Volunteers from among CFSHRC members and supporters who attended 4C18 composed brief summaries of feminist-related sessions at the convention. This year, we find it especially important to publish these summaries because many feminist scholars did not journey to CCCC in light of the cancellation of the Wednesday night CFSHRC SIG and amidst concerns about the NAACP travel advisory for Kansas City. These session summaries are intended as synopses of sessions rather than as reviews with critical commentary.
Our goal is to share and promote feminist scholarship that was presented at the meeting. With this in mind, we encourage you to follow up with any speakers whose work interests you and to spread the conversations about their work far beyond the limits of the places, spaces, and times of the sessions in which it was shared. We also encourage feminists scholars whose CCCC sessions are not currently summarized in this blog (due to scheduling conflicts and time limitations) to contribute brief summaries (400 words) of your sessions. Feel free to contact us at sharerw @ ecu dot edu or pfancher @ ucsb dot edu. We are happy to see this list grow.
Finally, we offer our sincere thanks to the summarizers for their help in broadening these feminist conversations. Happy reading!
-Wendy and Trish
- A.10 Feminist Rhetorics as Heuristics: Disrupting Familiar Spaces of Composition
- A.11 Transforming the Writing Classroom through Contemplative Language and Practices
- B.22 (Transforming) Stories of Familial, Racial, and Sexual Dis/re/orientation: The Labor and Language of Being Women and Doing Family
- C.38 Feminist Rhetorics in the Age of Trump: Invitations to Action
- E.40 Feminist Rhetorics and Digital Humanities: Challenges and Opportunities
- G. 32 Rhetorical Education Transformed: Racial and Feminist Critiques and Interventions
- H.22 Critical Language Lessons in Queer Rhetorics
- I.40 Embodied Rhetoric: Literacy for Social Justice
- J.43 Writing Against Gendered Racism: Strategies from Higher Education, Community Writing, and Feminist Organizing
- K.06 Feminist Rhetorics: Logos, Language, and Ideology
- L.07 Ethics and Representation in Feminist Rhetorical Inquiry
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It is a strange and wondrous thing to be stepping down as the Coalition President without our annual meeting at CCCC to mark the occasion. I would like to thank all of you for your support as I moved into position as the President—I certainly had no idea when I agreed to the task that we would be moving through such politically turbulent times. Read more ›
As we polish our presentations, print our posters, and pack our bags, CFSHRC has prepared a list of sessions that may be of particular interest to feminists and to CFSHRC members. This is just a sampling of the feminist sessions. Let us know what we should add by commending on facebook or twitter!
Before the conference, follow our facebook and twitter pages for updates and reminders. We will also highlight a few sessions. During the conference, you can also follow along to the #CFSHRC hashtag on twitter. And after the conference, check our website for summaries of feminist presentations at the conference.
The queer caucus has also published a brief sketch of sessions.
The disability studies SIG created a google doc with relevant panels and sessions.
We will see you in just a few weeks! #TheFeministsAreComing!
Everyone is encouraged to attend the all day feminist workshop hosted by the feminist caucus.
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The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition seeks nominations**
for its active Advisory Board for the 2018-2020 term. Both peer- and self-nominations are encouraged and accepted. Founded in 1989, and dedicated to fostering inquiry in feminist histories, theories, and pedagogies of rhetoric and composition, the Coalition
promotes intersectionality, collaboration, and communication in several areas:
- the advancement of feminist research and pedagogy across histories, locales, identities, materialities, and media;
- the education and mentoring of feminist faculty and graduate students in scholarship, research methods, praxis, and the politics of the profession.
As an organization of dedicated individuals and groups, we seek to cultivate a dynamic, intellectually challenging, and professionally nurturing community. We welcome and sustain all who do feminist work, inclusive of all genders, sexualities, races, classes, nationalities, religions, abilities, and other identities, in their research and/or classrooms.
Most importantly, we are a busy and growing organization, offering many opportunities for involvement. Advisory Board members contribute to the Coalition in the following ways:
- serving on organizational committees (e.g., book award, article award, research award, ad hoc committees);
- serving on the editorial board of the peer-edited, semi-annual journal Peitho;
- liaising with the conference organizers of our biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics conference;
- facilitating mentoring tables at the Coalition's annual 4Cs session;
- and attending scheduled Advisory Board meetings during the 2018-2020 term
among other possible ways to serve!
Please submit all nominations to Tarez Graban (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 11, 2018. Initial nominations should include the nominee's name, current institutional affiliation, and e-mail contact information.
Tarez Samra Graban
**Nominees need not already be members of the Coalition, but they will be asked to join upon accepting their nomination.
In advance of 4C18, we would like to acknowledge some of the many ways that CFSHRC members have been responding to the NAACP Travel Advisory
, the CCCC Statement about it
, and subsequent discussions. We also want to underscore our support for all Coalition members and the various choices they have made in relation to the upcoming convention.
In October, the Advisory Board met and voted to cancel the Coalition's annual Wednesday SIG. We chose not to call colleagues to meet at 4C18 both in protest of the convention location and to signal our solidarity with colleagues of color under threat in Missouri due to the circumstances that led the NAACP to issue their travel advisory. Simultaneously, we began discussions with and among various ad-hoc committees, the CCCC Task Force on Social Justice and Activism at the Convention, the KC Local Arrangements Committee, and the Coalition membership at large. Throughout, we sought concrete strategies for supporting one another, including ways of mobilizing both on- and off-site in Missouri for the annual convention.
