Gateways, Gates, and Gatekeeping: Mentoring and Diversity as a Feminist Future 2012 CCCC FEMINIST WORKSHOP

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2012 CCCC Feminist Workshop

March 21st, 2012, St. Louis, Missouri
Proposal Deadline: December 15th, 2011

This year's workshop is designed to provide time and space for mentoring conversations among experts, advanced scholars, assistant professors, adjunct faculty, and graduate students as they negotiate various gateways—to tenure, publication, collaboration, pedagogical innovation, interdisciplinarity, graduation, and more.

As in past years, the 2012 Workshop will run all day Wednesday, with plenary speakers in the morning and collaborative roundtables in the afternoon.

Morning Plenary Speakers will focus on mentoring and diversity in feminist studies; individual presentations will be followed by time for questions and conversation.

• Roxanne Mountford, "Feminist Models for Mentoring Relationships"
• Julie Jung, "Feminist Rhetorics and Open Systems Theory: Rethinking Agentic Capacity"
• Karen Kopelson, "Mentoring for (Im)possible Queer Futures"
• Beverly Moss, "African American Women Scholars"
• Jennifer Seibel Trainor, "Race and Whiteness in the Academy"

Afternoon Working Groups will provide a host of mentoring opportunities for participants. Groups will meet to discuss various challenges, share research ideas, provide feedback on potential publications, or strategize ways of addressing professional and classroom problems. Participants will have the opportunity to focus on their own professional interests as well as to engage in discussions that will help to critique and diversify feminist scholarship and mentoring models.

We invite proposals to participate in these afternoon working groups. The make up of the groups will depend on participant interests and goals.

Please submit a 250-word proposal or abstract (1 page double-spaced) for one of the following workshops, discussion groups, or roundtables:

Works-in-Progress Workshops
Your abstract should outline a (chapter, article, etc.) draft you would like to workshop. If accepted, you will be expected to share a draft with workshop participants three weeks in advance of the conference.
• Writing for Publication—Traditional and Digital
• Dissertation Writing
• Disability Rhetorics and Feminisms

Questions and Suggestions Discussion Groups
Your proposal should outline your current project and list questions you'd like to consider, suggestions that have emerged from your experience, or successes you'd like to share with others.
• Writing for Publication—Traditional and Digital
• Feminist Models for Mentoring Relationships
• African American Women Scholars
• Contingent Faculty and Labor Issues
• Race/Whiteness and Feminisms
• Queer Studies and Feminisims

Roundtable Presentations
Your proposal should describe a 5-8 minute presentation (of research findings, preliminary arguments, etc.) that you would like to share with others. Roundtable presenters deliver their work in a panel format, followed by a group question-and-answer session.
• Disability Rhetorics and Feminisms
• African American Women Scholars
• Contingent Faculty and Labor Issues
• Race/Whiteness and Feminisms
• Queer Studies and Feminisims

Accepted presenters and titles will be listed on the program. You may appear on the Feminist Workshop program in addition to having a speaking role at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Please submit proposals/abstracts to by December 15th, 2011

Questions? Email

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Patti Hanlon-Baker
Tammie Kennedy
Lindsay Rose Russell
4Cs Feminist Workshop Steering Committee