Submissions System Available: 2009 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference at MSU (Deadline: Feb 1, 2009)

Jessica Lynn Rivait rivaitje at MSU.EDU
Tue Dec 16 13:48:45 UTC 2008


We are now taking submissions for the Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) 2009 
conference.  Proposal submissions are due by February 1, 2009.  To submit a 
proposal, please visit our website at 

The FemRhet2009 Proposal Submission System has been designed to allow you to 
edit your proposal as much as you would like up to the deadline of 11:59 
p.m. Eastern Time, Sunday Feb. 1, 2009. After the deadline, all proposals in 
the system will become final and will no longer be available to edit. 

Coordinators of multiple-participant sessions (panels, roundtables, and 
performances) will be prompted for an e-mail address for all participants on 
the panel. All participants will need to use this same e-mail address when 
they create their account on the system to ensure that they are matched up 
with the appropriate session. This feature also permits individuals to edit 
their own presentations until the above deadline. Session coordinators will 
be updated by e-mail as changes are made by your colleagues. 

Please contact Bets Caldwell (caldwell at with any questions you may 
have.  Below is an updated CFP. 

Jessica Rivait
2009 Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Publicity Committee 

The 2009 Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference 

“Enabling Complexities: Communities/Writing/Rhetorics” 

Michigan State University / East Lansing, Michigan / October  7–10, 2009 

The 2009 Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) conference will be sponsored by the 
Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition and 
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 

*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 positions; 

*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 


*explore the relationships between written, oral, and material discursive 

*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 3–4 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: December 15, 2008 

Open Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2009 

Acceptances Distributed: April 30, 2009 

For more information: Contact Bets Caldwell, caldwell at

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