8th Rhetoric in Society Conference in Tübingen

We are very happy to announce that proposals are now invited for panels, papers, roundtables, and other forms of presentation to be delivered at Rhetoric in Society 8, which is the biannual conference organized by the Rhetoric Society of Europe. The conference is scheduled to take place from May 26th to 28th 2021 at Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany.

The theme of the conference will be Rhetoric as Strategic Thinking. To learn more about the call for papers and the conference in general please visit the conference website.

Please submit your paper proposals by October 31st 2020 to ris8@rhetorik.uni-tuebingen.de.


Note on COVID-19: The incalculable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic obliges us to remain precautious. As the safety of our conference participants is of highest concern, we ought to point out that in an event of the pandemic extending into the late spring of 2021, the conference will be postponed. However, we remain optimistic and encourage you to submit your papers and panels and are looking forward to welcoming you in Tübingen.


Announcement from the RSE Board

At the successful Rhetoric in Society conference in Ghent last September, the Board announced plans to introduce a membership fee. With this fee we will be able to ensure the continued quality of RSE activities such as the RiS conference and the newsletter which keeps everyone up-to-date on rhetorical activities and news. We will also be able to increase our online presence and grow our international and influential network.

Rhetoric scholars are scattered across fields and disciplines. The RSE unites us and we believe it can become a strong Europe-wide, global and persuasive voice representing, supporting and promoting rhetorical research, scholarship and teaching. With the registration fee, you will help to make all this possible.
Below you can find more details of the membership fee and the fee collection procedure. 
The RSE offers the following fee categories for a two-year membership:

  • €40 – Regular member (faculty)
  • €25 – PhD student and retired faculty member

This is less than €2 a month for faculty members. We believe it represents good value for members while enabling the Society to develop and to realise its ambitions. 

Furthermore, as a member, you will:

  • be entitled to a reduction to the registration fee for the Rhetoric in Society conference
  • receive the regular RSE newsletter 
  • take part in the wider RSE international community of scholars.

To confirm your membership, please follow these simple steps:

  • transfer the fee amount that applies to you (€40/€25) to the following bank account number of the Rhetoric Society of Europe VZW:
    BE55 7360 5031 1944 (BIC: KREDBEBB)
  • include the following information in the description field of the bank transfer: RSE membership – [your name] – [your email address]

Upon receipt, you will receive an email with a confirmation of your payment and membership. Please note that this might take a few days.
We look forward to welcoming you as a contributing member of the Rhetoric Society of Europe!
Best wishes,
The Board of The Rhetoric Society of Europe

Welcome to The Rhetoric Society of Europe


Dear rhetorician,

In Europe research and teaching in rhetoric has been steadily increasing in the last decades. However our work in rhetoric seems to have been confined to separate nations or regions without much contact between different European research communities.

Fortunately this is changing. We are meeting each other at conferences, we are exchanging ideas, and we are planning European research projects.

In January 2013 the fourth Rhetoric in Society Conference was held in Copenhagen. During the conference RSE held its first General Assembly and adopted the Constitution and Bylaws for our organization.  

The Rhetoric Society of Europe (RSE) is an organization for European researchers and teachers working on the art of rhetoric. The purpose of RSE is to promote and advance the research, study and teaching of rhetoric in Europe, and to facilitate professional cooperation between our members.

Even though it is an important aim of the RSE to stimulate the communities of Europe, we welcome members from all parts of the world. The RSE not only wishes to improve and enhance European research, but also to facilitate international cooperation. You can read the short history of the society here.

Presently the most important tool to achieve our goals is our homepage, which contains information about rhetoricians in Europe, study programmes, journals, organisations and conferences.

We have only just begun this work and invite everyone to provide more information about events, publications and institutions in your own countries.  We also encourage you to our group Facebook, which is meant to be a place for RSE members and others interested in the study of Rhetoric to ask and answer questions as well as debate topics related to rhetorical studies.

We also aim to establish a European journal for the study of rhetoric, and have already begun the preliminary work in this important endeavour.