Complete Story


CSCA 2023 Convention - Activism, Communication Ethics, & Social Justice Interest Group ... Call for Papers and Panels

Activism, Communication Ethics, & Social Justice Interest Group

Call for Papers and Panels

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention-St. Louis, Missouri, USA
March 29-April 2, 2023
Intersections, Transitions, and Silenced Voices

Submission Deadline: Oct. 7, 2022 11:59pm CDT

You are invited to submit competitive papers, panel discussions, and performance sessions for the Activism, Communication Ethics, and Social Justice (ACES-J) Interest Group for the 2023 CSCA Convention in St. Louis, MO.

Scholars and/or activists who find that their work on social justice issues does not always fit neatly within established disciplinary boundaries will find that the flexibility and inclusiveness of ACES-J make it a perfect space to share such cutting-edge work.

The ACES-J Interest Group specifically invites scholars and activists to propose panels that invite local advocates, activists, and other community members to participate in dialogues around issues of social justice pertinent to St. Louis. For example:

  • Police violence against people of color (e.g., Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO)
  • Activism in minority communities (e.g., #BlackLivesMatter)
  • Physical/environmental erasure of indigenous lives and conflict (e.g., the Lewis & Clark Trail)
  • Symbolic representations of master/dominant/hegemonic narratives (e.g., the St. Louis Arch as the “Gateway to the West”)
  • Louis-area peoples’ lived experiences with social injustice and efforts to address them, in formats such as first-person narratives, music, poetry, or other performative modes

Submissions that foreground the voices of marginalized groups, underrepresented scholars, non-academic activists, and public intellectuals are especially welcomed. 

Check the ACES-J Call for Submissions on the CSCA website for details about submitting papers, panels, and creative works.

Paper Submissions

Papers may use any methodological or theoretical perspective (critical, rhetorical, qualitative, quantitative) and any formalized, consistent citation type (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.). Paper submissions (including polished scholarship-in-progress submissions) are limited to 30 double-spaced pages (excluding references, cover page, abstract, and appendices).

Paper submissions must include a title and a brief abstract. The names of authors and all identifying information should be removed from the paper. Students should include the term “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. If the paper will be a student debut, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” on the upper-right hand corner. To be considered a graduate student debut paper, the author must be a graduate student, the paper must have single authorship, and the paper must be the author’s first paper to CSCA. The division will award the top paper and top student paper.

Panel Proposals

Panel proposals should outline a rationale for the panel, provide an overview of the goals of the panel, and describe the panelists. Panel proposals may follow a traditional discussion-based format, may involve performative elements, may involve local community members in a dialogue to understand and address issues of injustice, or may be presented in any other creative format. There will be strong preference given to proposals that include panelists from multiple institutions and contexts.

Creative Works

To facilitate vibrant, generative, and robust dialogues and monologues, we also welcome independent or collaborative (e.g., panel proposals) submissions using creative, performance, artwork, crafts, poetry, or other embodied methods.

Technology requests for all papers and panels (or creative works) must be made at the time of submission. All submissions must be received by 11:59 pm, October 8, 2021. Please send submissions through the CSCA submission site (and create a profile on the CSCA convention webpage while you are at it!!).

Submission Deadline: Oct. 7, 2022 11:59 pm Central.

Interest Group Planner: Jennifer Anderson,

Printer-Friendly Version