The actions and resources that have emerged are as diverse as the feminist scholars who work in our field. See below and please feel free to contact us with additions. Although we are not hosting our regular event next month, and although not all Coalition members will be attending the convention this year, some members will be attending, and we remain committed to "the advancement of feminist research and pedagogy across histories, locales, identities, materialities, and media" as well as "the education and mentoring of feminist faculty and graduate students in scholarship, research methods, praxis, and the politics of the profession," as our mission states.
We want to thank all those members who have responded to the following efforts and initiatives:
We were especially pleased to hear from so many of you in support our efforts to financially support the GKCWP and the Women's Foundation. We encourage everyone to learn more about those efforts by following links above.
- Sign up for the Wednesday workshop sponsored by the Feminist Caucus, "Feminist Workshop: Feminist Rhetorics of Resistance and Transformation"
- Promote feminist related sessions before and during the conference
- Attend and live tweet feminist sessions (#teamfemrhet #CFSHRC)
- Provide brief (+/- 400 word) summaries or reviews of feminist sessions (for online publication)
- Attend all-convention event on "Literacy, Language, and Labor"
- Attend SJAC pre- and post-convention workshops on activism and organizing
If you would like to volunteer to review feminist sessions at 4C18, we encourage you to let us know via our sign-up!
If you are presenting a feminist related panel, workshop, or poster, let us know on this form so we can help promote your work.
The Executive Board
Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition
Dear Coalition members,
As part of the Coalition’s response to the NAACP’s travel advisory the Coalition has worked to imagine ways that we could support our colleagues currently doing work on the ground in Missouri. As a result, we have identified two organizations in Kansas City whose missions are in keeping with our own, and we have voted to support those organizations financially.
The task force has identified the Greater Kansas City Writing Project (an off-shoot of the National Writing Project) and the Women’s Foundation of Kansas City, which “promotes equity and opportunity for women of all ages, using research, philanthropy and policy solutions to make meaningful change.”
The Coalition has given a donation to each organization. In addition, we encourage our membership to make individual donations. Donations to the Women’s Foundation can be made here: http://www.womens-foundation.org/ (click on the “Donate” tab all the way to the right).
Donations to the Greater Kansas City Writing Project can be made here: https://40153.thankyou4caring.org/
Please note that the front page looks like it is for the National Writing Project. In the Comment box, you can indicate that this is for the Greater Kansas City group. As well, on the second page you can click on the red link that says “Make a Gift to an NWP site here” and it will lead you to a search box. If you type “Greater Kansas City” in the box, the Greater Kansas City group will appear and you can choose them for your donation.
Many many thanks to those of you who have helped us choose the sites. We hope you will contribute to our support of them!
The Coalition Advisory Board
Peitho, the flagship journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC), seeks its first web coordinator to serve a 2-year term (May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2020). As part of a highly collaborative editorial team, the web coordinator will work with Peitho’s editors to upload each issue of the journal (currently published twice per year), archive past issues, help remediate the annual 4C Wednesday night SIG into a digital format, and liaise with the Coalition’s general web coordinator as needed. Read more ›
In response to the NAACP Travel Advisory in effect for the state of Missouri, in response to the Coalition’s decision to cancel its appearance at the 4C18 SIG, and subsidized in part by a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the Coalition would like to announce that there are funds available for a small scholarship program this year.
Specifically, these funds are available to support undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in an English/Composition or Women's Studies undergraduate or graduate program in the state of Missouri with demonstrated financial need to travel to other conferences in 2018. Conferences may include (but are not limited to) RSA, WPA, Computers and Writing, Watson, Conference on Community Writing, or Cultural Rhetorics. The Coalition is pleased to offer three (3) travel awards at $300 apiece.
Nominations for scholarships are due by May 1, 2018 to Lisa Mastrangelo (email@example.com). Undergraduate/graduate students are encouraged to nominate themselves. All nominations should include the following items:
1) A brief cover letter and cv
2) A brief statement of eligibility/support from a current professor or advisor.
Twenty-five years ago, in “Mapping the Margins,” Kimberlé Crenshaw provided feminist academics and activists with the critical vocabulary they needed to define identity politics at various intersections of sexism and racism, in turn equipping us with structural, political, and representational “frameworks” for thinking about the fraught or hybrid spaces we occupy. Emphasizing frameworks over “totalizing theor[ies] of identity” (Crenshaw 1244), the Coalition’s 2019 Wednesday evening session dedicates itself to an interrogation and exploration of how those intersections look today, and of where intersectionality has led us as a Coalition, and as a field.
We invite proposals for brief critical talks to form the basis of a roundtable discussion on any of the following questions: Read more ›
Now that we’ve had a few days at home to recover from yet another fabulous Feminisms and Rhetorics, I wanted to write to you as the President to address some comments and concerns that came up before the conference started, including the registration cost. Many of you commented that you are concerned with the registration cost and wondered where your money might really been going. Read more ›