CFP: Rhetorical Pasts, Rhetorical Futures: Reflecting on the Legacy of Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Future of Feminist Health Literacy

We are pleased to publish this call for proposals for a Special Issue of Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

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Rhetorical Pasts, Rhetorical Futures: Reflecting on the Legacy of Our Bodies, Ourselves and the Future of Feminist Health Literacy

Special Issue Editors
Sara DiCaglio, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University 
Lori Beth De Hertogh, Assistant Professor, James Madison University

On April 2, 2018, the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective announced that they would no longer publish updated print or digital versions of their foundational text, Our Bodies, Ourselves (OBOS) due to financial pressures and the changing nature of online health information. Since its original publication in 1970, OBOS (then called Women and Their Bodies) has provided “evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality” to millions worldwide. It was included in the Library of Congress’ 2012 exhibit “Books That Shaped America” and recognized by Time magazine as one of the best 100 nonfiction books published in English (OBOS, About Us). As Susan Wells aptly puts it: “Our Bodies, Ourselves was not just a routine women’s health manual with a feminist twist. Nothing like it was available when the book was first published in 1970” and it was eagerly consumed by “an audience of women hungry for this information” (2). Read more

Call for Nominations for the CFSHRC Advisory Board (2018-2020 Term)

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition seeks nominations** for its active Advisory Board for the 2018-2020 term. Both peer- and self-nominations are encouraged and accepted. Founded in 1989, and dedicated to fostering inquiry in feminist histories, theories, and pedagogies of rhetoric and composition, the Coalition promotes intersectionality, collaboration, and communication in several areas:

  • the advancement of feminist research and pedagogy across histories, locales, identities, materialities, and media;
  • the education and mentoring of feminist faculty and graduate students in scholarship, research methods, praxis, and the politics of the profession.

As an organization of dedicated individuals and groups, we seek to cultivate a dynamic, intellectually challenging, and professionally nurturing community. We welcome and sustain all who do feminist work, inclusive of all genders, sexualities, races, classes, nationalities, religions, abilities, and other identities, in their research and/or classrooms.

Most importantly, we are a busy and growing organization, offering many opportunities for involvement. Advisory Board members contribute to the Coalition in the following ways:

  • serving on organizational committees (e.g., book award, article award, research award, ad hoc committees);
  • serving on the editorial board of the peer-edited, semi-annual journal Peitho;
  • liaising with the conference organizers of our biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics conference;
  • facilitating mentoring tables at the Coalition’s annual 4Cs session;
  • and attending scheduled Advisory Board meetings during the 2018-2020 term
among other possible ways to serve!

Please submit all nominations to Tarez Graban (tarez.graban@gmail.com) by March 11, 2018. Initial nominations should include the nominee’s namecurrent institutional affiliation, and e-mail contact information.

With thanks,

Tarez Samra Graban
Vice-President, CFSHRC

**Nominees need not already be members of the Coalition, but they will be asked to join upon accepting their nomination.

Peitho Journal Seeks First Web Coordinator

Peitho, the flagship journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC), seeks its first web coordinator to serve a 2-year term (May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2020). As part of a highly collaborative editorial team, the web coordinator will work with Peitho’s editors to upload each issue of the journal (currently published twice per year), archive past issues, help remediate the annual 4C Wednesday night SIG into a digital format, and liaise with the Coalition’s general web coordinator as needed. Read more

Small Scholarship Program for Students in Missouri

In response to the NAACP Travel Advisory in effect for the state of Missouri, in response to the Coalition’s decision to cancel its appearance at the 4C18 SIG, and subsidized in part by a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the Coalition would like to announce that there are funds available for a small scholarship program this year.

Specifically, these funds are available to support undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in an English/Composition or Women’s Studies undergraduate or graduate program in the state of Missouri with demonstrated financial need to travel to other conferences in 2018.  Conferences may include (but are not limited to) RSA, WPA, Computers and Writing, Watson, Conference on Community Writing, or Cultural Rhetorics. The Coalition is pleased to offer three (3) travel awards at $300 apiece. 

Nominations for scholarships are due by May 1, 2018 to Lisa Mastrangelo (lmastrangelo919@gmail.com). Undergraduate/graduate students are encouraged to nominate themselves. All nominations should include the following items:

1) A brief cover letter and cv

2) A brief statement of eligibility/support from a current professor or advisor.

