RCA 2023 Annual First-Day Conference

RCA will holds its Annual First-Day Conference in conjunction with the National Communication Association 2023 Annual Convention, November 16-19, 2023, in National Harbor, Maryland. RCA opens its portion of the event on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, with its annual First-Day Conference one day before the NCA meeting officially begins on Thursday.


​The RCA 2023 First-Day Conference full program (subject to change) features 11 paper sessions and nine discussion panels, the RCA Annual Business Meeting, and three meals including the RCA Annual Awards Banquet:

  • 800am: Continuous registration begins
  • 830am-900am: Opening Plenary Session and Continental Breakfast
  • 900am-1015am: Panel Session #1
  • 1030am-1145am: Panel Session #2
  • 1200pm-115pm: Annual Business Meeting and Box Lunch
  • 130pm-245pm: Panel Session #3
  • ​300pm-415pm: Panel Session #4
  • 430pm-545pm: Panel Session $5
  • 600pm-800pm: Annual Awards Banquet


You must register online for the RCA 2023 First-Day Conference, with discounted fees for early registration by October 15. Your fee includes conference registration plus a one-year RCA membership and subscription to the quarterly Journal of Communication and Religion.

  • Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty: $100 by October 15 | $150 after October 15
  • Non-Tenure Track Faculty and Students: $50 by October 15 | $100 after October 15 
  • Lifetime RCA Member: $50
  • Awards Banquet Only: $50

You must register and pay for the RCA 2023 First-Day Conference separately from the NCA Annual Convention. Registering for the NCA event does not cover the RCA First-Day Conference. Presenters at the RCA conference must be registered for the event.


The RCA 2023 First-Day Conference will take place at the historic Metropolitian AME Church, "The National Cathedral of African Methodism" located at 518 M Street Northwest in downtown Washington DC. Founded in 1838, Metropolitan AME Church has been at the forefront of the civic, cultural, and intellectual life among African Americans. Featured speakers over the years include Frederick Douglass, Henry McNeal Turner, Mary McLeod Bethune, Eleanor Roosevelt, Hubert H. Humphrey, Jesse Jackson, and Bishop Desmond Tutu.

Attendees at the RCA conference can stay at the nearby Holiday Inn Washington-Central/White House for a special rate of $229 per night. To book your room at this rate, which is available for stays November 12-17, you must make your reservation by October 12 via the hotel website or by calling the Holiday Inn at 202-483-2000 and asking for reservations.


While the RCA 2023 First-Day Conference is the highlight, the association is planning some events leading up to the conference for people who would arrive early:

  • Sunday, November 12 @ 930am: Worship Service at Metropolitan AME Church
  • Monday, November 13: Visit a museum or historic site on your own 
  • Tuesday, November 14 @ 700pm: "Religion and the Supreme Court" Town Hall at Metropolitan AME Church (panelists to be announced)


RCA will sponsor multiple paper sessions and panels during the National Communication Association 2023 Annual Convention. NCA has announced its convention program will be posted in late August 2023 to the NCA Convention Central site.

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