In 2008, a group of rhetoric and writing specialists met as a special interest group (SIG) of the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). It no longer meets at a SIG of CCCC and is now identified as the Association of Rhetoric and Writing Studies.
The Association's purposes are as follows:
to gather knowledge of rhetoric and writing studies and to disseminate this knowledge among its members;
to identify and support new areas of inquiry that need to be explored;
to encourage inquiry and experimentation in the teaching of rhetoric and writing;
to facilitate communication and collaboration among its members;
to organize venues at which members may exchange ideas and research;
to develop and sponsor publication of materials dealing with rhetoric and writing studies;
to protect the disciplinary integrity of rhetoric and writing studies; and
to promote disciplinary visibility with the academy, with the public, and with funding agencies.
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