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Feminisms and Rhetorics 2013

Submitted by John W. Pell on September 26, 2013 - 11:29am

Yesterday the 2013 Feminisms and Rhetorics began on the campus of Stanford University. This conference is one of the events I look forward to each, uh, every other year. And, as in years past, this conference is filled with incredible speakers, and thoughtful panels, which work together to create an inviting and stimulating intellectual environment. I will post next week on some of the sessions I attended and point to the work of scholars that are making an impact in the field of rhetoric and feminist studies.

If you are interested in the conference, I have included the link below.


Gender and Work (from Sociological Images)

Submitted by syntaxfactory on April 17, 2013 - 4:53am

"In all cases but one, the stick figured is either non-sexed and therefore implicitly male (e.g., the newspaper reader and the disabled) or explicitly male (the business-suited full-time employees, the mustachioed retiree). The one exception, of course, is for the stay-at-home parent. Suddenly the stick figure is a female. We see this all over. As soon as parenting or housework is involved, all those neutral/male stick figures sprout skirts.


Gendered Conferences

Submitted by syntaxfactory on November 19, 2011 - 9:01am

This is less an issue for rhetoric, I think, than for philosophy, but there are still pockets of the field...



FemRhets: Where the Boys Are!

Submitted by syntaxfactory on October 20, 2011 - 12:52pm

Okay, so I'm guessing that FemRhets is not common parlance to the Blogora community. This makes sense, insofar that I'm guessing 60% of the Blogora readership are communication scholars and the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference is sponsored by the Coalition for Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. The conference has a different set of roots.

From their website:


Feminisms and Rhetorics - Mary Beth Pennington

Submitted by John W. Pell on October 20, 2011 - 11:49am

Feminisms and Rhetorics was once again a terrific conference. Engaging ideas, brilliant graduate students, and thoughtful panels - many of which spent time reflecting upon the history of feminist rhetorics and offering suggestions about the field's possible future(s). Of course, returning to work after four days away has kept me from writing about the experience. So, over the next few days I want to post about some of the presentations I attended and give some publicity to scholars doing interesting work.

Mary Beth Pennington, VMI


Gloria Steinem on Palin

Submitted by Adria on September 4, 2008 - 5:35pm

Here's the good news: Women have become so politically powerful that even the anti-feminist right wing -- the folks with a headlock on the Republican Party -- are trying to appease the gender gap with a first-ever female vice president. We owe this to women -- and to many men too -- who have picketed, gone on hunger strikes or confronted violence at the polls so women can vote. We owe it to Shirley Chisholm, who first took the "white-male-only" sign off the White House, and to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who hung in there through ridicule and misogyny to win 18 million votes.


we need a laugh after the unstate of the re-union

Submitted by Cynthia on January 29, 2008 - 9:47am

This video is a great way to start your day :) It's called "Women, Know your Limits"


Hating Hillary

Submitted by Jim Aune on January 4, 2008 - 8:50am

For those readers who are English dept. rhetoricians and want a good example of Comm public address scholarship, I highly recommend Karlyn Kohrs Campbell's essay in the first issue of Rhetoric & Public Affairs: "The Discursive Performance of Femininity: Hating Hillary." Rhetoric & Public Affairs 1 (1998): 1-20. Campbell's essay obviously has renewed significance in this campaign year, especially after Clinton's (apparent) 3rd-place finish in Iowa.


Lady Bird dead at 94

Submitted by Anonymous on July 11, 2007 - 5:06pm

A phone call from a mutual friend told me Lady Bird had died. News broke on NPR and in the Statesman a few minutes later. John's NPR obit is soulful and useful, as are the stories and photos on the Austin American-Statesman website, though you have to log in.

Why is the radio station called KLBJ?
If you haven't already, read Jan Jarboe Russell's biography.

Not that this is the only noteworthy news today. But. And.