Feminisms and Rhetorics 2023: Call for Site Hosts

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition (CFHSRC) is pleased to invite proposals for hosting for the 2023 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. The CFSHRC’s Conference Committee and Executive Board seek hosts who are committed to creating a conference that is antiracist, inclusive, and accessible. We welcome interdisciplinary, as well as cross-institutional, collaborative hosting arrangements.

Proposals should be submitted to Jessica Enoch, Coordinator of the CFSHRC Conference Committee, at vice-president@cfshrc.org, by December 1, 2021.

What are we looking for in a site proposal?
Proposals for the 2023 conference should

  • explain plans to “front themes of antiracist activism and center the work of feminists of color,” in keeping with the CFSHRC summer 2020 resolution.
  • identify ways to amplify the voices of disabled scholars and emerging scholars
  • articulate possibilities for antiracist, inclusive conferencing practices through conference planning, featured events, conference themes, and programming
  • address how conference organizers will engage the complexity of their conference location, e.g., acknowledging racist or other exclusionary practices that inform the history of the campus and/or the local community
  • describe strategies to ensure accessibility for all conference participants
  • discuss steps to promote affordability: how will the costs of travel, lodging, food, etc. be approached in order to keep registration costs manageable for those who have limited or no funding? Feminisms and Rhetorics has traditionally drawn around 400 registrants and the conference has been held in the fall, historically starting on a Wednesday and running through Saturday afternoon. In the interest of affordability, we are happy to consider alternative time frames moving forward. Details about previous conferences, along with a hosting FAQ, can be found on our website: https://cfshrc.org/femrhet-conference-call-for-hosts/

Proposal Components
While there is no set format, we encourage proposers to address the following areas:

Conferencing Plans

  • Possible theme(s)
  • Potential keynote speakers and/or featured sessions
  • Ideas for special events and/or social events, particularly programming that amplifies scholars of color, disabled scholars, and emerging scholars
  • Ideas for programming that welcomes participants new to the Coalition and Feminisms and Rhetorics. Applicants might consider programming that moves beyond presenting formal papers to programming around mentorship, community-building, community outreach, pedagogical investments, mentoring, etc.

Venue Information

  • Location: institution, cross-institutional, town/city, region
  • Facilities: meeting rooms, exhibition space, technical resources
  • Possibilities for community outreach and/or engagement with historical-present-day complexity of the site

Conference Details

  • Tentative dates for the conference and for submission of abstracts/proposals from potential presenters
  • Rationale for date selection and opportunities that come with these dates

Accessibility

  • Access to local interpreters and CART services
  • Connection to/collaborations campus/institutional accessibility office
  • Identification of possibilities and opportunities to welcome and amplify the work of disabled scholars
  • See note about Access Coordinator and Coalition Conference Committee below

Travel, Accommodations, and Commitments to Affordability

  • Distance from international airport/s
  • Estimated travel costs from a range of major cities
  • Access by bus, cab, coach, train, etc. and costs
  • Travel between conference venue and accommodation
  • Lodging: university/hotel options, location in relation to conference venue, capacity, costs per person/night, discount rate options
  • Meal options and costs
  • Attention to affordability and cost-savings

Organization and Support

  • Conference committee participants: Details about organizers, responsibilities, administrative support, etc.
  • Institutional support: Level and nature of possible department/institution involvement and funding
  • Additional support: Details of funds, facilities, sponsorship or other involvement from additional organizations

What can the CFSHRC offer site hosts?
Beginning with the 1997 “From Boundaries to Borderlands” conference at Oregon State, the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference has been a centerpiece of the Coalition, serving as an intimate, dynamic, and engaging gathering place for feminist scholars to exchange ideas, build community, and create support networks. To support the teams who make these conferences possible, the Coalition provides the following for FemRhet site hosts:

