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2nd reminder for the CSCA unit calls (Activism, Communication Ethics, and Social Justice)

With one month to go before the CSCA deadline, we are looking forward to receiving your submission for the Activism, Communication Ethics, and Social Justice interest group this fall (see call below), if you have not submitted already. Click here for the online submission link: Additionally, I am looking for volunteers willing to serve as a chair, reviewer, and/or respondents. If you would add your name, expertise area, and note what you would be willing to do, that would be appreciated (google sheet).

CSCA 2022: Re-Connect
Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
March 30-April 3, 2022
Madison Concourse Hotel  Madison, WI

Activism, Communication Ethics, & Social Justice Interest Group

Call for Submissions

In a state of social unrest, we see how the COVID-19 pandemic amplified social, cultural, and historical inequities. Witnessing events like police brutality of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Monika Diamond, Daunte Wright, Ma’Khia Bryant, and many other murders of Black and Brown people, the insurrection connected to groups like Qanon at the capitol, anti-Asian shootings in Atlanta, and situations like inequity of domestic, service, and other layered labor, we wonder what counts as “social justice’? What role does social justice play in social change? What are our responsibilities and accountabilities as activists at this moment? Through our work, we have broken, we have changed, we are transforming. How do we reconnect knowing that we cannot return to who we used to be and how we used to function? 

In response to this year’s call for “reconnection,” we seek to reconnect without disconnecting ourselves from how we have learned to engage and who we are becoming. In recognizing how the COVID-19 pandemic amplified power and control issues of access, exposure, trauma, anxiety, violence, privilege, and isolation, we want to reconnect responsively by attending to responsiveness inequities using the tools and with connections that we have cultivated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we are not going back to “normal” nor do we seek perfectionist and productionist frames of white supremacy, we move forward by setting boundaries on our time, energy and efforts as we foster ethical coalitional and collaborative worlds of racial, gendered, economic, and labored social justice. Rather than seeking just to plug back in, we seek meaningful engagement of our unrest. We encourage submissions that critically embody, but are not limited to intersections of and/or responses to crisis of care concerning:

●      Ableism ●      Primary or essential care responsibilities
●      Classism ●      Privacy
●      Decolonization ●      Privilege
●      Food Oppression ●      Racism
●      Gender-identity ●      Sexism
●      Housing status ●      Sizeism
●      International scholar status ●      Survival
●      Neurodiversity  
●      Pre-existing medical conditions  

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 award 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 may be presented in 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 11:59pm, October 8, 2021. Please send submissions through the CSCA website (and create a profile on the CSCA convention webpage while you are at it!!).

Submission Deadline: Oct. 8, 2021 11:59pm Central.
Interest Group Planner: Wendy Anderson,
Program Planner: Debra Ford,

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