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CSCA 2024 - Intercultural Communication Interest Group (ICIG) ...Call for Submissions


Call for Papers and Panels

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)

Annual Convention-Grand Rapids, MI 49503

April 2nd - 7th, 2024

Incoherence: Failure, Futures, and Forgotten Messages

The Intercultural Communication Interest Group (ICIG) invites submission of competitive individual papers, panel proposals, and creative/interactive sessions. The purpose of ICIG is to promote the scholarship and practice of communication between, among, and within cultural groups. We welcome all forms of scholarship and research methodology in addressing this year’s theme: Incoherence: Failure, Futures, and Forgotten Messages.

Within intercultural communication, incoherence is inevitable and often embodied by “the stranger” since strangers can be near in proximity yet far in terms of in-group status. We are excited for submissions that explore how these tensions between farness and nearness, identity dispersion and synthesis, “us” and “them” can be felt, negotiated, and examined across many cultural contexts, for instance, at borderlands, in transnational spaces, in neighborhoods as well as within digital spaces and other forms of mediated communication. The theme of incoherence offers us meaningful space to consider future directions of IC scholarship, mentorship, and curriculum programming. Inviting us to ask (among other possible inquiries):

  • How is incoherence embodied by being, or interacting with, the stranger, the sojourner, the other? How is incoherence implicated in studies of diaspora, immigration, statelessness, or refugee groups?
  • How does incoherence open avenues to understand environmental justice and environmental racism?
  • How does a focus on disjointedness allow us to examine perceptions of hope, place, and safe community within an increasingly diverse and polarized U.S. society?
  • How does the theme of incoherence apply in addressing what it means to identify as an intercultural scholar today? How can exploring incoherence contribute to (re)building curricula that meet the needs of the next generation of intercultural scholars?
  • How can incoherence illuminate critical/intersectional paths that complicate static, certain, or transpicuous notions of culture? How does incoherence inform the ways in which people negotiate multiracial identities in an increasingly transnational world?


ICIG presents two awards: a Top Paper award and a Top Student Paper award, both of which come with a $50 reward and will be recognized during the ICIG Business Meeting.

Submission Guidelines

Individual papers:

Only completed papers will be considered. Papers must include a title, a brief abstract (100 words or fewer). Papers should not exceed 25 pages (title pages, references, tables, appendixes are not counted within the 25-page limit). Please remove any identifying information such as the authors’ names and university affiliations.

Special Notes: We strongly encourage graduate student papers.

  • Graduate students should type “STUDENT” in the top, right corner of the title page.
  • If the paper will be a graduate student debut, type “DEBUT STUDENT” in the top, right corner of the title page.
  • To be considered a graduate student debut paper, the author must:
    • be a graduate student
    • have single authorship
    • be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA
    • submit novel work not previously presented at other conferences
  • Equity and Inclusion Scholarship Award
    • If you would like your individual paper to be considered for this award:
      • Your paper must clearly articulate, in at least one paragraph, how the respective scholarship explicitly addresses equity and inclusion.
      • You must select the Equity and Inclusion Scholarship option when submitting.

Paper Panels

Paper sessions must include a panel title, a panel description and rationale (250 words or fewer), an abstract for each paper (100 words or fewer), a session chair, the name of each presenter, and their position and affiliation information. 

Discussion Panels

Discussion panels must include a panel rationale (300 words or fewer), a session chair, between four and seven panelists, a brief abstract as would appear in the conference program (75 words or fewer). Audience interaction is encouraged.

Creative/Interactive/Workshop sessions

ICIG welcomes innovative and coalition-building programs of various forms. Examples of submissions for these sessions include mentoring/networking sessions, extended abstract/research-in-progress workshops, pedagogy/syllabi workshops, visual artwork displays, film/documentary exhibitions, performances/spoken word, culture tours of Grand Rapids. We especially encourage collaborations between professors and students that emphasize interactive workshop sessions dedicated to feedback for and development of research-in-progress/extended abstracts. Submissions must include the goals, rationale, specific activity plans, and the names of individuals responsible for the session. In your activity plans, please provide specifics such as equipment requests, size of the space needed, transportation plans, and number of slots needed. 

Submission Deadline & Information

Submissions must be made via our CSCA online submission system site. A link will be available on the CSCA website ( Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm CDT, October 7, 2023, and any technology requests must also be made at the time of submission. Please be sure all potential presenters create a profile on the CSCA online submission system site. Any questions can be directed to ICIG program planner, Andrew Donofrio at For questions about the general call or the 2023 conference, contact Kathy Denker, 2023 primary program planner

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