2014 Call


Call for Submissions

2014 Central States Communication Association Conference

Minneapolis, MN

April 2 – April 6, 2014


The Media Studies Interest Group (MSIG) invites submissions of competitive papers, thematic panels and original media submissions on all aspects of media studies, including mass communication, media technology, media and culture, and other studies of media and mass communication for the 2014 CSCA Convention. In addition, we are soliciting original and innovative ideas for special sessions.

This year's theme is "Elevate”. This theme invites members to address the many ways that we can elevate our research, teaching, and fellowship.  “By pushing the boundaries of traditional inquiry, we can elevate our understanding of communication. By pushing the boundaries of traditional instruction, we can elevate our ability to educate others about communication” (Theme Description). Given the diversity of MSIG, you are invited to explore this idea, in all of its permutations, for CSCA 2014.  Original research, multi-media work, discussions, and debates are all encouraged.  Work is invited for submission under the following three categories:

Papers: The Media Studies Interest Group is seeking cutting-edge research regarding all aspects of media studies, including: mass communication, media technology, media and culture, popular culture, media theory, or other studies of media and mass communication for the 2014 conference. All paradigms and methodologies are welcome. Papers can follow the current editions of APA, MLA, or Chicago styles.  All submitted papers must be the original work of the author(s). Please send your submission to cscamsig@gmail.com as two Microsoft Word files, with the first file containing a title page with author name(s) and contact information and the second file containing the text of the paper. If the paper is solely student-authored, please type the word “STUDENT” on the title page. All author-identifiers should be removed from the second file (excluding previous scholarly works cited in the paper and listed in the references section). The e-mail subject line should include the abbreviation CSCA and the title of the paper.  For the sake of timely and thorough review, papers must be no longer than 25 pages of actual text written within accepted publishing guidelines (not including appendices, references/bibliographies, etc.).  Papers not meeting these submission guidelines may not be distributed for review.

Panels: The Media Studies Interest Group welcomes submissions of academic panel proposals, roundtable discussions, and other programming proposals exploring media studies. This year, the interest group specifically seeks panels or discussion sessions dealing with the conference theme of “Elevate”.  How can various forms of media be used to elevate how we conduct research and scholarship? How are we using media and media literacy to elevate our students understanding of communication? What is the potential and promise of media to elevate our interaction with our culture? What is the role of journalism in the coverage of conflicts and elevating our understanding of them? These or any other themes of how we can elevate our understanding of communication are welcome (in addition to other areas of discussion). Please send all submissions to CSCAMSIG@Gmail.com as a Microsoft Word file, with the abbreviation CSCA in the subject line. Proposals need a title, brief abstract for the panel, for research-based panels - an abstract (no more than 75 words) for each project, a designated person in charge of the program, and names/contact information for each session participant (including whether or not the participants are CSCA members).  Panel proposals must also include the 2014 CSCA Panel Proposal Request Form (available @http://www.csca-net.org/).

Original Media Submissions: The Media Studies Interest Group welcomes submissions of original media. Documentaries of all lengths, fictional narratives or non-narratives, public service announcements, or other creative works of media are appropriate for submission, especially those that include the theme of “Elevate.” The submission must include a pedagogical or theoretical rationale for the work (a rationale could be an accompanying full-length paper written for the project or a 2-4 page rationale written for the submission). We especially encourage student projects and/or student/faculty collaborations. Those interested in submitting should contact planner Sara Drabik @ CSCAMSIG@Gmail.com with a brief description of the media by September 14, 2013 to begin the submission process. 

Awards: The Media Studies Interest Group presents three awards annually. The Samuel L. Becker Award is given for the top graduate student paper. The Becker Award includes an individual certificate and a cash award. At the annual business meeting, the Media Studies Interest Group also presents awards for top faculty paper and top original media submission.

IMPORTANT: Due to budget and access, the only technology that can be made available for your projects will be a multimedia projector and speakers that you can connect your laptop computers (or other equipment) to. There should be cables available for this, but there may not be Internet access readily available. Any technology requests must be made at the time of submission.

Submissions for all categories must be complete by October 4, 2013. Please note the earlier deadline for beginning the submission process of original media.

Questions? Contact the Media Studies Interest Group Planner:

Sara Drabik (Northern Kentucky University) @ CSCAMSIG@Gmail.com.