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Stick!

In a relay race, as a runner nears the teammate to whom she will handoff her baton, she signals her approach by calling out, “Stick!” Different from the stick that pairs with a carrot or the police officer’s truncheon, both instruments of discipline and (potential) violence, the sprinter’s stick is a shared object that changes hands in a split second which encapsulates months and even years of teamwork and practice.

One hand holds a green baton in a fist over a second hand, palm open to receive it.

As the 2014-2016 term ends, and I prepare to handoff leadership of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition to Lisa Mastrangelo, our next President, we follow in the footsteps of the 11 Coalition Presidents who have come before us over the past 27 years: Kathleen Ethel Welch, Andrea A. Lunsford, Cheryl Glenn, Shirley Wilson Logan, Kris Ratcliffe, Joyce Irene Middleton, Kate Adams, Lynée Lewis Gaillet, Barb L’Eplattenier, Nancy Myers, and Liz Tasker Davis. (See years served.) All of us—along with all of the next Presidents—are thrilled to announce the establishment of a new Coalition Award: The President’s Dissertation Award, which will be given every other year at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference along with the Lisa Ede Mentoring Award and the Nan Johnson Outstanding Graduate Student Travel Award.

A list of 2014-16 CWSHRC AB members.

A list of 2014-16 CWSHRC Advisory Board members.

The Coalition team is anchored by the Advisory Board, which is comprised of 30 elected members, including the Coalition’s 6-person Executive Board. This term, the EB included President Jenn Fishman, Vice President Lisa Mastrangelo, Treasurer Marta Hess, Secretary Tarez Samra Graban, Immediate Past President Liz Tasker Davis, and Member at Large Nancy Myers. As the current term comes to a close, several AB members are concluding their service, and we thank them most sincerely: Maureen Goggin, Jacque McLeod Rogers, Dora Ramirez-Dhoore, Shirley Rose, and Liz Tasker Davis as well as Andrea A. Lunsford, who will become an ex officio member of the Advisory Board.

Ex officio or non-voting AB members provide both leadership and insight. They include both former long-serving AB members and colleagues appointed to specific Coalition roles: Archivist and Historian, Director of Digital Media and Outreach, Feminisms and Rhetorics Chairs or Co-Chairs, Web Coordinator, and Peitho Editor(s). In October at FemRhet 2015 in Tempe, AZ, we announced the next 2 conference locations: In 2017 our University of Dayton, OH, colleagues Liz Mackay, Patrick Thomas, Margaret Strain, and Susan Tollinger will be our hosts, and in 2019 FemRhet will convene at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, hosted by Jen Almjed, Elisabeth Gunnior, and Traci Zimmerman. In the last months we also filled 2 new Coalition positions: Alexis Ramsey-Tobinne will serve as our first Archivist and Historian, while Trish Fancher will serve as our first Director of Digital Media and Outreach.

Action Hour Poster

Action Hour poster with event details(designed by Trish Fancher).

The real heart of the Coalition is the membership, and Coalition members, working together with feminist colleagues from all quarters of the profession, positively outdid themselves at CCCC 2016 or, as it was known on social media, #4C16. To start, 2 dozen colleagues, including representatives from the Asian/Asian American, Black, and Latinx Caucuses and the Disabilities Studies SIG, offered 12 concurrent microworkshops that engaged audience members-turned-participants in discovering new strategies for all kinds of feminist action both in and outside the classroom, both online and off. Coalition members also hosted 10 mentoring tables, where facilitators led conversations about everything from editorial collaborations and formulating research questions for historical scholarship to feminist WPA work, undergraduate research mentorship, and feminist transnational scholarship.

Cristina Ramirez pictured with her book, /Occupying Our Space/.

Cristina Ramirez pictured with her book.

