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CSCA 2023 Convention - MSIG Reminder ... Call for Papers and Panels/Volunteers

Calling all MSIG members! With the submission deadline just a month away, now’s the time to submit your papers, panels, and original media for the 2023 conference in St. Louis! We welcome all types of scholarly submissions, so please don’t hesitate to share your work with the rest of us. Please see the official call for submissions below for more information.

Also, we are seeking volunteers to serve the MSIG in preparation for the 2023 conference. If you are interested in reviewing submissions, chairing conference sessions, or responding to conference sessions (or any combination of these), then please fill out the following form: We appreciate your willingness to serve the MSIG and conference as a whole!

Hopefully all of you will consider submitting your work to and/or volunteering for the MSIG this year. If you have any comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact the MSIG Chair and Program Planner, Tucker Robinson, at We look forward to seeing all of you in St. Louis!



Call for Papers, Panels, and Original Media

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)

Annual Convention – St. Louis, MO

March 29 – April 2, 2023

Intersections, Transitions, and Silenced Voices

The Media Studies Interest Group (MSIG) invites submissions of competitive papers, thematic panels, and original media focusing on all aspects of media studies for the 2023 CSCA Convention in St. Louis, MO. We welcome scholarship on all forms of mass, social, and interpersonal media, including studies that engage political economy, audience reception, textual analysis, production, new media, social media, critical cultural studies, media technology, media effects, and various other media subjects and methodologies. We especially encourage submissions that address topics or issues related to the conference theme of Intersections, Transitions, and Silenced Voices, such as those submissions that foreground the voices of marginalized and underrepresented members of society.

Papers: The Media Studies Interest Group is seeking cutting-edge research papers from scholars who examine all forms of media with regard to audiences, texts, technologies, effects, producers, communities, and culture. Considering the theme of the conference, papers examining Intersections, Transitions, and Silenced Voices in paradigms, theories, production, methodologies, audiences, discourse communities, and pedagogies centered on media are especially welcome.

For paper submissions, please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Only completed papers will be accepted.
  • Please include a title and brief abstract.
  • Graduate students should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page.
  • If the paper will be a graduate student debut, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page.
  • To be considered a graduate student debut paper:
    • The author must be a graduate student
    • The paper must have single authorship
    • The paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA
  • If you would like your paper to be considered for the Inclusive Scholarship Award, type “INCLUSIVE SCHOLARSHIP” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page.
    • To be considered as an exemplar of inclusive scholarship, the paper must demonstrate academic rigor in the examination of communication and historically marginalized communities/populations.

Panels: The Media Studies Interest Group welcomes submissions of proposals for paper panels, roundtable discussions, spotlight panels, and debate panels exploring media studies and the conference theme of Intersections, Transitions, and Silenced Voices. Preference will be given to panel proposals that include panelists from multiple institutions. Please note that no panelist should serve more than one role on a panel (for example, the chair of a panel should not also serve as a paper presenter or panel discussant).

Original Media Submissions: The Media Studies Interest Group welcomes submissions of original media, including any and all mediated forms and mixed media artifacts. We seek to promote all forms of original media, including (but not limited to): film submissions, digital art, graphic design, digital media, podcasts, music, advertisements, short stories, digital games, and any/all mixed media combinations. Original media submissions can be made using CSCA’s online submission system and should include the original media artifact as well as a brief rationale statement discussing the link between the submission and the conference theme of Intersections, Transitions, and Silenced Voices. As with papers and panels, all original media submissions should be devoid of any and all author identifying information to ensure anonymity.

Awards: The Media Studies Interest Group presents four awards. The Samuel L. Becker Award is given for the top student paper and includes an individual certificate and a cash award. At the annual business meeting, the Media Studies Interest Group will also present awards for the top paper, top panel and top original media submission (details for original media are found in a separate call). 

Due to budget and access, the only technology that can be made available for your panel will be a multimedia projector and speakers that you can connect your laptop computers (or other equipment) to. There should be cables available for this, but there may not be Internet access readily available. Any technology requests must be made at the time of submission.

Submissions for all categories must be complete and submitted electronically by 11:59 PM (CDT) on October 7, 2022 via the CSCA online submission system site. Questions and other communication about the Media Studies Interest Group may be directed to the Chair and Program Planner, Tucker Robinson at

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