Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference CFP: U of Dayton

Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2017   dayton_chapel_aerial_3648x2736_03122012.jpg

The Department of English, together with Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, the College of Arts and Sciences, and University Libraries at the University of Dayton (UD) invite proposals for the Eleventh Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference to be held at UD October 4-7, 2017.

Our conference theme, Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions, draws attention to the significance of our field, of history, and of rhetorical practices at a time in which human rights – especially among women and people of color – are threatened on a daily basis. Meanwhile, civic discourses and public forms of democratic deliberation are in a state of upheaval as arguments based on reasoning and evidence matter little in the face of might-makes-right ideological triggers. Our theme draws attention to

  • the local, national, and global uses of feminist rhetorical practices for social justice, advocacy and activism;
  • the realities, problems, and possibilities of rhetoric as a human right;
  • the ways feminist scholarship and social advocacy overlap;
  • the roles feminist rhetorical practices and education play in democratic participation;
  • and the past and future of the CFSHRC and Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference as an organization advancing human rights.

This meeting also marks the 20th year of the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference, and our conference theme marks this milestone. As participants consider together the past, present and future paths of the great variety of feminisms, rhetorics, and social practices of our scholarship, we also invite participants to consider the historical, contemporary, and future trajectories of the conference in particular. Thus, the theme of the conference is meant to explore the broad impact of the history of the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, relations between the conference and activism within and outside of the academy, and how the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference might shape future directions of scholarship, teaching, and activism.

For more information or to submit a proposal, visit the conference web site.

Citizen Critics: CFP on Racial Justice


The new Citizen Critics“invite[s] article submissions that analyze the language, rhetorics, and discourses concerning racial justice initiatives, policies, movements, and practices.” The seek journalistic style entries of 600-1000 words in length that follow journalistic norms.

Citizen Critics goes live on Inauguration Day.

Download the CFP for more information: citizen-critics_cfp

Visit the Citizen Critics website to see their work and for more information on the submission process.

CEAO Spring Conference CFP


College English Association of Ohio

2017 Spring Conference

Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

Saturday, April 22, 2016

Theme: The Mission of English Studies

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Bracher, Kent State

The mission of an organization or institution articulates the values underlying the actions taken by those bodies and serve as guiding principles for choices made and directions taken. What is the mission of the broad field of English studies? Although we come from diverse institutions and specific disciplines, are there guiding principles that drive the work we do and the choices we make?

This conference theme will explore the possibilities of the mission of English studies and ask participants to reflect upon their roles as scholars, educators, and intellectuals in the broader community. What underlying principles drive and direct our work? How do we put these values into play in our day-to-day professional lives? Some possible topics of inquiry include:

  • Maintaining values and purpose amidst changes in English majors and minors
  • Serving diverse student populations and perspectives in the classroom
  • Collaborative work across disciplines and specialties
  • Articulating values, visions, and purpose as a discipline
  • Balancing solidarity and interdependence with diversity, politically and pedagogically
  • Engaging students to promote awareness and change
  • Enacting institutional missions and teaching philosophies
  • Commitment and intention as pedagogical acts
  • Inspiring students to engaged citizenship through learning
  • Envisioning the future of English studies

CEAO welcomes proposals for individual 15-20 minute sessions or 60 minute panel sessions from full-time faculty, graduate students, adjunct, and part-time instructors, as well as individuals living/working both inside and outside Ohio. Proposals from faculty and administrators from institutions of all sizes and types—public, private, community—are welcome.

Submission Requirements: Send proposals of no more than 300 words by Friday, March 10, 2017 to

Creative writing submissions should include poetry or fiction/nonfiction suitable for a 20 minute reading. All proposals submitted by the deadline will be considered. In addition, include your name, academic rank, institutional affiliation, and a short 100-150 word biography in the email message. Technology (computers, projector, DVD, etc.) will be available for all presentations. Please note if you have a special technology request.

Participants may submit both a critical paper and a creative work, limited to one entry in each category, sent together as separate attachments in the same email.

Presenters must be registered for the conference by the deadline.

To download a copy of this CFP to distribute, click here: ceao-2017-cfp

American Literature Association CFP


Call for Papers 

American Literature Association
28th Annual Conference

May 25-28, 2017
The Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02116-5798
Conference Director: Olivia Carr Edenfield,
Georgia Southern University
Deadline for Proposals:        January 30, 2017
Conference Details: For the 2017 conference, the ALA will again rely on electronic submission of program information and conference proposals. As usual, the societies that make up the American Literature Association will organize much of the program. Individual societies will issue their own calls for papers, which may be listed on the ALA website as well as on the societies’ own website and publications. Guidelines for author societies are detailed towards the end of this notice.
Individuals may also propose papers or panels to the conference director by January 30, 2017. Preference will be given to papers and panels that represent authors, genres, or topics that are not covered by the societies that make up the ALA. Proposals must follow the guidelines described at the end of this notice.
Proposals from individuals and program information from author societies should be sent to Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield via email ( by January 30, 2017 following the instructions on the website:
For more information, visit their website at: