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Ninth Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference

Call for Papers - Deadline February 1, 2013

The Program in Writing and Rhetoric and the Hume Writing Center invite proposals for the Ninth Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics conference, to be held at Stanford University September 25-28, 2013. Our emphasis this year is on links, the connections between people, between places, between times, between movements. The conference theme—Linked: Rhetorics, Feminisms, and Global communities—reflects Stanford’s setting in the heart of the Silicon Valley, a real as well as virtual space with links to every corner of the globe. We aim for a conference that will be multivocal, multimodal, multilingual, and interdisciplinary, one in which we will work together to articulate the contours of feminist rhetorics.

Building on the 2011 conference, with its focus on the challenges and opportunities of feminism, the 2013 conference will seek to explore links between and among local and global, academic and nonacademic, past and present, public and private, and online and offline communities. In particular, we invite conversations about cross-cultural and global rhetorics, science and technology, entrepreneurship, outreach, or intersections among these.

With the overarching goal of facilitating and complicating links, we invite proposals (panels or individual submissions) that explore a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

• Historical investigations of feminism

• Feminist Rhetoricians

• Rhetorics of the body

• Disability and the (medical) body

• Rhetorics of race and feminism

• Queer Studies and feminism

• Sexual and gender identification rhetorics

• Feminist models of mentoring

• Political rhetoric and feminism

• Feminist pedagogy

• WPA work and women

• Feminist critiques of power structures

• Feminist critiques/uses of the rhetoric of science

The following list of questions demonstrate some possible links to consider:

  • What links do we make or fail/neglect to make in the work we do (in communities, in our field(s), in the classroom setting, across cultures)?
  • How are cross-cultural rhetorics embodied?
  • How do feminist rhetorics intersect with/operate in global, social, financial, activist, and communication networks?  How can we use these links for productive outreach?
  • How does or can writing link multimedia worlds?
  • What are the specific spaces (geographical, virtual, etc.) where solidarities (strategic, impermanent, etc.) are formed? How do new audiences, contexts, ideas, movements emerge in these spaces? How are the feminisms of the 21st century “linked in”?
  • What kind of genderings/racings/classings happen in the rhetorical situations of internet-based social networks?
  • What kind of genderings/racings/classings happen in the rhetorical situations of classrooms, departments, working groups?
  • How does the link between feminism and rhetoric help us interrogate nationalism, fundamentalism, violence, and/or war?
  • How does the link between feminism and rhetoric help us interrogate composition, writing program administration, departmental debates?
  • How does the link between feminism and rhetoric help us interrogate productive links between disciplines?
  • What can feminist theory/ies bring to cross/intercultural communication?  How can entrepreneurial or social-entrepreneurial efforts help us redefine or improve cross/intercultural communication and outreach?
  • How might the study of intercultural rhetorics enrich and complicate accepted narratives of feminisms, western rhetoric and science?

Deadline for submission: February 1, 2013

250 word limit for individual proposals and 750 for panel proposals.

Please submit proposals or send questions and comments to: femrhet2013@stanford.edu