Rhetoric's Racist Affects

Sponsor: Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division
Sat, 11/19: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM CST
Room: Grand Ballroom C - 5th Floor 
This session will be live streamed and recorded for viewing after the convention until December 31, 2022.

This roundtable presents an opportunity for scholars who have studied affect, race, and rhetoric to dialogue together about how such inquiries can render rhetorical theory/criticism's futures more just and accountable. Honoring PLACE necessitates attending to the affective dimensions that influence and underwrite rhetorical relations. The roundtable is guided by the overall questions: How can (and does) rhetorical theory address the historical realities of racist affects? How might such acts of addressing honor PLACE?

The roundtable especially invites reflections that disrupt White Affect Studies, delineated by Claudia Garcia-Rojas (2016) as an area of Western-European inquiry that positions white affects as "universal" (p. 1) and a structure of white affects constituted through "the enslavement and genocide of Black and native indigenous populations, in addition to colonial practices of violence and terror" (p. 5).


Marnie Ritchie, Pacific Lutheran University  - Contact Me


Lisa A. Flores, University of Colorado, Boulder  - Contact Me
Jennifer L. LeMesurier, Colgate University  - Contact Me
Shui-yin Sharon Yam, University of Kentucky  - Contact Me
Lisa M. Corrigan, University of Arkansas  - Contact Me
Ashley Noel Mack, Louisiana State University  - Contact Me
Godfried Agyeman Asante, San Diego State University  - Contact Me
E. Chebrolu, University of Pittsburgh  - Contact Me


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