Feminisms and Rhetorics Program

Dear All,

The program for the 2023 Feminisms and Rhetorics Deconference is here! Looking at this fabulous program, I’m so excited to get to Spelman! Please check back in on the program for small changes and updates as the deconference gets closer. The accessibility guide to the conference is on it’s way as well.

Thanks to all who have been working so hard on this event!

Jess

Call for Applications: Peitho Web Coordinator

Peitho Journal Seeks Next Web Coordinator

Application Deadline: September 15, 2023

Peitho, the EBSCO-indexed flagship journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC), seeks its next Web Coordinator to serve a 2-year term (October 1, 2023 to April 30, 2025), with the possibility of extending or renewing. 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 four times per year) and to archive past issues.

Qualifications

We seek applications from graduate students, faculty, and/or independent scholars committed to helping Peitho 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:

  • Experience with Adobe In-design or similar publishing or page layout software;
  • Experience with webpage building in WordPress;
  • Familiarity with web accessibility standards;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Strong record of collaboration and/or teamwork:
  • Ability to meet deadlines;
  • 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.

Time Commitment/Workflow

The time commitment for the position is roughly 50 hours per issue, with the bulk of that work occurring in the 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after each issue comes out. The schedule varies a bit, but the goal is to have the Summer issue out in late September, the Fall issue out in late December, the Winter issue out in late March, and the Spring issue out in late June. The incoming Web Coordinator will have the advantage of working with a larger than usual editorial team, receiving mentoring in the role, and helping Peitho to migrate to its new platform with the WAC Clearinghouse sometime in 2024. Also, because we are conducting the search a bit later this year, the incoming Web Coordinator will be responsible for helping with only 7 of the next 8 issues in the two-year term.

Remuneration

While this is a mostly volunteer position, remuneration is $500 for a two-year term, plus complementary registration once a year at a conference where the CFSHRC has a strong presence (e.g., CCCC, FemRhet, RSA, ISHR, NCA, etc.).

To Apply

Coalition members are encouraged to apply, but applicants need not be current members. Interested candidates need only submit a brief letter of interest and current resume or CV with references in a single file (PDF, with your name in the filename). Materials should be e-mailed to the Chair of the Peitho Editorial Board, Tarez Graban (tgraban@fsu.edu), by September 15, 2023.

Updates for the 2023 Feminisms and Rhetorics Deconference at Spelman College

We have updated information regarding the 2023 Feminisms and Rhetorics Deconference at Spelman College! On the conference website you can now find information regarding:

  • Schedule: The website now displays the deconference schedule at-a-glance and the deconference special events.
  • Registration: Registration will open next week, and another email notification will go out at that time. For now, please visit the deconference registration page to provide any information related to your access needs and to see registration details.
  • Accommodations & Transportation: There are 6 hotel options in Atlanta with discounted rates for FemRhets attendees. Please visit the accommodations page to view these options. Should you need guidance on local transportation and how to get to Spelman, please see the transportation page.
  • Presentation information: Please check your inboxes for an email with information regarding your presentation day and time.

Thank you to all those who worked on these important conference details; I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta very soon!

Peitho and EBSCO

The editorial team and editorial board are pleased to announce that the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition has entered into an electronic licensing relationship with EBSCO Information Services, one of the more prolific aggregators of full-text journals, magazines, and other sources for teaching and research. As a result of this relationship, the full text of Peitho will soon be available via EBSCO’s databases, with indexing. Full indexing may occur gradually over the next few months, but in the meantime, you should begin to see that the journal has become available in some of the platforms hosted by your university or college libraries.

Seeking Donations for Fundraising Auction at FemRhet 2023

The CFSHRC Development Team seeks donated items for a silent auction at FemRhet 2023. Proceeds from the auction will be used to sustain/expand the Shirley Wilson Logan Diversity Scholarship and the Nan Johnson Outstanding Graduate Student Travel Award in future years. Descriptions of both awards, from the Coalition’s website, are included below.

