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CSCA 2022 Performance & Autoethnography Division Reminder for Submissions

Hi, All. 

We're a month out from the deadline for submissions for the 2022 CSCA convention on the theme "Re-Connect." IN this email, you'll find the call for the division submissions. If you haven't yet, you can also sign up to be a chair, respondent, and/or reviewer through this Google form: 

Please do reach out if you have questions. I'm certainly looking forward to the wonderful contributions from our division. 

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention-Madison, Wisconsin
March 30-April 3, 2022

The Performance Studies & Autoethnography Interest Group invites submissions for the 2022 Central States Communication Association convention to be held in Madison, WI, March 30-April 3, 2022. Submissions begin July 1, 2021, with a deadline for submissions of Friday, October 8, 2021, 11:59PM, CDT. 

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 “Re-Connect.” As aesthetically-inclined qualitative fields, performance studies and autoethnography have much to offer the 2022 convention theme. As this will, hopefully, be our first chance to be together in the same physical space, re-connection can imply the literal re-connecting of our professional and personal networks. Re-connection might also refer to the re-connecting of academic fields—spanning performance and __________ and/or autoethnography and __________. Re-connection might also be in how we use performance and/or autoethnography to re-connect with the self, one another, breath, life, love, or any number of aspects. Questions to consider might include: What are the aspects of life with which we should re/connect? How do we engage in re-connection post-quarantine? How might we (re-)connect with others to build more equitable futures, especially through performance and/or autoethnography? We are excited to see what other connections members might make with the theme. As a general rule, we encourage efforts at co-sponsorship between various interest groups, when appropriate, as well as creating panels across academic institutions.        

The interest group would also like to invite members to submit nominations for a variety of awards: Top Paper, Top Debut Paper, 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 (2020 & 2021). 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 intended to reward exceptional book-length work published within the preceding five calendar years (2015-2020). Please submit a copy of the book (electronic preferred), along with a letter of support. All nominations and submissions should be directed to the interest group chair. Additionally, The Outstanding Scholar in Performance Studies & Autoethnography rewards a scholar who has made significant contributions to performance studies and/or autoethnographic scholarship and has been a significant contributor to/from the Central States region.

To submit to the Performance Studies and Autoethnography interest group, please utilize the CSCA Online Submission System. For individual paper submissions, only completed papers will be accepted. For debut papers (meaning the first presentation in the interest group), please write “DEBUT” on the title page. Please anonymize all author details in competitive papers.

Discussion Panels and Performance Panels will require a description of the panel (which goes in the program) of no more than 75 words and a panel rationale (250 words max). In addition to the rationale, please use the rational section to include a bit about what each panelist will contribute to the panel. Similarly, Paper Panels will require the 75-word description as well as a 400-word rationale in which each paper can be briefly described.

Requests for technology must be made at the time of submission.

ådditional details about the 2022 CSCA Convention are available on the CSCA website.

Thank you for considering submitting to the interest group, and we look forward to seeing you in Madison. Again, submissions must be received by 11:59PM, CDT, October 8, 2021.

Molly Wiant Cummins,
Chair, Performance Studies and Autoethnography Interest Group

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