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Call for Papers 2017: Western Forensics and Argumentation Association

Thursday, May 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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By Robert Layne, Interest Group Chair  

The Western Forensics and Argumentation Association (WFAA) invites submission of paper sessions, discussion panels, and individual papers for the 2017 Western States Communication Association Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. The theme for the 2017 conference is “Centralizing Marginality, Marginalizing the Center.”


With the re-organization of the WFAA, the division is especially welcoming essay submissions concerning argumentation theory, argument study, and argumentative practice.  While argumentation pieces are being sought, WFAA is also seeking pieces that focus on competitive forensics practice and pedagogy.  To fit with the conference theme, special consideration will be given to panels and papers that focus on the margins of forensics practice and argumentative studies in the spirit of marginalizing the center.


However, contributions that focus on only one area, as well as those that focus on topics outside the conference theme will be given equal consideration. We invite submissions on any subject that advances the understanding of argumentation theory, argumentation practice, and forensic pedagogy.


Thank you for your continued support of the Western Forensics and Argumentation Association. We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City in 2017.

Submission Information:

1.     Submissions must be RECEIVED no later than September 1, 2016. Please submit all materials electronically to the Western Forensics and Argumentation Association interest group planner, Robert Layne, at:

2.     Each email submission should include two MS Word or PDF attachments:

(a) the first document should contain a title page that includes the paper's title, names of all authors, affiliation(s), email address(es), and audio visual requests. Please indicate on this page if your essay is a debut and/or student submission.

(b) the second document should contain the text of the paper session, discussion panel, or individual paper. Please limit competitive papers to 30 pages of text and discussion panels/paper sessions to 5 pages of text. This document should be free of any information that identifies the author(s).

3. Please do not submit papers, paper sessions, or discussion sessions to the WFAA division that will also be submitted to other WSCA divisions.

In an effort to encourage more submissions to the WFAA section of the Western States Conference, we will award 4 awards for top papers in the division in 2017. Awards will be offered to the following submissions:

1.     Top Paper in Argumentation Studies: $100

2.     Top Paper in Forensics Practice & Pedagogy: $50

3.     Top Student Paper in Argumentation Studies: $25

4.     Top Student paper in Forensics Practice & Pedagogy: $25

If you have any questions about this call or the submission process, please contact the Western Forensics and Argumentation Association interest group planner, Robert Layne (


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