Why Feminisms Still Matter in the 21st Century: Mentoring, Community, Collaboration, and Feminist Agency in Interdisciplinary Fe

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Feminist Workshop CCCC


Why Feminisms Still Matter in the 21st Century: Mentoring, Community, Collaboration, and Feminist Agency in Interdisciplinary Feminist Discourse

March 13, 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada
Proposal Deadline: extended to February 20, 2013

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 feminist practices within diverse learning communities. Last year's Feminisms Workshop explored feminist mentoring in Composition-Rhetoric, within and beyond academe. The 2013 Feminist Workshop seeks to expand upon the public/private work of feminist mentoring by including the roles of community and collaboration in feminist discourse across disciplines, pedagogies, and practices. We aim to reinvigorate our field with interactive social networks that inform and contribute to feminist agency.
As in past years, the 2013 Workshop will run all day 9 am -4:30 pm Wednesday, March 13th, with plenary speakers in the morning and collaborative roundtables and discussion groups during the morning and afternoon sessions.
Morning Plenary Speakers will focus on how they employ interdisciplinary feminist practices in their current work in feminist studies; individual presentations will be followed by time for questions and conversation.
• Speaker: Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater University of North Carolina at Greensboro - "What Is a Feminist Man?: News from the Other Half the Sky"
• Speaker: Jane Detweiler University of Nevada Reno - "With Respect to Authority: A Feminist Ethics of Action in Administration"
• Speaker: Susan Kates University of Oklahoma - "Feminisms and the Material Rhetoric of U.S. Women's Quilting Practices"
• Speaker: Eileen Schell Syracuse University - "Community Engagement as Catalyst for Interdisciplinarity"
• Speaker: Kathleen Welch University of Oklahoma - "Racing Whiteness in Twenty-First Century Feminists Writing Practices and Rhetorics"

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 pedagogical issues within the composition classroom. 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 in order to get feedback. Questions and suggestions can be framed around but are not limited to the following:
Interdisciplinary feminist teachings within the composition classroom
• Feminist mentoring and collaboration
• Community- based writing programs
• Online Social Activism.

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. Here are some suggested questions that might be addressed by your research:
• How can feminism reinvigorate Composition's commitment to assist all writers? 
Should feminist social action be part of first-year writing? Is such an inclusion permitted, ethical, and/or valued?

• How can we expand mentoring through writing, professionalization, and work with graduate students? 

• How can we proliferate and diversify our stories about feminist mentoring in order to illuminate missing narratives?

• What forms of literacy development are available to foster civic discourse and social action beyond academe? 

• What civic elements can bridge gaps between academe and public?
• How do gender-specific community literacy programs help gendered others formulate critical literacies for their specific contexts?

• How do social-networking/online sites promote civic action? How do these sites include/exclude those marginalized along gendered, raced, and classed lines?

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.
Extended deadline: Please submit proposals/abstracts to 4c2013feminismsworkshop@gmail.com by February 12, 2013
Questions? Email: 4c2013feminismsworkshop@gmail.com
Looking forward to hearing from you!

Stephanie Amsel, Southern Methodist University

Sarah Hanks, University of Oklahoma

Emily Johnston, Illinois State University

Elizabeth Vogel, Arcadia University
2013 CCCC Feminist Workshop Committee