  1. $2000 seed money, which does not need to be returned later, to conference hosts;
  2. Funding for offsetting costs for graduate students (25% of any proceeds from the previous FemRhet conference). Conference hosts are to use these proceeds specifically to reduce expenses of attending the conference for graduate students;
  3. Flexibility for scheduling the conference. As noted, Feminisms and Rhetorics has traditionally been a fall conference. We recognize that such scheduling may mean higher costs, particularly given greater demand on campus and community resources during the semester. Thus, we ask only that, when determining possible dates for the conference, potential site hosts  be sensitive to the dates of other, similar conferences;
  4. Assistance from our newly established Conference Committee to help ensure  an antiracist, accessible, and inclusive conference experience for all. This committee will work with the Feminisms and Rhetorics Host Committee. Assistance from the Conference Committee includes
    • Funding and arranging for the training of a conference Access Coordinator. The Access Coordinator will be selected by and become a member of the local site host committee. Their work will involve coordinating the majority of access services for the conference, including an accessibility guide for the conference.
    • Providing guidance and support for inclusive conferencing practices such as  an antiracist, inclusive, anti-ableist proposal review process and the selection and engagement of featured speakers or sessions.
    • Creating a Rapid Response Team (RRT) tasked with collecting feedback and responding, in a timely fashion, to grievances relating to antiracism, inclusion, or accessibility during the conference.

The Conference Committee is happy to speak with potential site hosts. Please direct any questions about hosting or the site host proposal process to Jessica Enoch, Coordinator of the CFSHRC Conference Committee, at vicepresident@cfshrc.org.

2021 Presidents Dissertation Award Winners

This image shows the Coalition banner and headshots of Emily Smith and Luhui Whitebear.

The Presidents Dissertation Award was created in 2016 to celebrate recently completed doctoral dissertations that make “an outstanding contribution to our understanding of feminist histories, theories, and pedagogies of rhetoric and composition.” This year’s judges had the honor of vetting a set of projects that not only met these standards but did more, including reflecting innovative research methodologies and illuminating oft-neglected cultural and intellectual traditions. Additionally, the 2021 submissions celebrated advocacy and praxis, were elegantly composed, and rigorously engaged—or even challenged—extant frameworks, enhancing our understanding of feminist academic work in general by inviting subsequent inquiry and exchange.

In a non-COVID year, we would have conferred this award at Feminisms and Rhetorics 2021; however, this year, we are conferring awards online. Thus, on behalf of the 2021 Presidents Dissertation Award Committee, I am pleased to announce this year’s award recipients, in alphabetical order: Emily N. Smith (Penn State University) and Luhui Whitebear (Oregon State University).

Emily N. Smith, recipient of the 2021 Presidents Dissertation Award for

“Performing Histories: Archival Embodiment as Rhetorical Historiography.”

Dr. Smith is currently a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the Writing and Communication Program at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she will spend the next year working alongside 25 other scholars from the US, UK, and Canada, developing teaching and scholarship in writing and communication that emphasizes rhetoric, process, and multimodality. In May 2021, Smith completed her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at Penn State University, where she was also a Dissertation Fellow at the Center for Democratic Deliberation. Her dissertation project argues that artists, scholars, and community members use performance to compose and circulate shared cultural histories through a methodology of “archival embodiment,” emphasizing Suzan-Lori Parks’s The America Play, the ouvre of American photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, and Philadelphia’s Monument Lab project.

A related article, “A View from the Hill: ‘One Shot’ Harris and The Pittsburgh Courier,” appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly this past spring, demonstrating some of the “idiomatic visual rhetorical strategies of representation” that Smith argues for in her dissertation. One judge wrote the following of Smith’s project:

“Outstanding areas of inquiry—how people enact historiography through performance. Great objective: understanding performance as a mode of historiography and a significant genre of public memory. Excellent notes on the pedagogical implications of interconnections between rhetoric and embodied/multimodal performances.”

Another judge concurred:

“This is a conceptually rich study of performance, embodiment, and historiography. Smith’s project demonstrates some of the heretofore ‘untapped potential’ of multimodal composition pedagogies and helps readers to think in expansive and yet exacting ways how embodying archives implicates the rhetorical practices of historical storytelling and historiography. Especially compelling is the chapter on Harris’s quotidian photography as counternarrative, and the role that contemporary bodies play in reconstituting Black Pittsburgh’s history across time.”

