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 ›
As our coalition expands, we are delighted that the number of our awards have also expanded to celebrate the outstanding work of our members at all stages of their careers. Join us as we celebrate the winners recognized the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Additionally, we hope that you will consider nominating yourself or someone you know for our upcoming awards: the Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award and the Feminist Research Grant. Read more ›
Last Day of FemRhet 2017!
By Karrieann Soto Vega and Patricia Fancher
The close knit community that the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Writing is stronger than ever. Throughout the day you could see people collaborating in dynamic and interactive panels, which contributed to building new relationships and strengthening old ones. Conference goers were able to learn about Publishing an Edited Collection as a Process Approach, and Approaches to Feminist Research in Technical Communication, for example. They also had opportunities to work through the complexity of asking for a Consent to Discomfort, and engage in critical conversations about asking students to acknowledge and question their own privilege. This last day, most folks seemed to be full of appreciation for a job well-done by the organizers and staff at the University of Dayton. Read more ›
By Jennifer Burgess
#Day 3 of #FemRhet2017 started off with another fantastic session of #FemRhetYoga.
At 8 am, morning meetings and a workshop kicked off, offering attendees ample opportunity to engage with the conference theme of rhetorics rights(r)evolutions. Brenda Brueggeman, Jane Detweiler and Patti Wojahn led the Feminist Leadership Workshop (8 am – 11:15 am), while many others led engaging morning meetings around the topic of “Organizing for Activism.” The “Organizing for Activism” were “devoted to envisioning, strategizing, and planning activism that bridges feminist academic work to activist work outside the academy.
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By Sherita Roundtree and Laura Tetreault
Day two of the 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics invited conference goers to begin their day with an early morning #FemRhetYoga session led by Sara Moseley, where “everybody & everybody” was welcome. A series of concurrent sessions in the morning led to three plenary sessions during lunch. The plenaries centralized one aspect from the conference theme (“Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions”) by recognizing Berkenkotter, Enos, and Swearingen as feminist rhetorical studies foremothers; understanding “the intersection of academic and public feminist rhetorical practices”; and revisiting the history of the relationship between the Coalition and the conference while imagining its future. After an afternoon of more concurrent sessions and a meet and greet sponsored by the Medical Rhetoric community, the evening ended with a beautiful evening reception at the Dayton Art Institute. We look forward to an exciting day three of the conference and continuing to follow the conversations on social media. #FemRhet2017
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Since we last wrote you to you, the Coalition Advisory Board has met and conducted a thorough and thoughtful discussion regarding concerns surrounding the travel advisory for Kansas City, Missouri. As a result of our discussion, and informed by the decisions made by the Queer Caucus to hold an event virtually and the Latinx Caucus to boycott the conference, the Coalition Advisory Board has voted to officially cancel the Wednesday night SIG for 2018.
This has been a difficult and painful decision for the Coalition. We have a long and engaged relationship with the Cs convention, which will continue in the future.
We encourage members to make their own decisions about attending the larger Cs conference and fully respect individual decisions.
Currently our plans to move forward include:
1. Investigating the possibility of a Coalition presence at RSA in May 2018,
2. Publishing this year’s intended Cs talks as a special edition of Peitho,
3. Identifying actions that we can take to support people of color on the ground in Missouri, specifically graduate students, faculty members, local organizations or workers
We are writing today to not only inform you of this decision, but also to ask for your suggestions, comments, and concerns for moving forward. Responses can be anonymous; if you would like feedback, please leave your contact information. Click here to leave comments: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScOSiJaDZhhDiM8aWK7VLjKlZFiwAisl-sSWfqV6dZQhilLJQ/viewform?usp=sf_link
Yours in solidarity,
The Executive Board, Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition
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 ›
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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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.
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