Black Caucus

Submission Deadline Dates:  Mon, 1/11 2021 12:00 AM EST - Thu, 4/1 2021 3:00 AM EST

Submission Deadline Dates:  Mon, 1/11 2021 12:00 AM - Thu, 3/31 2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Black Caucus  
National Communication Association 
107th Annual Convention 
“Renewal and Transformation” 
November 18-21, 2021
Seattle, Washington

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific via NCA Convention Central 

Please note that all individual papers should be sent to the African American Communication and Culture Division. The Caucus accepts Paper Sessions, Panel Sessions and Individual Performances. Please see the call below:

The Black Caucus invites panels, paper sessions and individual performances for the National Communication Association's 107th Annual Convention in Seattle, Washington from November 18 through November 21, 2021.

The theme for this year's convention is "Renewal and Transformation." The deadline to submit papers, panel and performance descriptions is March 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific. The Black Caucus has as its central concerns matters of advocacy, policy, law, ethics, practice, and procedures regarding the practical and philiopsohical matters of what it means to identify as Black and/or African American in a variety of communication contexts in and outside academia. The interests of the Caucus also encompasses the substance of intersectionality as it shapes individual and collective communicative experiences across the Diaspora. The theme " Renewal and Transformation"  calls us to reflect upon the ways in which established communication norms either facilitate or inhibit honest explorations of important socio-political and cultural issues related to race, gender, sexual identity, abilities and beyond. How may we leverage reflexive communication practices to renew and ultimately transform, existing modes of human relations that are proving inadequate in meeting diverse needs. As scholars, teachers, students, leaders, and community members, contemplate the ways communication may be transformative as we reflect on issues related to selfhood, community and citizenship. Additionally, we are invited to re-examine our own praxis as it is constructed, performed, evaluated, and negotiated through communication.

 Accordingly, the following topics are suitable in considering the stated convention theme “Renewal and Transformation”: the Black Lives Matter movement; the #metoo movement; international relations; apocalyptic rhetoric; driving while Black or Brown; the prison industrial complex; terrorism; economic crisis; natural and man-made disasters; gun violence; health care; and/or utilitarian and pragmatic approaches to communication. Additionally, the theme might inspire engagement with and innovation of current theoretical scholarship (e.g., social movement theory, theories of social change, neoliberalism, racial microaggressions, biopolitics and necropolitics, racial battle fatigue, queer futurity, integrated communication, negotiation, etc.). The theme, "Renewal and Transformation," is meant to challenge everyone to think about the many ways in which communication may be a regenerative force in our lives and communities.

The Caucus is also open to discussions, opinions, briefs, legal cases, ethical studies, book reviews, and recent publications on subjects relevant to the Caucus' mission of facilitating political insight and change in a turbulent, unpredictable, and rapidly changing world. The Caucus is very much interested in collaborating with other caucuses and divisions. If you have paper sessions or panel submissions that you think may be a fit with the Caucus and with another division or caucus, please clearly indicate this.

This year, the Caucus is especially interested in critical work dealing with issues of Covid-19 communication and disparities; education, electoral politics and their effects on national and international race relations, policies, and politics; policing and the carceral system, community relations, and political action; sexual, gender, and racial violence; and other social, cultural, and political concerns. The Caucus hopes to build on its history as an advocacy group and build a legacy as a site for relevant political and professional action and sustained active engagement. This year, the Caucus also invites individual performances that underscore how the performing arts inaugurates reflections on the body politic as well as how bodies in performance produce meanings and significations that may inspire individual and community renewal and transformation.  Performances may reflect, but are certainly not limited to, themes that explore issues of race, gender sexual identity, abilities and other identity categories, as they intersect with the convention theme. Performances may derive from the gamut of performance studies categories, including spoken work, dance, theatrical work etc. Performances are limited to a short solo of 7 to 9 minutes or multiple participant performances of 10 to 15 minutes.

All submissions must be made through NCA's Convention Central. Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” Instructions provided in the Convention Library. The following are general guidelines for submissions to the Caucus:

1) Paper Sessions: Submissions must include a session title, a session description, a session rationale, titles and abstracts or descriptions of each paper. All papers should include complete author information (affiliation, name, email address, physical address, and phone number). A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance by outlining the importance and relevance of the submission to the convention theme and to the Caucus.

2) Panel Discussions: Submissions must include a title and a detailed description of the session. Submissions must include the name of each presenter and the title of each presenter's contribution.  A session chair is required. Please provide a rationale for acceptance outlining the importance and relevance of the submission to the convention theme.

3) Individual Performances: Submissions should include the following:


  1. The title of the performance 
  2. Name/s and affiliations of performer(s) 
  3. A 100 word description (abstract) of the performance or script where appropriate
  4. Keywords 
  5. Uploaded files(s) of script (where appropriate) and link to video. Accompanying video should not exceed 2 minutes and 30 seconds as it is meant to be a sample of the intended performance
  6. A rationale for acceptance outlining the importance and relevance of the submission to the convention theme
  7. Other types of performance panels (e.g., multiple performances addressing a unified subject or theme, one person, or full-cast shows) should be submitted as a Performance Session to the Performance Studies division

Audio Visual requests must be made at the time of submission. Paper session and panel discussions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions.  Further, a single person should not serve more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants ( prior to submission and view the Helpful Resources, which include live and recorded step-by-step instructions for making submissions. All instructions are available in the Convention Library.


Nickesia S. Gordon, Ph.D.

Vice Chair, Black Caucus

Associate Professor, School of Communication

Rochester Institute of Technology