Announcing the Shirley Wilson Logan Diversity Scholarship

We are pleased to announce a new award in honor of one Dr. Shirley Wilson Logan, a mentor to us all from whom we continue to learn.

The purpose of the Shirley Wilson Logan Diversity Scholarship award is to encourage feminist scholarship (particularly historical in nature) by graduate scholars from diverse and historically un or underrepresented groups. The award will be given to first-time presenters at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference. The award includes both a monetary award ($500 each for up to 6 awardees) and participation in a specially designated session at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference.  Applicants should have an already-accepted presentation for the conference.  

The goal of the award is diversity and inclusion of underrepresented scholars vs. topics (as long as the work itself falls within the broader category of feminist rhetorical studies).  Please keep this in mind as you submit your materials.  As an organization, we are defining un/underrepresented groups as: 

  • Scholars of diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds
  • International scholars
  • Scholars who identify as LGBTQIA
  • Scholars with disabilities
  • Graduate scholars who were first-generation undergraduates.

See our Awards page for application details.

2019 Coalition Awards

We are pleased to recognize the following feminist scholars for their outstanding work. We thank these scholars for the care, honestly, and commitment they show to feminists in history and present of our fields and professions.

Thank you to the many many people who served on awards committees and to Lisa Mastrangelo for leading the expanding and important awards committees. The following awards announcements were composed by Lisa Mastrangelo.

Nan Johnson Travel Award

The Nan Johnson Travel Award was one of the Coalition’s first named awards. It is meant to assist graduate students in their travel to the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference, and provides both conference registration and a travel stipend. This year’s winners are:

Alex Hanson, Syracuse University
Nancy Henaku, Michigan Tech
Pritisha Shrestha, Syracuse University
Karen Trujillo, New Mexico State University
Elizabeth Tacke, University of Michigan

Lisa Ede Mentoring Award

We are thrilled to celebrate Adela Licona as the 2019 winner of the Lisa Ede Mentoring Award. The Lisa Ede Mentoring Award has only been presented three times before. The requirements ask for a nominee with a “career-record of mentorship, including formal and informal advising of students and colleagues; leadership in campus, professional, and/or local communities; and other activities that align with the overall mission and goals of the Coalition.”

Licona had a remarkable number of people speak on her behalf. They describe her as a scholar, mother, teacher, advisor, role model, friend, colleague, collaborator, activist, and mentor. Perhaps the highest praise is the comment that she is “the truest spirit of feminist praxis” and a “borderlands rhetorician.” Her colleagues and former students also describe her as fierce, strong, compassionate, honest, courageous, and powerful. They comment on her as a person who noticed their presence, and also the one who paid attention to their absence.

Students and colleagues also mentioned and celebrated her feminist work—so much work—with feminist action research, homelessness intervention, migrant detention advocacy, and youth health, sexuality, and rights.

Many of the letters celebrate this nominee’s work with students of color, first-generation students, queer students, and all nervous graduate students in order to create a feminist community. Several of them repeat the mantra they learned from her: “Find the joy in the work, and insist on it.”

Presidents Dissertation Award

The Presidents Dissertation Award was created in order to honor dissertation work that makes an outstanding contribution to our understanding of feminist histories, theories, and pedagogies of rhetoric and composition. The award was first given in 2016.

The 2018 Presidents Dissertation Award is given to Liane Malinowski, for “Civic Domesticity: Rhetoric, Women, and Space at Hull House, 1889-1910.”

In Civic Domesticity: Rhetoric, Women, and Space at Hull House, 1889-1910, Malinowski uses an intersectional feminist lens to investigate the multimodal rhetorical practices among residents in Jane Addams and Ellen Gates Starr’s Hull House. Interrogating the relationship between rhetoric and space, Malinowski’s research illuminates how residents in the settlement house re-drew—physically and rhetorically—the boundaries of domestic and civic spaces at a time when women’s participation in public discourse was limited to the concerns of domestic life. Malinowksi dissociates the male/female, private/public, citizen/foreigner, and literate/illiterate binaries through her account of women’s active engagement in the neighborhood development, advocacy for city services and labor rights, and discourses of global citizenship. Altogether, Malinowksi offers an important critique of early 20thcentury white feminism’s tendencies toward cosmopolitanism. 

The 2019 Presidents Dissertation Award winner is Sherita Roundtree, for “Pedagogies of Noise: Black Women’s Teaching Efficacy and Pedagogical Approaches in Composition Classrooms.”

In “Pedagogies of Noise,” Roundtree explores the ways that lived experiences inform the teaching experiences of Black women graduate teaching assistants. Given the ways in which black bodies have often been seen as disruptive, Roundtree thinks about the concept of “noise” as a challenge to mislabeling, silencing, and dehumanizing. Using feminist rhetorical scholars, literary scholars, and hip-hop scholars, Roundtree creates a multiplicitous and polyvocal understanding of the lived experience of Black women graduate TAs. She highlights “how and when Black women GTAs utilize intersectional instruction to retool their noise by relating their pedagogies to their epistemologies, pedagogical approaches, and networks of support inside and outside of their current home institutions.”

