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

Political Communication 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 14-19th, 2020

Borders & Breakthroughs

The Political Communication Interest Group invites the submission of competitive papers and thematic panel proposals to be considered for presentation at the 2020 CSCA convention, to be held in Chicago, Illinois, at Loews O’Hare Hotel.

Submissions to the Political Communication Interest Group should explore theoretical and/or critical issues related to the study of politics and communication. The scope of this interest group is broad, as the study of politics and communication may encompass the communicative activity of citizens, individual political figures, governmental institutions, the media, political campaigns, advocacy groups, business and corporate interests, and social movements. This interest group recognizes and encourages research that addresses political communication topics in all contexts and levels of analysis, employing a variety of methodologies. Papers and proposals that highlight and explore the theme of this convention, Borders & Breakthroughs, are especially encouraged.

Proposals that explore connections with other interest groups are especially encouraged. We seek interactive and innovative formats to further develop and increase participation in the discussions.

Awards: All top papers will be recognized during our business meeting. Awards will be given to the top overall paper and the J. Jeffrey Auer Award for the top competitive graduate student paper, which also includes a monetary award.

Guidelines for Submission:

Papers: Only completed papers will be accepted. Remove all author references in the text of the paper. Graduate and undergraduate students should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. If the paper will be a student debut, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page and label it as graduate or undergraduate. To be considered a student debut paper, (1) the author must be a 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. All papers should contain a 50- to 75-word abstract.

Panels: Proposals that explore connections with other interest groups are encouraged. Panels with institutional diversity are highly encouraged and preferred. If you would like to propose a different format for your panel, please describe the format briefly in the panel description.

We seek interactive and innovative panel formats to further develop our program and provide opportunities for discussion at the convention. Some examples of different formats include:

Dialogue Sessions: Select a key issue, debate, or article that will serve to open the session and then become the focus of conversation.

Spotlight Sessions: Focus on a noted scholar and an aspect of teaching or research.

Debates: This format encourages a town-hall atmosphere with a prearranged resolution. Teams argue for and against.

Submissions for CSCA 2020 will begin August 1, 2019. You will find a link to the AI submission system at: Proposals must be submitted electronically through the online submission system by 11:59 p.m., CST, Friday October 11.

All technology requests must be made at the time of submission. Projectors and screens are available; computers are not. Please only request tech if it is essential.

Questions about submissions to the Political Communication Interest Group can be sent to the Political Communication Interest Group Chair and Program Planner: Colene Lind, Kansas State University,

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