Table Facilitators Needed for 3-23 Event!

A New Opportunity: Be an online Table Facilitator for our annual “Wednesday Evening Event,” which will happen via Zoom on Wednesday, March 23rd, from 6-8 PM Eastern Time. The session will be interactive and will feature small-group discussions about our topic for the evening, “What do we really value? Creating a Shared Values Statement to Guide Inclusivity.” We will have a fabulous duo of professional facilitators from Chicago’s MDMB Consultants to guide the event, but we need a few folks to serve as table facilitators, promoting conversation and taking notes to share out later in the session. Brief training will be provided to table facilitators in advance of the session. It’s a great chance to learn some strategies and technologies or facilitating virtual group feedback and would make a nice addition to a resume or vita! For more details about the session and a link to register, follow this link: https://cfshrc.org/annual-coalition-wednesday-evening-event-online-3-23-6-8-pm-eastern/

Please contact me, Wendy Sharer (sharerw@ecu.edu) by Friday, February 11 if you are interested in being a table facilitator.

Annual Coalition Wednesday Evening Event: Online, 3/23, 6-8 PM (Eastern)

The Coalition is pleased to announce that we will host our annual “Wednesday Evening Event” via Zoom again this year. While we were not able to fit the session into the limited schedule for the now virtual Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), we hope you will join us for an engaging evening of discussion about the guiding values and priorities of feminist scholars, teachers, and activists in the field. Details are below.

Note that registration, which is free, is required. Registrants will receive a program for the event via email as the date nears.

REGISTER HERE: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpceigpzovH9RcfIwLsWfzCvdqbd6Loqwr


What do we really value?

Creating a Shared Values Statement to Guide Inclusivity

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

6:00-8:00 PM, via Zoom

with Chicago-based facilitator Julia Perkins, Founder and Chief Strategist, MBMD Strategic Consultants

Julia Perkins

Reminder: Accepting Nominations for Research Grant and Book Award

Dear Coalition Friends,

I send these reminders in the wake of Hurricane Ida with an appeal to remember our members and colleagues along the Gulf Coast. I hope for caution, safety, and health as all of our school terms begin in measured chaos, owing to storms, wildfires, rising infection rates, and more. Please, friends, stay well.

We continue to accept nominations for two upcoming awards – the biennial Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award and the biennial Nancy A. Myers Feminist Research Grant:


WINIFRED BRYAN HORNER OUTSTANDING BOOK AWARD

The Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award is presented biennially in even years for work in the field of composition and rhetoric to recognize outstanding scholarship and research in the areas of feminist pedagogy, practice, history, and theory. The award carries a $200 honorarium and will be presented at the Wednesday evening meeting of the Coalition at the 2022 Conference on College Composition and Communication.

An eligible nomination will have been published in the two years previous to the year of the award. (For example, a work eligible for the 2022 award will have been published in calendar year 2020 or 2021.) Single or multiple authored books, as well as edited volumes, are eligible. We welcome nominations from authors, editors, publishers, or readers. To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member of Coalition at the time of nomination.

Please see the Horner Award Page for review criteria and application details. Nominating statements and physical or electronic copies of the nominated book are due December 1, 2021.


NANCY A. MYERS FEMINIST RESEARCH GRANT

The Nancy A. Myers Feminist Research Grant is also presented biennially in even years to help researchers discover, pursue, or continue feminist projects that require funding and funded activities. This award provides up to $700 for eligible activities, including – but not limited to – archival research, translation, interview transcription, and digital archivization and/or digital project development. It will be presented at the Wednesday evening meeting of the Coalition at the 2022 Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Please see the Myers Award Page for eligibility requirements and application details. Application materials are due December 15, 2021.

 

Feel free to direct queries about either of these awards to tarez.graban@gmail.com. For a list of past award winners, and to learn more about our awards in general, please visit https://cfshrc.org/awards.

Always with hope,
Tarez Graban
2020-2022 Awards Chair
CFSHRC Immediate Past President

Announcing Two Upcoming Awards + A Call for Volunteers

We are pleased to accept nominations for two upcoming awards – the biennial Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award and the biennial Nancy A. Myers Feminist Research Grant! The Horner Book Award is one of the Coalition’s original three awards, while the Myers Feminist Research Grant is still young – only in its third award cycle – but both were created and named to honor Win’s and Nancy’s legacies of mentoring feminist scholars within and beyond the organization and the field.