“Don’t Slow Down”

You might believe, and still you feel
The chase has just begun
That you must reach that horizon before
The setting of the sun.
You chase the light in front of you
Nightfall close behind
If you stop to catch your breath
You know what you will find.

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Call for FemRhet Archives!

Dear Coalition Friends,

As we prepare for the upcoming Feminisms and Rhetorics Conferences, I would like to put out a call for some images and videos you have reflecting key moments in the history of the organization (such as documents from the Wednesday night SIGs, Coalition member meet-ups) and the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference.

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Calling for Intellectual Labor and Discussion

Dear Coalition Friends and Colleagues:

As co-editors of a proposed collection, Rhetorics of Reproduction: Rights, Health, and Justice, we wanted to let you know why we're looking forward to this year's Feminisms and Rhetorics conference.

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The Passing of a “Rock Star”

It is with great sadness that we post the following obituary, sent only moments ago by Andrea Lunsford. Andrea was the first to notify the Coalition membership of Nan's passing, and has been in Columbus, Ohio with Nan's family, attending to the news. - Tarez Graban

Nan Johnson, professor of English emerita at The Ohio State University, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2019, surrounded by her family and dear friends. Nan was born in Greeley, Colorado in 1951. At just one month old, she found herself aboard an Army transport aircraft headed to Germany where she, her mother Jean, and her older brother Robb joined dad Hugh who was assigned to a U.S. Army post-WW II EOD (Explosive Ordinance Division). After being posted all over the world, the family settled in Leavenworth, Kansas where Nan graduated from high school and later received a BA and MA from Kansas State University. Her growing interest in the field of rhetoric and literacy coupled with her not-so-hidden desire to become a rock star took her to California where she received a second MA and a Ph.D. at the University of Southern California, studying with the legendary Ross Winterowd and Marjorie Perloff. In 1981, she joined Andrea Lunsford in the University of British Columbia English Department, where she taught courses in the history of rhetoric and advanced writing. From 1990 until her retirement in 2018, she was professor of English at The Ohio State University, helping to build one of the most distinguished graduate programs in rhetoric and composition in the country.

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Manuscript Mentoring at FemRhet 2019

Historically, the term mentor has carried with it expectations of relationality, longevity, and politics—not necessarily identical to but not completely unlike the "elder" distinction that marks some cultural contexts as distinct. The term has also carried with it bona fide positive and negative associations. In western antiquity, Mentor (Μέντωρ) was not always cast as a favored figure, though he enjoyed positive notoriety in the Odyssey in part because the goddess Athena disguised herself as him on a diplomatic mission to Telemachus, son of Odysseus, at the end of the Trojan War. Various heroic and less heroic archetypes followed Mentor into modernity as the Odyssey itself underwent various tellings and retellings, eventually becoming a cultural trope on which to base assumptions about how authority should equate to wisdom and how future generations should be trained. In contemporary higher-education contexts, mentoring is more often than not used to commodify unmet needs, For these reasons and more, not everyone loves the idea of mentoring, or the term itself.

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Call for Applications: Peitho Journal Associate Editor

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC) seeks an Associate Editor for Peitho, its quarterly peer-reviewed online journal. The Associate Editor holds primary responsibility for book reviews (identifying new titles for review, soliciting reviewers, working with reviews to revise and edit reviews prior to publication, etc.) in each issue and for the annual “Recoveries and Reconsiderations” feature of the journal.

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FemRhet 2019 Town Hall: Evolutions of the FemRhet Conference

The CFSHRC and FemRhet conference team are genuinely excited about welcoming you to James Madison University in November for Feminisms and Rhetorics 2019, for what promises to be an exceptional conference due in no small measure to the extraordinary efforts of this year's conference hosts. At the same time, we are acutely aware of the real problem that conference costs pose for a growing number of us – graduate students, contingent faculty, and academic workers of all ranks and roles who have experienced recent furloughs and/or ongoing salary compression.

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Marking the Suffrage Centennial in Houses, Discourses, Bodies, and Projects

I'm being inaccurate in selecting today's date to mark the Suffrage Centennial, when the event that we know as ratification occurred in several phases over a year's time and, like many other aspects of global and U.S. suffrage, only after periods of regression, paradigmatic shifting, and strategic political repositioning. But today, one-hundred years ago, the U.S. House of Representatives passed what we know as Amendment XIX, signaling a first step in its political reception, and serving as a reminder of the historically significant role that localized (municipal and state) bodies would play either as conduits for vital policy discussions or as stalwarts for certain kinds of progress around amendments and bills whose reception was mixed.

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