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CSCA 2020 Convention - Call for Papers - Communication Theory Interest Group

Communication Theory Interest Group

Submission DEADLINE:  October 11, 2019 11:59 p.m. CST

Call for Papers and Panels

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention at Chicago O'Hare, Loews Hotel (Rosemont, IL)
April 14-19, 2020

Borders & Breakthroughs

The Communication Theory Interest Group (CTIG) invites submissions for the 2020 CSCA convention in Chicago (O’Hare), Illinois. We welcome a variety of formats including competitive papers and panels (e.g., paper panels, discussion panels, roundtable discussions/debates). Our Interest Group focuses on the development, comparison, extension, criticism, teaching, learning, empirical support for theory, and application of theory in communication research. 

We welcome a range of topics and contexts. We especially encourage members to address issues related to the convention theme of Borders and Breakthroughs and invite submissions that relate across interest groups. How can we breakthrough the borders between theory and method for more coherent research? How can research breakthrough current theoretical understandings to extend it further? What borders (challenges) exist in the use of theory? How can theory be used to cross borders into new applications? 

In terms of panels, preference will be given to those with presenters representing multiple institutions rather than a single institution. Graduate and Undergraduate student submissions are greatly encouraged. 

Awards will be given to individuals recognized for top paper and top student paper.

Guidelines for Submission: 

Papers: Only completed papers will be accepted. Papers must conform to the most current APA standards and include a titles and brief abstract. Graduate and Undergraduate students should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. Student authored papers do not include those co-authored with faculty members. If the paper will be a student debut, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” on the upper-right hand corner of the title page. To be considered a student debut paper, (1) the author must be a graduate or undergraduate student, (2) the paper must have single authorship, and (3) the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA. Indicate if author(s) are CSCA members. Author names and any identifying information must be removed prior to submission. 

Panels: Discussion and paper panel submissions must include the following: (a) title, (b) description (75 words or less), (c) rationale (75 words or less), and (d) a complete list of participants along with their institutional affiliations, contact information (address, e-mail, and telephone), and if they are CSCA members. Paper panels should also include titles and brief abstracts (100 words or less) for each paper. We are encouraging interactive panels that foster dialogue between presenters and audience. 

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

Submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST October 11, 2019.

Submissions for CSCA 2020 will begin August 1, 2019. You will find a link to the AI submission system at:

If you have any questions please contact Interest Group program planner, Stephen Spates at

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