During our Wednesday night session, we also announced the recipient of the 2016 Winifred Bryan Horner Book Award. The Selection Committee this year was chaired by Liz Tasker Davis and included Jane Donawerth, Liz Kimball, Arabella Lyon, and Hui Wu. They read 10 stellar works, which individually and together speak to the vibrancy of feminist scholarship in feminist pedagogy, practice, history, and theory in our field. With great pleasure and appreciation, they gave honorable mention to Carolyn Skinner’s monograph Women Physicians & Professional Ethos in Nineteenth Century America (SIUP, 2014), and they gave this year’s award to Cristina Devereaux Ramirez’s monograph Occupying Our Space: The Mestiza Rhetorics of Mexican Women Journalists and Activists, 1875-1942 (UAP, 2015) (Watch Cristina accept the award here!)

Whether you were in Houston for 4C16 and want to reminisce or you couldn’t make it and are curious, you can peruse the Action Hour program and click through Trish Fancher’s Storify retrospective: #thefeministsarecoming #4C16. It just may be the case that two hashtags related to our activities were the most tweeted during the conference: #FemU, the hashtag microworkshop leader Christine Martorana asked us to use, inspired by the Bitch Media article “Beyond the Feminist Classroom” by Trish Kahle; and our very own hashtag, #CWSHRC! You can even see for yourself via video:

 

For my part, I can think of no better way to have started the Houston convention and no better way to end the 2014-2016 term. As we race ahead to not only a new term but also new leadership on the Executive and Advisory Boards, a new editor at the helm of our journal, Peitho, and new ways of naming ourselves and working together, I know I look forward to all of it and especially to coalitioning with all of you.

 

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In the fore, Charlie Cat sits with an Action Hour program; behind her, a fortune teller cat contemplates the past, present, and future.

 

 

 

#thefeministsarecoming to #4C16

Perhaps of course, a conference themed around “writing strategies for action” would bring out the feminist teachers, writers, and strategists in droves! Certainly, one does not have to look long or hard at the conference program to see where and when the feminist action will be taking place.

The image depicts the orange program cover emblazoned with 4Cs and a rocket taking off.

The image depicts the orange program cover emblazoned with 4Cs and a rocket taking off.

Some of the highlights include:

Wednesday, April 6th from 9am-5pm
Hilton Grand Ballroom B, Level Four
Feminist Workshop
Action through Care

Sponsored by the CCCC Committee on the Status of Women, this workshop will address a range of perspectives on ways we engage as feminist professionals: through mentoring of students and colleagues, through our feminist pedagogical techniques, and through examination of disciplinary questions. At the workshop we look to address issues of care, both in how it is framed at home and in the institution. Participants explore and define care as it impacts how mothering/parenthood and work-life balance are perceived and handled in the institution; how we work as educators to manage the flexibility and inflexibility of academic career trajectories; how we navigate family-unfriendly environments in order to create family-friendly ones; and how the classic frame of care work is reflected in the work that rhetoric/composition teachers/scholars occupy.

The day will include two panel presentations—The Value of Care Work: Family Caretakers and the Impact on Labor and The Ethics of Care: Taking Stock of Caretaking in the Institution—with extended discussions of each presentation, which will extend into broader consideration of how to open up dialogue in a variety of spaces on the issue of care. The activities will encourage interaction between presenters and participants, will provide opportunities to create a plan of action for the future, and will allow space for feedback on academic projects.

 

​​The words "Performing Feminist Action" appear in red font against a rough and cracked cement background.

​​The words “Performing Feminist Action” appear in red font against a rough and cracked cement background.

Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30pm
Hilton Ballroom of the Americas, Salon A, Level 2
Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition
Performing Feminist Action

The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CWSHRC) is an
activist organization. Think about it. Twenty-five years ago when the group was founded, how
could a learned society dedicated to feminist research, histories of women, and studies of gender and sexuality in rhetoric and composition be anything else? Certainly, the Coalition’s founders understood that the personal and professional are political. They also knew the importance of coalitions, of groups that represent, of alliances that capacitate everyone to act.

This year at CCCC we have partnered with 22 colleagues, including members of the Asian and Asian American, Black, and Latinx Caucuses and the Disabilities Studies SIG, to offer a dozen concurrent microworkshops that feature ideas and strategies for performing feminist action. Participants will have time, during the first hour of our two-hour session, to participate in not one, not two, but three different workshops, and everyone will be able to learn from all 12 after the fact in Peitho 19.1.

The words "workshop & mentoring" appear in black font above "Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition" (in red font) against a rough cement background.

“Workshop & Mentoring” appear in black above “Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition” (in red) on a cement background.

This year, too, we will feature our signature mentoring tables, and we will be celebrating all kinds of good news, including the recipient of the 2016 Winifred Bryan Horner Book Award and the selection of the Coalition’s first Archivist and Historian, our first Director of Digital Media and Outreach, and the next editor of Peitho.

Plan to join us. All are welcome to attend, learn, and act!

Hour 1: Concurrent Microworkshops

  • Action Rhetoric Project: Complicating Activism In and Outside the Classroom with Charlotte Hogg, Angela Moore, and Jazmine Wells
  • ART: Exploring the Intersections of Art and Feminist Intervention in Medicine with Maria Novotny and Elizabeth Horn-Walker
  • CCC: Coalition, Collaboration, and the 21st century Latin@ Caucus, sponsored by the Latin@ Caucus with  Iris Ruiz and Karrieann Soto
  • Composing Accessibility: The Rhetoric of Image Descriptions and Captions, sponsored by the Disability Studies SIG with Ruth Osorio and Chad Iwertz
  • Data Quest with Carolyn Ostrander
  • History, Theory, Pedagogy, Action: Critical Approaches to African American Rhetorical Call and Response, sponsored by the Black Caucus with Brittney Boykins, Rhea Lathan, and Staci Perryman-Clark
  • Intersecting Asian/American Rhetorical Studies and Feminisms: Histories, Visions, and Collaborative Actions, sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Caucus with Chanon Adsanatham, Karen Carter, Chenchen Huang, and Hui Wu
  • Interview, Involvement, and the Personal with Jessica Restaino
  • It’s Wiki Work: A Public Re/Covery of Forgotten Women in STEM Fields with Jeanne Law Bohannon
  • Spoken Words on a Digital Fridge: Playing Toward a Feminist Theory of Games with Danielle Roach, Megan Mize, and Daniel Cox
  • Using Hashtags to Hash out Feminism and Composition with Christine Martorana
  • Whose Bodies, Whose Selves? with Sara DiCaglio and colleagues

Hour 2: Mentoring Tables

  • Doing Digital Feminist Scholarship with Kathleen Welch and colleague(s)
  • Editorial Collaborations with Jess Enoch and Lynee Gaillet
  • Feminist WPA Work with Coretta Pittman and Lisa Mastrangelo
  • Formulating Research Questions for Historical Scholarship with Nan Johnson and Alexis McGee
  • Mentoring Undergraduate Researchers with Roxanne Aftanas and Jane Greer
  • New, Unexpected Sites for Historical Scholarship with Kate Adams and Nancy Myers
  • Place(s) of and for Feminism in Community Writing with Kaitlin Clinnin and Nora McCook
  • Preparing for the Job Search with Letizia Guglielmo, Lydia McDermott, and Erin Wecker
  • Transnational Feminist Scholarship with Rebecca Dingo and Bo Wang
  • Work/Life Balance with Whitney Myers and Hui Wu

"I <3 feminism" is spray painted in black (with a red heart) on a rough and cracked cement surface.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 6:30pm
GRB Room 351D, Level Three
Women’s Network SIG
A Landscape for Change: Our Spaces, Our Selves

Open to all CCCC attendees, this SIG is a participant-led sharing session on gender, professional labor, and workplace equity.

“A Landscape for Change: Our Spaces, Our Selves” is the theme for the 2016 Women’s Network SIG which has three main goals: (1) The meeting will allow CSWP membership to briefly update SIG attendees on the committee’s work during the previous year and at the CCCC 2015 convention; (2) It will provide a space for conversation related to gender, labor issues, workplace equity, policies that promote work-life balance, and other items related to the SIG theme that are raised by attendees; and (3) The SIG will conclude by identifying any “next steps” that can be communicated to the CSWP and/or taken up by attendees, thus enabling the SIG discussion to contribute to CSWP efforts and other potential outcomes as suggested by the participant-led discussion (as has been done in previous years).

