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Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship

The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Lavender Rhetorics Award is presented annually to three works (one book, one article, and one dissertation) published within the past two years (e.g., a work eligible for the 2015 award will have been published/conferred in calendar year 2013 or 2014) that best make queer interventions into the study of composition and rhetoric. Works should rise to a high level of excellence in their originality, the significance of their pedagogical or theoretical contributions to the field, and their existing or potential influence. The Selection Committee will consider the nature of the problem(s) addressed, the contribution’s timeliness, how effectively the work utilizes research or scholarship to fill voids in our existing knowledge, how well the work demonstrates potential for application (pedagogically or in other contexts), and what promise the work holds for future exploration and investigation. To be eligible for an award, both the author of the work and the individual making the nomination must be members of CCCC and/or NCTE at the time of nomination. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged. Nominations must be received by August 1, 2014. Please submit the following items to cccc@ncte.org:

  • Book Award: A one-page statement of the work’s contribution to queer scholarship in rhetoric and composition studies. (Note: It is not necessary to send copies of the nominated book.)
  • Article Award: A one-page statement of the work’s contribution to queer scholarship in rhetoric and composition studies as well as an electronic copy of the article.
  • Dissertation Award: A one-page statement of the work’s contribution to queer scholarship in rhetoric and composition studies as well as an electronic copy of the dissertation.

Recipients of these awards will receive a one-year membership in CCCC/NCTE and be recognized and receive a plaque at a reception during the CCCC Annual Convention. Winners will be notified in January.

Lavender Rhetorics Award Winners

2014
Article: Eric Darnell Pritchard, "For Queer Kids Who Committed Suicide, Our Outrage Isn’t Enough: Queer Youth of Color, Bullying, and the Discursive Limits of Identity and Safety." Harvard Educational Review, 2013, 83:2, 320-345.
Dissertation: Gina Patterson, "Doing Justice: Addressing the LGBTQ-Religious Junction in English Studies"

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