CFP for DMAC 2019

Digital Media and Composition Institute
The Ohio State University
May 7-14, 2019
The Digital Media and Composition Institute (DMAC) at The Ohio State University is a week-long institute on the effective use of digital media in college composition classrooms. Participants will explore a range of contemporary digital literacy practices – alphabetic, visual, audio, and multimodal – and apply what they learn to the design of meaningful assignments, syllabi, curricula, and programs.   Our upcoming institute features: 
      World-class faculty that includes Scott Lloyd DeWitt, Jonathan Buehl, Kay Halasek, John Jones, Susan Lang, Ben McCorkle, Margaret Price, Lauren Squires, and Christa Teston. 
      Workshops emphasizing production in multimodal writing; curriculum development and assessment; and access and accessibility.
      A commitment to keeping DMAC affordable and accessible, including reduced tuition fees, a compressed schedule, and lower hotel costs.
      The Cindy and Dickie Selfe Fellowship that celebrates our commitment to increasing the diversity of students, teachers, and scholars in the field of digital media and composition studies, making it possible for individuals to attend DMAC who could not otherwise participate.
Registration for DMAC 2019 opens November 1 and has a deadline of March 1, 2019 or until all seats have been filled. For more information about registering for DMAC:

CFP 2019 Feminisms and Rhetorics

2019 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference: Redefining Feminist Activism


The School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication at James Madison University invites proposals for the 12th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference to be held at Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg, VA, November 13-16, 2019.


This year’s theme invites participants to reflect on or redefine current trends in and future possibilities for grassroots feminist activism in what we are calling “DIY feminist activism”– advocacy work that prioritizes inclusion and diversity by engaging in projects that are freestanding, self-supporting, and/or crowdsourced. DIY feminist activism is in tune with overlapping identities and, thus, is inherently intersectional; it celebrates the power of individuals to spearhead innovative, creative solutions to issues and problems that are often neglected or mishandled when left to institutional powers.  

Feminist activism can be seen in everyday acts like Jose Garcia’s Instagram post urging teen boys to carry tampons and pads to support female peers or 11-year-old Kheris Rogers’ “Flexin’ In My Collection” clothing line launched in response to her own bullying and now championed by celebrities like Lupita Nyong’o. Activism is Warren Middle School teachers’ messages of body positivity painted on stall doors in student restrooms and the 10 women of GirlTrek, a group that encourages Black women to walk for exercise and community connection, who retraced 100 miles along the Underground Railroad route to honor Harriet Tubman.


The term “DIY Feminism,” of course, is not new; indeed, feminists have used the generative concept to describe and energize their work for some time. For example, Kathy Bails’ (1996) DIY Feminism focused on showcasing broad, confident women engaged in innovative, diverse forms of activism. Media scholar Red Chidgey (2009) explained that DIY feminism draws on “genealogies of punk cultures, grassroots movements, and the technologies of late capitalism” to mesh “lifestyle politics with counter-cultural networking” and to “focus everyday acts of resistance and power.” More recently, Pinterest boards and blogs use variations of the term as their titles.


Still, much remains to be explored on how rhetoricians specifically might engage in this important work, and sobering realities that mark this epoch make this work pressing. This conference invites activists and scholars to perform, recognize, reframe, and theorize the work that’s been done and to imagine the work that could be done in the spirit of DIY feminist activism.

In the wake of the hugely successful Women’s March and the March for Our Lives, both featuring female rhetors of all ages, more women+ than ever ran for office in 2018 with several important wins including Danika Roem, the first trans member of the Virginia House of Delegates, and Deb Haaland’s primary win in New Mexico that may lead to the first Native American woman in Congress. Grassroots efforts on social media and in local communities seem more important than ever in changing our institutional landscapes. It is this sort of individual-driven work that has the power to fuel collective change that we want to explore at this conference.


With the overarching goal of locating and defining feminisms in action working to make change in this moment and via multiple modalities and positionalities, we invite a wide range of proposals (workshops, roundtables, installations, demonstrations, “how-to’s”, panels, and individuals) that explore feminisms and accompanying rhetorics from a variety of positions and that seek to answer questions such as the following:

  • As the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition celebrates its 30th anniversary, how can the DIY movement serve as a lens for revisioning the feminist rhetorical activism that is the bedrock of so much of our work?
  • In what ways is feminist activism a rhetorical, personal, and collective act?
  • What does feminist activism look like in community spaces? In academic environments? In community partnerships?
  • What can be learned from our embodied rhetorical activities, e.g., as racial minorities, indigenous peoples, scholar-activists, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ communities and others doing DIY activism for decades/centuries?
  • What does DIY feminism look like in our classrooms? In our pedagogy?
  • Which aspects of DIY feminism might we challenge or interrogate?
  • How can we better foster and support the people, institutions, communities, and maker-spaces where we see feminism/feminist activism in action?
  • How can installations or demonstrations amplify and extend DIY activist strategies?
  • How can we use conference space to equip one another to perform DIY feminist activism in our local communities?
  • How might memoria be an act of DIY activism specifically found in feminist digital/historiographic/archival materials and architectures?


