The Tenth Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference
Women’s Ways of Making
Memorial Union, Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona
Proposals due February 1, 2015
Conference held October 28-31, 2015
The Graduate Programs in Writing, Rhetorics, and Literacies as well as the ASU Writing Programs in the English Department at the College of Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University (ASU) invite proposals for the Tenth Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference to be held at ASU October 28-31, 2015. The conference theme—Women’s Ways of Making—is meant to call attention to women as active knowledge and meaning makers in an inestimable variety of fields. Resonating as it does with the influential Women’s Ways of Knowing by Mary Field Belenky et al., published nearly three decades ago in 1986, this theme draws attention to making as an epistemic endeavor. Thus, the theme collapses several impoverished binaries: mind/body, producer/consumer, passive recipients/active agents, public/private, male/female, and craft/art. Our intention is to aim for a conference that will challenge gendered notions of making, of artifacts, of practices, of innovation, of digital spaces, of applied/theoretical research as well as more conventional notions about ways of making arguments, making knowledge, and making sense.
Working together to articulate a multi-vocal sense of women’s ways of making, we call for proposals that value and emphasize different ways of innovating, composing, creating, making, translating, hacking, using, reusing, repurposing, recycling, researching, and remixing in history or today. We encourage proposals that engage conference participants in making, in other forms of collaborative work, and in community building.
See a list of possible topics and presentation styles on the conference website.