English Professor Carmen Christopher Presents at National Conference

Carmen Christopher, Learning Center Director and Assistant Professor of English, presented a paper, “Many Hands Make Invisible Work: Volunteerism and the Female Academic,” with a panel of colleagues at the Rhetoric Society of America Conference in Atlanta this May. Christopher shared this description of paper: “In her keynote address for the Console-ing Passions Conference in 2015, Elizabeth Losh addressed the role of female labor in support of the “information revolution” (e.g. telegraph operators, data entry clerks). In her address, “Many Hands Don’t Make Light Work,” Losh tracks a history in which necessary roles were systematically overlooked or undervalued in the historical narrative. This presentation examines parallels in academia, suggesting that the modern institution of higher learning is buoyed by an infrastructure in which female labor, in the form of volunteerism and service, is necessary, but effaced.”  Co-presenters were Sarah McGinley, Wright State University; Megan Mize, Old Dominion University; and Danielle Roach, Miami University.

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