2016 Call

Call for Papers and Panels

2016 Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan
April 13-17, 2016



The Popular Culture Interest Group (PCIG) welcomes submissions of competitive papers and research, discussion panel proposals, original creative works and other presentation proposals for the 2016 CSCA annual conference. All submissions (taking the conference theme into consideration or otherwise) are both welcome and encouraged. Submissions promoting original scholarship or original creative productions that examine or utilize the concept of “Popular Culture” (including, but not limited to, fan culture, movies, television, gaming, mobile applications, music, etc…) are encouraged.

The PCIG is interested in studies that span a wide range of methodologies and theoretical backgrounds from faculty, undergraduate, graduate or professional communications practitioners. There is also a desire for entries that highlight practical application of theory or pedagogical design. A preference will also be given to panel proposals that feature a variety of institutions.

We especially invite submissions that include the theme of “Foundation,” which includes foundational theory, foundational scholars, foundational works as well as concepts and theories that challenge our understanding of commonly accepted theories or concepts in Communication or Pop Culture scholarship. We welcome various types of submissions, including competitive paper panels, response and discussion panels, roundtable discussions, dialogue sessions, and debates. We also invite original creative submissions. Creative works should be distinguished by exploring, celebrating, or critiquing texts or processes of popular culture. Creative works appropriate for submission may include but are not limited to audio, video, illustrations, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

The top competitive student paper and the top competitive paper by a faculty member or professional will be given a cash award. Other contributors submitting the top three papers and the top original creative submission will receive recognition.

Guidelines for submission:

Competitive papers must conform to the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition. On the title page (separate from the remainder of the document) include the name(s) of author(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information. All author references must be removed from the text of the paper. Students submitting papers should mark the title page as a STUDENT submission. Authors should strive to keep their submissions to a maximum of 30 pages (not including title page, references, appendices, etc.). This is not a firm requirement, but it will aid in the reviewing process. A Competitive Paper Submission form MUST be submitted along with the paper. These forms can be found on the CSCA website: www.csca-net.org.

Panel proposals must include a title, the name of person responsible for the program, and names, institutional affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of each panel participant. Include a 200-word abstract for the panel AND a 100-word abstract or brief explanation for each participant's purpose/perspective. Discussion panels and paper panels MUST be submitted using the respective forms. These forms can be found on the CSCA website: www.csca-net.org.

Original creative submissions must include a pedagogical or theoretical rationale for the work (a rationale could be an accompanying full-length paper written for the project or a 2-4 page rationale written for the submission). We especially encourage student projects and/or student/faculty collaborations. Those interested in submitting should contact planner Charley Reed with a brief description of the creative work by September 15, 2015 to begin the submission process.

Submit papers and proposals as MICROSOFT WORD (only) attachments to Charley Reed at CSCAPCIG@gmail.com. Submissions must be received by October 3, 2015, by 5 p.m. Only complete papers and/or proposals will be considered.

Upon paper submission, please indicate in your email if A/V equipment is needed. CSCA will attempt to provide LCD projectors and screens. We cannot approve or grant requests for such technology as overhead projectors, VCRs/DVDs, PCs, camcorders, laser printers, satellite links, teleconference equipment, and video data projectors. Individuals may bring their own equipment, unless prohibited by the conference hotel. Any audiovisual equipment requested by participants at the conference, but not at the time of submission, will not be provided by nor charged to CSCA.

All technology requests must be made at the time of submission.

Submissions must be received by October 3, 2015.

Send submissions electronically using Microsoft Word to the following:

Charley Reed
PCIG Program Planner

Associate Director of Media Relations
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Email: cscapcig@gmail.com (for conference questions)
cdreed@unomaha.edu (for other questions)
Phone: (402) 670-0390