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CSCA 2015 Convention - Health Communication Interest Group - Call for Submissions


The Health Communication Interest Group invites submissions for the 2015 Central States Communication Association convention in Madison, WI. Papers and panels relating to the conference theme, “Convergence,” are encouraged. Guidelines for submissions are below, and submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, October 3, 2014. More information about the conference theme can be found on the CSCA web site.

Please contact Anne Gerbensky-Kerber, the 2015 program planner, with any questions or concerns at

Call for Papers and Panels

2015 Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention in Madison, WI
April 15-19, 2015


The Health Communication Interest Group invites submissions of competitive papers, programs, and panels to be considered for programming at the 2015 CSCA conference to be held in Madison, Wisconsin.

Our interest group focuses on how health and well-being are embodied, expressed, and promoted through diverse communicative practices. We value scholarship from an array of research traditions. Moreover, we support research examining the communication between providers and receivers of care, development of health campaigns, promotion of ethics, and effects of media, popular culture, and technology on health.

All topics related to health communication are welcomed, especially those focusing on the convention theme, Convergence. The theme invites scholars to consider questions for research, teaching, and practice, such as: How can various areas of communication (e.g., interpersonal, family, small group, organizational) converge to generate more holistic understandings of health, or better understand health across human lifespans? How is the confluence of legal and socioeconomic changes impacting the ways health care resources are organized and distributed among populations? How might we re-envision health communication scholarship as a nexus for building partnerships with practitioners and educators in medicine and public health? How is patient care being re-defined through the integration of Western and complementary alternative medical practices? How are ‘health’ and ‘well-being’ defined in public discourses and organizational practices, and what values do these conversations promote (or obscure) for self-care? Additionally, how is convergence reflected in the ways we teach health communication? These questions represent just a few of the many possibilities inspired by the conference theme.

A variety of formats are welcome, particularly those involving competitive papers, panels, and roundtable discussions. In terms of panels, preference will be given to submissions with panelists representing multiple institutions rather than representing a single institution. We also welcome undergraduate and graduate student submissions. Awards will be given to the top student competitive paper and top non-student competitive paper. 

Guidelines for Submission:

Competitive Papers:

Panels: Discussion and paper panels must be submitted using the respective forms located on the CSCA website:

Papers and panel proposals must be submitted electronically using Microsoft Word. Documents sent using any other format will be returned to the sender

Additionally, all technology requests should be made at the time of submission.

Deadline: Submissions must be received by 11:59 pm on Friday, October 3, 2014. 

An e-mail acknowledging the receipt of paper and panel proposals will be sent following each submission.

Submission: Send all papers and panel proposals electronically to: Anne Gerbensky-Kerber, University of Wisconsin-Stout, at If you have questions in the meantime, email Anne at