Announcements

The Reflections Announcements webpage serves as a method of communication for upcoming and recent activities and events. Announcements may include Call for Papers, meetings, and other significant activities and events related to public rhetoric, civic writing, and service learning. Requests to advertise should be submitted to reflections.coeditors@gmail.com.

New Editors

Deborah Mutnick, Professor of English at Long Island University and Laurie Grobman, Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University will become the new Editors of Reflections beginning in Fall 2017. Together, they bring a strong record of scholarly achievement and engagement with community partnerships/public rhetoric.  Mutnick and Grobman have have created a new vision statement and updated editorial policies.

Vision Statement

We are honored to become co-editors of Reflections and hope to live up to the high standards set by outgoing editor Cristina Kirklighter. As incoming co-editors, we are proud of Reflections’ nearly 20-year history of leading writing and rhetoric’s scholarly and theoretical study of service learning, public rhetoric, community writing, civic writing, and community literacy. Under our leadership, the journal will continue to publish wide-ranging and innovative work on community-engaged writing.

Yet, we also see Reflections as a site for expanding the scholarship and praxis of community-engaged writing in this conjuncture, marked by Donald Trump’s election and presidency and the planetary crisis of climate change. As a nation, we have entered a period of uncertainty, division, and fear. Among other disturbing trends, we see increased xenophobia, an uptick in hate crimes, and the rise of white nationalism. We are bombarded by fake news, alternative facts, and early morning presidential tweets. Trump’s proposed budget for 2018, if passed, will have devastating consequences. We believe the journal has a crucial role to play in responding to these exigencies, which deeply affect local communities and our work as educators, scholars, and writers.

At the same time, even as we call for a response to these troubling times, we are heartened by existing and new resistance movements and by the growth of the subfield of community writing. We hope to provide a platform in the journal for a critical dialogue on social and economic justice in sites—campuses and communities—in which we work, research, and participate. Indeed, it is precisely this confluence of heightened political consciousness and community writing’s dynamism that we hope to tap into in coming issues of Reflections.

For our inaugural issue, Spring 2018, we thus hope to feature submissions that address enduring issues that have intensified since Trump’s election and/or new or deepening concerns that result directly from his rhetoric and policies. How have campuses and communities been affected by Islamophobia, racism, and sexual violence? By homophobia and transphobia? Gentrification? How has the rise of white nationalism and the “alt-right” affected the rhetoric of your classroom or community? What forms of resistance have arisen and to what end? In particular, we welcome attempts from the perspective of community-engaged writing to theorize relationships among these issues and responses to deepening threats to democracy. For a submission to be considered for the Spring 2018 issue, the deadline is November 1, 2017. For more information, visit https://reflectionsjournal.net/submit/.

Dreams and Nightmares Memior

New City Community Press, the publisher of Reflections presents Sueños y Pesadillas/Dreams and Nightmares, a remarkable memoir by teenager Liliana Velásquez, who at fourteen years old fled horrific violence and poverty in Guatemala and headed out alone for the United States. Available at http://www.parlorpress.com/dreams-nightmares in Spanish and English. Dreams and Nightmares website, https://www.dreamsandnightmares.org.

Call for Papers
Special Issue of Groupwork

Groupwork with People who have Experienced Political Oppression
Editor Jennie Fleming and Nick Pollard
Submission Deadline: March 31, 2018

The Editorial Board of Groupwork intends to publish a Special Edition which will focus on the role of groupwork with people who have experienced marginalisation through political or personal forms of oppression. Articles are invited from self-directed groups as well as professionally-led groups, but should demonstrate the theory and practice of groupwork, and acknowledge the different contexts of marginalisation, and whether groupwork is developed with those who have been subjects or those have carried out oppressive actions. We invite you to submit full papers that critically address the use of groupwork in all aspects of working with people who have experienced political oppression and may include:

Examples of groupwork to bring marginalized and mainstream communities together

Examples of practice in places where groupwork participants have survived oppression

The teaching and/or the training of educators to develop effective groupwork in countries or areas which have undergone oppression

Practice dilemmas and ethical issues which may arise when working with people who have lived with political oppression

Techniques for sustaining engagement and longer term evaluation of groupwork processes

We welcome theoretical papers, case studies, papers based on studies in progress, and critical and reflective accounts of experiences of groupwork with people who have experienced oppression. If you are interested in submitting an article or would like to discuss an idea before submission, please email jennie.fleming@ntu.ac.uk or Nick Pollard N.Pollard@shu.ac.uk

Deadline for full paper submissions: 31 March 2018. All submissions will go through the journal’s normal refereeing process.