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RSQ announces new Associate Editor; Call for Proposals for RSQ 2015 Special Issue

On behalf of RSA President Krista Ratcliffe and of the RSA board, RSQ Editor James Jasinski and outgoing Associate Editor Debra Hawhee are pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Ballif as the new Associate Editor in charge of special issues. Ballif is Associate Professor of English at the University of Georgia. She brings to the position extensive editorial experience, most recently as editor of the volume Theorizing Histories of Rhetoric (SIUP 2013). She is also guest editor of the in-process 2014 special issue of RSQ on “Untimely Historiographies.” Professor Ballif is currently serving a term on the RSA Board. The editors and members of the board are extremely pleased she has agreed to continue serving the organization in this new capacity.

RSQ invites proposals for the 2015 special fifth issue. The fifth issue will be a themed publication developed by a Guest Editor, with the aim of enabling the journal to help set the intellectual agenda in rhetorical studies, to encourage focused statements on timely topics in rhetorical studies by scholars working in related areas, to attract participation by top scholars, and to stimulate scholarly activity within the RSA, such as pre-conference colloquia, convention sessions, or RSA workshops.

Proposals should identify the Guest Editor, provide a descriptive rationale of 500-1000 words, a list of authors, as well as a brief discussion (150-250 words) of each individual essay. The rationale should demonstrate the timeliness of the topic, discuss how the topic falls within the scope of RSQ as described in its general submission guidelines, and show how the issue as planned speaks to RSQ’s broad audience. In addition, the proposal should, where applicable, address the proposed issue’s relationship to other similar-themed issues or edited collections and note the qualifications of its guest editor and contributors to speak to the field on the topic’s behalf.

The special fifth issue is allotted the same amount of space as the regular four quarterly issues, 104 pages, which will accommodate a guest editor’s introduction and 4-6 articles for a total of 40,000 words.  It will be published in the summer of 2015.

Deadline for proposal submission: February 1, 2014

RSA will make available to the guest editor up to $1,000 reimbursement for expenses related to the special issue. First drafts of manuscripts for the selected proposal will be due in early fall 2013; this deadline allows time for blind review, revisions, and copyediting. Final versions will be due March 1, 2015.

Please submit proposals electronically to:

Michelle Ballif, RSQ Associate Editor for Special Issues, .

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