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Links and Resources> Listservs


Many disciplinary communities run Listservs. These are email-based discussion groups where people debate topics, exchange information, review books, publish conference reports, ask for advice, share syllabi, bibliographies, etc. Academic listservs are often used to post announcements of conferences and fellowships.

You can usually join a listserv by going to the listserv homepage, which will contain information on how to subscribe to the list by sending email to an automated Listerserv.

Often these listservs archive discussions, so you can search and view all the messages sent without having to be a member of the listserv. This can be quite a valuable way of finding information. It is often easier to view logs of the discussion on the web, than joining a listserv and having one's mailbox filled with messages one hasn't time to read.

Lists of Listservs

There are several general indexes of listservs that you can use to search for Listservs that might interest you. The main ones are:

Lists Relevent To Rhetoric/Comp

  • H-Rhetor

    H-Rhetor is "a forum for scholars and teachers of the history of rhetoric, writing, and communication".
    A listing of rhetoric and communication jobs is published every Friday. You can read and search archived logs of H-Rhetor

  • H-Rhetor Index of Electronic Lists Relevant to Rhetoric
    Produced by H-Rhetor, this index provides an excellent guide to rhetoric and composition listservs.

  • WPA Listserv
    "WPA-L is an international e-mail discussion list intended primarily for individuals who are involved in writing program administration at universities, colleges, or community colleges." Archives of the discussions can be searched at

  • The Pre-Text List
    "The Pretext Conversations" - records of discussions of composition and rhetorical theory caried out on the Pre-Text lists

  • Communication Research and Theory Network (crtnet)
    Managed by National Communication Association. To subscribe send email request with your name included to:

  • The WAC-L list: "The leading E-mail discussion list on WAC [Writing Across the Curriculum] issues."

  • CCCC-Talk
    CCCC-Talk is an open list for members of the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and for others who are interested in rhetoric and composition scholarship and teaching.

  • The Linguist List
    Focused on 'general topics in linguistics', this list is the most widely read list in the field of linguistics.

  • Grad Talk
    Grad-Talk is a discussion list created especially for graduate students in English studies.

  • Purtopoi - Rhetoric, Language, Professional Writing
    "A scholarly forum for the discussion of current issues, or "topoi," in the fields of rhetoric and composition, professional writing, and language research." To subscribe send the message "sub PURTOPOI your name" to or

  • Sci-Tech-Studies (STS)
    Sci-Tech-Studies is a moderated discussion group sponsored by the Science and Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

  • Mersenne
    This list promotes "informal and open discussion within the community of science, technology and medicine studies. We welcome interdisciplinary contributions that treat these subjects in their cultural and social contexts."

  • Critical Discourse/Language/Communication Analysis