Luhui Whitebear, recipient of the 2021 Presidents Dissertation Award for

“Secrets of Survival: Intergenerational Storytelling and Cultural Healing Through Gendered Rhetoric and Representation in Indigenous Activist Circles.”

Dr. Whitebear is an enrolled member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation and the Assistant Director of the Oregon State University Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. She completed her PhD in Spring 2020 through the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program at OSU, where she also received a B.S. in Ethnic Studies, a second B.S. in Anthropology, and a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (WGSS, Ethnic Studies, and Queer Studies focus). She is a mother, poet, and Indigenous activist, as well as an award-winning diversity advocate on her campus and in the Corvallis community.

Her research generally focuses on Indigenous rhetorics and she has published widely in the following areas: Indigeneity and reclaiming Indigenous identity/gender roles; murdered and missing Indigenous women; Indigenous resistance movements; and national laws and policies that impact Indigenous peoples. As such, Whitebear is passionate about disrupting systems of oppression and creating positive change in society. Her dissertation in particular works through rhetoric and representation in order to locate the Indigenous people and voices that are missing in the stories circulating through Indigenous activist communities, including both recorded stories and stories told verbally. One judge wrote the following of Whitebear’s project:

“The motivating question of study—how indigenous methodologies might fit within colonized epistemologies—provides an instructive case study. Feminist rhetorical scholars can better understand the deliberate ways that indigenous rhetorics can disrupt settler colonialism while centering practices of intergenerational healing. The result is a methodologically impressive and compelling narrative of reclaiming rhetorical sovereignty, one that not only theorizes about but also demonstrates the strength of intergenerational storytelling.”

Another judge concurred:

“This dissertation does address an important rhetorical intervention into storytelling and its relation to indigenous identity and activism. It illuminates memory and how that memory manifests in modern storytelling practices. The project is well versed in relevant academic work but extends that work. Even though the focus is on women’s studies, the same methods, methodologies, and praxis are relevant to rhetoric and composition. … The project does a good job of saying, this is just a step in the longer process, which invites more future scholarship. The methodology … offers an interesting and effective application of theories, particularly the concept of survivance.”

We offer our “Congratulations” to Whitebear and Smith, and to the faculty mentors who constituted their committees! Both of these winning projects drew simultaneously on the embodied, the historical, and the theoretical, but all of this year’s submissions were noteworthy. Thus, in addition to congratulating these scholars on their achievements, we gladly acknowledge the following individuals whose excellent work was also nominated or submitted for this award: Nancy Fox Edele (U of Washington, Seattle); Kathleen Hardesty (Texas Tech); Sarita Mizin (Lehigh U); Ruby Nancy (Eastern Carolina U); and Lena Ziegler (Bowling Green). Please look for their work, both in the ProQuest dissertation database and in their ensuing publications.

Tarez Samra Graban
Immediate Past-President
Awards Chair 2020–2022

and members of the 2021 Presidents Dissertation Award Committee

Moushumi Biswas
Maureen Johnson
Amanda Pratt
Patrick Thomas

Lisa Ede Mentoring Award Winner

Stephanie L. Kerschbaum
Winner of 2021 Lisa Ede Mentoring Award

Faculty head shot of Stephanie L. Kerschbaum

The Lisa Ede Mentoring Award was established in 2015 as a biennial award to recognize an individual or group 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. In the spirit of its namesake, Professor Emerita of English, Lisa Ede, the award was designed to encourage as broad and collective an understanding of “mentoring” as possible. As a career award, it often honors those individual mentors or mentoring teams who demonstrate a breadth, depth, and longevity of mentoring that is guided by a feminist of caring and care.

On behalf of the 2021 Lisa Ede Mentoring Award Committee, I am pleased to announce this year’s winner: Stephanie L. Kerschbaum, Associate Professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle, and formerly Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware. While at UD, Stephanie provided stellar feminist mentoring on her campus through leadership of Faculty Success Program cohorts, organization of Write on Site groups and writing retreats, and various workshop facilitations. In 2018, she served as the inaugural Faculty Mentoring Fellow to analyze, improve, and develop resources for faculty mentoring across campus. Stephanie also coordinated funding to support the participation of 12 women faculty of color on the tenure track in Promotion and Tenure Workshops.

