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2025 CSCA Convention - Sports Communication Interest Group ... Call for Papers and Panels

Call for Papers and Panels

Central States Communication Association (CSCA) Annual Convention-Cincinnati, OH

April 1-6, 2025

Widening the Scope

The Sports Communication Interest Group invites submissions of competitive papers, panels, roundtable discussions, and innovative programming for the 2025 CSCA convention in Cincinnati, Ohio. The purpose of the Sports Communication Interest Group is to facilitate scholarship and pedagogy centered on examining and teaching sport from all communication research perspectives. The interest group invites scholarship of sport communication and its intersection with media, culture, identity, organizations, activism, health communication, pedagogy, and other areas of communication research. The unit encourages members to address contemporary issues related to the convention theme: Widening the Scope. Scholars are encouraged to submit work that widens the scope of the sport communication field by conducting innovative research, studying unique subjects and audiences, broadening application of social effects, extending past work, enhancing pedagogy including classroom activities and resources, and exploring interconnections between sport communication and other fields in academic research and at our institutions. The interest group encourages submissions that challenge hegemonic understandings of sport communication and that value diversity, equity, and inclusion of historically marginalized peoples and perspectives. Preference will be given to panels with panelists representing multiple institutions rather than representing a single institution.

Submission Details/Requirements:

Papers: Only completed papers 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 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, and
      • the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA.
    • If you would like your paper to be considered for the Inclusive Scholarship Award, type “INCLUSIVE SCHOLARSHIP” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page.
      • To be considered as an exemplar of inclusive scholarship, the paper must demonstrate academic rigor in the examination of communication and historically marginalized communities/populations.
      • If you would like to be considered for this award, please clearly articulate, in at least one paragraph in your abstract, how the respective scholarship explicitly addresses equity and inclusion.
      • Additionally, make sure to select the Inclusive Scholarship option in submitting

Other Details:

All technology requests must be made at the time of submission.

Submissions must be received by October 5, 2024, 11:59 pm CDT.

Send submissions electronically through our CSCA online submission system site.

Questions and other communication about the Sports Communication Interest Group may be directed to the Chair and Program Planner, Jerralyn Moudry at

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