Session Types

We encourage and are open to a variety of presentation styles, in roughly 75-minute segments, including but not limited to:

  •   Individual Presentation – 75- to 100-word abstract, 250-word proposal  
  •   Panel Presentation, with 3 to 4 presenters – 150- to 200-word abstract, 750-word proposal
  •   Roundtable Discussion, with 4 or more presenters – 150- to 200-word abstract, 500-word proposal
  •  How-to” Workshops, by individual or collaborative presenters – 150- to 200-word abstract, 500-word proposal. In the spirit of DIY, we invite demonstrations and tutorials about how to “do” activism. These “how-to’s” should provide practical guidance for participants to take back to their local communities.
  •   Interactive Installations, by individual or collaborative presenters – 150- to 200-word abstract, 500-word proposal. Demonstrate DIY activism by showcasing multimodal/digital/sonic/embodied work(s) that invite audience engagement.  
  •    Poster Presentations, by individual or collaborative presenters (1 poster per submission) – 150- to 200-word abstract. Posters will be displayed during all three days of the conference, but presenters must be present for discussions during one set poster session time.
  •   Saturday Workshops – 150- to 200-word abstract, 500-word proposal, AND outline of proposed activities. Like a how-to, these workshops should provide a take-away for participants, but might require more than a traditional 75-min timeslot. Workshops are participatory, so proposals should articulate how attendees will interact with each other, the presenters, and/or technologies and materials.

Note: Presenters are limited to two speaking roles but may participate in as many other participant roles as desired. Submissions will be blind reviewed. Abstracts must not contain any information that will identify presenters or speakers.

Submissions open: December 1, 2018                        Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2019

Notification of acceptance:  June 1, 2019                   Early registration begins July 1, 2019


For more information, contact Jen Almjeld at

Digital Praxis Posters, RNF, QRN, & More Ways to Present at or around CCCC’s in Pittsburgh

If you missed the deadline for submitting a proposal to the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) or if you weren’t accepted this year, please know that there are several other opportunities to present your work and still attend the conference events in Pittsburgh in March 2019. Here are a few with deadlines soon approaching: 

We hope to see many of you in Pittsburgh, and we’ll send details about the annual GSU @ CCCC social prior to the conference!