Truly Transformative Mentoring

At the national level, she has also influenced how we mentor in the field, through her service as CCCC Executive member and Chair of the CCCC Committee on Disability Issues; and by co-facilitating the “Making a Career in Rhetorical Studies” workshop for two different RSA Summer Institutes. More recently, she has organized online mentoring groups and virtual Write on Site groups, such as the “First Book Club,” which supported faculty composing their first academic monographs. These online opportunities, spanning more than a dozen institutions, exemplify her truly transformative mentoring practice. They signal, as one nominator wrote, how Stephanie creates “sustainable, interdependent networks between thinkers who otherwise might not ever become connected.” Another nominator suggested that, as a close mentor to so many within disability studies specifically, Dr. Kerschbaum might earn an official title of “Disability Rhetoric Field Mentor” for Rhetoric and Composition.

Dr. Kerschbaum is also a leading scholar of disability studies and rhetoric. Her first book, Toward a New Rhetoric of Difference (2014) challenges institutional diversity discourse by examining classroom interactions, marketing of higher education, and her own researcher positionality. She is co-editor of Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education (2017) and a Special Issue of Composition Forum on “Doing Composition in the Presence of Disability” and also the author of numerous single-authored and collaboratively authored articles on disability and rhetoric in journals such as Research in the Teaching of English, Disability Studies Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, Kairos, and others. She is, as a third nominator writes, “someone dedicated to the advancement of feminist research and pedagogy through the mentorship of feminist colleagues.”

Mentoring in Invisible Spaces

The Award committee agreed, indicating that Stephanie’s nomination packet left a strong impression. Their conversation around her nomination materials was rich, noting especially her wide-ranging mentoring practice that encompasses people at all career stages, from graduate students to middle-career faculty; that she creates spaces for mentorship that are not egocentric; and that she mentors in ways that would typically be invisibilized by institutional structures.

In a typical year, the Lisa Ede Award would be conferred at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, but in 2021, we look forward to featuring Dr. Kerschbaum in conjunction with one of the Coalition’s  “Advancing the Agenda Workshop Series” sessions, which will occur online this fall. Watch for further announcements about this and other sessions!

In addition to congratulating Dr. Kerschbaum on her achievement, we want to acknowledge the following individuals whose mentoring careers were also illuminated and nominated for this award, evidenced by strong supporting letters: Dr. Katrina Powell (Virginia Tech); Dr. Suellynn Duffey (U Missouri-St. Louis); and Dr. Jane Greer (U Missouri-Kansas City).

Congratulations!

— Tarez Samra Graban
Immediate Past-President
Awards Chair 2020–2022

and members of the 2021 Lisa Ede Mentoring Award Committee
— Amy Lueck
— Becca Richards
— Kaia Simon

 

[The image at the top of this post is a head and shoulders photograph of Dr. Stephanie L. Kerschbaum.]

Online Mentoring Program 2021-2022

Dear Coalition Members,

We’ll be offering our online mentoring program again this year, in response to continued interest! Whether you are new to the program or are returning to it, the online mentoring arrangement is a way for us to share knowledge about research, teaching, activism, and professional development by matching mentor-mentee pairs who will collaboratively establish a schedule whereby the mentee can make good progress on an agreed-upon project (i.e., job market/prepping application materials; planning research projects/fieldwork; writing/revising materials for publication; developing a syllabus; applying for grants; etc.) within six months or less. Mentors and mentees may continue to work together beyond one six-month cycle if desired.

We want to be as flexible as possible so that mentoring pairs can figure out what works best for them, but we do offer some suggestions for getting started:

  • Determine which specific project you would like to work on with a mentor, or whether you would like help with less tangible things, such as gaining confidence in coursework or dealing with challenges in your workplace.
  • Determine how long you plan to commit. You may wish to start with a six-month commitment, and see how it goes.
  • Determine how often you would like to check-in with your mentor/mentee. Do you want to engage weekly, bi-weekly, monthly? What makes the most sense for your goals and schedules?
  • Determine which medium works best for your relationship (FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, email, phone, etc.).

