Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division

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

The Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of the National Communication Association is dedicated to the study of theoretical, critical, and empirical questions related to the fields of rhetorical and communication theory. In supporting this mission, the Division invites individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions that address all aspects of rhetorical and communication theory. 

Individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions are encouraged to engage the 2021 convention theme: “Renewal and Transformation.” We are living during extraordinary times, necessitating that we face the immense task of navigating numerous public and personal crises and their aftermaths. The COVID-19 pandemic, economic strife, political turmoil, and struggles for racial justice necessitate a reckoning with how as scholars and practitioners we can theorize and work for transformative justice in our scholarship and praxis; reconstitute collective bonds in the wake of unprecedented disruptions; and do so in ways that are cognizant of the inventional possibilities for our work. We invite paper and panel submissions that examine questions of regeneration and reconstruction, such as: What is the relevance of rhetorical and communication theory in the wake of crisis? What are plural ways of theorizing and thinking through dynamics of community, collectivity, and collaboration in the wake of crisis using concepts of renewal and/or transformation? What is at stake in discourses of renewal versus transformation for the discipline of communication? How have these terms been used in the past? What is their potential in the present? How do “renewal” and/or “transformation” connect to live discussions in the field about the direction, limitations and exclusions (along vectors of ideology, race/ethnicity, sexuality/gender/gender expression, ability) in communication theory?

GENERAL SUBMISSION INFORMATION

In order to avoid unnecessary problems with submission and review, please carefully read the following guidelines:

  1. All submitters are encouraged to review the "Professional Standards for Convention Participants" in the NCA Convention Resource Library (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/) prior to submission.
  2. All submissions must be made online via NCA Convention Central. (https://ww4.aievolution.com/nca2101/).
  3. Individual Papers, paper sessions, and panel discussion submissions must be complete by Wednesday, March 31, 2021 (11:59 p.m. Pacific).   Please begin the submission process well in advance of this deadline.
  4. Submitters needing assistance with the submission process can access "how-to-submit" guides and other useful resources from the Convention Resource Library on the convention web site or attend a "how-to-submit" webinar (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).
  5. Each submission should be made to one unit only. (That is, do not submit the same submission to different units.)
  6. A person should be the first author on no more than one submission to the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division.
  7. Submissions are received with the expectation that, if selected, participants will attend the 2021 NCA convention in Seattle, WA

SPECIFIC SUBMISSION INFORMATION

  1. Individual papers. Please complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description, author(s), and keywords. Upload a copy of your paper. The uploaded file should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words in length (inclusive of notes and references) and should reflect the substance of one's planned remarks. Papers over 5,000 words in length (inclusive) will not be considered. Uploaded papers should include:
    • A title and brief description/abstract (200 words).
    • Author names should be removed to facilitate blind review (for Word documents, please go to file –> properties –> summary to remove your name from the document). 
    • Student-authored papers should be designated by including "Student-Authored" on the first page of the paper and by selecting the appropriate designation on the electronic submission form. The Nichols-Ehninger Award will be given to the top-ranked student paper presented on the Division's programs during the 2021 convention. To be considered for this award, the paper must be marked "Student-Authored" on the first page, and, if multiple-authored, all authors must be students.
  2. A paper session is a session of papers organized by the submitter around a coherent theme. Sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or a couple of institution(s) and a single person should not serve more than one role on the session (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter).  Submitted paper sessions should include: 
    • A title for the session as a whole. 
    • A brief overview or description of the session (100-150 words). 
    • Author(s) for each of the individual paper presentations (name, title & affiliation) including an abstract of each author’s contributed paper (no more than 250 words). 
    • A detailed, well-reasoned and supported rationale for the session as a whole (400-1000 words).
    • A session chair (i.e., a person responsible for welcoming the audience, introducing presenters, monitoring time, etc.) is required.  
  3. A panel discussion is a discussion focused on a coherent theme, but participants do not present individually-titled papers. Sessions should include individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from a single or a couple of institution(s) and a single person should not serve more than one role on the session (i.e., chair, respondent, or presenter).  Alternative panel formats emphasizing interaction among participants and audience members are welcome. Submitted panel discussions should include: 
    • A title for the panel.
    • A brief overview or description of the discussion (100-150 words).
    • A detailed, well-reasoned and supported rationale for the panel as a whole including a brief description of each presenter's qualifications (400-1000 words). **Presenters' qualifications do not count toward the rationale word limit.
    • A session chair (i.e., a person responsible for welcoming the audience, introducing presenters, monitoring time, etc.) is required.
       

Important Note: Only those individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussion submissions that conform to these guidelines will be considered for the 2021 convention; for example, individual papers significantly exceeding the 5,000 word length limit will be rejected.

AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT

NCA policy entails providing reasonable A/V support of presentations at its annual convention. However, submitters should screen requests carefully and submit only those that are essential to the program. Participants are therefore encouraged to keep equipment requests to a minimum. Submitters must request A/V equipment at the same time they submit and organize programs. For more information about NCA policies on audio-visual materials, see the NCA Convention Resource Library webpage (http://www.natcom.org/conventionresources/).

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2021 AT 11:59 PM PACIFIC

If you have questions about this call, please contact the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Chair, Caitlin Bruce, Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh at bruce.caitlin@gmail.com (when e-mailing, please put "NCA RCT" in the subject line). All who submit their work to the Division are warmly invited to attend the Division's business meeting at the convention. At the meeting, the Distinguished Scholar Award, the Early Career Award, the Mentorship Award, and the Nichols-Ehninger Award will be presented, and a new slate of officers will be elected.