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Tenure Under Attack: An Examination of Tenure’s Viability and Value in the Neoliberal Academy

Tenure Under Attack: An Examination of Tenure’s Viability and Value in the Neoliberal Academy

by Carmen Kynard, José Manuel Cortez, Khadeidra Billingsley, José Luis Cano Jr., Alexis McGee, and Ana Milena Ribero
“The recent attacks on tenure illustrate not only the usual US anti-intellectualism, but also the alignment of various strands of the pandemic milieu: conservative attacks against liberal and anti-racist education, panics over the decreasing value of productivity culture, and a changing US demographic.”

A Constellation of Crises: Teaching with Technology During COVID

A Constellation of Crises: Teaching with Technology During COVID

by Laura Gonzales, Alexandria L. Lockett, Dennis Foung, Morgan C. Banville, Sonia Arellano, and Lauren Brentnell
“Many of us already had done work integrating technology or online instruction into our courses, but the shifts in institutional and student expectations, as well as personal losses that affected our lives, made us continue to reflect upon these practices.”

“You Know, Anger Can Be Righteous”: A Review of James Chase Sanchez’s Salt of the Earth and Joel Fendelman’s Man on Fire

“You Know, Anger Can Be Righteous”: A Review of James Chase Sanchez’s Salt of the Earth and Joel Fendelman’s Man on Fire

by Stella Takvoryan
“In Salt of the Earth, Sanchez unpacks how Grand Saline’s storytelling tradition sustains and preserves white supremacy by constellating his most salient memories of Grand Saline (Sanchez, personal interview) and scholarship on the rhetorics of race and racism, protest, silence, cultural rhetorics, and storytelling as methodology.”

Dancing with the Devil Revisited

Dancing with the Devil Revisited

by Marlene Galván
Dancing with the Devil affirms this conception of the stranger as the unfamiliar, the unnatural outsider, enticing women to join him in dance, warning others: this is what happens when you break the seemingly natural boundaries of the community established by traditional religious and cultural institutions. The stranger is a metaphor that becomes real, created to quell the anxiety felt by established norms and institutions during the Chicanx Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. But, the story lives on even today.”

Digital Writing and Cultural Rhetorics Pedagogies

Digital Writing and Cultural Rhetorics Pedagogies

by Kimberly Williams, T. Allen Thomas, Alexander Slotkin, Ivette Rodrigues, Claudia Mitchell, Nicole Green, Laken Brooks, and Laura Gonzales
“At a time of so much chaos and change, we posit that bridging digital writing and cultural rhetorics pedagogies can help teachers and students alike envision new futures and interventions within and beyond the university, as pedagogy can help bring healing and reflection in both classroom and community contexts.”

A Response to Cushman, Baca, and García’s College English Introduction

A Response to Cushman, Baca, and García’s College English Introduction

by Alexandra Hidalgo
“We have indeed sought to publish work by and about BIPOC and diverse populations, and we will continue to do so, not because we think we are going to single-handedly take down the chains that bind us with this kind of scholarship, but because those diverse voices are rich and engaging and gift us with new territories to explore and transformative ideas to ponder.”

Send My Love to the Family: A Review of Glasby, Gradin, and Ryerson’s Storytelling in Queer Appalachia: Imagining and Writing the Unspeakable Other

Send My Love to the Family: A Review of Glasby, Gradin, and Ryerson’s Storytelling in Queer Appalachia: Imagining and Writing the Unspeakable Other

by Vee Lawson
“This collection of eleven essays looks through singular narratives of a homogenous Appalachia—white, cisgendered or heteronormative, solely masculine, repressive, or backwards—to see many experiences of Appalachian queer identity, engaging narratives of exile, return, and liminality as the writers demonstrate that Appalachia itself is ‘a little bit quare.'”

Online Learning in a Time of Crisis: Using Physical Distance and Digital Space to Develop Learning Communities

Online Learning in a Time of Crisis: Using Physical Distance and Digital Space to Develop Learning Communities

If “cultures are made up of practices that accumulate over time and in relationship to specific places” (Powell, et al.), how do we co-create that culture alongside students in online classes without the “physical geographies” we can re-make together? What happens when we are never in the same physical place/space with each other? When we have no shared past to remember?

Never Forget: Ground Zero, Park51, and Constitutive Rhetorics

Never Forget: Ground Zero, Park51, and Constitutive Rhetorics

by Tamara Issak
“The Park51 uproar had a ripple effect on Muslim communities throughout America with reports of arson, vandalism, and violence at mosques. The shutdown of Park51 was another reminder that the constitutional right to practice religion freely and build houses of worship does not apply to Muslims.”

