Final Proposal & Project Assignments

Background

Thus far this semester we have considered methodologies and methods that scholars use to study women’s and feminist rhetorics. We have also collaborated to curate the archives, digital archives, and other born-digital and digitized materials that are relevant to examining those rhetorical practices of interest to us. Now, like our colleagues in the field of feminist rhetorical studies, each of you will conduct research with a specific archive of your own choosing.

Final Project Assignment

Your assignment is to develop an original research project that utilizes feminist methodologies and methods to study an archive of women’s and/or feminist rhetorics. The project may focus on rhetorical practices from any historical period and cultural context. You will examine these practices through primary research conducted via brick-and-mortar archives at local institutions or digital archives available online. In addition to involving primary research, your project needs to be situated within broader scholarly conversations, engaging deeply with our assigned course materials as well as other secondary scholarship. [pdf]

Proposal Assignment

Here your assignment is to map out an overview of your proposed research project. The purpose of this proposal is to lead you into the thick of your topic and help you get organized. Broken into sections, each with a heading, the proposal should include:

  • Conception and Definition: Tell me how you conceive of your topic. What is your project? How do you define the key terms related to that topic?
  • Rationale for Subject Selection: Describe the specific archive of women’s and/or feminist rhetorics that you will study. How do you understand your primary materials as constituting an archive? What reasons do you have for choosing to study this archive?
  • Significance: Discuss the scholarly, cultural, political, and/or personal significance of your topic. Why do you consider it worthy for investigation?
  • Conversation: Discuss the ways you are entering ongoing scholarly conversations surrounding your chosen topic and archive. How have other scholars approached the topic, and what arguments have they advanced? In what ways will you join and further this scholarly conversation?
  • Methodology & Methods: What methods will you use to conduct your primary research? What methodological frameworks will guide this research? And what secondary sources inform your understanding of the methodology and methods you have chosen?
  • Plan of Work: What work do you have left to do, and what is your timeline for completing that work?

Deadlines

Your proposal, a draft for peer review, and the final project itself will be due to Blackboard as follows:

  • Proposal during Week 9, before class on 10/25 – MLA citations and format; 4-5 pages (not counting Works Cited).
  • Draft during Week 14, before class on 11/29 – MLA citations and format; length is up to you, but the more developed your draft is, the more helpful the peer review session is likely to be.
  • Final Project during Finals Week, by 7:10 p.m. on 12/13 – MLA citations and format; 8-12 pages for 793 and 12-15 pages for 893 (again, not counting Works Cited).

Additional Notes

  • In response to your proposal, I will use Blackboard to email written feedback on your planned project.
  • You will also have an opportunity to exchange feedback during the peer review session for which drafts are due.
  • At the end of the semester, 100-word abstracts for the final projects will be made public through our external course website. Each of you will have options for how to be listed (i.e. anonymously, by first name only, by full name). I encourage anyone concerned about this online publication to speak with me well in advance of the deadline.