4C19 Coalition SIG CFP: Building Out From ‘The Margins’: New Directions in Intersectionality

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

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

Changing the Landscape: Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies Five Years Later

Five years ago, Gesa Kirsch and Jacqueline Jones Royster published Feminist Rhetorical Practices:  New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies.  Met with much critical acclaim, Feminist Rhetorical Practices offered historians of rhetoric and composition a way to read, interpret, and analyze historical texts through the lenses of social circulation, critical imagination, strategic contemplation, and globalization. An immediate success, the text had—and continues to have—a major impact on the historical feminist thinking in our field.

To that end, the Coalition’s 2018 Wednesday evening session* will revisit Kirsch and Royster’s work and how it has changed (and continues to change) our discipline.  Read more

Join Us at FemRhet 2017

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We, the members of the planning committee, are thrilled to host the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics conference.   Read more

Feminisms and Rhetorics 2017: Call for Reviewers

The site host committee at the University of Dayton invites scholars to review paper and panel proposals for the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference.  Reviewers will be responsible for: evaluating the potential quality of conference papers, panels, roundtables, and other presentations; evaluating the relevance of the proposed work according to the conference themes; and should be committed to the timely review for acceptance to the conference.  

There are several opportunities for review.  The committee asks for reviewers to commit by November 15, 2016 and to be available for review between January 1 and February 15, 2017.  

Reviewers will be asked to return their comments on proposals within two weeks of receiving proposals.  

Reviewers must be past or current members of Feminisms and Rhetorics or Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, or attendees of previous Feminisms and Rhetorics Conferences. Interested persons should submit the following: name, contact information (email and/or phone), and areas of interest or expertise.  Please send details and inquiries to feminismsandrhetorics@gmail.com.   

The conference is scheduled for Oct 4-7, 2017 in Dayton OH. See you there!

Become the Next Web Coordinator for the CFSHRC

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Composition and Rhetoric seeks its next Web Coordinator to maintain, monitor, and update the organization’s website. The Web Coordinator typically collaborates with CFSHRC Executive and Advisory Board members as needed. Approximate time on task averages 5-10 hours per month, with some periods of the year being slower or busier (e.g., prior to CCCC or FemRhet). Proficiency with WordPress is required.

Position Details

The CFSHRC Web Coordinator performs the following activities:

  • Filtering and responding to user questions as well as general questions about the website;
  • Working with Peitho editors to upload each issue of the semi-annually published journal, overseeing the process of archiving past issues, and liaising with the Peitho editorial team as needed;
  • Coordinating the PayPal portion of the site (e.g., radio buttons, membership information) in collaboration with the Treasurer;
  • Working with the CFSHRC Archivist to maintain the group’s administrative archive;
  • Maintaining and (as needed) updating website style guidelines.

Timeframe and Remuneration

The web coordinator serves a two-year term, typically starting on May 1 and ending on April 30, although an earlier start date is both possible and preferable this term in advance of some of the new initiatives at 4Cs.

There are no geographical restrictions on this position, as the role can be performed remotely at the Web Coordinator’s convenience.

Compensation is $500 over a two-year term, plus complementary registration for one conference each year, either to attend CCCC or FemRhet.

Qualifications

We seek applications from graduate students, faculty, and/or independent scholars committed to helping the Coalition maintain and expand its strong presence in the field through digital means. All applications will be considered, but strong candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Academic training and/or scholarly interest in one of several fields, including rhetoric, composition, feminist historiography, data design, or technical and professional writing;
  • Demonstrated experience managing and maintaining websites with shopping carts and PayPal connections;
  • Strong English language skills;
  • Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills both on and offline;
  • Commitment to serving the CFSHRC, which is the intellectual home of a diverse and growing group of scholars whose interests span histories of studies in gender and sexuality and feminist research in rhetoric and composition.

To Apply

Coalition members are encouraged to apply, but applicants need not be current members. Interested candidates should submit a brief letter of interest and current resume or CV. The latter should include URLs to sites designed or maintained, or access to other digital projects representing the candidate’s range of interests and abilities. Materials should be emailed to Lisa Mastrangelo (lmastrangelo919@gmail.com) and Tarez Graban (tarez.graban@gmail.com) by December 15, 2016.