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CSCA 2020 Convention - Call for Papers - Women’s Caucus

Women’s Caucus

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 CSCA Women’s Caucus invites submissions of competitive papers and panel proposals examining the role of gender in communication studies. Our caucus has a long history of community engagement and activism, and we welcome submissions that address civic concerns. We welcome a range of topics and we especially encourage members to address issues related to the convention theme of Borders & Breakthroughs. The Women’s Caucus is dedicated to the exploration of multiple feminisms and the ways in which intersectionality shapes identity and difference. Feminist scholarship that intersects with issues of race, class, sexuality, age, and ability are strongly encouraged. Topics of interest include women’s roles/challenges in professional organizations, interpersonal relationships, the political arena, popular culture, women and freedom of expression, and men and masculinities as they relate to the framing and relations with women.

In terms of panels, preference will be given to those with panelists representing multiple institutions rather than representing a single institution. Co-sponsorship between other CSCA divisions and interest groups is strongly encouraged.

We strongly encourage undergraduate and graduate student papers. 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 note if the author is a graduate or undergraduate student. To be considered for the association’s debut paper award, (1) the author must be a graduate student, (2) the paper must have single authorship, and (3) the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA. On all submissions, indicate if author(s) are CSCA members. 

Awards: The Women’s Caucus issues a Top Paper and Top Student Paper award, both of which come with a $50 reward.  



  • Only complete papers will be considered.
  • Papers must conform to APA 6thedition guidelines and be prepared for anonymous review.
  • Papers must not exceed 25 double-spaced pages (not including title page, abstract, references, and appendices).

Paper Panel Proposals:

  • Paper session panels must include a panel rationale (maximum 500 words) and abstract (maximum 100 words) for each paper.

Discussion Panel Proposals:

  • Discussion panels must include a panel rationale (maximum 500 words) and a brief abstract (maximum 75 words) as it would appear in the conference program describing the program.
  • You are strongly encouraged to include a brief abstract (50 words or less) of each participant’s perspective or what they add to the discussion.

Submission Deadline & Information:

All media requests 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 before approval. Laptop computers will not be made available for presentations.

Any questions can be directed to the program planner: Jessica Eckstein at

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

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

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