Human Communication and Technology Division
Human Communication and Technology Division
2021 NCA Call for Submissions
Conference Dates and Location: November 18-21, 2021 in Seattle, WA
Theme: “Renewal and Transformation”
Submission Dates: January 11, 2021 - March 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time
The Human Communication and Technology Division (HCTD) of the National Communication Association (NCA) invites the submission of individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussion sessions regarding topics at the intersection of technology and human communication. Accepted papers and panels will be presented at the 2021 NCA Annual Convention in Seattle, WA. The HCTD promotes research, theory, pedagogy, and other applications regarding the implications of technologically-mediated communication for relationships, communities, classrooms, organizations, and other social contexts. Our members employ diverse methodological approaches and are concerned with a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: computer-mediated communication, social media, online dating, (micro)blogging, virtual communities, gaming, mobile technologies, text messaging, virtual collaboration, information literacy, as well as international, intercultural, and interdisciplinary perspectives related to human communication and technology. The ties that bind research presented within the HCTD are an explicit focus on, and core placement of, questions pertinent to technologically mediated communication. The HCTD also welcomes submissions that speak to the 2021 convention theme, “Renewal and Transformation.”
The HCTD will accept the following submission types: Individual Papers, Paper Sessions, and Panel Discussions.
1. Individual Paper Requirements: Individual paper submissions will be competitively evaluated. Please complete the required electronic submission fields including: title, abstract, author(s), and keywords. Please indicate whether your submission is a student paper (i.e., all of the authors are students). Additionally, please indicate whether you want your paper to be considered for Scholar to Scholar presentation. Papers must (a) be prepared for blind review, removing any identifying information, (b) be no more than 8,000 words in length (excluding references, tables, and figures), and (c) be prepared using 7th Edition APA style. The Top Paper and the Top Student Paper will be presented at respective Top Papers and Top Student Papers panels, and will be recognized at the HCTD’s business meeting. The Top Student Paper author(s) will also receive a cash award.
2. Paper Sessions: Submissions that involve a thematic collection of papers will be competitively evaluated. Paper sessions must (a) include a title and description for the overall session, (b) include a session chair (required) and respondent (optional), (c) include titles, description (maximum 500 words), and authorship information for each paper involved in the session, (d) include a rationale that outlines the importance of the overall proposed session (maximum 500 words). Paper sessions 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.
3. Panel Discussions: Submissions that involve a group of panelists discussing a specific topic will be competitively evaluated. No papers are presented in a panel discussion. Panel discussions must (a) include a specific overall title for the panel discussion, (b) include a description for the convention program (maximum 100 words), (c) a list of panelists and a session chair, and (d) include a rationale for the overall proposed submission that outlines the importance of the panel discussion (maximum 500 words). 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 submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. For further submission instructions - including recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, how to prepare an unidentifiable paper copy, and definitions of submission types - please refer to the NCA Convention Resource Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources). All submitters are encouraged to review and adhere to the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. All AV requests must be made at the time of submission.
The HCTD also encourages our members to consider submitting extended abstracts regarding their works-in-progress directly to the NCA Research in Progress Roundtables series, in accordance with the guidelines specified within the Research in Progress Roundtables call for submissions. While the NCA Research in Progress Roundtables are facilitated outside the HCTD, they are a great opportunity to submit works-in-progress regarding human communication and technology.
Submissions will be accepted for review beginning January 11, 2021 through NCA Convention Central. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.
Please refer any questions to the HCTD Vice Chair & Program Planner:
Erin M. Sumner, Ph.D.
Department of Human Communication and Theatre