Items should be small and light so that you can bring them to the conference with you and so that winning bidders can transport them back from Atlanta. Such items might include handicrafts, books, jewelry, clothing, etc. We also request that items connect in some way to the theme of the conference—“Feminisms and Reckonings: Interrogating Histories and Harms, Beginning Restorative Practices”—and/or to the mission of the Coalition.

If you have questions or are interested in donating an item, contact Wendy Sharer, Immediate Past President and Development Team Chair, at sharerw@ecu.edu. If you are considering donating an item, please provide the following in your email:

  • a brief description of the item
  • a photograph of the item (if possible)
  • a reasonable opening bid amount for the item

Thank you for your efforts to assist fellow feminist scholars and teachers. I look forward to seeing everyone at Spelman in a couple month!

-Wendy Sharer, Immediate Past President
 sharerw@ecu.edu

The Shirley Wilson Logan Diversity Scholarship
The purpose of the Shirley Wilson Logan Diversity Scholarship award is to encourage feminist scholarship (particularly historical in nature) by graduate scholars from diverse and historically un or underrepresented groups. The award will be given to first-time presenters at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference. The award includes both a monetary award ($500 each for up to 6 awardees) and participation in a specially designated session at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference.

The Nan Johnson Outstanding Graduate Student Travel Award
The Nan Johnson Outstanding Graduate Student Travel 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. The award is designed to enable students to attend the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference by providing $200.00 travel stipends plus conference registration.

Call for Article Proposals/2024 Special Issue “Small and Subtle Feminisms: Reconsidering Who or What Is Feminist Enough”

This open invitation calls for authors to submit 500-750 word abstracts for Peitho’s Summer

2024 Special Issue: “Small and Subtle Feminisms: Reconsidering Who or What Is Feminist

Enough.” This CFP is available at https://tinyurl.com/subtlefeminisms.

 

The extremity of violence and dehumanization especially toward queer folk, trans folk, women,

and BIPOC demands action that is radical. In other words, these ongoing injustices require

feminist rhetorical action that recognizes the systemic nature of oppression and how people’s

experiences within patriarchal systems are also affected by race, class, and sexuality. As such,

radical action has recently been prioritized as loud, visible, and big–it’s in the Women’s

Marches, the BLM protests against police violence, and the #MeToo movement. Volume and

visibility contribute to radical change, but we hesitate to dismiss feminist acts that are small,

subtle, or quiet.

 

Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards provide an early exploration of this

tension in Manifesta (2000), explaining “We dedicated it to the people who say ‘I’m not a

feminist, but. . .’ and to the people who say ‘I am a feminist, but . . .’ It was our observation that

many people felt like they were “disqualified” from feminisms because they hadn’t worked out

all of their shit” (qtd. in http://signsjournal.org/bad-feminist). Inherent in their observations is the

notion of being a “good feminist” or “feminist enough,” which Roxane Gay explores in Bad

Feminist (2014). Qualifying feminism and what it means to do feminist rhetorical work has been

an ongoing conversation, one worth revisiting in the face of proliferating injustices and

increasing calls for transformation. This conversation resurfaced in a keynote talk at the 2019

Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference with Lisa Melonçon’s talk on “Quiet Feminism,” which

triggered strong responses about the importance of being loud and visible in order to make

change. Melonçon’s notion of quiet feminism sparked our curiosity: Where does quiet feminism

fit with radical feminism, and how are we understanding different enactments of feminism? This

special issue calls for contributors to engage with the question: What constitutes “feminist

enough,” particularly in feminist rhetorical acts that are considered small, subtle, or quiet?

