CSCA 2018 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 


2018 Central States Communication Association (CSCA)
Annual Convention in Milwaukee, WI
April 4-7, 2018

The Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus invites submissions of competitive papers and panel proposals for the 2018 CSCA Conference. The purpose of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus is to promote dialogue and scholarship and engaging topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the communication discipline. These topics include research and conversations regarding LGBTQ identities, sexual minorities, trans* identities, performances of gender, sex, and sexuality, queer theory, intersectionality, non-normative relationships, and sex communication, just to name a few.  

Thus, in conjunction with the convention theme of Difference, we are seeking innovative and critical research that explores intercultural differences, celebrates difference, problematizes difference, explores intersectionality, and examines at how communication scholars are making a difference in our community. 

As communication scholars interested in sexual orientation and gender identity topics, we welcome a diverse range of submissions including, but not limited to the following topics that emerged in our business meeting: gender preferred pronouns (e.g., why gender ribbons are important, why preferred pronouns matter, how to integrate PGP in the classroom), trans* inclusivity, the impact of bathroom regulations and policies, applied research in queer communities, and young professional queer networking.

With all of this said, if you are interested in being a part of panel whether one of the topics above or another one and need additional individuals, please join our SOGI Caucus Facebook page ( and begin asking for help, resources, or just starting conversations. As a caucus we especially encourage graduate, and undergraduate students to submit their papers and panel ideas so we can work together to create excellent conference programming. 

Please note, awards are given to both top paper and top student paper. The caucus will send an awards call in early 2018 with information regarding eligibility and submission procedures. In terms of panels, strong preference will be given to those with panelists from multiple institutions.

Guidelines for Submissions

Papers: Papers can follow APA, MLA, or Chicago style, and must be the original work of the author(s). Please submit two documents. First, please fill out the Competitive Paper Submission Form with: paper title, interest group (SOGI), author name(s) and contact information (e-mail), and a brief abstract (50-75 words). If you are an undergraduate or graduate student, please mark “STUDENT” by student author(s) names.  Additionally, if this will be a graduate student debut paper, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” by the author(s) names. To be considered a graduate student debut paper, (1) the author must be a graduate student, (2) the paper must have single authorship, and (3) the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA. Second, submit the document without title page, please remove all identifying author information from the paper prior to submission. Competitive submission papers of more than 30 pages will not be reviewed or accepted. NOTE: You must s!
 ubmit two separate documents Competitive Paper Submission Form must be submitted along with the finalized paper document. This form is located on the CSCA website:

Panels: Paper panels and discussions panels are welcome. Paper panels include completed papers encompassing a specific topic and roughly four to five panelists. For this please submit the Paper Panel Submission Form with: panel title, interest group (feel free to share if you think they may be interest in co-sponsoring), chair, respondent, and 4-5 paper presenters with author name, institution, and paper title. You will also include a panel description (in no more than 75 words) and rational for the panel (in no more than 75 words). Discussion panels are those with four to six panelists who provide a brief opening statement concerning a topic and engage in discussion. For this please submit the Discussion Panel Submission Form with: panel title, interest group (SOGI), chair, and the names and institutions of 4-6 individuals. You will also include a panel description (in no more than 75 words) and rational for the panel (in no more than 75 words). NOTE: All panels must be sub!
 mitted using the respective forms (Paper Panel Submission Form, Discussion Panel Submission Form) located on the CSCA website:

We also encourage diverse panel formats (performance, spotlight, original media, debate, etc.). Please submit using the Discussion Panel Submission Form located on the CSCA website: Here is some information from the First Vice President regarding spotlight and debate submissions:

Spotlight Panels are those dedicated to a scholar, a body of scholarship, or a specific piece of research (i.e., book or article). The subject of these panels must be determined by the sponsoring Unit to have made a significant contribution to the discipline. Generally, these panels include 4-7 panelists with a connection to the subject of spotlight who offer a prepared statement. A chair must be included to introduce the panelists and to moderate the session. If possible, the subject (i.e., scholar or author) will serve as respondent. Audience questions and participation are strongly encouraged.

Debate Panels are those featuring two debaters or two teams of debaters offering pros or cons and rebuttals concerning a predetermined topic or resolution. These panels usually include a chair to introduce the panelists and to moderate the debate. Audience questions and reactions are encouraged following the debate. It is also possible that the audience may be asked to determine the “winner(s).”

All technology requests must be made at the time of submission.

Submissions must be received by 9 October 2017.

Please send submissions electronically preferably as a PDF or Microsoft Word if PDF is not available with the email subject line “CSCA 2018 Paper/Panel Submission” to the following:
Sara J. Baker
Southern Connecticut State U