CFP: Feminism and Rhetorics '09

Feminisms and Rhetorics: Enabling Complexities: Communities/Writing/Rhetorics

Michigan State University / East Lansing, Michigan / October 7–9, 2009

The 2009 Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) conference will be sponsored by the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition and hosted by the Rhetoric & Writing program at Michigan State University. We invite proposals that:

  • reflect the complexity and diversity of who “we” are as a scholarly community;
  • make manifest the deep structure of the connections, intersections, and overlaps that actually make us a community;
  • help articulate who “we” are as a deliberate community of scholars, and what that means about our responsibilities and relationships to one another across scholarly areas and institutional positions;
  • highlight scholarly and teacherly activities that deliberately create space for more complex notions of scholarship and teaching within the discipline of Rhet/Comp;
  • include and significantly engage communities outside of the academy;
  • focus on antiracist pedagogies and scholarship; present interdisciplinary scholarship in Afrafeminist Rhetorics; American Indian Rhetorics, Chicana Rhetorics, Asian American Rhetorics, post/neo- colonial rhetorics;
  • highlight the intellectual traditions of women’s communities, especially communities constellated
    around specific identity markers such as race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation issues, geographic origins;
  • explore the relationships between written, oral, and material discursive production;
  • and other topics that address the connections in the conference theme.

    We also welcome proposals on relevant topics not directly addressed above, that significantly engage disciplines other than Rhet/Comp, and that have consequences for communities located outside of the academy.

    Although traditional presentations are acceptable, we encourage participants to create formats that go beyond the read-aloud academic paper. Interactive sessions that include discussions, dialogues, and performances are especially welcome. Proposals should be uploaded to the FemRhet 2009 web site (, and can be for:

  • 20-minute individual presentations (250-word proposals)
  • 90-minute 3–4 member panels (500-word proposals)
  • 90-minute workshops or roundtables (500-word proposals)

    Please plan to submit a title, a proposal the length indicated above, and a program-ready, booklet-friendly 50-word
    blurb for the presentation.

    Proposal System: December 15, 2008

    Open Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2009

    Acceptances Distributed: April 30, 2009

    For more information: Contact Malea Powell (, Nancy DeJoy (, or Rhea Lathan (

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