Issue 1
Introduction
Welcome To Constellations: A Kind Of Storied Introduction

Welcome to constellations: a kind of storied introduction

by Malea Powell, editor-in-chief

"Our central theory-to-practice tenet has been to value and practice cultural rhetorics orientations in our day-to-day editorial work with one another, with reviewers and mentors, and with authors. We do that in a number of ways but one you’ll notice as you engage the pieces here is a practice of honoring all contributors to a piece, including those whose labor usually goes unseen."

Articles
Toward A Rhetoric Of Kagiso: Rhetoric And Democracy In Botswana

Toward a Rhetoric of Kagiso: Rhetoric and Democracy in Botswana

by Megan Schoen

"Kagiso as a rhetorical concept allows us to understand a discourse of democracy not grounded solely in the West—and one not tied to the limited binary of democracy as either agonism or consensus. Kagiso offers a powerful, living example of a discursive tradition that transcends this simplistic dichotomy between agonism and consensus because harmony and dissent are held closely in productive contact."

Embodied Encounters: A Case For Autobiographical And Haptic Filmmaking

Embodied Encounters: A Case for Autobiographical and Haptic Filmmaking

by Anne von Petersdorff

"The acknowledging of the filmmaker’s body can remind us that the process of cinematic production is dependent on the participation of others: every image carries the footprints of a culturally and historically situated way of knowing, the absence or presence of an agreement between the camera operator and the object of the gaze, the incentive of economic gain, power relations, gender roles, expected ways of behaving, and so on."

The Struggle Is Real: Whiteness Studies, Hip Hop Pedagogies, And The Rhetorics Of White Privilege

The Struggle is Real: Whiteness Studies, Hip Hop Pedagogies, and the Rhetorics of White Privilege

by Jill McKay Chrobak

"The goal of this article is to examine current forms of white privilege through the lens of whiteness studies and Hip Hop pedagogies in writing classrooms in order to begin to dismantle these kinds of damaging rhetoric in our society and ultimately raise student’s rhetorical awareness of the white privilege tropes that surround them."

Rasquache Rhetorics: A Cultural Rhetorics Sensibility

Rasquache Rhetorics: a cultural rhetorics sensibility

by Kelly Medina-López

"Rasquache as cultural rhetorics theory and practice presents a robust approach to meaning making by allowing users to pull from the compendium of theories, ideas, experiences, tangible tools, and intangible epistemologies they can access. Recycling, upcycling, making do, and making new meaning through whatever is available is an explicit performance of rasquache."

Beyoncé’s Performance Of Identification As A Diamond: Reclaiming Bodies And Voices In “Formation”

Beyoncé’s Performance of Identification as a Diamond: Reclaiming Bodies and Voices in “Formation”

by Mari Ramler

"Beyoncé won the 2017 Grammys in the same way she won the 2016 Super Bowl—by rewriting history with her flesh. To write skin is, like birth, to create futures."

What Fucking Clayton Pettet Teaches Us About Cultural Rhetorics

What Fucking Clayton Pettet Teaches Us About Cultural Rhetorics

by Becca Hayes, Kathleen Livingston, Casey Miles, Jon M. Wargo, Ames Hawkins, Ezekiel Choffel, Steven Hammer, Erin Schaefer, and Les Hutchinson

"We acknowledge the dissonance and disjointedness this project entails. Therefore, we provide no exhaustive remarks or conclusions, but rather a constellation of queer provocations. We work to render the 'queer' intelligible by making the piece and our responses to it seemingly unintelligible to heteronormative cultural logics."

Pedagogy Blog
Listening To Stories: Practicing Cultural Rhetorics Pedagogy

Listening to Stories: Practicing Cultural Rhetorics Pedagogy

by Christina V. Cedillo, Victor Del Hierro, Candace Epps-Robertson, Lisa Michelle King, Jessie Male, Staci Perryman-Clark, Andrea Riley-Mukavetz, and Amy Vidali

"[A cultural rhetorics practice] means to consider your own story, and how your position contributes to your understanding of that story, but it also means to consider all the other stories that aren’t being told, or aren’t be heard, or aren’t being heard by the majority. It asks—is anything sacred?"

Web Texts
4C4Equality

4C4Equality: Writing Networks for Social Justice

edited by Liz Lane and Don Unger

The 4C4Equality initiative focuses on writing networks for social justice. To that end, this web text provides a platform for activist-scholars in writing, rhetoric, and literacy studies to learn from, support, and productively challenge one another in developing local work and in resisting draconian policies emerging from the current US political regime.