Survivor Stories: Challenging Our Rape Culture Together

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Call for Papers
November 15, 2018 to December 15, 2018
United States
Subject Fields: 
Communication, Composition & Rhetoric, Cultural History / Studies, Ethnic History / Studies, Immigration & Migration History / Studies



In the last few months survivors’ efforts have been mobilized by efforts around the Me Too Movement, Time’s Up efforts, and, most recently, the Brett Kavanaugh appointment to the Supreme Court. Right now survivors’ voices are being heard at protest rallies, speak outs, and academic conferences across the country.


Survivor Stories aims to give space to these voices in book form. This book collects together a range of survivors’ stories that are powerfully and creatively written as well as theoretically grounded. The chapters will include analyses of the events that survivors recall as well as their varied cultural, social, and political effects. The accounts depicted need not be recent. However, the analyses of them should be situated within discussions of recent cultural events and the larger contexts of analyses related to race, ethnicity, class, age, gender, sexuality, region, and nation.


Contributors to this volume can come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds. However, all contributors should have a solid publishing history and/or be situated within academic institutions. Writers with terminal degrees such as MFAs and doctorates may be preferred. If you have a compelling, well-written story, however, do not hesitate to send your proposal.


I request that you send me a one-two paragraph biographical statement by December 15, 2018 that lists your major publication accomplishments and a 500 word proposal for your chapter to me at


Dr. Laura Gray-Rosendale, President’s Distinguished Professor of English at Northern Arizona University, is the author of seven books as well as over fifty book chapters and essays. Her book, College Girl: A Memoir, focuses upon her own sexual assault while she was a college student. It won the Gold Medal IPPY for Excellence in Memoir. Her research on sexual violence has also appeared in texts such as Signs: A Journal of Women and Culture, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Rape and Resistance, and Thought & Action.