CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

2018 Annual Conference | November 7-11 in Salt Lake City, Utah


The Religious Communication Association (RCA) welcomes your submissions for the 2018 National Communication Association (NCA) Annual Convention, November 8-11, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Submissions will be considered simultaneously for NCA panels as well as for inclusion in the RCA Annual Conference to be held November 7, 2018, also in Salt Lake City.

The standards for acceptance for NCA and RCA 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 Annual Conference on the Wednesday prior to the official start of the NCA convention. As an independent affiliate, RCA receives a certain number of panel slots from NCA. This relationship and arrangement allows us 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 7, you will need to register and pay fees for the RCA conference, which is a separate event from the NCA convention. In other words, the RCA conference fee is separate from the NCA convention fee; registration for the NCA convention does not include registration for the RCA convention.

Deadline for Submissions: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time
Program Planner: Adrienne E. Hacker Daniels, ahacker@ic.edu.

The 104th Annual Convention theme of the National Communication Association is "Communication at Play." 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 at Play" encourages conversation about the “interplay” of communication and religion in our roles as educators, scholars and practitioners, and how, in the challenging times in which we live, the intersection of communication and religion is a topic of significance both in ordinary conversation and in civic discourse and in both secular and religious rituals, with potentially ameliorative impact and effect.

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. 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.

The Religious Communication Association 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.). 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.

This year, RCA will have Best Paper awards in four divisions: Rhetorical Studies, Communication Studies, Media Studies, and Performance Studies. When submitting your paper, identify the division you would like your paper to be included.

Student Papers should be clearly marked as such 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 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 but, rather, is 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 proposal involves interdivisional cooperation either within RCA or between RCA and other NCA divisions or affiliate groups.

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 proposal involves interdivisional cooperation either within RCA or between RCA and other NCA divisions or affiliate groups. Proposals for panels are encouraged to demonstrate creative adaptation of the discussion format.

Performance Session proposals must include 1) a session title and description, 2) individual performance titles, descriptions, and performers, and 3) a chair for the session. 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 NCA Convention Central electronic submission form. Choosing this option does not exclude your paper from consideration as a competitive paper but, rather, is an additional consideration and increases your chances for presentation acceptance at NCA.

DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2018, 11:59PM Pacific Time

Submit all individual papers and all paper session and panel proposals to RCA online via NCA's Convention Central site. 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 the NCA First Vice President's Special Programming directly to the appropriate NCA series. Refer to NCA's Convention site (www.natcom.org/convention) for more details on special programming.

Indicate if you need any audiovisual equipment. Requests must be made at the time of your 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 (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

If you have any questions, please contact the RCA program planner:
Adrienne E. Hacker Daniels
Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
Illinois College
1101 West College Avenue
Jacksonville, IL 62650,
Phone: (217) 245-3465

Email: ahacker@ic.edu

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