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CSCA 2020 Convention - Call for Papers - Performance Studies & Autoethnography Interest Group

Performance Studies & Autoethnography 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 Performance Studies & Autoethnography Interest Group invites submissions for the 2020 Central States Communication Association convention to be held in Chicago, IL, April 14-19, 2020. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 11:59 CST, October 11, 2019.

Our interest group focuses on two primary areas of scholarship: Performance Studies and Autoethnography. We view performance as a method of communication inquiry and as an embodied way of knowing and presenting information. We view autoethnography as a critically-engaged orientation toward scholarship located in embodied experience. 

We invite scholars to attend to these interests at multiple levels, including the intersections of performance and autoethnography. We welcome a variety of submission formats, including individual papers and performances, performances panels, paper panels, and spotlight sessions.

We especially encourage members to address issues related to the convention theme “Borders & Breakthroughs.” In honor of this year’s convention theme, and buoyed by Conquergood’s reminder that “borders bleed, as much as they contain,” we invite contributions that interrogate the conceptual and disciplinary spaces that are both afforded by, and foreclosed upon, through practices of division and reunification, conservation and innovation. We welcome diverse and novel interpretations of the terms “borders” and “breakthroughs,” be they literal or metaphorical.   In an attempt to work within the disciplinary borderlands, we would like to extend our unit call to fields that recognize the value of shared interests and communicative practices in the contexts of performance and autoethnography. To do so, we encourage submissions of panels and performances that are co-sponsored with other CSCA units. Please contact the Interest Group Chairs for help coordinating co-sponsored panels.

The interest group would also like to invite members to submit nominations for three new awards: The Outstanding Article or Book Chapter in Performance Studies, The Outstanding Article or Book Chapter in Autoethnography, and The Outstanding Book in Performance Studies/Autoethnography. The outstanding article/book chapter awards are intended to reward high-quality scholarship published within the preceding two calendar years (2017 & 2018). Please submit a copy of the article, along with a letter of support, and specify whether the article is to be considered for the Performance Studies or Autoethnography Award. The Outstanding Book in Performance Studies/Autoethnography is a rotating award (even-years for Performance Studies, odd-years for Autoethnography) that is intended to reward exceptional book-length work published within the preceding five calendar years (2013-2018). Please submit a copy of the book (electronic-preferred), along with a letter of support, for the upcoming 2020 Outstanding Book in Performance Studies award. All nominations and submissions should be directed to the interest group chair.

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

Thank you for considering submitting to the interest group, and we look forward to seeing you in Chicago. 

Travis Brisini
Chair, Performance Studies and Autoethnography Interest Group

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