 

More than 30 years of feminist rhetorical scholarship has grappled with recovering, remembering,

enlarging, and amending women’s lived experiences throughout history (see e.g.,

Bizzell; Enoch; Ghimire; hooks, Ratcliffe; Rawson; Moraga; Anzaldua; Jarratt; Royster; Kirsch;

Logan; Wu; Lunsford; Glenn). What is “feminist enough” persists in fourth wave feminisms, and

postcolonial scholarship challenges the Western, democratic assumption that activism must be

loud, fierce, and visible (Koggel). Western feminisms have not only ignored the differences

between women, they have also privileged the same patriarchal tools to make equitable changes

that have oppressed many women (Lorde). Scholars argue that gender relations and practices are

deeply embedded in cultural, economic, and political institutions that necessitate a better

understanding of the many forms of feminist action in the West and across the world that can’t

look the same in place and time or satisfy a monolithic notion of “feminist” (Mohanty). In recent

years, scholarship has been published on feminist material practices, embodied rhetorics, and

feminist practices of remembering (e.g., Boling, et al; Clary-Lemon; Gruwell). Small and subtle

feminisms might be seen across a range embodied and material contexts: from women in sports

who hesitate to call themselves feminists, colleagues in rhetorics of science or technical

communication who have felt on the periphery of the Coalition, and LGBTQIA+ students who

are both vulnerable and called to take risks to exist on campus.

 

Contributors will be asked to rethink the potential of small, subtle, and quiet feminisms, even

when our moment seems to call for big, radical action. We are a Coalition because each of our

smallness adds to greater possibilities. Even as we turn up the volume; even as we dismantle

harmful stereotypes such as the so-called “angry Black woman”; even as we wave rainbow flags,

stand with/as trans folk, and chant “live loud and proud”–how do we also maintain and create

spaces for the small, the quiet, the subtle? What are the rhetorical choices we are making in how

we talk about feminist identities, experiences, practices, and activisms that call into question

what is and is not enough? A former student, of intersecting marginalized identities, once

explained that they created pockets of resistance in chats with janitors and whispered friendships

at the back of classrooms. This special issue seeks to recognize, recover, and reconsider these

pockets, these moments of small and subtle feminist rhetorical action that may not be loud but

are every bit as crucial–and are “feminist enough”–for our collective survival and movement

toward transformation.

 

Possible questions and trajectories:

• How do we hold space for small and quiet feminisms alongside big and loud activism?

• In what ways might we invite a diversity of feminisms–disrupting the system from

without and from within, being loud and quiet, acting both overtly and subtly, locally,

nationally, and globally, and engaging in ways that are big and small?

• How might we value small and quiet feminisms while recognizing contributions across

differences in race and class, which have been historically mischaracterized and

dismissed as “too loud” or “aggressive”?

• How is the notion of “feminist enough” linked to identity, performance, and politics?

• How might feminist rhetorical practices look different across different fields (i.e.,

technical and professional writing, rhetorics of science, medical rhetorics)?

• How might we more effectively describe the radical nature of mentoring and

administrative work if we recognize small and quiet feminisms?

• How might craftivism and other material/embodied feminist rhetorical practices work

alongside louder activisms?

• How do we engage in small, quiet, and subtle feminist rhetorics without being silenced,

rendered invisible, and/or dismissed?

• If all feminisms are inherently radical, then how do we reclaim the parts of it that are

small, quiet, and subtle?

Texts will be accepted based on reviewer guidelines for Peitho, including evidence of feminist

and rhetorical scholarly foundation, readiness for publication, and commitment to feminist

practices and methods. We welcome a range of genres associated with the special issue’s theme,

such as scholarly articles, essays, organizing/advocacy frameworks, creative works, or

multimodal works. Please submit queries and abstracts to Tammie M. Kennedy and Jessi

Thomsen at subtlefeminisms@gmail.com.

