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CSCA 2024 - Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Caucus ...Call for Submissions

Hey Folks!

Just a reminder that the deadline for submissions for the CSCA 2024 Convention is just around the corner! Please consider submitting your creative, critical, and queer works (see the call below). Looking forward to an amazing conference in the spring with you! 


Call for Papers and Panels

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)

Annual Convention – Grand Rapids, MI

April 2nd -7th, 2024

Incoherence: Failure, Futures, and Forgotten Messages 

Submission Deadline: October 7, 2023, 11:59 pm CDT

The Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) Caucus invites submissions of competitive papers and panel proposals for the 2024 Central States Communication Association (CSCA) Convention in Grand Rapids, MI.

The purpose of the SOGI Caucus is to promote dialogue and scholarship on engaging issues related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the communication discipline. The caucus is interdisciplinary in nature, and a range of topics are welcome, including rhetorical, interpersonal, organization, inter/cultural, performance, auto/ethnographic, media, and/or critical scholarship. We especially encourage individuals to address issues related to the convention theme, Incoherence.

We invite scholars and activists to propose panels and papers that address the incoherence of hate and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. With the rise of anti-transgender legislation across the United States restricting healthcare, education, legal recognition, and the right to publicly exist, we need to explore the ways in which LGBTQ+ individuals continue to be marginalized, erased, and silenced. From bills attacking gender affirming treatments for minors to prohibiting drag performances to bathroom bans to “forced outings” and restrictions on school discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity, how can we make sense of the narrative of progress for LGBTQ+ individuals? How have we failed when it comes to LGBTQ+ equality?  How is our scholarship unintelligible and disconnected to application and practice? And how can incoherence be potentially a powerful tool for LGBTQ+ activism?

Please consider following the SOGI Caucus Facebook page to connect with others and ask for help, share resources, or start conversations. We encourage faculty, independent scholars, K-12 educators, community members, and undergraduate and graduate students to submit their papers and panel ideas so we can work together to create an outstanding program. Please see the details below for submitting your work to the SOGI Caucus.

Guidelines for Submissions

  • Papers: Only completed papers will be accepted. Papers must include a title and a brief abstract. Graduate students should type “STUDENT” in the upper right corner of the title page. If the paper will be a graduate student debut, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” in the upper right corner of the title page. To be considered a graduate student debut paper, (1) the author must be a graduate 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 whether author(s) are CSCA members. Authors’ names and any identifying information must be removed prior to submission.
  • Panels: Panel submissions should include a panel rationale (maximum 500 words) and a brief abstract for the conference program (maximum 75 words), and should identify a Chair, Respondent, and panelists, along with institutional affiliations. Strong preference will be given to submissions with panelists from multiple institutions.
  • Awards: The Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Caucus issues several awards, including Outstanding Scholarship awards and the Jimmie Manning Top Paper Award. The Top Paper Award is selected from the submitted papers. Additionally, if you wish your paper to be eligible for the Equity and Inclusion Scholarship Award, the paper must 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 when submitting your paper. Calls for additional award nominations will be announced at a later date.

All technology requests must be made at the time of submission. Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm (CDT) on October 7, 2023. Send submissions electronically through our online system via the CSCA website.

Please direct any questions to the program planner by emailing Stephanie Young (University of Southern Indiana) at  

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