We are now accepting proposals for the 2019 Digital Praxis Posters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! The Digital Praxis Posters provide a space at CCCC for scholars and practitioners from across our field to share and discuss their innovative work with digital technologies. The DPP sessions invite a variety of work ranging from experimentation with new digital tools to the methodologies shaping research using these tools.
Last year’s sessions were both very well attended and highly interactive. We do our best to provide an engaged audience by setting up two rounds of posters back to back. During the first round, second-round poster presenters are part of the audience. During the second round, first-round poster presenters are part of the audience. Of course, many others join in as well! DPP sessions are always filled with deep and engaging conversations about your project and the projects of others. We encourage presenters to involve graduate and undergraduate students in the preparation and delivery of their poster sessions. One goal of the DPP has always been to meet and talk to students from the classes or organizations where digital praxis is enacted!
Proposals are invited in the following categories:
1. Demonstration of digital tool
2. Digital pedagogy assignment
3. Research on or using digital tools
4. Digital facets of community and advocacy
5. Creative digital projects
6. Performance-Rhetoric, Performance-Composition in digital spaces
Your participation in the DPP will NOT count as your one presentation at CCCC. Posters are generally held in a designated area during two sessions on Thursday and Friday.  Poster proposals will be reviewed in a process separate from the formal CCCC reviews, and invited presenters will receive feedback from reviewers. After the review, we will provide accepted presenters with an official letter indicating that your proposal was reviewed and that you will be presenting in Pittsburgh. Presenters’ names will also be in the Digital Praxis Posters program (handed out on site) which itself will be referenced in the opening pages of the CCCC program.
If you would like to propose a poster presentation (as a team or individually), please fill out the form at this address:
 ~~~The proposal deadline is October 15, 2018~~~
If you have any trouble with the online submission form, just send this information via email to
• Full name, affiliation, and contact information.
• A short 75-word description of your digital poster
• A spiffy title
• If appropriate, your team members’ names and emails
Because CCCC is committed to supporting these posters, we are promised an excellent space that is well equipped and connected: power, projection, screens, and tables will be provided.
2019 DPP Coordinators:
Stephen J. McElroy,

Qualitative Research Network

Call for Proposals 2019

Individual or collaborative Research Presentations are invited for the Qualitative Research Network (QRN) to be held Wednesday, March 13,from 1:30 – 5:00 at the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Qualitative Research Network, which occurs annually at the CCCC, is offered for both new and experienced qualitative researchers. TheQRN provides mentoring and support to qualitative researchers at all levels of experience and working in diverse areas of study within the college composition and communication community. As a pre-conference research network, the QRN is open to everyone, including those who are already presenting at the conference in other venues.

Keynote Presentation: The initial hour of the workshop will feature Dr. Pamela Takayoshi, Professor of English at Kent State University. Professor Takayoshi researches the ways people use writing in academic and non-academic contexts to make meaning in their lives, with a particular interest in research methodologies, the digital mediation of written communication, and feminist epistemologies. She is the co-editor of four collections of innovative research, including Literacy in Practice: Writing in Public, Private, and Working Lives (with Patrick Thomas), and articles which have appeared in College Composition and CommunicationComputers and CompositionResearch in the Teaching of English, and numerous edited collections.

Research Roundtables: The final two and a half hours of the workshop feature research roundtables where novice and experienced researchers present work-in-progress for feedback and discussion. Experienced qualitative researchers offer suggestions and facilitate discussion. Each presenter has 20-30 minutes for both presentation and discussion of their work-in-progress. Presenters at the research roundtables may focus on specific concerns and/or broader issues related to qualitative research. 

Digital QRN: In order to make the QRN more open and available to scholars who cannot attend the conference this year, the QRN will also provide research roundtables through a digital platform for sharing work-in-progress. Prospective presenters should indicate on their proposal submission if they will be attending the conference or would prefer to be considered for the Digital QRN.

Proposal Information: Please submit via the linked Google form below a brief description (approximately 500 words) of your research proposal by 11:59 pm EST on November 15, 2018.

We encourage submissions from those at any stage of the research process (e.g., planning, data collecting, data analyzing, publishing). 

Please be sure that your proposal includes a brief overview of the research project, the stage of its development, and the questions/issues you wish to discuss with other researchers. Descriptions need not be exhaustive. We ask that you provide a general overview of your study as well as a statement about the kinds of feedback you would like to receive. If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact us.

***Presenters for research roundtables will be notified of their acceptance by December 1, 2018. We will request confirmation of acceptances by January 2, 2019. ***

For additional information, please contact Dr. Will Banks ( 

WPA-GO (Graduate Organization) Call for Committee Members: Short App Due Fri., June 29th

The WPA-GO is looking for grad students (PhD and Masters level) interested in serving on our committees and task forces for the 2018-19 academic year. The WPA-GO (Writing Program Administrators–Graduate Organization) works with the CWPA (Council of Writing Program Administrators) to support graduate student WPA preparation and to strengthen connections between graduate students and professional WPAs. Working with WPA-GO is a great opportunity for academic service at the national level and offers the following:
-Practical experience with WPA and committee service work that might not be available at your local institutional setting, or that can enhance any WPA coursework you may have completed
