NCA Environmental Communication Division Call for Annual Convention Submissions

Bridie McGreavy's picture
Type of Call: 
Call for submissions
Deadline: 
February 1, 2018
Website: 
https://ww4.aievolution.com/nca1801

NCA Environmental Communication Division Call for Annual Convention Submissions

Convention Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 8  ̶ 11, 2018

Convention Theme: Communication at Play

The submission deadline is Wed. March 28 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.

The Environmental Communication Division of the National Communication Association invites submissions for competitively selected papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions that address the relationships between environmental issues and communication theories and practices. The Division welcomes submissions involving traditional as well as innovative theories, methods, and objects of analysis.

This year, the First Vice President of NCA Dr. Star Muir has encouraged submissions that address the conference theme, Communication at Play, in ways that examine the nature of play as it intersects with communication and exhibit playfulness in how we do scholarship. Play helps invoke questions relevant for our division: what does it mean to play in a context of crisis? How does play help us create, challenge, remember, and transform? How might we play with/in new interspecies relationships, ecocultural alliances, and just transition movements? There are many possibilities with play, and submissions are encouraged that open up this space of creativity, invention, and change.

The Environmental Communication Division encourages the submission of completed papers, but paper sessions and panel discussions are also welcome. All submissions to the Environmental Communication Division will be competitively reviewed. During the Division’s Business Meeting at the 2018 convention in Salt Lake City, top papers will be recognized and there is a prize for the Top Student Paper as well.

All submissions must be made electronically through NCA Convention Central: (https://ww4.aievolution.com/nca1801). NCA Convention Central opens for submissions on January 15, 2018.

All submitters are encouraged to review the documents on the Convention Resource Library webpage (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/convention-resource-library). Helpful resources, including recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available.

1) Individual competitive papers should include:

  • paper title and author(s) information;
  • paper description, not exceeding 150 words in length; and
  • well-developed paper, not exceeding 25 pages, excluding references, tables, and figures

Review criteria include: theoretical and analytical rigor, writing quality, topical relevance and timeliness, and overall contribution to environmental communication theory and/or practice.

No information identifying the author may appear in the uploaded paper file accompanying your submission. Please remove your name from the title page and the text before uploading your paper to NCA Convention Central.

Authors are encouraged to consider the “Scholar-to-Scholar” interactive presentation format, utilizing posters and emphasizing interactive discussion. Please identify the submission accordingly, by checking the agreement box, if interested in this format.

2) Paper session proposals should include:

  • session title;
  • session description, not exceeding 250 words;
  • chair and respondent names;
  • title, abstract (not exceeding 75 words), and author(s) information for each paper on the session; and
  • rationale for the session, not exceeding 400 words

Review criteria include: topical relevance and timeliness of theme, quality of rationale, coherence of the panel, and overall contribution to environmental communication theory and/or practice. Paper sessions that include participants from a variety of institutions are preferred.

3) Panel discussion proposals should include:

  • panel title;
  • panel description, not exceeding 75 words;
  • rationale for the panel, not exceeding 400 words; and
  • chair's name, with a list of presenters and their affiliations

Review criteria include: topical relevance and timeliness of theme, quality of rationale, and coherence of the panel. Discussions that include participants from a variety of institutions are preferred.

All AV Requests must be made at the time of submission. Participants are encouraged to pursue co-sponsorship of paper and panel sessions with other divisions by reaching out to the division planners directly before sessions are submitted.

Please direct questions and suggestions to the EC division planner:

Bridie McGreavy, PhD

Assistant Professor

Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Maine

Orono, ME 04469

(207) 581-1943, bridie.mcgreavy@maine.edu