The Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC) promotes dialogue, discussion, research, and scholarship concerned with women, feminism, gender, oppression, and social change. ORWAC is a Western States Communication Association (WSCA) affiliate, sponsors programs at the WSCA convention, and publishes a journal: Women’s Studies in Communication.
Join us for our 2020 Conference!
Citizenship at the Intersections: 100 Years Since the 19th Amendment
March 5-7, 2020
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution marked a fundamental change to women’s citizenship status in the US. Yet, that change was iterative and incomplete. As we recognize the 100 year anniversary of the amendment, this conference invites participants to explore citizenship at the intersections by looking backward, forward, and to the present moment. In particular we ask: How can we best understand the complex histories of the 19thamendment and women’s citizenship status with explicit attention to silences and absences? What are our current challenges and possibilities for civic engagement, inclusion, and advocacy? How do our institutions and social movements silence and empower? What are the possibilities for change, and how can that change occur?
Our program includes keynote presentations by Karma Chavez, Ersula Ore, and Isaac West, and responses by E. Cram, Lisa Flores, Annie Hill, Catherine Palczewski, Belinda Stillion Southard, and Shirley Wilson Logan.
Registration: There is no conference registration fee for ORWAC members because of generous support from the National Communication Association and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. All conference participants are required to register in advance and be a current member of ORWAC.
Associate/Full Professor of Rhetorical Studies at University of Nevada Las Vegas - The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, seeks candidates for a senior hire at the level of Associate of Full Professor in Rhetorical Studies, with a primary focus on public advocacy, to begin August 2020. See full job posting here.
Dr. Joelle Cruz and Dr. Jasmine R. Linabary are guest editing a special issue on "Feminist Organizational Communication: Legacies, Present, and Futures" in Management Communication Quarterly. They are seeking both empirical and theoretical articles and are particularly interested in new developments (e.g., African feminisms, Afrofuturisms, Black Feminisms, Transnational Feminisms, Queer Theory, New Materialisms). The deadline for papers is December 31st, 2019. Please see http://bit.ly/feministorgcomm for the full call and reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for questions.
Congratulations to Raquel Moreira for winning the 2018 Feminist Scholar award for her article "'Now that I'm a Whore, Nobody is Holding Me Back!': Women in Favela Funk and Embodied Politics"
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Help support the Feminist Language and Communication Collection at the University of Oregon. This Collection is devoted to collecting and preserving the papers of scholars, writers, activists, and organizations whose work was foundational in challenging communication practices and theory in the early years of the second wave of the feminist movement in the United States. Among those whose papers are included are: Paula Gunn Allen, Suzette Haden Elgin, Ursula Le Guin, Sally Miller Gearhart, Nancy Henley, Marcia Houston, Cheris Kramarae, Casey Miller and Kate Swift, Anita Taylor, and the Lucy Stone League. Funds donated will be used to process archival materials such as syllabi, conference papers, versions of book and article manuscripts, texts or notes for lectures and speeches, letters and emails, awards, and videos and audio tapes relevant to gender and communication. Women’s and feminist histories are easily erased and forgotten. This Collection is designed to ensure that the history of feminism in the communication discipline is preserved.
ORWAC will match up to $10,000 in funds donated over the next two years, so your contribution to the Collection goes twice as far. Checks should be made to: “UO Foundation-Special Collections Restricted Fund”; in the memo line, please write “Feminist Language and Communication Collection—ORWAC Donation.” Checks should be sent to: Keri Aronson, UO Libraries, Director of Development, 1299 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1299.
The Organization for Research on Women and Communication is against hate, including bigotry, misogyny, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and any form of violence. We support the rights of all human beings, regardless of race, gender, ability, citizenship, religion, gender identity/expression, or sexuality to be included, treated fairly, and prosper.