CFP: [Gender Studies] Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference

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Jessica Lynn Rivait
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Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference
Enabling Complexities: Communities/Writing/Rhetorics
Michigan State University / East Lansing, Michigan / October 7â€"9, 2009
The 2009 Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) conference will be hosted by the Rhetoric & Writing
program at Michigan State University. We invite proposals that:
• reflect the complexity and diversity of who “we” are as a scholarly community;
• make manifest the deep structure of the connections, intersections, and overlaps that actually
make us a community;
• help articulate who “we” are as a deliberate community of scholars, and what that means about
our responsibilities and relationships to one another across scholarly areas and institutional
• highlight scholarly and teacherly activities that deliberately create space for more complex
notions of scholarship and teaching within the discipline of Rhet/Comp;
• include and significantly engage communities outside of the academy;
• focus on antiracist pedagogies and scholarship; present interdisciplinary scholarship in
Afrafeminist Rhetorics; American Indian Rhetorics, Chicana Rhetorics, Asian American Rhetorics,
post/neo-colonial rhetorics;
• highlight the intellectual traditions of women’s communities, especially communities
constellated around specific identity markers such as race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation
issues, geographic origins;
• explore the relationships between written, oral, and material discursive production;
• and other topics that address the connections in the conference theme.

We also welcome proposals on relevant topics not directly addressed above, that significantly
engage disciplines other than Rhet/Comp, and that have consequences for communities located
outside of the academy.
Although traditional presentations are acceptable, we encourage participants to create formats
that go beyond the read-aloud academic paper. Interactive sessions that include discussions,
dialogues, and performances are especially welcome. Proposals should be uploaded to the
FemRhet 2009 web site (, and can be for:
• 20-minute individual presentations (250-word proposals)
• 90-minute 3â€"4 member panels (500-word proposals)
• 90-minute workshops or roundtables (500-word proposals)
Please plan to submit a title, a proposal the length indicated above, and a program-ready,
booklet-friendly 50-
word blurb for the presentation.
Proposal System Open: December 15, 2008
Open Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2009
Acceptances Distributed: April 30, 2009
For more information: Contact Malea Powell (, Nancy DeJoy (,
or Rhea Lathan (

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