WSCA Deadline Approaching- Submit to the Environmental Communication Interest Group by 9/1

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Call for submissions
September 1, 2015

The Environmental Communication Interest Group of Western States Communication Association (San Diego, CA Feb 27-March 2, 2015) is calling for competitive papers and program proposals. Submissions that relate to the conference theme, “Collaboration, Innovation, and Convergence” are encouraged. This theme provides participants an opportunity to emphasize the communicative aspects of community involvement, new ways to solve environmental issues, and relationships among humans and the natural world that promote healthy environments and sustainable systems without losing sight of the associated constraints and challenges. Papers are to be emailed to Maria Blevins at by September 1, 2015.
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) One file with 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.* Note: Debut and student papers are especially welcome and they should be clearly marked on the title page, including undergraduate work, if applicable. (2) In a second file, 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.

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 especially encouraged.

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