To submit a paper or panel, go to the CSCA Online Submission System

2020 Call for Submissions 

Borders and Breakthroughs


Chicago O'Hare (Rosemont, IL)
April 14 – April 19, 2020 

The leadership of the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) invites competitive
papers, panel discussions, and performance sessions for the 89th Annual Convention in Chicago
O’Hare, IL. Members are urged to reflect on the theme of Borders & Breakthroughs. A border is a demarcation—geographic, political, conceptual, linguistic, etc. For example, a definition is a border in the sense that it demarcates one thing from something else. Borders can be arbitrary or sensible. Borders divide but they also call attention to interrelations and border-crossers.
Breakthroughs transcend borders and create new possibilities for inquiring, teaching and learning, relating, and serving.

We encourage you to both interrogate and think beyond the borders that often limit our interactions at conferences. When you are planning your panels and papers for 2020, consider ways that borders operate in our activities. Which borders (e.g., subject areas, research agendas and methods, ranks and hierarchies) make sense and which borders need to be challenged? What breakthroughs (e.g., key works, innovative concepts, inspiring teaching perspectives) should we celebrate and extend?

Faculty, students, independent scholars, and community members are all encouraged to submit
and attend the convention. Institutional and community partnerships are particularly welcome.
Submissions inclusive of all methodological perspectives in the communication discipline are expected and embraced.

Look for specific calls and submission information from each of the 20+ CSCA Interest Groups,
Caucuses, and Sections.

For questions about the general call or the 2020 annual conference,
please contact Alberto González, 2020 primary program planner, at
Deadline for Submissions: 11:59 p.m. October 11, 2019 (CST)

Directions for using the online system:  Online Submission Directions

Primary Program Planner: Planner: Dr. Alberto González (

Information for 2020 Planners

You can download the programming planner packet here.