Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture (RPC) embraces a pluralistic approach to rhetorical scholarship. The journal is open to a variety of methodological approaches, from close textual and/or historical analysis to critical/cultural, ethnographic, performative, artistic, and/or theoretical work. The journal invites scholarship on rhetorics of marginalization, structure, materiality, and power; politics, advocacy, and activism; and beyond. Foremost to its mission is featuring perspectives that question in/justice, in/equity, power, and democracy and that attend to interlocking structures of power within their geopolitical and historical contexts. This journal also invites rhetorical scholarship that archives, documents, theorizes, or participates in forms of individual and collective public interventions, advocacy, activism, and resistance to such structures.
As a journal rooted in activist origins, we are attempting to hold ourselves accountable to rigorous standards of transparency, communal care, expansive representation, and the rigor of social relevance. We are particularly mindful of representing scholars who meet a range of students and bring varied experiences across multiple kinds of institutions rather than reify structures and networks that grant hypervisibility to over-privileged ranks. Our goals and history are, thus, unique. Click on the categories below for more detail and context.