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ORWAC Call for Papers and Panels

2018 Western States Communication Association Annual Convention


The Organization for Research on Women and Communication invites submissions for program proposals and competitive papers for the Western States Communication Association Convention in Santa Clara, CA (February 16-19, 2018).  ORWAC seeks submissions that speak to both its emphasis on research regarding women and intersectionality, gender, feminism,

and the Convention theme, “Mindfulness and Communication.”  Of particular interest are papers and programs that challenge or support the notion of mindfulness and its relevance to feminist discourse. In addition, papers and panels that address feminist activism, linkages between national and racial identities, and the building of critically conscious coalitions are welcomed.

Paper submission guidelines: ORWAC does not accept works in progress nor should papers have been previously presented, published, or be accepted for presentation or publication.  Authors who have not previously presented a paper at a conference or published in a journal should mark their papers as “Debut” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page as well as indicate their status (e.g., bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral student).  All student submissions should be marked as “Student” for consideration of the “Top Student Paper” award.

Paper submissions should include the following: 1) A separate title page that includes the paper’s title, names of all authors, affiliation(s), email address(es), phone number(s), as well an abstract of approximately 200 words; 2) A paper that does not exceed 25 pages; 3) No information identifying the author(s) should appear beyond that which appears on the title page; and 4) Each document—title page and paper—should be saved as a separate PDF.

Program Panel submission guidelines: Include the following information:  1) Thematic title of the program; 2) Description and rationale of program; 3) Title and brief description of each presentation or questions to be pursued by panelists; 4) Names, affiliations, email addresses and phone numbers of all participants.  Alternative formats are encouraged as are innovative program proposals that provide opportunities for engaged interaction among participants and attendees.  Proposals should be saved and submitted as PDFs.

To all submitters, please stipulate any requests for equipment with your initial submission.  Requests for equipment submitted after the submission deadline will not be met. For additional details about the WSCA convention, please consult

All submissions must be received by Dr. Marnel Niles Goins, President of ORWAC, no later than September 1, 2017 by 11:59 pm PST in order to be considered. Please email the documents to

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