Lupita Nyong’o with face imprinted by tracking dots used by the artists at the studio to transform her face into wise Maz Kanata for Star Wars VII. (CC)

Lupita Nyong’o with face imprinted by tracking dots used by to transform her into Maz Kanata for Star Wars VII. (CC)

The goal of the session is to provide CCCC members with an opportunity and safe space to discuss the status of women in the field with respect to a variety of working conditions and issues related to gender and workplace equity. In addition, the Women’s Network SIG provides an opportunity for mentoring, networking, and support for women faculty of all ranks. The SIG will be facilitated by members of the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession (CSWP). Building off successes of the past three Women’s Network SIG meetings, the 2016 SIG will function in collaboration with the annual Feminist Workshop, which is also supported by the CSWP.

CCCC 2016 Advisory Board Meeting + Performing Feminist Action

Next week, many of us will gather for the CWSHRC’s annual business meeting in Houston, TX, held in advance of the 67th annual Conference on College Composition and Communication.

The full Advisory Board (active and ex officio members) will be in attendance at this meeting, as well as some members of the Mission Articulation Task Force and the Long Range Financial Planning Task Force:

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (CDT)
  • Hilton of the Americas, Rm. 346A-B

Agenda, slates, and other documents have already been circulated via e-mail, but AB members should feel free to send additional questions to tarez.graban@gmail.com in advance.

actionhourposter_final (1)Later that evening, all conference goers are welcome to join us for the Coalition’s annual sponsored event, “Performing Feminist Action,” with a dozen concurrent microworkshops in the first hour — offering interactive lessons in old and new ways of performing feminist activism — and mentoring tables in the second hour:

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (CDT)
  • Hilton Ballroom of the Americas, Salon A, Level Two

If your travel plans allow you to attend, we look forward to seeing you there!

On behalf of the Coalition Executive Board,
Tarez Samra Graban (CWSHRC Secretary)

Lights, Camera, 4C16 Action!

Open Call for Proposals
Performing Feminist Action: CWHSRC@4C16

The Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition is an activist organization. Think about it. Twenty-five years ago, how could a learned society dedicated to feminist research, histories of women, and studies of gender and sexuality in rhetoric and composition be anything else? Certainly, the Coalition’s founders understood that the personal and professional are political. They also knew the importance of coalitions, of groups that represent, of alliances that capacitate everyone involved to act.

Today’s CWSHRC members share these goals and are eager to share strategies for taking action. To that end, at 4C16 the Coalition will host a Wednesday night Action Hour featuring up to a dozen concurrent micro-workshops or short, interactive lessons in both old and new ways of performing feminist action.

Proposals, including an abstract (140 characters) and description (250-300 words), can be submitted online through Friday, April 24th at 5pm Central: <http://tinyurl.com/CWSHRC-4C16>.

Download a copy of this CFP: <4C16-CWSHRC-ActionHourCall2>.

Some As to FAQs about the Coalition’s 4C16 Action Hour

Q: What is a micro-workshop?
A: Micro-workshops are focused and brief, 5- to 10-minute pedagogical interactions that engage participants in hands-on, active learning (i.e., demonstrations, writing on site).

Q: What are some examples of micro-workshops on feminist action?
A: A micro-workshop might teach past feminist actions by staging tableaux of iconic protests or writing new verses of well-known anthems. Micro-workshops might demonstrate actions taken by particular individuals or groups, or they might engage participants in making things: a graffiti wall with messages to a specific audience, Lego or clay models of inclusive spaces, classroom activities that creatively and critically address particular issues, etc. Sky’s the limit—well, almost.

Q: What are the limits?
A: Workshops should take no more than 5-10 minutes from start to finish and involve activities that can be performed either at a round banquet table seating no more than 8-10 people or a 3×3 space. Workshop leaders will need to provide their own materials and equipment.

Q: The CWSHRC is hosting this event: how are H, R, and C involved?
A: Whether micro-workshops focus on past, present, or future feminist actions, workshop leaders should make clear how their workshops draw on one or more traditions of rhetoric and composition.