-Cross-institutional collaborative opportunities with colleagues at conferences and on other scholarly projects
-Increased knowledge of writing program administration work in a variety of institutional contexts
-Networking and learning opportunities that can improve your ability to navigate the academic job market  
You can find descriptions of next year’s committees and task forces here:
Your service would begin after CWPA (July 2018) and continue for one year.  Keep in mind that most committees are busiest at two times during the year: between January and March (in preparation for CCCCs), and from Late May to July (in preparation for CWPA). Exceptions to this timeframe will be noted in the individual committee descriptions. You are not required to attend either CCCCs or CWPA to be on a committee, as much of the work is completed online through online meetings and email; however we do encourage you to network with your fellow WPA-GO members at our annual social events and sponsored presentations at CCCCs and CWPA. 
If you are interested in serving next year, please fill out our short application by this Friday, June 29th. You can request to serve on multiple committees or task forces if you wish, and you can also indicate interest in chairing a committee. While most committees are chaired by elected members of the Graduate Committee, we may also offer Chair and Co-Chair positions to members of WPA-GO at large, should interest and availability coincide. 
**The application can be found by clicking on this link directly:**
If you would like more information about WPA-GO, please visit our:
We would appreciate if you could share this call widely in the venues you see fit. Thanks for your support — see you in Sacramento!

Mandy Macklin, Chair

Clare Russell, Vice Chair
Virginia Schwarz, Past Chair

Charles Grimm and Emily Kimbell, GSU R/C Ph.D. Students, Co-Author Article in The Peer Review

Congratulations to current Rhetoric and Composition Ph.D. students Charles Grimm and Emily Kimbell, as well as their co-author Chris Wang (a former GSU undergraduate student) on the publication of their article “‘I Got Accepted!’: The Psychic Toll of Leaving Relationships in the Writing Center” in the journal The Peer Review. Check the article out by clicking the image!

Congratulations to Program Alum Mary Helen O’Connor for Winning Two Prestigious Awards

“Dr. Mary Helen O’Connor, senior faculty associate for the Office of International Initiatives and assistant professor of English at Georgia State University’s Perimeter College, has been named the 2018 recipient of two prestigious university awards: a George M. Sparks Award and the Carl V. Patton President’s Awards for Community Service and Social Action in the Outstanding Faculty Award category. She is the first in university history to receive both honors in the same year.” Read more from the Office of International Initiatives’ article here.

Dr. O’Connor is a graduate of our Ph.D. in English (Rhetoric and Composition), and we are thrilled that her excellent service and community engagement initiatives are being recognized with these prestigious university awards. Congratulations, Mary Helen! We are so proud of your accomplishments!

Call for Urban Fellows at GSU: Info Session 3/21, Apps Due 4/9

See the call below for Urban Fellows at GSU for the next academic year. Graduate students from any department can apply, and this would be a great opportunity if you are interested in studying issues related to cities, urban development, Atlanta studies, or place-based studies. Contact Karen Johnston (see info below) with questions. ~Ashley Holmes

Attention Graduate Students – Call for Urban Fellows for 2018-2019 Academic Year – Graduate Students From All Departments Welcome to Apply

Are you interested in:

·         Developing an understanding of the many problems and challenges that cities face through research, readings, course lectures, and site visits?

·         How to evaluate the many interconnected factors and policies that create these problems and challenges?

·         The advantages of comparative analysis to find solutions to the problems that cities face?

·         Developing a deep understanding of a particular urban issue of interest through researching and writing?

·         A possible opportunity to publish your Urban Fellows research paper in the Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy?

 Come to the Urban Fellows Information Session Wednesday, March 21 from 12-1 p.m. in Room
345 of the College of Law at 85 Park Place.
  In this session, you will learn more about the urban fellows program (goals, course structure, requirements, etc).  You will also hear presentations by current urban fellows about their research paper topics.  Lunch will be served.

 Application Process to be an Urban Fellow:  Fillout attached application, and email it back to Karen Johnston atkjohnston3@gsu.eduby April 9th at midnight. The program is open to all graduate students.

 What is the Urban Fellows Program?  Healthy cities, sustainable cities, equitable cities, resilient cities, smart cities – what do these buzz words really mean?  What challenges do cities face in trying to achieve these goals?  How are other cities tackling these problems and challenges?  Answering these and other related questions are central tenets of the Urban Fellows Program, a year-long course comprised of lectures, hands-on learning experiences, and research and writing.  Students participating in the course are required to write a 25 page research paper due in the spring semester; select Urban Fellows papers will be published in the Journal of Comparative Urban Law & Policy.  Students who successfully complete this program will be awarded a certificate.  This interdisciplinary program is run by the College of Law’s Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth; top graduate students are selected from across Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology School of City and Regional Planning to participate.

 Topics generally covered in the lecture series include:  sustainability; resilient cities; smart city initiatives; environmental and natural resources; basic city services, infrastructure, and transportation; racial and social equality; fair and affordable housing; land use; health.

 Class Meetings: 
This class will meet Wednesdays from 4:10-5:30 p.m. in both the fall and spring semesters (Changes underway!  I am working on revamping the program to limit lectures to the Wednesday afternoon time slot; historically, there have been lunch lectures as well.
  Currently this is a 2 credit hour class, and does not meet every Wednesday but as scheduled).

Karen Johnston

Assistant Director, Center for the Comparative Study of Metropolitan Growth

Managing Editor, Journal of Comparative Urban Law and Policy –

Georgia State University College of Law

Phone:  404-413-9175