WSCA Environmental Communication Interest Group

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Call for submissions
September 1, 2013

Environmental Communication Interest Group
Western States Communication Association Convention
February 14-18, 2014, Anaheim, California
The Environmental Communication Interest Group of the Western States Communication Association invites submissions for competitive papers, paper panels, and alternative sessions for the 2014 WSCA Convention. We especially encourage submissions that address the conference theme of “transfer.” 
Deadline: SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 (submit electronically to
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 30 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.).
Paper panel submissions must include the following:

  1. title of the panel
  2. names, contact information, and affiliations of panel participants
  3. a brief rationale for the panel
  4. titles and brief descriptions of each presentation

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, 2013. Please follow the submission guidelines detailed above and refer to the convention website Call for Papers for further details. Send submissions to If you have additional questions or concerns, contact Richard Besel at