Q: Who can propose a micro-workshop?
A: Individuals, pairs, and groups of 3 interested in attending 4C16 can propose micro-workshops.

Q: How will proposals be selected?
A: NCTE/CCCC caucuses and groups have been invited to sponsor up to 6 workshops; a committee of Coalition Advisory Board members will select additional workshops (for a total of 12) from proposals received through this open call.

Q: Do I need to be a CWSHRC member to submit a proposal?
A: Individuals and at least one member of pairs and groups responding to this open call must be CWSHRC members; colleagues involved in workshops sponsored by NCTE/CCCC caucuses and groups are encouraged but not required to be members of the Coalition.

Q: Can I participate in the Action Hour and have a speaking role in a regular session?
A: Yes! The CWSHRC session is classified as a SIG, which means participants can also hold speaking roles in regular, Thursday-Saturday sessions.

Help @CWSHRC Tweet #4C15

Who’s in, Coalition? 

The image featured in this post shows a tweet posted by @CWSHRC that reads, “A Q for @CWSHRC #4C15-goers: Who can help tweet our 3/18 6:30pm session? It’s Marriott Salon E—& here, hopefully! .” Below @jcburgess25 replies: “@CWSHRC Looking forward to attending & to tweeting from the session!

Spend 4C15 with Feminists

4C15 approaches, and there are an unprecedented number of incredible sounding sessions and events on the docket. In fact, it is a near-impossible task to choose just one per time slot. That’s where the Coalition can help.

3/18: Spend the day (9-5) at the Feminist Workshop in the Tampa Convention Center, Room 5. This year’s theme is “Teaching, Service, and the Material Conditions of Labor.” Participants will work to identify ways they can and do engage in feminist labor within academia. First Level Co-Chairs include Lauren Connolly, Jennifer Nish, April Cobos, Patty Wilde, April Conway, Lydia McDermott, Roseanne Gatto, Shannon Mondor, Moushumi Biswas, Emma Howes, Alison A. Lukowski, Nicole Khoury, and Lauren Rosenberg. Speakers include Dawn Opel, Liz Egen, Jessica Philbrook, Dara Regaignon, Jennifer Heinert, Cassandra Phillips, Shelley Hawthorne Smith, and Michele Lockhart, Kathleen Mollick.

The letters CWS, HRC, and NWS are stacked on top of each other at the center of this image. The phrase “CCCC 2015” runs sideways along the left-hand side; the names of NWS speakers are listed (also sideways) on the right.

3/18: Join the CWSHRC from 6:30-8:30 in the Marriott’s Salon E. 

We’ll start with a showcase of new work by 11 Coalition scholars: Heather B. Adams, Erin M. Andersen, Geghard Arakelian, Heather Branstetter, Tamika Carey, Lavinia Hirsu, Nicole Khoury, Katie Livingston, LaToya Sawyer, Erin Wecker, and Patty Wilde.

We’ll end with interactive mentoring tables on the following topics: Alt Academics & Independent Scholars with Beth Hewett & Erin Krampetz, Campus Labor Activism with Kirsti Cole & Bo Wang, Developing Research Questions with David Gold, Sarah Hallenbeck, & Lindsay Rose Russell, Grad School Transitions with Nan Johnson & Wendy Sharer, Fostering Inclusion with Risa Applegarth, Cristina Ramirez, & Hyoejin Yoon, Making Monographs with Kate Adams & Lynée Gaillet, Making the Most of Digital Resources with April Cobos & Becca Richards, Mentoring Undergraduate Research with Jane Greer & Paige Banaji, When and How to Say No with Marta Hess & Gwen Pough, Working in the Archives with Nancy Myers & Kathleen Welch.

This image, an informational poster for the Women’s Network SIG, features a Wonder Woman LEGO figure, complete with star-spangled bikini and red boots.

3/19: Participate in the Women’s Network SIG from 6:30-7:30 in the Tampa CC, Room 14.Open to all CCCC attendees, this Special Interest Group is a participant-led sharing session on gender, professional labor, and workplace equity. Chair: Heather B. Adams.

