Michigan State University Press is pleased to share the updated mission statement for Rhetoric & Public Affairs. This mission, crafted by a committee of scholars in the field, builds on R&PA’s strengths while broadening its scope to a wider range of innovative scholarship in rhetoric and public discourse.
Rhetoric & Public Affairs is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the history, theory, and criticism of public discourse. Arenas of rhetorical investigation might include but are by no means limited to campaigns for social, political, environmental or economic justice; modes of resistance to those campaigns; situated instances of executive leadership; legislative and judicial deliberations; comparative rhetorics; transnational diplomacy; digital circulation and mediation of public discourse; and/or constitution of political and social identities. Critical, analytical, or interpretive essays examining symbolic influences in any historical period (including the contemporary) anywhere in the world are welcome. Of special interest are manuscripts that interrogate dynamics of power and privilege, voice and voicelessness, oppression and resistance as well as axes of identity such as race, gender, sexuality, ability, citizenship, and class, as these take form in concrete rhetorical situations. Moreover, we welcome essays that explore the nexus of rhetoric, politics, and ethics–the worlds of power, persuasion, and social values as they meet in the crucible of public deliberation, debate, and protest.
MSU Press would like to thank Mary E. Stuckey of Penn State University for acting as interim editor and assembling an interim board that includes as many of the journal’s stakeholders as possible. We also thank Lisa A. Flores at University of Colorado—Boulder for serving as the interim associate editor. This editorial team will remain in place for the next year or so to oversee the continuation of R&PA as we look for a new permanent editor. More details about our editorial search process will be announced soon.
With the mission statement and interim board in place, R&PA is ready to accept submissions. Please visit www.msupress.org/journals/rpa to view the list of interim board members and to see updated submission guidelines.
MSU Press greatly appreciates the input we have received over this past year. We have heard from many who value R&PA as a platform for the study of public discourse and who have shared their insights into making it the best journal it can be. Our mission is always to support and promote cutting-edge scholarship in the field of rhetoric, and we believe that R&PA is poised to continue this mission for many years to come.