We are seeking both mentors and mentees. If you are interested in participating either as a mentor, a mentee, or both, please fill out this registration form by August 1, indicating your interest. There is a spot on the form to indicate whether you want to continue with last year’s arrangement, as well.

Feel free to direct any questions to tarez.graban@gmail.com.

With many thanks and well wishes,
-Tarez Samra Graban
Immediate Past President

 

Fellowship Pods Registration Now Open! Register by 7-19

Hello Coalition!

I am writing to open the registration process for the Fellowship Pods Program. This program is intended to help foster community-building among the Coalition’s membership. You can find more details about the program, which will run from July 2021 through May 2022, here: https://cfshrc.org/announcing-the-fellowship-pods-program/

Steps to register for the program:

  1. If needed, activate or renew your Coalition membership here: https://cfshrc.org/membership-join/ If you are financially unable to become a member at this time but still wish to participate in the Fellowship Pods Program, please let me know.

  1. Read the list of themed pods here:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/151iFr7TDQVmofsHttyj2dFsBiXrhOXIssGXJy00DgHg/edit?usp=sharing (Remember: You can choose to join a pod without a pre-established focus. Joining a pod without a pre-established focus will allow you and your pod members to collectively decide how you will spend your time together.)

  1. Complete and submit the registration form: https://forms.gle/WJgAS2oavvrm5yQ79

The deadline to register for the program is July 19.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions and concerns you have about the program or registration process. Also, thank you so much to everyone who proposed a themed pod. Unsurprisingly, your suggestions are amazing.

Sincerely,
Mudiwa
mpettus@mec.cuny.edu

BIG NEWS from Peitho

I’m happy to share two exciting happenings from Peitho!

  1. Peitho 23.3 is now live! Access it HERE!!! Big thanks to the Peitho editorial team–Jen Wingard, Temptaous McKoy, and Rachelle A.C. Joplin–for putting together this excellent issue and to Abigail Morris at East Carolina University for getting it formatted and posted to the website.
  2. We are thrilled to introduce Kelli Lycke as the new Peitho Web Coordinator! Kelli joins incoming editors Clancy Ratliff and Rebecca Dingo and continuing Associate Editor Temptaous McKoy to round out your next Peitho editorial team.
    image of Kelli Lycke, incomimg Peitho Web Coordinator

    Kelli Lycke

    Currently, Kelli is a second-year PhD student in the Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English program at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include public monuments, memorials, and other commemorative material texts. Kelli also enjoys experimenting with film and web texts as compositions, as well as teaching students how to use technology in new and interesting ways. When she’s not working or studying, she plays board games and bicycles with her two pitbulls. In her role as the Web Coordinator, she hopes to establish great relationships with prospective authors.

All best,

Wendy Sharer, President CFSHRC

Announcing the Fellowship Pods Program

I am happy to announce that the Coalition has established The Fellowship Pods Program, a non-hierarchical fellowship program to foster community-building among its membership. The program is designed to respond to members’ calls for a re-imagining and re-structuring of coalition networks that have fostered a culture of elitism and bias. Distinct from the Coalition’s existing mentoring programs that offer guidance regarding professionalization and publication, the Fellowship Pods program will provide space for members to think, organize, and revel with other members around collectively chosen topics and shared interests.

The Coalition hopes that the Fellowship Pods Program will help

  • disrupt charismatic models of leadership in the Coalition
  • encourage participants to establish and maintain relationships with the Coalition membership beyond the confines of Feminism and Rhetorics conferencing, and
  • foster membership collaboration on research, teaching, and community engagement & social justice projects 

The program will run from July 2021 through May 2022. In July, program participants will be assigned to a pod (small group of Coalition members), and, in their first meeting(s), members will determine the anticipated topics and activities that will animate their pod’s year-long dialogue and/or collective action. 

