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2020 Call for Papers- Rhetoric, Culture, and Advocacy Interest Group

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By Michael Walker, Interest Group Chair

CALL FOR PAPERS: RHETORIC, CULTURE, AND ADVOCACY INTEREST GROUP

Western States Communication Association 2020 Convention

Denver, CO February 2020

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2019

The Rhetoric, Culture, and Advocacy (RCA, formerly Rhetoric and Public Address) Interest Group invites submission of competitive papers and program proposals for the 2020 Western States Communication Association (WSCA) Convention.

This year’s conference theme “Communication, Agitation, and Justice,” is especially salient given ongoing discussions concerning diversity and inclusion across our discipline. We particularly seek papers from people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, women, scholars with disabilities, and other historically marginalized and underrepresented groups whose perspectives can challenge, undermine, enrich, and expand current understandings of rhetorical studies, and that interrogate rhetoric’s role in constructing, circulating, and challenging relations of power.

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, Culture, and Advocacy Interest Group should adhere to the following guidelines:

COMPETITIVE PAPERS: Authors are invited to submit completed papers that relate to the theory, history, criticism, or production of rhetoric, publics, and public culture.

We seek paper submissions that speak to the conference theme from a diverse array of theoretical, methodological, or critical perspectives within rhetorical studies, including rhetoric and civic engagement, public address, critical/cultural studies, argument and advocacy, visual and material rhetoric, public memory, and rhetoric of identity and difference, among others.

Competitive paper submissions will be made electronically through Attendee Interactive. (details for making submissions will be available at www.westcomm.org/. Please follow these guidelines as you prepare your submission.

Competitive papers may not:

  1. Have been submitted to any other interest group.
  2. Have been presented at another conference or convention.
  3. Have been published.
  4. Have been accepted for publication.

Only one competitive paper submission per author is allowed.

 

1) COMPETITIVE PAPERS must:

  1. i)  Be no longer than 30 pages (including figures, images, notes, references, etc.).
  2. ii)  Include a 100-200 word abstract of the paper (directly beneath the paper’s title).
  3. 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 will be entered separately through Attendee Interactive. See the RCA IG website at http://www.rhetoricwest.org for directions for ensuring anonymous review and the removal of identifying information.
  4. iv)  Student Papers: 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 RCA. 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.
  5. v)  Debut Papers: 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 RCA 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.
  6. vi)  Request for audio-visual technology: if necessary. NOTE: Audio-visual equipment is extremely limited and expensive. Therefore, be judicious in requesting technology only if essential for a successful presentation.

PROGRAM PROPOSALS: Program proposals should focus on a unifying theme relevant to the theory, history, criticism, or production of rhetoric (broadly defined). The RCA Interest Group welcomes program proposals from a wide array of perspectives within rhetorical studies, including rhetoric and civic engagement, public address, critical/cultural studies, argument and advocacy, visual and material rhetorics, public memory, and rhetorics of identity and difference, among others.

Programs may consist of a chair, individual paper presenters, and a critic/respondent; round-table discussions, performances, debates, or other unique formats are also welcomed. In alternative program formats, respondents may be included or omitted as appropriate.

Given the conference theme, innovative program proposals that provide opportunities for collaboration with civic leaders and social justice advocates are encouraged, as well as those focused on the conference theme itself. 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:

  1. a)  The thematic title of the program (as it will appear in the program, if accepted).
  2. b)  A 250-500-word rationale for the program as a whole.
  3. c)  Names, affiliations, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of all participants.
  4. d)  For paper panels, the title and brief description (no more than 250 words) of each presentation.
  5. e)  Request for audio-visual technology, if necessary. 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 online through Attendee Interactive. (Details for making submissions will be available at www.westcomm.org/. 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 September 1, 2019 to receive full consideration.

If you have any questions or concerns about RCA or the submission process, please visit our interest group website at http://www.rhetoricwest.org or contact the RCA Chair, Michael Walker, michael.walker@asu.edu

 

 


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