RSE Newsletter #3, 2017

Wednesday, 04 October 2017

Dear members of the Rhetoric Society of Europe,

After an amazing conference at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, we present to you the third newsletter of 2017. It was really great to get together in such a vibrant place and to discuss many of the urgent topics of our times. We’d like to thank Alan Finlayson and his team for organising an excellent conference and being an incredibly charming host.

As you all already know, Jens E. Kjeldsen has stepped down as the president of the society. Jens was one of the initiators of the Rhetoric Society of Europe and served as our president for six years. We would like to thank him for all his work, especially for winning and inspiring new members all over Europe and the U.S. Fortunately, Jens remains at the center of the society as a member of the new Executive Board, and is followed as president by Kris Rutten from Ghent, Belgium.

A message from the new president of RSE:

Dear members,

I hope you all had a wonderful summer break and that the new academic term has started successfully.

Together with the RSE board, I am very much looking forward to work on the continuation of RSE as an international network for scholars of rhetoric within Europe and across the globe.

In the meantime, the Board has already begun to follow-up on some of the issues that we discussed during the General Assembly such as the establishment of a legal body for the organization, international outreach, connecting to existing initiatives for PhD-students such as the International Rhetoric Workshop and the timing of the future RSE conferences. We will send you an update about these and other issues in due course.

For now, I am very happy to let you know that the next International Rhetoric Workshop will be organized in collaboration with RSE and will take place at Ghent University (Belgium) from 4 to 6 July 2018. The next biannual Rhetoric in Society conference will be hosted by the University of Pavia (Italy) and will take place 6-9 June in 2019. Please save those dates and you can find some first information about these events further down in this newsletter. We hope that you will be able to join us.

The study of rhetoric in society remains very important and is maybe now more pressing than ever. Let us continue collaborating to strengthen the field of rhetoric from within and across our many disciplinary and regional homes.

I am looking forward to connect again soon.

Best regards,

Kris Rutten
President of the Rhetoric Society of Europe.

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