#FemRhet2017 Recap: Day One

By Sweta Gyanu Baniya and Rachel Chapman

The 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference 2017 (#FemRhet2017) with the theme Rhetorics, Rights, and Revolution has kicked off at the University of Dayton (UD), Ohio on Oct 04, 2017. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the FemRhet conferences. More than 400 scholars from various institutions have gathered at the UD for the #FemRhet2017 conference this year. Read more ›

Reminiscing 20 years of #FemRhet with Dr. Jennifer Bay

20 years ago in the fall of 1997 when she was a graduate student, Dr. Jennifer Bay attended the first ever Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Since then, she has missed only one of all the FemRhet conferences as the conference coincided with her daughter’s birth. Now, Dr. Bay is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Purdue University and her research interests includes: Engagement Theory, Digital  Rhetorics, Feminisms and Rhetorics, and Professional/ Technical Writing.

Sweta Baniya, PhD Student at Purdue University and also one of the Social Media Curators for the #FemRhet2017, prepared a special podcast where Dr. Bay talks about her first as well as past 2 decades of experiences with the conference, her experience of co-editing Coalition’s journal Peitho, and provides excellent advice to graduate students and conference attendees. We hope you will enjoy this special podcast prepared on the occasion of 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference.

Listen in SoundCloud here.

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C’s and the Coalition

As most of you know, the Executive Committee of CCCC has made the decision to keep the annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  As you also know, the Coalition hosts their annual SIG on Wednesday night of the Cs.  The Coalition has been and remains committed to feminist principles and practices of social justice, and we work to ensure the safety, dignity, and equity of our membership.  We realize that it seems as if we have been quiet in response to the Cs Executive Committee decision of September 11.  In reality, we have been organizing spaces to hear your voices on the issue.

 Moving forward:

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Upcoming Due Dates for Feminist Research Grant and Book Award

As our coalition grows, we are also able to expand our opportunities to celebrate and support feminist research in rhetoric and composition. We have two upcoming opportunities that we hope YOU will consider: the Feminist Research Grant (application due Dec 15, 2017) and the Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award (nominations due December 1st, 2017) Read more ›

Follow #FemRhet2017 Online

Whether you are at home or with us in Dayton for the Feminisms and Rhetorics 2017 Conference, we hope that you follow along and engage with the conference conversations on our social media feeds. We are delighted to have a full team of social media curators who are going to be working hard to live-tweet sessions, create connections among panels, and offers ways to engage with the conference for those who aren’t able to attend in person.

Follow along on Twitter @femrhet2017 and on Facebook @Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference 2017. And you can participate by using our hashtag #FemRhet2017 Or one of our other favorite hashtags: #TeamFemRhet #TheFeministsAreComing #FemRhetSyllabus

Meet our #FemRhet2017 Social Media Team!

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CFSHRC Statement on Antiracism and Nonviolence

Coalition and Community Members,

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition bases its teaching, scholarship, and activism on feminist commitments to equality, education, and social justice.

In light of recent events, including (but unfortunately not limited to) the incidents leading up to the NAACP travel ban for Missouri and the white supremacist march in Virginia, the Coalition reaffirms its support for non-violent efforts (whether academic, pedagogical, or community-based) to confront systemic racism and the violence it engenders. We stand in solidarity with those engaged in the difficult work of principled action and with the members of our community who are actively seeking opportunities to speak up and out, to march, to write, to call, to teach. Right now is the time to put our rhetorical training to use. We urge everyone, in whatever way they can: Be safe. Be feminist. Be heard.

Please also consider joining us the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics: Rhetorics, Rights, and Revolutions, in Dayton, Ohio (where the Dayton Peace Accord was signed).  The conference will feature multiple sessions regarding activism in its various forms.  Many of the special sessions can be located here:  http://femrhet2017.cwshrc.org/

From your CFSHRC Executive Board

Review of CCCC Feminist Workshop 2017: Intersectionality within Writing Programs and Practices

white program with the words The feminist Wrokshop, standing group on the status of women in the profession

Image of The Feminist Workshop Program and buttons.

By the co-chairs of the CCCC Feminist Workshop

The Feminist Workshop at the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication held in Portland, Oregon titled, “Intersectionality within Writing Programs and Practices” explored intersectional feminism(s) and social justice in teaching, administrative work, and rhetorical practices. For the 2017 conference organizers, including Lauren Connelly, April Conway, Nicole Khoury, Jennifer Nish, Lydia McDermott, and Patty Wilde, intersectionality was an important theme to revisit, in light of the current national, political, and social discourse. Read more ›

Coalition Curated Guide to #4C17

Here is your handy-dandy coalition curated guide to CCCC!cccc2017_blog

We have collected a list of over 30 CCCC presentations featuring coalition members and/or feminist related material. Let’s support each other’s feminist work by attending some of the panels. While there, be sure to add to the back channel with the hashtags #cfshrc and #thefeministsarecoming and #femU. Read more ›

Teaching & Researching Feminist Rhetorics:

Digital Curation as Collaborative Archival Method

post by Pamela VanHaitsma, Cassandra Book, Meagan Clark, Christopher Giofreda, Kimberly Goode & Meredith Privott

Collaboration has long been a central practice within the research and teaching of feminist rhetorics (Lunsford and Ede). Yet as feminist scholars take up “invitations” to embark on “meaningful engagements” with digital humanities, the fruitfulness and even necessity of collaboration takes on new valence (Enoch and Bessette; Enoch, Bessette, and VanHaitsma). In digital contexts, “archives 2.0” are participatory (Ramsey-Tobiene). Scholars not only examine but produce digital archives, and digital production often involves collaborative practices of curation (Kennedy). Indeed, as we have found through our work together in a graduate seminar on women’s and feminist rhetorics, the digital curation of archives may function as a collaborative method for scholars interested in bringing together our field’s strengths in historiographic scholarship with emergent digital practices. Read more ›

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Welcome our new Treasurer, Mariana Grohowski

We are happy to announce that Mariana Grohowski is now serving as the CFSHRC Treasurer! Read more ›

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