WSCA Reno 2013

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Call for submissions
September 1, 2012

Hello everyone!
This is your last reminder to submit panel or paper abstracts to the Environmental Communication Interest Group for participation at the Western States Communication Association conference in Reno, NV, February 14-18, 2012.  PROPOSALS ARE DUE SEPTEMBER 1.  Western is a wonderful place to get feedback on your work from a supportive group of scholars and practitioners, and the 2013 conference promises to be affordable and fun!  Please see the formal call below for more details and don't hesitate to email me with questions.
Best wishes,
Jen Schneider
WSCA 2013 EC Interest Group Planner
Environmental Communication Interest Group
Call for
Competitive Papers, Paper Panels, and Alternative Sessions
focusing on theory, research, and the practical knowledge of
environmental issues and their communicative dimensions
Western States Communication Association Conference
February 14-18, 2013, Reno, Nevada
The theme for the 2013 WSCA convention, “Going Global,” encourages environmental communication scholars to think about their work in global terms:  In what ways is environmental communication a global endeavor?  How do comparative analyses or studies help us to understand environmental communication in new ways?  How do questions of scale impact our work?  Though all papers and panels will be considered for inclusion, work that addresses these and related questions is especially welcomed. 
You may decide to submit a competitive paper, panel proposal, or alternative panel proposal.
Competitive Papers: Competitive papers may utilize any accepted theoretical framework, methodology, or form of critique, or extend the discipline’s understanding through literature reviews, theoretical articulations, and other forms of critical engagement.

Competitive papers must include the following:
(a) title
(b) abstract not exceeding 200 words, and
(c) main document (body and references).
Papers may NOT exceed 25 pages double-spaced (excluding title, abstract, and references). In a separate document list the paper title, author(s), and contact information, and clearly indicate if the paper is a student and/or a debut paper.  Papers should not have been presented previously at a conference, be accepted for or published at the time of submission.
Paper Panel Sessions: If you do not wish to submit a full paper for review before the conference, you may propose a panel session.  These may be collections of individual papers working in concert within a single panel proposal (e.g., unified by a common theme, focus, methodology, etc.).

Alternative Sessions: This category is for panel submissions that are not of the traditional “four papers and a respondent” ilk. Examples include roundtable discussions (i.e., a clearly articulated environmental concept or issue around which participants will engage), performance panels, poster sessions, networking panels, activist-training panels etc.
Paper/alternative panel proposals must include the following:
(a) thematic title for the panel
(b) an abstract describing the panel’s thematic contribution, and
(c) an extended abstract for each contributing paper/panelist.
In a separate document please include the name, institutional affiliation, address, and phone/email for the chair, respondent, and each participant. The entire panel proposal should not exceed 1,500 words (excluding names and addresses).
Electronic submissions must be received no later than September 1, 2011. Please follow the submission guidelines detailed below and refer to the convention website Call for Papers for further details.

Submission Notes:

Electronic Submission: All papers and proposals should be submitted as attachments to an email to Documents must be submitted in either in Microsoft Word or PDF. Emails must include two separate documents:  

  • Cover page detailing title and contact information for all participants/authors including name, institutional affiliation, phone, email address. For competitive papers, please clearly identify student and/or debut papers on the cover page;
  • Main document consisting of your paper or panel description and abstract(s), free of all identifying references to the authors and/or participants.

Audio-Visual Requests: Equipment availability is extremely limited and cannot be guaranteed. See the WSCA Policy on the Use of Audio-Visual Equipment at Conventions.  Audio-visual requests should be indicated on the cover page.

Note: It is the responsibility of the participants to directly provide the respondent with the most recent revision of their paper by February 1, 2013.