We, the members of the planning committee, are thrilled to host the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics conference.
In creating our conference theme, “Rhetorics, Rights, and (R)evolutions,” we wanted to emphasize the history of FemRhets, particularly its 20th anniversary, which we’ll celebrate in 2017, an important anniversary that is not just about the longevity of the conference (although how wonderful it is to be celebrating such an anniversary!); it is also an anniversary that also celebrates the research, writing, collaborative activities, and relationships that this conference has made (and will continue to make) possible. Visit the conference website for the full Call for Proposals.
Through the conference theme, we also hope to emphasize what’s unique about our institution. The University of Dayton is a Marianist Catholic university with an institutional mission dedicated to social justice and literacy. Home to the nation’s first academic program in human rights studies, the Marian Research Institute, and the Hanley Sustainability Institute, the university’s socially progressive character provides a unique space for exploring the intersections of feminisms, rhetorics, and the social practices of human rights advocacy and activism.
Our conference theme is enhanced by the many local and regional connections to human rights work-in-action. Most notably, these include;
- the Dayton International Peace Museum, commemorating the local and global efforts of non-violent resistance;
- the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base & Museum, noted as the site of the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords;
- The SunWatch Village and Archaeological Site, a restoration site dedicated to preserving local Native American history and culture;
- The Harriet Beecher Stowe House and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, both located within an hour’s drive, provide regional histories of the Abolitionist Movement and civil rights activism.
The university’s special relationships with the Dayton International Peace Museum and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize offers conference attendees opportunities to explore new ideas, new projects, new ways of thinking about or collaborating on “rhetorics, rights, and (r)evolutions.”
In so many ways, within the tradition of past FemRhets conferences, we want the conference theme to be the first invitation for us to come together, share our work, and learn from one another. And we extend that invitation to you to begin developing your conference proposals, panels, workshops, and mentoring sessions. We look forward to seeing you in Dayton in October 2017!
With eager anticipation,
Elizabeth Ann Mackay