WSCA Environmental Communication Interest Group

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Call for Papers, Programs, and Workshops
September 2, 2014

The Environmental Communication Interest Group of Western States Communication Association (WSCA Spokane, WA Feb 21-24, 2015) is calling for competitive papers and program proposals. Submissions that relate to the conference theme, “Accentuate the Positive” are encouraged. This theme provides participants an opportunity to emphasize the communicative aspects of relationships among humans and the natural world that promote healthy environments and sustainable systems without losing sight of the associated communicative constraints and challenges.

Competitive Papers may utilize any accepted theoretical framework, methodology, form of critique, or extend the discipline’s understanding through literature reviews, theoretical articulations, and other forms of critical engagement. Student-authored papers are especially encouraged. Papers should not have been presented previously at a conference, be accepted for or published at the time of submission, or submitted to another interest group.

Submitted papers should include: (1) A title page that includes the paper’s title; names, affiliation(s), email address(es), phone number(s) of all authors; and audio-visual requests.* (2) On a separate page, include a 100-200-word abstract of the paper (with the paper’s title appearing above the abstract). (3) A maximum of 30 pages of text (excluding the title page and abstract); and (4) No information in the paper that identifies the author(s) beyond that which appears on the title page. (5) Debut and student papers should be clearly marked.

Program Proposals should focus on a unifying theme relevant to research, theory, or instruction in environmental communication. Programs may consist of a chair, individual presenters, and a critic/respondent in a traditional panel format. However, roundtable discussions, performance activities, or other unique formats are encouraged. Innovative program proposals, especially those that provide opportunities for interaction among participants and attendees, or that are co-sponsored with other interest groups are also welcome and encouraged.

Program proposals should not exceed 1500 words (excluding names and addresses), and must contain the following: (1) Thematic title of the program; (2) Names, e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and affiliations of all participants; (3) A brief rationale for the program; (4) titles and brief descriptions of each presentation or program segment; (5) Equipment needed for the program.*

Workshops and Film Panel Proposals are also welcome. If you are interested in organizing a pre-conference workshop or want to coordinate a film screening (which may be submitted as a program proposal – see above), please contact Deborah Cox Callister at For more information on submission details and pre-conference workshops, see the WSCA website (

All submissions must be received before midnight Tuesday, September 2, 2014. Attach the submission as a pdf file to an email addressed to