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Calling CSCA PCIG Members for Papers, Panels, Reviewers, Respondents, and Chairs (Oh My!)

Calling all CSCA Popular Culture Interest Group members! Inviting you to please consider submitting papers and panels and all your exciting pop culture research for the CSCA 2022 Annual Convention in Madison, Wisconsin (March 30-April 3). Please see the official call for submissions below. Click here for the online submission link: 

Additionally, we are looking for volunteers to review papers and panels, respond to papers, and chair panels. Please click on the link and fill out the Google form: We really appreciate all of you willing serve our interest group. 

Looking forward to a dynamic CSCA 2022. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the PCIG program planner Stephanie Young at   

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

The Popular Culture Interest Group invites submissions of papers, paper panels, discussion panels, and innovative programming for the 2022 Central States Communication Association convention in Madison, Wisconsin. The purpose of the Popular Culture Interest Group is to promote the interdisciplinary study of popular culture research, scholarship, and creativity. In conjunction with the convention theme of Re-Connect, we encourage submissions that focus on connecting with one another, coming together, and creating fun spaces for community. We encourage graduate students to submit their work. Submissions that foreground the voices of marginalized groups and underrepresented scholars are especially welcome. Regarding panels, preference will be given to those with panelists representing multiple institutions rather than representing a single institution. Monetary awards will be given to the Top Faculty Paper and the Founders Award for Top Student Paper.  

Submission Requirements  

Papers: Only completed papers will be accepted. Please make sure to remove author(s) names and identifying information. Papers must include a title and brief abstract. Graduate students should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. If the paper is a graduate student debut, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page. To be considered a graduate student debut paper: (a) the author must be a graduate student, (b) the paper must have single authorship, and (c) the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA. If you would like your paper to be considered for the Inclusive Scholarship Award, type “INCLUSIVE SCHOLARSHIP” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page. To be considered as an exemplar of inclusive scholarship, the paper must demonstrate academic rigor in the examination of communication and historically marginalized communities.

Panels: Paper panels and discussion panels both will be accepted. Paper panels should include (a) title, (b) panel chair, (c) respondent, (d) a 75-word description, (e) rationale of the panel (no more than 3,000 words), and (e) paper titles and abstracts from each of the panelists. We suggest at least four but no more than five panelists. Discussion panels should include (a) title, (b) chair to moderate the discussion, (c) names and affiliations of the panelists, (d) a 75-word description, and (e) rationale of the panel (no more than 3,000 words).   

Technology and Submission Deadline

All technology requests must be made at the time of submission. Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM, CDT, October 8, 2021. Send submissions electronically through our online system via the CSCA website.

Finally, we encourage submitters to create a profile on the CSCA convention website as this will make later steps in the process much easier. Membership is not required to create a profile.If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the PCIG program planner, Stephanie L. Young at You also can locate us on Facebook at CSCA Popular Culture Interest Group.

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