“The Contemporary Relevance of the History of Rhetoric”
American Society for the History of Rhetoric

February 15–17, 2019 | University of Texas at Austin

Keynote Speakers

Cheryl Glenn (Pennsylvania State University)

David Zarefsky (Northwestern University)

Call for Paper Proposals

What is the value of rhetoric’s history for our contemporary worries over the powers of persuasion, the misuse of political discourse, and the subverting of democratic forms of discourse? How might traditional concepts in rhetorical theory help us make sense of our contemporary trends in digital rhetoric, online communication, and the functioning of political communities? What can the rhetorical tradition contribute to our discussions concerning fake news, incivility, political gridlock, racism, populist leaders, sexual harassment, environmental degradation, and beyond?

The American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) invites submissions for a conference that will explore the value of figures, traditions, and topics in the history of rhetoric. The point of this conference is to show the relevance of rhetoric in any tradition or culture. While all quality work in the history of rhetoric will be considered, we especially encourage submissions that utilize important topics, concepts, or figures from the history of rhetoric for our contemporary needs and audiences.

Building upon a diverse range of voices and approaches, this conference seeks to enliven our scholarship on the history of rhetoric, as well as its application in our teaching. Beyond talks by prominent keynote speakers and various opportunities to interact with other scholars, this conference will feature a discussion session on diversifying the teaching of the history of rhetoric.

This event will be held on February 15–17, 2019 in Austin, Texas. Faculty and students interested in presenting at this event are encouraged to submit a 250-word paper proposal to Dr. Scott Stroud, ASHR President, by August 31, 2018, at All submissions should be composed in English, stripped of author identification for peer review, and submitted as either a Word document or a PDF. Accepted presenters must be ASHR members at the time of the event.

For more information on ASHR or its journal, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, visit