Communication as Social Construction Division

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

COMMUNICATION AS SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION DIVISION
National Communication Association Annual Convention

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Program Planner:

Natasha A. Rascon, Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
Indiana State University
natbarne@gmail.com

812.237.3919

Call For Papers - Communication As Social Construction - NCA 2021

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

The Communication as Social Construction (CASC) Division invites individual (competitive) papers, panel discussions, and paper sessions that explicitly cite social construction literature and use social construction approaches to study face-to-face, cultural, and mediated communication. Referencing foundational texts of social construction is highly encouraged, some influential scholars may include, but are not limited to the following: Burr, V.; Blumer, H.; Chen, V.; Davis, K.E.; Galanes, G.; Gergen, K.J.; Gergen, M.; Leeds-Hurwitz, W.; Littlejohn, S.W.; Pearce, W.B.; Spano, S.; and Tomm, K.. Possible appropriate topics include: (1) the communicative construction of identity and relationships within any socially significant context; (2) the communicative construction of context itself; (3) the social construction of discord and the potential of communication to transform conflict into more harmonious relationships; (4) the social construction of freedom and constraint; (5) metatheoretical, theoretical, and methodological developments relevant to constructionist research, teaching, and application; (6) examinations of similarities and differences between social construction and other approaches to communication studies and practices, and (7) comparative analyses of approaches to communication as social construction across cultures or across levels of analysis. This year’s convention theme, “Renewal and Transformation” invites us to explore the myriad opportunities for the role of social construction in our discipline.

Members of the Communication as Social Construction (CASC) Division are committed to promoting conversation and community among scholars whose work advances the idea that communication creates and recreates social worlds through interaction.  Our division was created as a result of the NCA Summer Institute on Social Construction, “Catching Ourselves in the Act,” which was held in Albuquerque, NM, in August, 2006. CASC scholars take a Communication Perspective to acknowledge communication processes as central to academic inquiry and practice with recognition of the transformative potential of communication teaching and research. The division is interested in topics related to social constructions of identity and relationships, discord and transformative conflict, and social constructions of the contexts we live in today. Examples of socially constructed contexts to examine may include relationships, media, technology, health, organizations, the classroom, and culture. This year we especially welcome submissions that address "unity, racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion" through the lens of social constructionism.  We will acknowledge achievements in excellence by presenting awards in our division.  This year, we will choose a top paper and a top student paper, as well as provide an Outstanding Dissertation Award.   

Please do not hesitate to contact our division program planner, Natasha A. Rascon, via e-mail at natbarne@gmail.com for more information or to discuss possible ideas for panels, especially ones that could enable us to collaborate with other NCA divisions and/or that uniquely fit with the convention theme. We welcome creative approaches to encouraging dialogue and exploring intersections with our communication colleagues and with others in communities beyond NCA. 

SUBMISSION FORMATS

CASC encourages scholars and practitioners interested in social construction to submit individual paper, paper session, and panel discussion proposals for competitive review and selection. In addition, we urge potential contributors to submit CASC-related work directly to other special programming outlets for the 2021 NCA convention, more information can be found on the NCA Convention Central website. Contact the appropriate planners with ideas or for more details. Papers, panels, or sessions that particularly emphasize the theme of the 107th Annual Convention: “Renewal and Transformation”, are encouraged. See more about the convention theme on the NCA website at https://www.natcom.org/convention. Information for the 2021 convention held in Seattle, WA, will go live Monday, January 11th, 2021.  

Individual Papers: For an individual (competitive) paper, submissions must follow these criteria:

  1. No more than 25 pages, not including title page or references.
  2. Remove all information that could identify the author(s) from the uploaded file prior to submission.
  3. DO NOT include a cover page (Note: submitters will enter paper titles and author-related information on the website during the submission process).
  4. The first page of the uploaded submission file should contain only the paper’s title and description (of no more than 250 words). 
  5. Font needs to be Times New Roman, 12 pt., and double spaced.
  6. Students submitters will indicate “student paper” in the electronic submission form.

Panel Discussions: A panel discussion is a session with a group of panelists discussing a specific topic. Submissions must include:

(a) The panel title and list of presenters with their names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses. A chair is required. For a panel discussion to be considered for inclusion in the convention program, participants must come from more than one institution.

(b) An overall panel description of no more than 150 words.

(c) A rationale statement that provides an overall justification for the significance of the panel discussion of no more than 400 words.

(d) 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.

(e) If you think that the session might be a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please identify the potential co-sponsor in the Special Requests box.

Paper Sessions: A paper session involves a group of presenters with titled papers/presentations centering on a common theme. Submissions must include:

(a) The session title and designation of a chair (required).

(b) An overall session description of no more than 150 words.

(c) Titles, descriptions, and author(s) for each paper presentation. For a paper session to be considered for inclusion in the convention program, participants must come from more than one institution.

(d) A rationale statement that provides an overall justification for the significance of the paper session of no more than 400 words.

(e) If the session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization, please identify the potential co-sponsor in the Special Requests box.

(f) 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.

All AV requests must be made at the time of submission in the electronic submission form.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards.pdf) prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, also are available in the Convention Resource Library (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library).

For questions about this call, please contact the 2021 Vice-Chair and Program Planner of the CASC Division:

Natasha A. Rascon, Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
Indiana State University
natbarne@gmail.com

812.237.3919