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

Call for Papers and Panels

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


The Political Communication Interest Group invites the submission of competitive papers and thematic panel proposals to be considered for presentation at the 2015 CSCA convention to be held in Madison, Wisconsin.

Submissions to the Political Communication Interest Group should explore theoretical and/or critical issues related to the study of politics and communication. The scope of this Interest Group is broad, as the study of politics and communication may encompass the communicative activity of citizens, individual political figures, governmental institutions, the media, political campaigns, advocacy groups, and social movements. This Interest Group recognizes and encourages research that addresses political communication topics in all contexts and levels of analysis, employing a variety of methodologies.

Proposals that explore connections with other interest groups are especially encouraged. We seek interactive and innovative formats to further develop and increase participation in the discussions.

Examples of formats include:

Competitive Papers Panel: Three to four scholars and a respondent with Q & A from the audience.

Roundtable Discussion: Four to six people with a moderator featuring brief presentations followed by audience interaction and discussion.

Dialogue Sessions: Select a key issue, debate, or article that will serve to open the session and then become the focus of conversation.

Spotlight Sessions: Focus on a noted scholar and a particular aspect of teaching or research.

Debates: This format encourages a town hall atmosphere with a prearranged solution. Teams argue for and against the resolution.

Senior-Junior Scholar Master Classes: An opportunity for junior scholars to receive input on their research interests and programs from senior scholars in the field.

Paper submission: Only completed papers will be accepted. Papers must include a title page that is separate from the paper, allowing the author's identity to be concealed. Remove all author references in the text of the paper. Students (including graduate students) should mark their papers as "STUDENT" papers in the upper right hand corner of the title page. Debut papers, meaning papers from scholars who have never presented before, should mark their papers as "DEBUT" papers in the upper right hand corner of the title page. All papers should contain a 50-75-word abstract. The Interest Group will present an award for the top overall paper, and the J. Jeffrey Auer Award for the top competitive graduate student paper (which also includes a monetary award). A Competitive Paper Submission Form must be submitted along with the paper. This form is located on the CSCA website:

Panel proposals: Panel proposals must be submitted using either the Discussion Panel Proposal Form or the Paper Panel Discussion Form. These forms can be found on the CSCA website:

All papers and panels must be submitted electronically using Microsoft Word. Documents sent in any other format will be returned to the sender. All technology requests must be made at the time of submission. Projectors and screens are available; computers are not. Please only request the media if it is absolutely essential.

Paper and Panel Proposals must be received by October 3, 2014.

All paper/panel submissions should be emailed to:        

Dr. Kelly Winfrey
Kansas State University