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CSCA 2024 - Media Studies Interest Group (MSIG) ... Call for Submissions


Call for Papers, Panels, and Original Media

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)

Annual Convention – Grand Rapids, MI

April 2nd – 7th, 2024

Incoherence: Failure, futures, and forgotten messages

The Media Studies Interest Group (MSIG) invites submissions of competitive papers, thematic panels, and original media focusing on all aspects of media studies for the 2024 CSCA Convention in Grand Rapids, MI. We welcome scholarship on all forms of mass, social, and interpersonal media, including studies that engage political economy, audience reception, textual analysis, production, new media, social media, critical cultural studies, media technology, media effects, and various other media subjects and methodologies. We especially encourage submissions that address topics or issues related to the conference theme of Incoherence: Failure, futures, and forgotten messages. Some suggestions of topics include: incoherence and failure in media presentation; messaging incoherence; the failure of media; the function of hype in the media and the fallout when such hype fails; incoherent or failures of representation of culture in the media; forgotten messaging (such as editing old texts); censorship; perceived incoherence; imposter syndrome. We welcome all these ideas and anything you can come up with.

The Media Studies Interest Group accepts three types of proposals: Papers, Panels, and Original Media.

Papers: Cutting-edge research papers from scholars who examine all forms of media with regard to audiences, texts, technologies, effects, producers, communities, and culture. Considering the theme of the conference, papers examining Incoherence: Failure, futures, and forgotten messages in paradigms, theories, production, methodologies, audiences, discourse communities, and pedagogies centered on media are especially welcome.

For paper submissions, please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Only completed papers will be accepted.
  • Please include a title and brief abstract.
  • Graduate students should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page.
  • If the paper will be 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:
    • The author must be a graduate student
    • The paper must have single authorship
    • The paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA
  • Additionally, we are happy to take part in the Equity and Inclusive Scholarship Award process. If your paper should be considered for this, the paper must clearly articulate, in at least one paragraph, how the respective scholarship explicitly addresses equity and inclusion. Make sure to select the Equity and Inclusion Scholarship option in submitting

Panels: The Media Studies Interest Group welcomes submissions of proposals for paper panels, roundtable discussions, spotlight panels, and debate panels exploring media studies and the conference theme of Incoherence: Failure, futures, and forgotten messages. Preference will be given to panel proposals that include panelists from multiple institutions. Please note that no panelist should serve more than one role on a panel (for example, the chair of a panel should not also serve as a paper presenter or panel discussant).

Original Media Submissions: The Media Studies Interest Group welcomes submissions of original media, including any and all mediated forms and mixed media artifacts. We seek to promote all forms of original media, including (but not limited to): film submissions, digital art, graphic design, digital media, podcasts, music, advertisements, short stories, digital games, and any/all mixed media combinations. Original media submissions can be made using CSCA’s online submission system and should include the original media artifact as well as a brief rationale statement discussing the link between the submission and the conference theme of Incoherence: Failure, futures, and forgotten messages. As with papers and panels, all original media submissions should be devoid of any and all author identifying information to ensure anonymity.

Awards: The Media Studies Interest Group presents four awards. The Samuel L. Becker Award is given for the top student paper and includes an individual certificate and a cash award. At the annual business meeting, the Media Studies Interest Group will also present awards for the top paper, top panel and top original media submission.

Due to budget and access, the only technology that can be made available for your panel will be a multimedia projector and speakers that you can connect your laptop computers (or other equipment) to. There should be cables available for this, but there may not be Internet access readily available. Any technology requests must be made at the time of submission.

Submissions for all categories must be complete and submitted electronically by 11:59 PM (CDT) on October 7, 2023 via the CSCA online submission system site. Questions and other communication about the Media Studies Interest Group may be directed to the Chair and Program Planner, Nettie Brock:

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