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

7th Rhetoric in Society Conference, Ghent


UPDATE: The deadline for submitting abstracts has been pushed to March 1st 2019.

Dear members of the Rhetoric Society of Europe,

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 7, which is the biannual conference organized by the Rhetoric Society of Europe. The conference will take place from September 11th to 13th 2019 at the Department of Educational Studies of Ghent University in Ghent, Belgium.

As you might know, the conference was initially planned to take place at the University of Pavia but due to unforeseen circumstances we re-located the conference to Ghent. We hope that you will join us in what promises to be a stimulating and engaging conference.

To see the CfP in full, click here.

Please spread the word. 


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.