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2021 Freedom of Expression and Political Communication Call For Submissions

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Submission Deadline: September 1, 2020

The Freedom of Expression and Political Communication (FOE-PC) Interest Group of WSCA invites competitive paper submissions and program proposals for the 2021 Annual Convention in Irvine, CA. The theme for this year’s conference is “Cultivate.”

The F0E-PC invites competitive paper and panel submissions that reflect the goals of the interest group by engaging issues of free expression, First Amendment studies, and communication in the political milieu while engaging the conference theme “Cultivate.” We invite a wide variety topics and submissions that engage issue such as (but not limited to):

·       The meaning, nature, and/or limits of “freedom of expression”.

·       Contemporary challenges to free expression in the United States and/or globally.

·       How race, class, sex, ability, et all promote or limit freedom of expression.

·       Interrogations of calls for, and the role of, “civility” in the public sphere.

·       Freedom of expression on college campuses.

·       Hate speech in contemporary political communication.

·       Corporate censorship and disciplining of employees for off-the-clock speech

·       The current state and future of journalism and the fourth estate.

·       Social media new technologies, and surveillance

·       2020 Presidential campaign rhetoric

·       Legal communication in the courts and Supreme Court

·       Encouraging civic participation.

·       Political communication, voice, and advocacy.

Given ongoing discussions concerning diversity and inclusion across our discipline, we encourage submissions 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 political communication and free speech.

 

Submissions that fall outside the standard of competitive papers and paper panels, such as roundtable discussions and debates are also encouraged.

Further information about the conference theme and the general Call for Papers can be found at https://www.westcomm.org/page/CFP2021

Submissions to the Freedom of Expression and Political Communication Interest Group should adhere to the guidelines listed below.

Competitive Papers: In adherence of WSCA convention guidelines, 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. Please follow the additional guidelines below when preparing a submission.

Competitive Papers must:

a)     Be no longer than 30 pages (including figures, notes, references, etc.).

b)     Include a 150-200-word abstract of the paper (directly beneath the paper’s title).

c)     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.

d)     Paper proposals: Proposals for individual papers that are not yet complete at the time of submission, especially those on topics that address time-constrained events such as the 2020 presidential election are welcome. Authors should submit a proposal of at least 500 words that addresses the themes and goals of the project. Paper proposals will not be considered for the top paper award.

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 FOE-PC. 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.

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 FOE-PC 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.

IRB approval: Authors must disclose whether IRB approval was obtained.

Program Proposals:  May consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a critic/respondent. As well, round-table discussions, performances, debates, or other unique formats are welcomed. In alternative program formats, respondents may be included or omitted as appropriate. Programs co-sponsored with other interest groups are also welcome. Submit a program proposal in one (1) single attachment that reflects the following information:

a)     The thematic title of the program;

b)     A 500 word maximum rationale for the program as a whole;

c)     Names, affiliations, and e-mail addresses of all participants;

d)     If requesting panel co-sponsors, state all interest group sponsors and primary interest group to whom panel is submitted for review;

e)     For paper panels, in addition to sub-points “a-c”, also provide title and brief description for each presentation (maximum 300 words);

f)      An abstract of 50-75 words that identifies content and purpose of the panel, which would be printed in convention program if panel accepted;

g)     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.

h)     Submitters bear responsibility of entering all panelists’ information into Attendee Interactive.

Audio-visual equipment: Is extremely limited and expensive. Therefore, be judicious in requesting technology only if essential for a successful presentation. Technology cannot be guaranteed, but we will do our best to honor your request.

Process & Deadline: Competitive paper or program proposals must be submitted online through Attendee Interactive.

NOTE: all Attendee Interactive usernames and passwords are separate from WSCA log-in information. All submissions should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Competitive Papers and Program Proposals must be received NO LATER THAN 11:59 PM on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 to receive full consideration.

For questions or concerns about FOE-PC or its submission process, please contact the FOE-PC program planner, Krista L Phair, Ph.D., at kphair@ohlone.edu.

 

 


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