2019 Annual Conference | November 13-17 in Baltimore, Maryland


CALL FOR PAPERS AND PANEL PROPOSALS


The Religious Communication Association (RCA) welcomes your submissions for the 2019 National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention to be held November 14-17, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland. Submissions to RCA will be considered simultaneously for NCA panels as well as for inclusion in the RCA Annual Conference to be held November 13, 2019, also in Baltimore.


Standards for acceptance of submissions to the NCA and RCA conferences are equally stringent. Submission to the NCA review process for programming indicates your agreement to attend the preceding RCA Annual Conference should your paper be slotted there. RCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and holds its one-day conference on the Wednesday prior to the official start of the NCA convention.


RCA is also an independent affiliate of NCA. As such, NCA allots a certain number of panel slots during its convention to RCA. This relationship allows RCA to strengthen scholarly inquiry and foster meaningful dialogue among colleagues with the increased number of presentation opportunities. (NOTE: If your submission is accepted for a slot at the RCA Annual Conference on Wednesday, November 13th, there are registration fees separate from those required for NCA.) 

Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time
RCA Program Planner:
Joy E. A. Qualls, joy.qualls@biola.edu.

The 105th NCA Annual Convention theme is "Communication for Survival." Submissions should address questions about the history of our disciplinary division and potential avenues for furthering religious communication research in the present. The theme of "Communication for Survival" inspires us to think about the way communication and religion improves lives, builds relationships, sustains communities, changes society for the better, and provides peace of mind. As scholars, teachers, students, leaders, ministers, and community members we want to think about the ways in which we use communication to address change, protest, foreign policy, health, religious freedom, and issues that impact the daily lives of human beings. We also welcome engagement with and innovation of current theoretical scholarship on communication, religion, and their intersections. 

The purpose, character, and artifact of religiously-motivated and religiously-inflected discourse contribute clearly to a broader conversation regarding the role of religious traditions in human communication and submission of works that explicitly make this connection are strongly encouraged. Of course, any scholarship that addresses issues at the intersections of communication and religion is welcome.

RCA accepts submissions in a variety of formats: competitive individual papers, paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance sessions.

Individual papers should include an uploaded abstract and are limited to 25 double-spaced pages, excluding notes. Only completed papers will be considered. Individual paper uploads should not contain any identifying information (author name, university affiliation, etc.) in either the text or the embedded document properties. The same paper may not be submitted to more than one division, but there are no limits on the number of unique papers one individual may submit to NCA.

Student Papers should be clearly marked as such in order to be eligible for the RCA Student Paper of the Year Award as well as the Donald P. Cushman Award for top student paper at the NCA convention. For multi-authored works to be eligible for these awards, all authors must be students. INDICATE if the paper is a STUDENT PAPER (undergraduate or graduate) by checking the appropriate box on the NCA Convention Central online submission form.

Review the “Scholar-to-Scholar” description below and be certain to indicate your willingness to have your paper presented as part of this Scholar-to-Scholar exchange if you think this an appropriate venue for your scholarship. Choosing this option does not exclude your paper from consideration as a competitive paper. Choosing this option is an ADDITIONAL consideration and increases your chances for presentation acceptance at NCA.

Paper session proposals are theme-based submissions and should include (1) an overall session title, (2) a list of presenters with their institutional affiliations (to be considered for inclusion in the convention program, multiple institutions must be represented), (3) titles and full abstracts for each individual presentation, (4) a detailed session description for the online convention program, and (5) a thoroughly developed rationale arguing for the significance and relevance of the session.  In your rationale, please indicate if your paper session involves inter-divisional cooperation between RCA and other NCA divisions, sections, caucuses, or affiliate organizations.

Panel discussion proposals should include (1) an overall title for the panel, (2) a list of presenters and their institutional affiliations (to be considered for inclusion in the convention program, multiple institutions must be represented), (3) a detailed session description for the online convention program, and (4) a thoroughly developed rationale describing the format of the discussion and arguing for the significance and relevance of the panel. In your rationale, please indicate if your panel discussion proposal involves inter-divisional cooperation between RCA and other NCA divisions, sections, caucuses, or affiliate organizations. Proposals for panel discussions are encouraged to demonstrate creative adaptation of the discussion format.

Performance session proposals must include a session title, individual performance titles and descriptions, and a list of performers. A chair for the session is required. Please provide a session rationale for acceptance outlining the importance of the submission to the convention’s theme.

Scholar-to-Scholar sessions are a one-on-one interactive format for communication and discussion will be employed. Individual papers are submitted for public display in dedicated sessions with engagement by selected "wandering scholars" (experts in the field). This format is appropriate for presentations such as videos, interactive media, slide shows, experiential activities, and posters. If you would like to be considered for Scholar-to-Scholar please be certain to check the appropriate approval box on the electronic submission form. Choosing this option does not exclude your paper from consideration as a competitive paper. Choosing this option is an ADDITIONAL consideration and increases your chances for presentation acceptance at NCA.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2019, 11:59PM PACIFIC TIME

Submit ALL papers, paper sessions proposals, and discussion panel proposals to RCA online via the NCA Convention Central website.

Individual curriculum and instruction papers may also be submitted directly to NCA’s G.I.F.T.S. (Great Ideas for Teaching Students). Please note that G.I.F.T.S. only accepts individual paper submissions. Submit proposals for Short Courses, Seminars, NCA Preconferences, or any of NCA's First Vice President's Special Programming directly to the appropriate NCA series. Refer to the NCA Convention site (https://www.natcom.org/nca-105th-annual-convention-communication-survival) for more details on special programming.


INDICATE if you need any A/V equipment. Requests must be made at the time of the paper, session or panel submission and should be kept to essential equipment only please.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources (including the Professional Standards for Convention Participants), such as live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the NCA Convention Library (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library).

If you have any questions, please contact the RCA program planner, Joy E. A. Qualls, at joy.qualls@biola.edu (email), 562.903.4804 (phone), or by mail at: Joy E. A. Qualls, Department of Communication Studies, Biola University, 13800 Biola Avenue, LaMirada, CA 90639.



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