THE ASKS:

  1. If you are interested in the Fellowship Pods Program, please email me (mpettus@mec.cuny.edu) and then anticipate receiving an email from me later in the month that provides more information about the initiative, including details about the enrollment process. Note that, to register and participate, you will need to be a member of the Coalition. You can join the Coalition via our website. Rates are $10/year for graduate students and $25/year for faculty (other membership categories and options are available on the website as well). If you are financially unable to become a member at this time but still wish to participate in the Fellowship Pods Program, please let us know.
  2. The Coalition hopes that much of the community-building in the pods will happen organically, so pod members are asked to determine the focus of their fellowship in conversation with each other. Additionally, I want to honor requests that space for identity-based, career-focused, and other themed-pods, including pods based on hobbies and crafts, be created. Therefore, if you would like to join a pod with a pre-established focus, please email me the specific theme and a brief description of the pod you would like established by June 21, 2021. I will advertise these themed-pods during the general enrollment period so that other program participants may elect to join them, if they desire. 

(Note: If you do not wish to join a pod with a pre-established focus, your first action for the program will be to complete the enrollment process later in the summer.)

Please feel encouraged to email me with any questions and concerns. I am serving as the coordinator of the program during its first year, and I welcome all feedback about the program. 

Sincerely,

Mudiwa Pettus (she/her)
CFSHRC Executive Board Member-at-Large
Assistant Professor of English
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
mpettus@mec.cuny.edu

 

Shirley Wilson Logan Diversity Scholarship Recipient

Nisha Shanmugaraj
Winner of 2021 Shirley Wilson Logan
Diversity Scholarship Award

bio pic of Nisha Shanmugaraj head shot, in front of a bookcase

The Shirley Wilson Logan Diversity Scholarship was established in 2019 as a biennial award to encourage feminist scholarship (particularly historical in nature) by graduate scholars from diverse or historically un or underrepresented groups. The award is given to first-time presenters at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference, and includes both a monetary award and participation in a specially designated session at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference. Because the inaugural Scholarship competition was planned under COVID conditions with 2021 FemRhet plans in flux, the Coalition’s Advisory Board voted to extend eligibility of this first award to participation at any Fall 2021 conference.

On behalf of the 2021 Shirley Wilson Logan Award Committee, I am pleased to announce this year’s winner: Nisha Shanmugaraj, a third-year doctoral student in Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University. This award will support Nisha’s participation at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Fall 2021. The theme of this year’s conference is “Feminist Community Formations Across Borders and Experience,” and Nisha’s paper is  entitled “How Second Generation Indian-American Women Construct National Belonging.”

In this paper, drawing on 25 qualitative interviews of second-generation Indian American women, Nisha investigates how they experience, respond to, and re-envision normative discourses of the “model” minority under which they are often homogenized or stereotyped. By conducting a rhetorical analysis of interview transcripts, she examines moments of “race unmaking and re-making that reimagine tropes of the docile, intelligent brown women.”

Of her interest in this conference and on the current direction of her scholarship, Nisha’s major professor and nominator, Stephanie Larson, writes:

“Nisha is the type of teacher-scholar who strives to enact her research in all aspects of her work. While her research takes up issues of inclusivity and equity in the context of intersectional feminist rhetorics, I’ve witnesses those same commitments manifest in her classroom and service efforts here at CMU.”

The selection committee agreed, indicating that Nisha’s application was strong in all its facets and that her scholarly interests were well demonstrated at so early a stage of her graduate career. One judge wrote the following of Nisha’s application:

“This tightly focused study of Indian American women’s negotiation of discourses of the model minority advances the Coalition’s mission and makes a significant contribution to diversity scholarship.”

Another judge concurred:

“With the focus of Nisha’s work on the Indian American women’s experience and discourse, her scholarship addresses an under-studied minority group that can make significant contributions to the diversity conversation. Her chosen topic for research is absolutely relevant to the CFSHRC’s mission.”

Nisha has published in Composition Forum (2020) and Business and Professional Communication Quarterly (2016), and is currently working on an article about her experiences creating a graduate student committee on anti-racism at CMU. The CFSHRC is in the process of formalizing its plans for Fall 2021 virtual conferencing; please watch for more announcements about how we will spotlight Nisha’s work at one of our upcoming events.

