The theme of the 2011 Feminisms and Rhetorics conference is “Feminist Challenges or Feminist Rhetorics?: Locations, Scholarship and Discourse.” The Feminisms and Rhetorics conference is sponsored by the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition http://cwshrc.org/, and will be hosted by Minnesota State University, Mankato <http://www.mnsu.edu> October 12-15, 2011.
The conference committee is strongly interdisciplinary and therefore our theme seeks to recognize the spaces between disciplines and communities. The conference theme is meant to acknowledge the academic and socio-discursive spaces that feminisms, and rhetorics on or about feminisms, inhabit. Major political, religious and social leaders have recently discussed feminism, including the Dalai Lama, but the discussion seems to revolve around cultural or essentialized discourses of feminism. …..