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CSCA 2024 - Political Communication Interest Group ... Call for Submissions


Call for Papers and Panels

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)

Annual Convention – Grand Rapids, MI

April 2 - 7, 2024


Submission Deadline: October 7, 2023, 11:59 p.m. CDT

The Political Communication Interest Group invites the submission of competitive papers and thematic panel proposals to be considered for presentation at the 2024 CSCA convention to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Submissions to the Political Communication Interest Group should explore theoretical and/or critical issues related to the study of politics and communication. The scope of the Political Communication Interest Group is broad, as the study of politics and communication may encompass the communicative activity of individuals, political figures, governmental institutions, media, political campaigns, advocacy groups, business and corporate interests, and social movements. This interest group recognizes and encourages research that addresses political communication topics in all contexts and levels of analysis, employing a variety of methodologies. Papers and proposals that highlight and explore the theme of this convention – Incoherence: Failure, Futures, and Forgotten Messages – are especially encouraged.

Proposals that explore connections with other interest groups and that foreground the voices of marginalized groups and underrepresented scholars are especially welcomed and highly encouraged. We seek interactive, innovative, and inclusive formats to further develop and increase participation in the discussions. This division encourages scholarship that advances diversity within the discipline. Scholars addressing issues of diversity, inclusion, and equity in politics are encouraged to consider the Political Communication Interest Group as a home for their research. Our division will work to ensure that submissions are reviewed by a diverse group of scholars who will reflect our commitment to create a stronger and more diverse division. 

Guidelines for Submission:

Papers: Only completed papers will be accepted. Remove all author references in the text of the paper. Graduate and undergraduate students should type “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 of the title page and label it as graduate or undergraduate. To be considered a student debut paper, (1) the author must be a student, (2) the paper must have single authorship, and (3) the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA. Indicate if author(s) are CSCA members. All papers should contain a 50- to 75-word abstract.

Awards: All top papers will be recognized during our business meeting. Awards will be given to the top overall paper and the J. Jeffrey Auer Award for the top competitive graduate student paper, which also includes a monetary award.

If you would like your paper to be considered for the Equity and Inclusive Scholarship Award, type “INCLUSIVE SCHOLARSHIP” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page. 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. Additionally, make sure to select the Equity and Inclusion Scholarship option in submitting

Panels: Proposals that explore connections with other interest groups are encouraged. Panels with institutional diversity are highly encouraged and preferred. Panels featuring undergraduate student research are also encouraged. If you would like to propose a different format for your panel, please describe the format briefly in the panel description.

We seek interactive, innovative, and inclusive panel formats to further develop / diversify our program and provide opportunities for meaningful discussion at the convention. Some examples of different formats include:

Send CSCA 2024 submissions electronically through the CSCA online submission system site: Proposals must be submitted through the online submission system by 11:59 p.m. CDT, Friday, October 7th.

All technology requests must be made at the time of submission. Projectors and screens are available; computers are not. Please only request tech if it is essential.

Submitters / potential presenters are encouraged to create a profile on the CSCA online submission system site. CSCA membership is not required to create a profile. Your profile will make later steps in the process much easier.

Questions about submissions to the Political Communication Interest Group can be sent to the Political Communication Interest Group Chair and Program Planner: Jihye Park, University of Zürich, 

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