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As the Coalition embarks on summer activities and fall planning, we invite you to watch for announcements and calls for our remaining competitions this year: the Lisa Ede Mentoring Award (to be announced late summer/early Fall); the Presidents Dissertation Award (to be announced late summer/early Fall); the Nancy A. Myers Feminist Research Grant (deadline: Dec. 15, 2021) and the Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award (deadline: Dec. 1, 2021). Remarkably, Coalition members have not slowed down even while facing numerous challenges at work and at home. Awards do not and cannot compensate for what time, productivity, and personal circumstances our members have lost in a long and difficult year, but we are nonetheless glad to celebrate your milestones with you and buoy you however we can. We look forward to your nominations and applications in the coming months!

Very sincerely,

Tarez Samra Graban
Immediate Past-President
Awards Chair 2020–2022

and members of the inaugural Shirley Wilson Logan Diversity Scholarship Committee

David Gold
Karen M. Hansen-Morgan
Ruby Nancy
Alexis E. Ramsey-Tobienne
Kendall Turchyn

Nan Johnson Outstanding Graduate Student Travel Award Recipients

True to its namesake, the Nan Johnson Award was created to support graduate students in their scholarship, to enable their  participation at Feminisms and Rhetorics, and to help them find new and returning venues for networking and professionalization. The award is presented biennially in odd years to graduate students working in the field of composition and rhetoric and it recognizes outstanding scholarship and research in the areas of feminist pedagogy, practice, history, and theory. In place of the 2021 Feminisms and Rhetorics, the Coalition opted to open up the award to support free registration at any summer or early fall 2021 conference where recipients can share and deepen their understanding of feminist work.

On behalf of this year’s Nan Johnson Outstanding Graduate Student Travel Award committee, I am pleased to announce our 2021 award recipients:

Morgan Banville
doctoral student in Rhetoric, Writing and Professional Communication — East Carolina University

Brienna Fleming
doctoral student in Rhetoric and Composition — Ohio University

Priyanka (Priya) Ganguly
doctoral student in Rhetoric and Writing — Virginia Tech

Ashley Pendleton
recent MA in English — University of Missouri-Kansas City
incoming doctoral student in English — Florida State University

Laura Rosche
doctoral candidate in English — Indiana University

Rhiannon Scharnhorst
doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Composition — University of Cincinnati

Nisha Shanmugaraj
doctoral candidate in Rhetoric — Carnegie Mellon University

Rachel Stroup
doctoral student in English — University of Maryland

Basanti Timalsina
doctoral student in Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture — Michigan Tech

The 9 recipients named above represent all stages of a graduate career, and their work this summer and fall reflects the full range of applications and contributions of  feminist rhetorical histories, theories, and practices to interdisciplinary questions. The 2021 awardees will be attending the 2021 SIGDOC conference, as well as the Rhetoric Society of America’s 2021 Summer Institute, participating in workshops on “Histories of Rhetoric Elsewhere and Otherwise,” “Archival Power,” “Precarity and Visual Praxis,” “Rhetoric and Public Health,” “Rhetoric and Sexual Violence,” “Making a Career in Rhetorical Studies,” and “Engaging Critical Horizons of 21st-Century Feminisms and Rhetorical Studies.”

Please join us in congratulating these scholars, and in thanking the generous donors who made sustaining and increasing this year’s award possible. Finally, please join me in thanking members of the 2021 Nan Johnson Outstanding Graduate Student Travel Award Committee, who put in several hours of labor over several days at a busy point in the year—for some, at the end of the semester, and for others, in the brief window between spring and summer terms:

David Gold
Karen Hansen-Morgan
Ruby Nancy
Alexis Ramsey Tobienne
Kendall Turchyn

 

Tarez Samra Graban
Immediate Past-President
Awards Chair 2020–2022

We Need You! Please Complete the 2021-2022 CFSHRC Volunteer Survey

Many thanks to all who have helped the Coalition this past year as we worked to make the organization and the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference more inclusive, accessible, affordable, and anti-racist. As we continue this important work, we would like to involve a broader swath of people in constructing concrete changes to our “business and conferencing as usual.”

To this end, we’re reaching out to members and supporters who might be interested in serving in different capacities as part of this change-making. We hope you will take a few minutes to complete our brief “2021-2022 Volunteer Survey,” available at the following link:

https://forms.gle/2djxLim4yBvsDSG98

Please submit your response by Friday June 4th. Thank you for your help!

Warmly,

Wendy Sharer, President