Care in Times of Crisis: How Faculty Are Managing COVID

Care in Times of Crisis: How Faculty Are Managing COVID

by Garrett Bridger Gilmore, Al Harahap, Jamila Kareem, and Helen Sandoval
“I had a minor breakdown due to all the stress—the panic set in and I just began to cry because it was all too much (being a mother to my children, being a good teacher, colleague, and activist for equity, diversity, and inclusion in my writing program).”

Recognizing New Styles: How Graduate Students Are Coping with COVID

Recognizing New Styles: How Graduate Students Are Coping with COVID

by D’Arcee Charington, Dylan Colvin, and B López
“COVID-19 demonstrates the kind of support—both monetary and emotional support—that is needed to succeed. I feel like there is more exigence now while we are still in this pandemic. I think that graduate students can support one another by advocating for BIPOC students and other folks in the margins who need more from the university.” — B López.

Academic #BlackLivesMatter: Black Faculty and Graduate Students Tell Their Stories

Academic #BlackLivesMatter: Black Faculty and Graduate Students Tell Their Stories

by Sharieka Botex, Michelle Grue, Alicia Hatcher, Eric House, and Sherita Roundtree “How has the university reflected on and named their own issues with systemic racism and oppression? How have they taken a closer look at how much money has been allocated toward campus police in comparison to developing programs and initiatives that actively challenge white supremacy within the campus climate?”

(Re)Composing Our Consent: Critical Digital Literacies as Remixed Terms of Service

(Re)Composing Our Consent: Critical Digital Literacies as Remixed Terms of Service

A small part of a cultural rhetorics approach to critical digital literacies is asking students to remix for target audiences that are vulnerable to the exploitation of their data based on their use. By constellating the ways in which users compose and navigate social media, the ToS remix project recomposes the doctrine of consent, allowing users to reclaim how that information is understood, communicated, and delivered.

Considering the Possibilities of a Cultural Rhetorics Assessment Framework

Considering the Possibilities of a Cultural Rhetorics Assessment Framework

In this particular moment, finding something queerly useful within assessment structures will be painful and frustrating as our institutions push us to keep doing what we have always done. But finding something, anything, in the pain we are feeling, the frustration we are carrying, the work we can/will no longer do illustrates what might be possible in the here and now.

The Historical Work of Cultural Rhetorics: Constellating Indigenous, Deaf, and English-Only Literacies

The Historical Work of Cultural Rhetorics: Constellating Indigenous, Deaf, and English-Only Literacies

by Sarah Klotz

“While off-reservation boarding schools devastated indigenous language and kinship structures, they also generated inter-tribal coalitions that laid the groundwork for new waves of Indigenous activism in the twentieth century. In what follows, I read a series of artifacts from the Carlisle archive to explore how comparative cultural rhetorics work can benefit from the fine-grained inquiry that archival research affords.”

The University of Utah “Utes:” Towards Increased Rhetorical Sovereignty

The University of Utah “Utes:” Towards Increased Rhetorical Sovereignty

by Cassidy Hoff

“The University of Utah Department of Athletics’ (or University of Utah Athletics Department) media guides released from 1990-2016 in the sports of gymnastics, men’s and women’s basketball, and football highlight the way the university utilizes the “Utes” nickname, circle and feathers logo, and Swoop mascot to construct a “Ute” brand. This “Ute” brand encompasses the logo, mascot, and nickname, and also a “Ute” identity that can be assumed and performed by athletes, fans, spectators, and media.”

A Settler Archive:  A Site for a Decolonial Praxis Project

A Settler Archive: A Site for a Decolonial Praxis Project

by Romeo García

“Settler archives haunt us all. In reading its contents, I gain a greater understanding of my brown(ed) body. Settler archives demand a carefully reckoning, to be sure, with erasure, death, terror, trauma, and settler invention practices, all of which affect how and why I speak today from a particular place, out of a particular history, and from a particular community practice.”

Welcome to constellations: a kind of storied introduction

Welcome to constellations: a kind of storied introduction

Malea Powell and Alexandra Hidalgo, Editors-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.”

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.”

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?”

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.”

What Fucking Clayton Pettet Teaches Us About Cultural Rhetorics

What Fucking Clayton Pettet Teaches Us About Cultural Rhetorics

by Becca Hayes, Violet 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.”

4C4Equality: Writing Networks for Social Justice

4C4Equality: Writing Networks for Social Justice

edited by Don Unger and Liz Lane
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.