CSCA 2024 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group ...Call for Submissions
Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group
Call for Papers and Panels
Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention-Grand Rapids, MI
April 2-7, 2024
The Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group invites the submission of competitive papers, panels, roundtable discussions, and innovative programming for the 2024 CSCA convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group is dedicated to preserving and promoting scholarship and teaching in rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism. This year’s theme taps into the fragmented nature of rhetoric in the 21st century. At a time of ultra-partisanship in America and increasing economic inequality, our public language continues to be fractured and at times incoherent. As such, we welcome submissions that diagnose this incoherence and/or display how to create a more ethical world.
Preference will be given to those with panelists representing multiple institutions rather than representing a single institution. The Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group generally offers two awards at each convention: the Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Award for the top competitive paper, and the David Zarefsky Award for the top student paper. The recipients of these awards will be recognized at the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group business meeting.
Papers: Only completed papers of no more than 35 pages will be accepted.
- Include a title and a brief abstract (required).
- Graduate students should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page.
- If the paper will be a graduate student's debut, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” on 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,
- and the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA.
- To be considered for the Equity and Inclusion Scholarship Award, 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 when submitting.
Paper Session: These consist of a group of presenters with (3-5) paper presentations centered on a common theme. Submissions should include an overall session title, session description (75 words), and a rationale statement (250 words or less) as well as author name(s), affiliation, paper title and abstract for each paper.
Panels: Panels should consist of a group of panelists discussing a specific topic. Audience discussion and participation are strongly encouraged. Following the guidelines from the CSCA website, panel discussions should include an overall panel title, a rationale statement, and a panel description for the online convention program. Submitted panels should include a chair and each presenter’s name, affiliation, and brief description of the specific contribution or perspective of each presenter.
All technology requests must be made at the time of submission.
Submissions must be received by 11:59 PM, CDT, October 7, 2023.
Send submissions electronically through our online system via the CSCA website.
Please create a profile for all potential presenters on the CSCA convention webpage during the submission process. Membership is not required to create a profile. For any questions regarding the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group, or to volunteer to be a reviewer, please contact Thomas Salek at Thomas.firstname.lastname@example.org