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CSCA 2020 Convention - Activism, Communication Ethics, And Social Justice Interest Group

Greetings all,

I hope that your semesters are starting out well. It's time to start getting organized for the 2020 CSCA conference in Chicago. At this time, please email me and let me know if you would be willing to review papers ( Also, be sure to forward the division call through your own networks. If you have any questions or need any input, feel free to contact me. Thanks for all of your help!


Activism, Communication Ethics, And Social Justice 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
Borders & Breakthroughs

“Borders are set up to define the places that are safe and unsafe, to distinguish us from them. A border is a dividing line, a narrow strip along a steep edge. A borderland is a vague and undetermined place created by the emotional residue of an unnatural boundary. It is in a constant state of transition. The prohibited and forbidden are its inhabitants” (Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, 1987, p. 3).

We are living in a world increasingly defined by borders and walls that divide people in both figurative and literal ways. Our interest group seeks submissions that critically interrogate the boundaries and breakthroughs related to activism, social change, and marginalized expression. Recognizing margins as uniquely generative places of institutional boundaries, structural limits, and political utterances, we encourage submissions that explore, but are not limited to:

  • Social movements, activism, and protest
  • Environment and sustainability
  • Difference, equity, and access
  • Cultural codes and oppression
  • Media ecology
  • Centers and margins
  • Constraints and agencies
  • Health equity and wellbeing

Submissions that foreground the voices of marginalized groups, underrepresented scholars, non-academic activists, and public intellectuals are especially welcomed.

Paper Submissions

Papers may use any methodological or theoretical perspective (critical, rhetorical, qualitative, quantitative) and any formalized, consistent citation type (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.). Paper submissions (including polished scholarship-in-progress submissions) are limited to 30 double-spaced pages (excluding references, cover page, abstract, and appendices).

Paper submissions must include a title and a brief abstract. The names of authors and all identifying information should be removed from the paper. Students should include the term “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. To be considered a graduate student debut paper, the author must be a graduate student, the paper must have single authorship, and the paper must be the author’s first paper to CSCA. The division will make awards for the top paper and top student paper.

Panel Proposals

Panel proposals should outline a rationale for the panel, provide an overview of the goals of the panel, and describe the panelists. Panel proposals may follow a traditional discussion-based format, may involve performative elements, may involve local community members in a dialogue to understand and address issues of injustice, or any other creative format. There will be strong preference given to proposals that include panelists from multiple institutions and contexts.

Creative Works

To facilitate vibrant, generative, and robust dialogues and monologues, we also welcome independent or collaborative (e.g., panel proposals) submissions using creative, performance, artwork, crafts, poetry, or other embodied methods.

Technology requests for all papers and panels (or creative works) must be made at the time of submission. All 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:

Any questions can be directed to the program planner: Josh Atkinson at

Joshua Atkinson, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Media & Communication
Bowling Green State University

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