 

Timeline

• Abstracts with Working Bibliography due by November 1, 2023

• Acceptance notifications by December 1, 2023

• Full manuscripts due March 1, 2024

• Estimated date of publication September 2024

 

Bibliography

Baumgardner, Jennifer; Richards, Amy (2000). Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the

Future. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Boling, Brooke, Laura R. Micciche, Katie C. Monthe, and Jane E. O. Stone. “‘Go and Love

Some More’: Memorializing and Archiving Feminist Grief.” Peitho, vol. 24, no. 4, 2022.

https://cfshrc.org/article/go-and-love-some-more-memorializing-and-archiving-feminist-grief/

Breyer, Abby. The Blanks at Our Beginnings: A Graduate Student’s Reflection on Peitho’s

Contributions to New Scholars. Peitho, vol. 24, no. 4, Summer 2022

Clary-Lemon, Jennifer. “Selvedge Rhetorics and Material Memory.” Peitho, vol. 24, no. 3, 2022.

https://cfshrc.org/article/selvedge-rhetorics-and-material-memory/

Ghimire, Asmita. “Yogmaya Neupane: The Unknown Rhetorician and the Known Rebel”

Peitho, vol. 24, no. 3, 2022. https://cfshrc.org/article/yogmaya-neupane-the-unknownrhetorician-

and-the-known-rebel/

Goggin, Maureen Daly, and Shirley K. Rose, eds. Women’s Ways of Making. Utah State UP,

2021.

Gruwell, Leigh. Making Matters: Craft, Ethics, and New Materialist Rhetorics. Utah State UP,

2022.

Koggel, Christine M., ‘ Global Feminism’, in William Edelglass, and Jay L. Garfield (eds), The

Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy, Oxford Handbooks (2011; online edn, Oxford

Academic, 2 Sept. 2011), https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195328998.003.0047, accessed

10 May 2023.

Lorde, Audre (1984). Age, Class, Race, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference. Sister Outsider:

Essays and Speeches. Freedom, CA: Crossing Press. pp. 114–123.

Melonçon, Lisa. “Quiet Feminism.” Plenary Talk at Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, 2019.

Mohanty, Chandra Talpade (2003-01-01). “”Under Western Eyes” Revisited: Feminist Solidarity

through Anticapitalist Struggles”. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 28 (2): 499–

535. doi:10.1086/342914. ISSN 0097-9740. S2CID 2073323

“Short Takes: Provocations on Public Feminism. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay”. Signs: Journal

of Women in Culture and Society. Retrieved February 2, 2016.

New Issue of Peitho

Coalition Members, Please check out this new fantastic issue of Peitho!

Graduate Student Awards–Feminisms & Rhetorics 2023!

Attention Graduate Students!

Notices about Feminism and Rhetorics sessions have now gone out. If you plan to attend the conference, consider applying for one or both (you may apply for both, if applicable) of these awards. Please share widely. Applications for both awards are due July 14, 2023.

SHIRLEY WILSON LOGAN DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The Shirley Wilson Logan Diversity Scholarship is presented biennially in odd years to encourage feminist scholarship (particularly historical in nature) by graduate scholars from diverse and historically un or underrepresented groups.

The award is given to first-time presenters at the Feminisms & Rhetorics conference. The award includes both a monetary award ($500 each for up to 6 awardees) and participation in a specially designated session at the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference.

Please see the award description for eligibility criteria, previous recipients, and application details. Applications are due July 14, 2023.

NAN JOHNSON GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD

The Nan Johnson Outstanding Graduate Student Travel 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.

The award is designed to enable students to attend the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference by providing $200.00 travel stipends plus conference registration. The awards will be announced at the 2023 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference.

See the award description for eligibility criteria, previous recipients, and application details. Applications are due July 14, 2023.

Please feel free to contact me (sharerw@ecu.edu) with any questions. I look forward to receiving your applications!

