We are so excited to share the following press release from the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) celebrating the work of our own Dr. Danielle Bacibianco! Congratulations! What a great way to start a new semester!
Danielle Bacibianco (former Bacigalupo), St. John’s University, Wins a 2022 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship
Champaign, IL—1/10/22 – Danielle Bacibianco (former Bacigalupo), St. John’s University, New York, has won the 2022 CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship’s Dissertation Award for, “Queerstory of Recovery: Literacy and Survival in A.A.” The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is an association within the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
This award is presented annually to four works (one book, one article or book chapter, one dissertation, and one nontraditional scholarly text) published within the past two years 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, their affective impact, 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), affective impact, and what promise the work holds for future exploration and investigation.
Meticulously researched, Bacibianco’s work elegantly blends personal narrative of recovery with scholarship. By moving in and around the white, cisgender hegemonic narratives of Alcoholics Anonymous, the author was able to situate those narratives into the historical context from which they emerged, identify counter voices within AA, and offer a personal futurity of testimony by queering rhetoric, space, and narrative through their recovery podcast. The research, which infiltrates the sub-community of AA and further identifies the queer sub-community within, seems rhetorically relevant to other suppressive communities.
Bacibianco will be announced as a recipient of the CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship’s Dissertation Award at the CCCC Awards Presentation on Friday, March 11, during the 2022 CCCC Annual Convention.
For more information about the CCCC Lavender Rhetorics Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship, including past winners, see http://cccc.ncte.org/cccc/awards/lavender.