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CSCA 2023 Convention - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group ... Call for Papers and Panels

Call for Papers and Panels

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention-St. Louis, Missouri
March 29-April 2, 2023

Intersections, Transitions, and Silenced Voices

The Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group invites the submission of competitive papers, panels, roundtable discussions, and innovative programming for the 2023 CSCA convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group is dedicated to preserving and promoting scholarship and teaching in rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism. This year’s theme opens a space to make long-overdue rhetorical interventions in disciplinary silencing and everyday acts of exclusion. So, we welcome submissions that encourage dialogue around rhetorical studies topics including the construction of bodies, decolonization, race and whiteness, globalization, the environment, indigeneity, class, and surveillance. We are particularly excited about panels that critically engage transitions in St. Louis, panels that feature community voices, and panels that place emerging and senior scholars in conversation.

Preference will be given to those with panelists representing multiple institutions rather than a single institution. The Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group generally offers two awards at each convention: the Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Award for the top competitive paper, and the David Zarefsky Award for the top student paper. The recipients of these awards will be recognized at the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group business meeting.

Papers: Only completed papers of no more than 35 pages will be accepted.

Paper Session: These consist of a group of presenters with (3-5) paper presentations centered on a common theme. Submissions should include an overall session title, session description (75 words), and a rationale statement (250 words or less) as well as author name(s), affiliation, paper title and abstract for each paper.

Panels: Panels should consist of a group of panelists discussing a specific topic. Audience discussion and participation are strongly encouraged. Following the guidelines from the CSCA website, panel discussions should include an overall panel title, a rationale statement, and a panel description for the online convention program. Submitted panels should include a chair and each presenter’s name, affiliation, and brief description of the specific contribution or perspective of each presenter.

All technology requests must be made at the time of submission.

Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM, CDT, October 7, 2022.

Send submissions electronically through our online system via the CSCA website.

Please create a profile for all potential presenters on the CSCA convention webpage during the submission process. Membership is not required to create a profile. For any questions regarding the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group, or to volunteer to be a reviewer, please contact Chad Nelson at

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