Edited Collection about Undocumented Youth

deadline for submissions: 
August 1, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Ana Milena Ribero

After winning a presidential race characterized by scandal and bigotry, President Donald Trump has set his sights on undocumented migrants, some of  whom have lived in relative safety under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals  (DACA) program. DACAmented youth are being detained and deported while Trump’s executive orders targeting undocumented persons are newly punishing sanctuary cities and mobilizing funds to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. The resurgence of state-sanctioned persecution of undocumented youth highlights an urgent need for scholars, teachers, and activists to refocus our work on undocumented youth in order to question the ethics of policies and practices that seek to deport these young members of our society. This is especially true for scholars and teachers of rhetoric and writing, as we find ourselves teaching undocumented students in our courses while the field itself reconsiders how its pedagogical and scholarly practices--what we do, who we do it for, and what our methods are--are situated within departments and institutions.

Because undocumented young people are part of our classrooms and communities, this book considers how scholarship in rhetoric and composition can respond to the continuing oppression of this population. Expanding on the work that has been done in relation to migrant literacies and positionalities, this collection seeks to more directly put these strands into conversation through a focus on undocumented youth, with new work that encompasses activism, policy analysis, post- and de-colonial critique, transnationalism, and others. This collection will be the first of its kind to bring together work on undocumented youth within the discipline of rhetoric and composition. The book will also feature writing by undocumented college students, as their voices are of utmost importance in this sociohistorical moment.

We invite contributions that consider the following:

  • Teaching, assigning, and assessing writing
  • Community-engaged and service learning pedagogies
  • Activism and advocacy in and out of the classroom
  • Teaching and learning in institutions of higher ed
  • Building cultural and social literacies
  • Program design and administration

We welcome submissions in the form of an essay, classroom study, or research article. Our goal is to  start a new and pressing conversation about how the teaching and study of rhetoric, writing, and literacy should proceed in an era when so many of our students lack legal status, or live in realities informed by disparities in legal status.

The primary audience for this collection will be U.S. Rhetoric and Composition scholars, but we are encouraging international submissions and expect the collection to be of interest to scholars who study or teach writing, rhetoric, and literacy in other contexts.


Genevieve Garcia de Mueller (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), Rubén Casas (California State University, Fresno), and Ana Milena Ribero (Oregon State University)

Timeline and proposal specifications:

All proposals are due by August 1, 2017. Please e-mail proposals to Taylor Nicole Simpson at undocumentedcollection@gmail.com, as an attachment. Determinations on proposals will be made by August 30, 2017, and acceptances will be sent out soon thereafter. All review drafts for chapters will be due by January 5, 2018. 

Proposals should be 2-4 pages (~600-1,200 words) and provide the following information: a proposed title for your chapter, an abstract, and the author’s contact information, title, and institutional affiliation. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified and sent chapter style guidelines. Final chapters will be in APA style. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a triple-blind review basis.


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