Feel free to direct queries about either of these awards to me at tarez.graban@gmail.com. For a list of past award winners, and to learn more about our awards in general, please visit https://cfshrc.org/awards. If you are interested in helping us to adjudicate either award, please reach out to me as soon as possible indicating your interest!

With thanks and well wishes for the month of July,
Tarez Graban
2020-2022 Awards Chair
CFSHRC Immediate Past President

 

WINIFRED BRYAN HORNER OUTSTANDING BOOK AWARD

The Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award is presented biennially in even years for work in the field of composition and rhetoric to recognize outstanding scholarship and research in the areas of feminist pedagogy, practice, history, and theory. The award carries a $200 honorarium and will be presented at the Wednesday evening meeting of the Coalition at the 2022 Conference on College Composition and Communication.

An eligible nomination will have been published in the two years previous to the year of the award. (For example, a work eligible for the 2022 award will have been published in calendar year 2020 or 2021.) Single or multiple authored books, as well as edited volumes, are eligible. We welcome nominations from authors, editors, publishers, or readers. To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member of Coalition at the time of nomination.

Please see the Horner Award Page for review criteria and application details. Nominating statements and physical or electronic copies of the nominated book are due December 1, 2021.

 

NANCY A. MYERS FEMINIST RESEARCH GRANT

The Nancy A. Myers Feminist Research Grant is also presented biennially in even years to help researchers discover, pursue, or continue feminist projects that require funding and funded activities. This award provides up to $700 for eligible activities, including – but not limited to – archival research, translation, interview transcription, and digital archivization and/or digital project development. It will be presented at the Wednesday evening meeting of the Coalition at the 2022 Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Please see the Myers Award Page for eligibility requirements and application details. Application materials are due December 15, 2021.

Event: Witnessing Anti-Asian Racism and Rhetoric: A Speaking and Listening Forum

In response to the rapidly increasing hate crimes against the AAAPI (Asian/Asian American and Pacific Islander) community, the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition invites AAAPI colleagues and allies to a virtual forum that will provide the opportunity to speak up and speak out about Anti-Asian racism and rhetoric, to share stories and experiences, to be heard, and to listen. This session is intended to provide a space for participants to contemplate and have a conversation about what we can do to educate ourselves and the public on AAAPI histories and lived experiences; dismantle racist and misogynistic myths, narratives, and tropes that continue to endanger the AAAPI community; build coalitions across different racial and ethnic groups; and move forward with mutual accountability, respect, and solidarity.
Day/ Time:
  • Wednesday, May 5, 1:00 PM ET

Moderators:

  • Jennifer Sano-Franchini, Virginia Tech
  • Wendy Sharer, Eastern Carolina University
  • Bo Wang, California State University, Fresno

Registration is free but required. Please register at this address:  
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qfuygrDgsGNIw2wAtqI-IaqwAFy7g44MF 

Compiling List 
**The Coalition is also compiling a list of resources for understanding and combating anti-Asian racism and rhetoric. Please send suggested resources, with brief descriptions, to president@cfshrc.org. Resources will be shared via the Coalition website (www.cfshrc.org).

Event: Intersectional Feminism & Digital Aggression: Research Experiences and Approaches

Join the Coalition for an online roundtable discussion of digital aggression and feminist research methods on Wednesday, December 9 at 3pm EST featuring Bridget Gelms (San Francisco State University), Leigh Gruwell (Auburn University), Vyshali Manivannan (Pace University), and Erika M. Sparby (Illinois State University). Digital aggression can take many forms, most commonly bullying, harassment, and doxxing. In all of its forms, gendered digital aggression creates barriers to equality for communities and people who are also marginalized in physical spaces.

Each of these feminist scholars will discuss their research methods and the challenges they’ve encountered researching digital aggression. In addition, speakers will offer insights on resisting digital aggression informed through intersectional feminist practices.

Key questions to be discussed:

  • How can researchers prepare themselves to study digital aggression?
  • What do feminist methodologies look like when researching digital aggression?
  • How can researchers prepare for/prevent aggressive attacks?
  • What resources are available for digital aggression researchers?
  • How do axes of privilege or oppression influence initial approaches to researching digital aggression and/or preparations for/responses to aggressive attacks?
  • What do mentors need to know about working with a digital aggression researcher?
  • How can institutions support digital aggression researchers?

