: Inaugural ASHR Outstanding Mentor Award

American Society for the History of Rhetoric
Outstanding Mentor Award

Call for Nominations

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) invites submissions for its inaugural Outstanding Mentor Award. We are excited to introduce this award and to recognize the formative, consequential mentoring that sustains the history of rhetoric and those who study it.

Eligibility: Nominees for the Award must be: a) either current members of ASHR or willing to join upon receipt of the award and b) have a past relationship with or be willing to commit to a future relationship to ASHR.

Nomination packets must include:

  1. A letter of nomination outlining how the nominee fulfills the Award criteria (see below);
    1. The nominee’s current CV;
    1. At least one but no more than two letters of support signed by at least two people who have first-hand experience with the nominee’s mentorship (e.g., mentees, community members, students).

The selection committee will base its decision on the following criteria:

  1. Consistent, on-going, and superlative support for others working in or with the history of rhetoric;
    1. Specific support and advocacy for students, community members, and/or colleagues historically marginalized within the study of the history of rhetoric;
    1. Investment in mentorship roles that extends beyond the requirements of the nominee’s paid positions;
    1. Evidence of the mentor’s lasting impact within the field of rhetorical history, on the nominee’s campus, and/or in larger communities.

Please submit all materials via email (MS Word or PDF) to the selection committee co-chair, Prof. Christa Olson, at (.)

The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2021.

For more on ASHR awards, including a list of past winners, click here.

Dr. Christa Olson
Department of English
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Call for Nominations: 2021 ASHR Outstanding Dissertation Award

American Society for the History of Rhetoric
Outstanding Dissertation Award

Call for Nominations

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) invites submissions for its 2021 Outstanding Dissertation Award.

The ASHR Outstanding Dissertation Award honors a dissertation of especial significance to the Society’s mission and defended between September 11, 2020, and September 10, 2021. ASHR encourages a rich and pluralistic conception of the history of rhetoric. The selection committee hopes to see dissertations treating histories of rhetoric around the world, from any time period, and drawn from varied archives—formal and informal. We welcome historical work on rhetoric informed by a diversity of theoretical and methodological traditions.


Non-members may be nominated or self-nominated for the award. ASHR will sponsor membership at the student rate for one year for the winner.

A dissertation may only be nominated for the Award once even if its date of defense would qualify it in two years.

Each nomination packet for the Award must include:

  1. A 1-2 page dissertation abstract;
    1. The dissertation’s table of contents;
    1. The introduction and one chapter (more may be requested of finalists);
    1. A letter of recommendation from the dissertation advisor or a committee member. The letter must include the date of dissertation defense.

The selection committee will use the following criteria to determine the recipient of the Award:

  1. Significance of the dissertation’s contributions to the study of rhetorical history / histories of rhetoric (e.g., expanding, synthesizing, correcting, and/or re-directing previous scholarship);
    1. Effective, generative use of methodological and/or analytical tools;
    1. Engagement with primary and secondary texts demonstrating depth and breadth of knowledge about subjects or objects and their contexts;
    1. Clear, accessible, engaging prose and style;
    1. The dissertation’s contribution to the Society’s commitments to diversity, equity, and access through topic, content, citational choices, and/or framing.

Please submit all materials via email (MS Word or PDF) to the selection committee co-chair, Dr. Jamie Downing, at (.)

The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2021.

For more on ASHR awards, including a list of past winners, click here.

Dr. Jamie Downing
Assistant Professor of Rhetoric
Department of Communication
Georgia College

Announcing the 2022 ASHR Symposium!

Rhetoric in Motu

Baltimore, Maryland | May 25-27, 2022
Immediately prior to the 2022 Rhetoric Society of America Convention

Many definitions of rhetoric center around the ability to move, inspire, motivate, or energize. From the ability to call masses to action, to the catalyzing of social movements that interrogate and redefine the status quo, rhetoric is about mobility, motion, movement, potentiality, and energy.

Rhetoric in motu, a counterpart to our past symposium theme of rhetoric in situ, is the theme of the 2022 American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) Symposium, the first after a global pandemic that had forced many to stop and stay mostly in one place, location, nation, while challenging notions of presence and movement through technological and digital innovations. The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified and made visible inequalities, differences as systemic, historic, stubborn in their stasis, yet moving many to new or renewed action. Rhetoric in motu is about mobility, motion, movement, energy, corporeality, connecting back to the 2020 symposium theme of excess, superfluidity, infinity, extravagance, and immoderation.

We are excited to announce three keynote speakers who will address the theme of the 2022 ASHR Symposium, rhetoric in motuMaryam Ahmadi, Dr. Rudo Mudiwa, and Dr. Karrieann Soto Vega.

For more information on the 2022 ASHR Symposium, including the full CFP, click here.

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In this interview, I speak to Dr. Rudo Mudiwa, Post-Doctoral Research Associate in Comparative Literature at Princeton University, and winner of last year’s ASHR Dissertation Award for her project, “The Prostitute as Citizen: Mobile Women, Urban Space, and the Threat of Disorder in Zimbabwe.” Dr. Mudiwa earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Culture, with a minor in African Studies, from Indiana University, Bloomington.

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ASHR Interview: Student Paper Award Winner Marissa Croft on the Rhetoric of Fashion

For this latest ASHR interview, I spoke with Marissa Croft, a PhD Candidate at Northwestern University, and winner of ASHR’s 2019 Student Paper Award. Croft’s paper, “An Object Worthy of the Attention of a Sensible Republican”: Establishing the Characteristics of a Revolutionary Republican Political Style through the Costume Reform Project of the Société Populaire et Républicaine des Arts (1793-1795),” examined the rhetorical implications of dress and costume in French revolutionary discourse.

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