-Wendy Sharer, Immediate Past President and Awards Coordinator

2023 Kathleen Ethel Welch Outstanding Article Award Recipients

Named in recognition of the Coalition’s co-founder and first president, Kathleen E. Welch, the CFSHRC Welch Outstanding Article Award is presented biennially in odd years for refereed work published in Peitho journal that illustrates exceptional scholarship and research in the areas of feminist pedagogy, practice, history, and/or theory. I am thrilled to share the news that this year’s award goes to Sarah Dwyer for their article “A Question of Affect: A Queer Reading of Institutional Nondiscrimination Statements at Texas Public Universities,” which appeared in the Winter 2022 issue (vol. 24, no. 2). Additionally, honorable mentions were earned by Ronisha Browdy for her article “Black Women’s Rhetoric(s): A Conversation Starter for Naming and Claiming a Field of Study,” and by Efe Franca Plange for her article “The Pepper Manual: Toward Situated Non-Western Feminist Rhetorical Practices.” Both Browdy’s and Plange’s articles were published in Peitho 23.4, the Summer 2021 special issue on Race, Feminism, and Rhetoric, which was co-edited by Gwendolyn Pough and Stephanie Jones.

Details about each recipient and their articles appear below, but I first want to offer my deepest thanks to the committee members who carefully read the 17 excellent articles that were eligible for the award and did the difficult work of selecting the winner and honorable mentions. This year’s Welch Award Committee members were Lilly Campbell, Fangzhi He, Lauren Rosenberg, Kate Ryan, and Jenna Vinson (chair). THANK YOU for your efforts on behalf of the Coalition and the field of feminist rhetorical studies!


Winner:  Sarah Dwyer, “A Question of Affect: A Queer Reading of Institutional Nondiscrimination Statements at Texas Public Universities,” Peitho 24.2.

Sarah Dwyer is a Senior Lecturer at Texas A&M University—San Antonio and a PhD candidate in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program at Texas Tech University.

Sarah Dwyer brown hair pulled back, wearing a black, blue, and white plaid shirt in front of an asexual pride flag

Sarah Dwyer

The awards committee noted that “this article is exceptionally timely in offering readers means of addressing exclusionary practices. The closing call, to ‘do better: our students’ safety—our safety—depends on it,’ rings ever more urgent since this was published, with DEI initiatives and trans rights under further attack in Texas and nationwide.” Too, committee members were impressed by how well the article “synthesizes a range of university policies into an accessible and actionable dataset. Weaving together quantitative analysis and personal/professional examples from [the writer’s] institutional position, the article provides a compelling method for feminist scholars in rhetoric and composition to use to investigate and challenge policies at other universities.”

 

Honorable Mention: Ronisha Browdy, “Black Women’s Rhetoric(s): A Conversation Starter for Naming and Claiming a Field of Study,” Peitho 23.4.

Ronisha Browdy, long, braided brown hair, smiling and wearing an olive green top with silver necklace and hoop earrings agains a white background.

Ronisha Browdy

Ronisha Browdy is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at Florida State University.

One judge noted how beautifully the piece invokes a search for belonging, a search that makes clear why framing this field of study is needed. Another judge expressed admiration for the ways in which the article connects current work in Black Feminist Rhetorics with the deep history of scholarship in this field: “This article does some really nice generational building by taking the contributions of pioneering black women rhetors in writing studies such as Shirley Wilson Logan and Jacqueline Jones Royster and acknowledging their impact through the contemporary work of Deborah Atwater and Carmen Kynard.”

 

Honorable Mention: Efe Franca Plange, “The Pepper Manual: Toward Situated Non-Western Feminist Rhetorical Practices,” Peitho 23.4.

Efe Franca Plange is Doctoral candidate in the Rhetoric & Writing Studies Department at the University of Texas—El Paso.

Efe Franca Plange with long, braided brown hair, wearing a red and black top, leaning on a bookshelf in a library with a book in her right hand.

Efe Franca Plange

The committee particularly appreciated seeing this article’s thoughtful engagement with non-western feminist rhetorics, bringing much-needed attention to under-considered feminist interventions by African women rhetors. One member noted that they are using the article in an “Introduction to Rhetorical Theory” course and that it is “by far, the students’ favorite piece assigned that semester. The students loved the multimodal examples from Pepper Dem Ministries because they made clear the theoretical claims of the piece while illustrating that rhetorical resistance can employ humor!”

 

 


Hearty and well-deserved congratulations to these three feminist scholars!

All best,

Wendy Sharer,

Immediate Past President