3/21: Meet the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession from 9:30-10:30 at the Action Hub in Tampa CC, Ballroom B. This final-day meet-up is a chance to talk with representatives from all 4Cs committees, including this one led by Co-Chairs Holly Hassel and K. Hyoejin Yoon.

Volunteer to Mentor a CWSHRC Scholar

Mentoring is an activity and ethos fundamental to the CWSHRC, and this year Coalition members have a unique opportunity to mentor scholars who are knee-deep in important new work. Read on for details, including the 9/21 deadline for volunteering. 

As you may recall, our Wednesday night session  at the CCCC in Tampa will begin with an hour-long New Work Showcase featuring 12 scholars’ simultaneous, showcase-style presentations of new work. This group will also remediate their presentations for inclusion in the Spring 2015 issue of Peitho.

To prepare, we are matching each scholar with a mentor. Specifically, are pairing presenters with Coalition members

  1. whose scholarly interests and expertise overlap,
  2. who can offer suggestions and feedback on presenters’ mediation plans for the conference;
  3. who can also offer suggestions and feedback on presenters’ remediation plans for Peitho.

Nota bene: Conference presentations include posters, audio-visual laptop displays, brief activities, and so on. Peitho remediations will translate face-to-face presentations into formats that will be meaningful and accessible to online journal readers. The latter are *not* meant to extend conference presentations into full-length articles.

To become a mentor, review the list of Showcase presentations below and email me your request no later than Sunday, September 21st.

Best and looking forward!
Jenn, CWSHRC President (2014-2016)

2015 CCCC/CWSHRC New Work Showcase Presentations

1. From Research to Archive Building: A Model for Feminist Scholars Working with and for “Participants—This project is a prototype for a digital archive I hope to make with and for former unwed mothers. A StoryCorps-style interview will capture two mothers’ memories of being shamed and silenced, hiding their pregnancies, and relinquishing their children for adoption.

2. “Making the Most and Best Use of Eggs”: Producer-Consumers, Modernist Labor Periodicals, and the Rhetoric of The Farmer’s Wife—The Farmer’s Wife (c. 1906) is a periodical as unique as its intended audience. But should it remain a “ladies’ magazine” in scholarship? Or can connections be made to rhetorics of labor? This speaker will confront these questions, exploring 1916 issues of TFW & other magazines.

3. Recasting Aurora in a New Light: Rhetorical Agency, Genocide, and Cinema—The subject of this project is Aurora Mardaganian, a survivor of the Armenian Genocide and a historical figure in American silent-cinema. As a historiographical recovery effort, it will examine the rhetorics Mardaganian deployed in order to understand what has not been considered or has yet to be theorized about Mardaganian’s rhetorical agency.

4. Madams, Memory, and Myth in a Wide-Open Mining Town—This project examines rhetorical patterns of historic discourse that enabled the open secret presence of brothel-based sex work in a rural northern Idaho mining town from 1894-1991. How do community values negotiated through gossip impact the way we create and change culture?

5. “I Apologize”: Promiscuous Audiences, Surveillance, and the Risks of Televised and Online Black Feminist Discourse—Ironically, successful shows like MSNBC’s “Nerdland” seem to amplify threats against Black women after verbal missteps. By analyzing recent controversies through a reimagining of the “promiscuous audience” (Zaeske 1995), this paper considers how to reduce risks of public activism.

6. Introducing the Digital Archive of the Colored State Normal School of Elizabeth State University, Elizabeth City, North Carolina—Resisting an essentialist view of the New England normal school and southern black industrial school, this presentation employs strategic listening to the journalist writings of young female teachers committed to literacy and community uplift despite legal disenfranchisement.

7. A Decade of Growth: An Overview of Feminist Research Methods and Methodologies—This presentation reports on feminist studies published in six leading journals in rhetoric and composition. This overview presents the types of feminist work valued in the discipline, and it identifies sites of intervention that feminist scholars should attune to in the future.

8. Middle Eastern Feminist Rhetorics—To challenge the persistent silencing of Middle Eastern women and address their exclusion from histories of rhetoric, this presentation reads contributions of Lebanese and Arab feminists to Al-Raida (1976-present) as integral to understanding contemporary transnational rhetorics.

