Through social media platforms, CCCC participants will be able to document their individual, panel, and plenary session participation, as well as their experiences in the hallways, restaurants, and bars through which the conference manifests itself. Short pieces in response to the conference can be submitted for consideration by completing the form here.
Being There Responses:
“As an intersectional feminist rhetorician, I watched the debates about the 4C18 conference closely to try to hear the spectrum of voices and concerns about the conference location. CCCC has shown its political, cultural, and social awareness through numerous position statements, but this conference sparked internal conversations about safety and community of specific conference-goers in response to the Missouri travel advisory. I thought about my own positionality in relation to the conference, recognizing that privilege and oppression work hand in hand for me as a white woman. This led me to two conclusions: first, I had to respect my colleagues’ needs and decisions not to attend the conference and encourage others to do so; second, I realized that if I did participate, my presence would need to bring visibility to the oppressions and marginalizations at the focus of this conference and the surrounding debates.” To continue reading, click here.
“As a feminisms and rhetorics scholar, I do social justice work around issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Intersectionality is at the forefront of this field, but even though it has become a buzzword of sorts, it continues to be difficult to hold multiple identities with attention and intention. Consider the controversy over the location at CCCCs Kansas City; as a feminist and anti-racist advocate, my first reaction was to support the groups I supported in their boycott and so I did.
When I was asked, however, by Asao B. Inoue, CCCC Program Chair, to participate in the newly formed Social Justice workshops to create dialogue in response to the controversy, my second reaction was to say “yes.” What I realized in the decision making process was that, while I advocate for justice and the right to protest, I also value dialogue. Walking away without talking makes a strong statement, but dialoguing brings folks back to the table to really work through issues.” To continue reading, click here .
“I still remember my first time at C’s—St. Louis. There were a lot of things I did not know and was not sure of before C’s. I did not know what C’s or NCTE was. I was not sure how much more I could take in and from gringodemia. I did not know if I would fit into a field that had expressed many times over that I just did not have what it took to write well. I was not sure if the field was for me. Yet, then and now, I have found that over the course of my trajectory in composition and rhetoric, there have been opportunities. ” To continue reading, click here.
“Despite the travel warning issued by the NAACP in August of 2017 advising African Americans to exercise extreme caution when traveling through the state of Missouri, I never considered not attending the 2018 annual convention of the Conference on Composition and Communication in Kansas City. One of the assumptions that undergirds my work in racial literacy research and pedagogy is that explicit discussion about race and racism is necessary both in the classroom and in our professional discipline. My desire not to contribute monetarily to the city was overridden by my interest in having difficult conversations, even in difficult places. ” To continue reading, click here.