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2009 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference

Call for Papers, Panels, Roundtables, and Alternative Sessions

Proposals for papers, panels, roundtables, and alternative sessions are now being accepted for the 2009 Feminisms and Rhetorics conference to be held at Michigan State University October 7-10, 2009.  Proposal submissions are due by Sunday, February 1, 2009.  To submit a proposal, please visit our websites at and

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 alternative sessions) 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 each time a change is made by panel/roundtable co-authors. 

Please contact Bets Caldwell ( with any questions you may have.  Below is the CFP for the conference.

Jessica Rivait
Publicity Coordinator

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 community;
*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 origins;
*explore the relationships between written, oral, and material discursive production;
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.

Open Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2009
Acceptances Distributed: April 30, 2009

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