2015 Call

RHETORICAL THEORY AND CRITICISM INTEREST GROUP
Call for Papers and Panels

2015 Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention in Madison, Wisconsin
April 15-19, 2015

Convergence


The 2015 CSCA Convention theme is “Convergence.” This theme encourages convergence of scholarship, cultures, and academic institutions, and illustrates the importance of coming together and including all voices.

The Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group invites all members of CSCA to submit competitive papers, programs, and interactive panels to be considered for programming at the 2015 CSCA Convention in Madison. We welcome a range of topics, and especially encourage members to develop provocative panels around the conference theme.

We welcome a variety of formats, including competitive paper panels, discussion panels and/or debates. Possible topics for programs include: Themes of convergence between rhetorical theory and/or criticism and other subdisciplines (from a variety of theoretical and/or methodological perspectives), topics related to the conference location (i.e., the city of Madison and/or the state of Wisconsin), thoughts on milestone anniversaries (such as the 50th anniversary of Edwin Black’s Rhetorical Criticism: A Study in Method), reflections on the 2014 U.S. midterm elections, and/or debates about future directions of the field.

The Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group offers two awards for top papers:

The Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Award is named after distinguished scholar Karlyn Kohrs Campbell and is presented to the author(s) of the Top Paper submitted to the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group. At the annual convention, the recipient receives a cash award and a certificate.

The David Zarefsky Award is named after distinguished scholar David Zarefsky and is presented to the author(s) of the Top Student Paper submitted to the Rhetorical Theory and Criticism Interest Group. At the annual convention, the recipient receives a cash award and a certificate.

(1)  Papers: Only completed papers will be accepted. Papers must conform to APA standards and include a title page that is a separate document from the paper, allowing the identity to be concealed. Remove all author references in the text of the paper. Students (including graduate students) should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. Indicate if the author(s) is/are CSCA Members. “Student” papers are those authored only by the student. Faculty mentors/advisors may not appear as an author on a “student” submission. A Competitive Paper Submission Form must be submitted along with the paper. This form is located on the CSCA website: www.csca-net.org.

(2)  Panels: Discussion panels and paper panels must be submitted using the respective forms located on the CSCA website: www.csca-net.org. Panel submissions must also include the following: (a) title, (b) abstract, (c) complete list of participants along with their institutional affiliations, contact information (address, email, telephone), and if they are CSCA Members.

All papers must be submitted electronically using Microsoft Word. Documents sent using other formats will be returned. An email acknowledging receipt of submissions will be sent to each individual who submits a paper/panel. All media requests must be made at the time of submission. Please only request media if it is absolutely essential to your presentation, as media requests will be closely examined before being approved. Laptop computers will not be made available for presentations.

Submissions must be received by October 3, 2014.

Please send all submissions electronically to:

James T. Petre, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
400 East Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
rhetoric2015@gmail.com