Camp Rhetoric

Camp Rhetoric is AEIR’s flagship event. Each winter, we will post the most recent Call for Papers here. We also invite you to peruse the camps we’ve hosted over the past decade.

Camp Rhetoric 2018: Precarious Times, Contested Identities

Call for Proposals  /  November 30 Deadline 

Fellow Rhetoricians!

You are cordially invited to participate in Camp Rhetoric 2018, a graduate student-centered, inter-university and interdisciplinary conference on rhetoric, to convene in State College, Pennsylvania, on March 30 and 31, 2018.

Camp Rhetoric is the flagship event of the Arnold-Ebbitt Interdisciplinary Rhetoricians (AEIR) at Penn State. AEIR annually hosts graduate students and faculty from nearby universities for a day of fellowship and scholarship. This year, we plan to host scholars from more universities than ever before, stretching from Maryland to Wisconsin to Georgia. At Camp Rhetoric 2018, every graduate student attendee will find a session—and sometimes several—that speaks to their interests: theory, method, criticism, composition studies, applied linguistics, technology, professionalization, and pedagogy will all be represented.

As a prelude to our traditional Saturday Camp Rhetoric activities, on Friday, March 30thErin J. Rand will be presenting at the Communication Arts and Sciences colloquium, and Cristina D. Ramirez will be leading a workshop on grant writing.

On Saturday, March 31Cristina D. Ramirez will deliver Camp Rhetoric 2018’s keynote address. The day will feature student works-in-progress presentations, with faculty serving as respondents, and discussion sessions co-led by faculty members and graduate students on a range of scholarly, teaching, and professional topics relevant to graduate students interested in rhetorical studies. Registration is $20 and includes a Camp Rhetoric tote! 

Below is a list of confirmed faculty participants:

Works-in-Progress Respondents:

  • Erin J. Rand (Syracuse University, Communication and Rhetorical Studies)
  • Cristina D. Ramirez (University of Arizona, Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English)
  • Mary Stuckey (Penn State University, CAS)
  • Ebony Coletu (Penn State University, English)
  • Stephen Browne (Penn State University, CAS)
  • Stuart Selber (Penn State University, English)

Discussion Session Chairs:

  • Ekaterina Haskins (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Communication and Media)
  • Cheryl Glenn (Penn State, English)
  • Kirt Wilson (Penn State University, CAS)
  • Janet Lyon (Penn State, English)
  • Bradford Vivian (Penn State, CAS)
Graduate students interested in participating in the work-in-progress sessions will submit a title and 150 word abstract of the larger project (anything from a seminar paper to an article draft or thesis/dissertation chapter is appropriate). With the abstract, students will list their top three choices of faculty respondents. Send abstracts to by 11:59 PM on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

We will respond to your abstracts by December 15, 2017. Then, you will submit a full draft of your work-in-progress essay before January 19, 2018. We will distribute your full draft to your assigned faculty member respondent. At Camp Rhetoric, participants will present a brief overview (10 minutes) of the project before receiving feedback from the respondent. 

If you plan to attend Camp Rhetoric (with or without a presentation), RSVP to as soon possible. Your RSVP will greatly help with planning, as we anticipate an increase in attendance this year. We have reserved a discounted block of hotel rooms, available for reservations until January 1, at the Nittany Lion Inn, which is just a few minutes from the conference center. When reserving a room, email for the group code. For the more adventurous and thrifty among us, there will also be a limited number of accommodations at AEIR member houses (the fun option).