CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS | 2017 RCA Annual Conference | November 15-19, Dallas, Texas

The Religious Communication Association (RCA) welcomes your submissions for its 2017 Annual Conference to be held in conjunction with the National Communication Association (NCA) 103rd Annual Convention, November 16-19, 2017, in Dallas, Texas. Submissions to RCA must be made online via NCA Convention Central at www.natcom.org and will be considered simultaneously for RCA-sponsored panels during the NCA Convention as well as the RCA Annual Conference (formerly Pre-Conference) to be held November 15th, 2017, also in Dallas. Submission to the NCA review process for programming indicates your agreement to attend the preceding RCA conference should your paper is slotted there.

Deadline for Submission: Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

Program Planner: Joel S. Ward, jsward@geneva.edu

The theme of the 103rd Annual Convention of the National Communication Association is "Our Legacy, Our Relevance." Submissions should address questions about the history of our disciplinary division and potential avenues for furthering religious communication research in the present. The theme encourages conversation about the broader study of communication and religion, our role as educators, practitioners and members, and how in our current time the intersection of communication and religion can remain a topic of significance both in ordinary conversation and in civic discourse.

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 makes 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, and panel discussions.

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.

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 form. Review the “Scholar-to-Scholar” description below and 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 proposal involves inter-divisional 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 proposal involves inter-divisional 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.

Scholar-to-Scholar Sessions employ a one-on-one interactive format for communication and discussion. 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 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.

DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017, 11:59PM Pacific Time. Submit ALL papers and session/panel proposals to RCA online via NCA's Convention Central site. Any requests for AV equipment must be made at the time of the paper, session, or panel proposal submission and should be kept only to essential equipment. 

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 NCA's Convention site (www.natcom.org/program) for more details on special programming.

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: Joel S. Ward, , Communication Department, Geneva College, 3200 College Avenue, Beaver Falls, PA 15010, Email: jsward@geneva.edu, Phone: (724) 847-6783.

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