Wednesday, December 9 at 3pm EST
In order to receive the zoom link, please RSVP in advance here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/intersectional-feminism-and-digital-aggression-roundtable-tickets-128565541997

Presenters:

Bridget Gelms,(she/her) Assistant Professor of English, San Francisco State University
Leigh Gruwell, (she/her) Assistant Professor of English (Rhetoric and Composition), Auburn University
Vyshali Manivannan, (she/her) Lecturer in Writing Studies, Pace University, Pleasantville
Erika M. Sparby, (she/her) Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Technical Communication Department of English, Illinois State University

Inclusivity Survey

During these months while the pandemic limits our interactions, several task forces within the Coalition are leading efforts to critically assess our organizational structures and practices, to identify how those structures and practices have been informed by white supremacist culture and other exclusionary traditions, and to initiate changes such that we might become a more inclusive organization that attends to equitable, intersectional, and truly coalitional feminist practice.

To further these endeavors, we need your help. We invite all who are interested in the work of the Coalition (members and non-members alike) to complete our Inclusivity Survey at the following link:

CFSHRC Inclusivity Survey

Response times will vary, but the survey should take approximately 10 minutes.

Thank you for your input!
CFSHRC Feminisms and Rhetorics Alternative Interactions Task Force
CFSHRC Feminisms and Rhetorics Workflow, Process, and Format Task Force
CFSHRC Graduate Student Outreach Task Force

Expanded Mentoring Program Begins!

At a time of particular isolation, and in response to several requests that we continue our online mentoring program, the Coalition is happy to announce an expanded mentoring project. The program 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.

Our pilot program in 2019 focused its mentoring around a publication goal; however, this expanded program need not be circumscribed in that way. Although we want to be as flexible as possible so that mentoring pairs can figure out what works best for them, we 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 [https://forms.gle/zbvF3yqAmmZ3Bz276] by November 1, indicating your interest. We will continue to share information and requests for help on an ad hoc basis.

-Tarez Samra Graban,
Immediate Past President

Cancellation of Coalition at CCCC 2020

Dear Colleagues,

With real regret, the CFSHRC is cancelling this year’s Action Hour event, ahead of official announcements from the CCCC. We especially regret any inconvenience this announcement may cause for our members in timing or otherwise, we thank you for your support and your kind messages this week and prior, and we hope for clear pathways forward for all your institutions and communities.

Although the evening is cancelled, the Coalition’s work continues. The Exec Officers and Advisory Board will hold their annual March meeting as scheduled on March 25, but remotely. We will vote, approve, and announce a new slate, among other things. Please watch for more announcements in the days following, particularly regarding how we will either remediate or reschedule “Art in the Times of Chaos” and mentoring tables, how we will celebrate our award and scholarship winners, and how plans are shaping for FemRhet 2021 and 2023.

Between now and then, please be well.
-Tarez Graban
CFSHRC President 2018-2020
On Behalf of the Coalition

Coalition at CCCC 2020

Dear Colleagues,

Currently, many Coalition members are weighing a difficult choice regarding travel to CCCC. While we are heartened by CCCC’s close monitoring of the situation [https://cccc.ncte.org/cccc/cccc-2020-and-the-coronavirus], we are weighing those choices with you. We encourage all members to assess their situations and err on the side of their own and others’ safety and well-being. The Coalition is still scheduled to host its annual Wednesday “Action Hour,” featuring a keynote presentation by Dr. Alexandra Hidalgo: “Art in the Times of Chaos: Creative Collaborations Between Venezuelan Women Across Continents,” with interactive lecture, film clips, and Q&A, followed by conferral of awards and participation in mentoring tables. However, we will follow the lead of CCCC officers as they work to keep us updated on the coronavirus and any possibility of cancellation. We will circulate announcements should anything change. In addition, we are currently considering alternative options for enacting at least part of the evening, in the event of cancellation, and for disseminating results of the evening for those who could not attend. Those discussions are in the early stages and quite contingent; when more details are in place, we will share them.

With gratitude for you and your involvement,
CFSHRC Executive Board