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CSCA 2020 Convention - Call for Papers - Ethnicity, Race, International, And Class Concerns Caucus

 Ethnicity, Race, International, and Class Concerns Caucus

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

Call for Papers, Panels, and Performance Activities

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention at Chicago O’ Hare, Loews Hotel (Rosemont, IL)

April 14-19, 2020

Convention Theme: Borders & Breakthroughs 

The CSCA Caucus on Ethnicity, Race, International, and Class Concerns invites, papers, panels, roundtable discussions, and performance presentations that focus on topics and issues related to

ethnicity, race, international, and class concerns in four rubric areas:  (1) class, (2) first generation students, (3) Whiteness, and  (4) international-born scholars teaching in North America and the subsequent impact of their home country.  The range of topics encompassing the construction, role, embodiment and purpose of borders could include exploring visible and invisible borders and contested spaces, systems that are theoretically open but psychologically closed, territorial perspectives on borders, shifting borders, and intersecting identity markers and borders,  as well as breakthroughs among  U. S. constituencies, communities, scholars and students, and different affective demographics embodying ethnicity, race, Whiteness, and international and class designations.  In our desire to integrate performance scholarship into our programming this year, we emphasize performance activity submissions that focus on and interrogate borders and breakthroughs in diversity and inclusion, as a way to provoke critical thinking, engagement, and audience interaction.  We welcome a variety of research perspectives, including interpretive, critical, descriptive, and social science approaches to papers that apply, extend, and develop theoretical approaches.  In terms of panel submissions, preference will be given to those with panelists representing multiple institutions, rather than those representing a single institution.

Guidelines for Submission   

All submissions must be done through the online submission system, which debuted last year.  Instructions for how to submit using this system are available on the CSCA website.  Also indicate if author(s) are members of CSCA.

Papers.  Only completed papers will be accepted.  Papers must include a title and a brief, 100 word abstract.  The word “Student” should be marked on all papers written by student authors.  Student-authored papers do not include those co-authored with faculty members.  Individuals who have never presented a paper at the CSCA convention should write “Debut” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page.  Author names and any identifying information must be removed prior to submission.  Papers should not exceed 25 pages total.

Panels:  All panels need a title, a brief abstract and rationale (150 words), name, of the person responsible for the program, as well as name, institutional affiliation, address, phone number, and e-mail address of each panel participant.

Performances.  Performances must have the name of the performer, title of the performance, and its relationship to diversity and inclusion through one of the four rubrics described above.  Each individualperformance should be limited to twenty (20) minutes.

Submissions:  You will find a link to the submission system at:

Deadline:  All submissions must be received by Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11:19 CST.

Requests for technology/media for the presentation must be made at the time of submission.  Please only request media if it is absolutely essential to your presentation, as media requests will be closely examined.  If you need a laptop, you must supply your own. 

Your submission implies that you are willing to follow appropriate presentation rules.                 

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