Collection: Lingua Franca: First Generation Scholars in Rhetoric, Composition, and Communication

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Letizia Guglielmo and Sergio Figueiredo

In his essay, "Family Values: Literacy, Technology, and Uncle Sam," Joe Amato traces his Italian-American history and argues, "These experiences and memories, these histories and associations, these material comforts and discomforts in many ways constitute, though they do not cause, my values. And my values have all to do with my sense of language, of what's possible with words, or should be possible. That is, my values have all to do with what needs saying." Exploring this connection between personal history and sense of language, we invite proposals for an edited collection on the experiences of immigrant and first generation US American scholars in rhetoric, composition, and communication. We identify first generation scholars broadly to include those teaching within and theorizing the field of rhetoric and composition who are US immigrants, children of immigrants, and immigrant children. In the tradition of collections such as In Our Own Voice: Graduate Students Teach Writing and Kitchen Cooks, Plate Twirlers, and Troubadours: Writing Program Administrators Tell Their Stores, we seek narratives grounded by scholarship in rhetoric and composition studies, broadly defined

Essays may explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:
• Experiences shaping the teaching of writing and rhetoric
• Experiences shaping academic identity
• Experiences shaping scholarship in writing and rhetoric
• Scholars navigating multiple identities
• Scholars navigating liminal spaces and insider/outsider status
• Experiences shaping literacy and/or an understanding of literacy
• Experiences at the intersections of gender, race, class
• Motivations for pursuing an academic career in rhetoric, composition, and/or communication

Please submit proposals of 300-500 words with a brief biographical statement and contact information via email attachment to Letizia Guglielmo, Associate Professor of English, Kennesaw State University ( and Sergio Figueiredo, Assistant Professor of English, Kennesaw State University ( no later than May 30, 2015. Invitations to submit chapters for review will be sent by June 15, with full chapters (15-20 pages) due by September 30.