People move. Bodies move. Ideas move. Words move.

The articles in this special issue of the Journal for the History of Rhetoric (JHR) emerged from the American Society for the History of Rhetoric (ASHR) symposium conducted at the 2022 Rhetoric Society of America conference in Baltimore. The theme—“Rhetoric in motu”—came from the energy we wanted to capture, a reason to move attendees to risk coming to an in-person conference in the midst of an ongoing pandemic.

When we gathered as an organizing committee in early 2021, we wanted to connect to “Excess!!!! in/and the History of Rhetoric,” the 2020 ASHR symposium that never was, as well as to previous ASHR gatherings. The theme of excess resonated with—maybe rebounded because of—the limits and restrictions with which we were still living in 2021, even as the medical marvel of vaccines was allowing a return to,...

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