2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference

Cultural Rhetorics scholars study meaning-making practices and, sometimes, the things produced through those practices, such as baskets, books, dances, poems, websites, buildings, and landscapes.

We use the term “cultural rhetorics” to emphasize an orientation to a set of constellating methodological and theoretical frames we engage in our scholarly and teaching practices. Those frames draw from and across Rhetoric & Composition Studies, various Ethnic Studies fields, Postcolonial Studies, Decolonial Studies, Gender Studies, Performance Studies, Cultural Studies, and others.

While cultural rhetorics covers a wide breadth of fields and disciplines, we hadn’t had a central home or space to get together and share our work. The 2014 Cultural Rhetorics Conference: Entering the Conversation, hosted by the Cultural Rhetorics Theory Lab and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University, was that space.

Please take a look at the conference program from the 2014 conference. Also, check out the Cultural Rhetorics Conference Special Issue in enculturation: a journal of rhetoric, writing, and culture here

Photo by Suban Nur Cooley