9. Doing it All the Time: A Queer Consent Workshop—In queer and pro-sex feminist communities, sexual consent is an embodied process and a set of teachable practices. This mini-workshop uses the methodology of peer education to teach consent. Participants will learn consent practices and get consent zines as takeaways.

10. Black Feminists Make Online Community not War over Beyoncé and Feminism—In 2013, singer Beyoncé asserted herself as a feminist in her self-titled visual album. This project uses computer-mediated discourse analysis (Herring 2004) of blog responses to the album to demonstrate how Black female bloggers build community through both assent and dissent.

11. Conscious Cleansing: Rhetorics of Reconciliation and Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries—This showcase will examine the impact of the Irish government’s apology to Magdalen laundry survivors as an act that alters the rhetorical space afforded to victims. As a way forward, a rhetoric of reconciliation is offered in conjunction with the work of Christine de Pizan.

12. Cross(dress)ing the Mason-Dixon Line: Recovering Rhetorical Histories that Disrupt Normative Notions of Gender—Featuring two memoirs that portray women’s experiences as crossdressing spies and soldiers in the American Civil War, this presentation advocates for recovery and study of histories that illuminate and disrupt assumptions about gender within rhetoric and composition scholarship.

A Unicorn, Butterflies, and Rainbows, Coalition Style

If you follow the Coalition on Facebook or Twitter then you know May 5th turned out to be a banner day. In the throes of third quarter for some and the end of the semester and academic year for others, the meme to the right turned out to a rallying cry for our membership—along with more than 5000 of our friends, friends of our friends, friends of friends of our friends, and so on.

Oh, how tempting it is to try turning that runaway meme into an ad hoc membership drive. Oh so very, very tempting.

Instead, I offer everyone reading this post a unicorn, a variation on the theme of butterflies, and some rainbows.

To start, a unicorn along with the first rainbow:

This particular unicorn and the figure we now know as Everyprofessor, all revved up to grade all the things, are both the work of Allie Brosh. Although she did not create the meme, she is well known through her website, Hyperbole and a Half, her book by the same name, and all kinds of cool swag. Brosch writes humorously and movingly about any number of subjects, including her own childhood and depression. Increasingly, her work appears on rhetoric and composition syllabi alongside Lynda Barry‘s, Alison Bechdel‘s, and others’. When you have a chance, take a look. Meanwhile, we owe Brosh one heckuva hat tip.

As for butterflies, they’re aspirational. At least here along the shores of Lake Michigan it’s early for caterpillars let alone butterflies. As a substitute, how about a button? Back in March at #4C14 we gave everyone able to attend the Coalition’s 25th Anniversary Gala a keepsake pin. Today we pair it with a button. Specifically, and thanks to Alli Crandell, our most wonderful webmistress, we offer you a  Peitho recommendation button.

Click it and you’ll find yourself on a page with a short form where you can tell Peitho‘s editors about colleagues with as-yet-unpublished projects on feminist research, histories of women, and/or studies of gender and sexuality in rhetoric and composition. If you are attending conferences this summer, starting with RSA in San Antonio, try it out. Please, too, let us know if you have any problems or suggestions for how it can be improved.

Now rainbows, a topic that has at least some of you thinking about 4Cs, Cs the Day, and those ever-sought-after Sparkleponies. (If you missed the post-conference controversy, read all about it herehere, here, and here.) Whether you plan to celebrate the sixth year of the conference’s first (formal) augmented reality game at #4C15 or not, as you get ready to upload your proposals plan to use Joyce Carter’s innovative keyword system to help Coalition members identify—and attend!—your sessions.

So far, three keywords have emerged as Coalition members’ favorites: Coalition, CWSHRC, and FemRhet. If your session addresses feminist research, histories of women, and studies of gender and sexuality in rhetoric and composition, use one or more of these terms, and next spring we’ll be there.

As promised, then, a unicorn, butterflies (more and less), and rainbows. Check this space again in a week or two for news about the Coalition’s 2014-15 volunteer survey among other things.