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Call for Papers 2017: Rhetoric and Public Address Interest Group

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By Thomas Dunn, Interest Group Chair 

Western States Communication Association 2017 Convention
Salt Lake City, Utah
February 18-21, 2017


Submission Deadline: September 1, 2016

The Rhetoric and Public Address (RPA) Interest Group invites submission of competitive papers and program proposals for the 2017 Western States Communication Association (WSCA) Convention. The theme for this year’s conference is “Centralizing Marginality, Marginalizing the Center.” Further information about the conference theme and the general Call for Papers can be found at http://www.westcomm.org/; however, submissions to the Rhetoric and Public Address Interest Group should adhere to the following guidelines:

1)     Competitive Papers: Authors are invited to submit completed papers related to the theory, history, criticism, or production of rhetoric (broadly defined). While the Interest Group holds a strong commitment to public address scholarship, we also encourage papers submissions that adopt a diverse array of theoretical, methodological, or critical perspectives within the rhetorical tradition, including rhetoric and civic engagement, argument and advocacy, public culture and communication, critical/cultural studies, visual and material rhetorics, and rhetorics of identity and difference, among others. Competitive papers should (1) not have been submitted to any other interest group; (2) not have been presented at another conference or convention; (3) not have been published; or (4) not have been accepted for publication. Only one competitive paper per author will be accepted by RPA. Competitive paper submissions must be made electronically and should include TWO (2) separate attachments.

a)     The first attachment is a TITLE PAGE, which must include:

i)      The paper’s title (as it will appear in the program, if accepted).

ii)     Names, affiliations, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of all authors.

iii)   Request for audio-visual technology, if necessary. Please note: audio-visual equipment is extremely limited and expensive. Therefore, be judicious in requesting technology only if essential for a successful presentation.

b)     The second attachment is the COMPETITIVE PAPER, which must:

i)      Be no longer than 30 pages (including figures, images, notes, etc.).

ii)     Include a 100-200 word abstract of the paper (directly beneath the paper’s title).

iii)   Be free of any and all identifying information to ensure a fair and anonymous peer review. In other words, ensure the author’s name(s) and any other identifying information is not listed on the paper’s first page, in headers or footers, in the document’s metadata, etc. Author names should only appear on the separate title page (see above). See the RPA IG website for directions for ensuring anonymous review and the removal of identifying information.  

iv)    If all authors of a competitive paper are or were a student at the time of submission to WSCA, the paper is considered a student submission and is eligible for recognition by RPA. If this is the case, the competitive paper should be marked “STUDENT” in the upper-right hand corner of the title page. Please also indicate whether each author is a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral student. NOTE: ALL AUTHORS of a competitive paper must meet the eligibility requirement for student status in order for the paper to be eligible for award consideration.

v)     If all the authors of a competitive paper “have not presented a paper at a state, regional, national, or international convention, or published in any academic journal,” the paper is considered a debut submission and is eligible for recognition by RPA and the WSCA Executive Club. If this is the case, the competitive paper should be marked “DEBUT” in the upper-right hand corner of the title page. Please also indicate whether each author is a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral student. NOTE: ALL AUTHORS of a competitive paper must meet the eligibility requirement for debut status in order for the paper to be eligible for award consideration.

2)     Program Proposals: Program proposals should focus on a unifying theme relevant to the theory, history, criticism, or production of rhetoric (broadly defined). As with competitive papers, the RPA Interest Group welcomes program proposals from public address and a wide array of other perspectives within the rhetorical tradition, including rhetoric and civic engagement, argument and advocacy, public culture and communication, critical/cultural studies, visual and material rhetorics, and rhetorics of identity and difference, among others. Programs may consist of a chair, individual paper presenters, and a critic/respondent; however, round-table discussions, performances, debates, or other unique formats are encouraged. In alternative program formats, respondents may be included or omitted as appropriate. Given the conference theme, innovative program proposals that provide opportunities for interaction among participants and attendees are especially encouraged, as well as those focused on the conference theme itself (“Centralizing Marginality, Marginalizing the Center”). Programs co-sponsored with other interest groups are also welcome. Program proposal submissions must be made electronically and should include in ONE (1) single attachment:

a)     The thematic title of the program (as it will appear in the program, if accepted).

b)     A 250-500 word rationale for the program as a whole.

c)     Names, affiliations, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of all participants.

d)     A title and brief description (no more than 250 words) of each presentation.

e)     Request for audio-visual technology, if necessary. Please note: audio-visual equipment is extremely limited and expensive. Therefore, be judicious in requesting technology only if essential for a successful presentation.

Competitive Paper/Program Proposal Submission Process

Competitive paper or program proposals must be submitted to Thomas R. Dunn, RPA Interest Group Chair and planner, via e-mail at wscarpa2017@gmail.com. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Competitive Papers and Program Proposals must be received NO LATER THAN 11:59 PM on Tuesday, September 1, 2016 to receive full consideration.


If you have any questions or concerns about RPA or the submission process, please contact the RPA program planner, Thomas Dunn, at
wscarpa2017@gmail.com.

 


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