Feminist and Women Studies Division - 2018 Call for Submissions

Submissions Open:  Monday, January 15, 2018 at 8:00 AM EST

Submissions Close:  Wednesday, March 28, 2018 11:59 PM Pacific

The Feminist and Women Studies Division is vitally interested in themes related to feminist studies in communication. We encourage and support research, action, and understandings of the profession that address intersections of power, including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, technology, nationality, and transnationalism; we are also interested in work that challenges existing theoretical paradigms that have excluded the voices of marginalized groups, especially women.

The theme for NCA’s 104th Annual Convention is Communication At Play. While this theme may seem especially un-kairotic at this particular socio-political moment, we invite feminist scholarship that “plays” at the margins of researching and theorizing knowledge-making, rule-breaking, and agitating. As we join together to explore opportunities for (re)imagining feminist scholarship in the field of communication, we encourage submissions that re-think what “counts” as feminist inquiry, work that fosters creativity as a mode for feminist intervention, and opportunities for cultivating joy as we engage in critical research and praxis.

Innovative scholarship outlining specific strategies to foster and cultivate ongoing in-depth dialogue/discussion between feminists is especially appreciated. Research that addresses the intersection of various strands of feminisms, the linked discourses of race-class-gender, embodied feminist research and activism, feminist politics and scholarship, feminist historical movements and their significance to contemporary politics and perspectives, and interdisiplinarity is strongly recommended.

While participants are encouraged to consider the 2018 theme Communication At Play, all submissions relating to feminism, black feminism, womanism, women studies, transnational feminism, non-Western feminism, women of color feminism, trans feminism, queer feminism, etc. are welcome. Feminist perspectives on masculinities and comparative research on gender across communication contexts are also encouraged.

For panels and sessions that include individual participants’ names, we encourage contributors to include their gender pronouns along with their affiliations.

The Division solicits the following types of submission:

- Individual Papers

- Paper Sessions

- Panel Discussions

- Performance Sessions

- Film Sessions

Additional details about submissions in each format can be found below.

We are also interested in submissions in a variety of formats (workshops, performances, dialogues) that incorporate non-academics, including feminist activists, organizations, and the media. Panels that engage with the local community in Salt Lake City are especially welcome. The addition of film sessions and performance sessions to our division’s 2018 call for submissions aligns with this year’s theme as it relates to expanding how we might imagine feminist creativity and “play.”

We are especially interested in scholarship that is intersectional, thus we will continue to partner with other divisions and caucuses to co-sponsor a wider variety of sessions. Please indicate in your submission if your panel discussion, paper session proposal, performance session, or film session aligns with one or more of the following divisions and caucuses:

- Activism and Social Justice Division

- African American Communication & Culture Division

- American Studies Division

- Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division and Caucus

- Black Caucus

- Disability Issues Caucus

- Critical and Cultural Studies

- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division and Caucus

- International and Intercultural Communication Division

- Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division

- La Raza Caucus

- Performance Studies Division

- Women's Caucus

 

Submissions must be made through NCA Convention Central.

- All submissions must be completed by March 29, 2017, 11:59 PM Pacific Time

- Please observe NCA guidelines and do not submit the same submission to more than one division

- Participants are encouraged to keep equipment requests to a minimum. Requests for specific equipment must be submitted online and meet the same submission deadlines as individual paper, paper session, panel discussion proposals, performance session, and film session proposals.

- All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library.

- Please contact Suzanne Enck, 2018 Feminist and Women Studies Division Program Planner at Suzanne.enck@unt.edu if you have any questions.

 

Individual Papers

- No information identifying the author may appear in the uploaded paper file. To ensure blind review, submitters should remove their name(s) from the paper (including title page and headers) and the document’s embedded properties before uploading the document. Author information is collected elsewhere in the system.

- Include both a TITLE and 250-word ABSTRACT of the paper on the cover sheet.

- The maximum paper length is 30 double-spaced pages including front matter, back matter, and notes. Participants are reminded that the time limit for presentation for most papers at the convention is 12-15 minutes.

- Please follow an appropriate scholarly style guide (e.g., MLA, Chicago, or APA).

Scholar to Scholar Consideration: Please indicate if you are willing to present in a Scholar-to-Scholar session by checking the appropriate electronic agreement box. “Scholar to Scholar” sessions highlight interactive forms of presentation and promote one-on-one engagement between presenters and audience.

Top Paper Recognition:  The Division recognizes the top competitively submitted paper and the top student-authored paper submitted competitively. Students who are currently enrolled at an academic institution and who wish to be considered for the top student paper award should identify themselves as "student" when making their submission by clicking the appropriate box on the electronic submission form.

Paper Sessions

The paper session format encourages a thoughtful coordination of multiple papers around a central topic of interest to the Feminist and Women Studies Division. Typically, paper sessions should include at least four papers in addition to a chair and respondent. The review of paper sessions is not blind.

Paper Session Proposals must include:

- Paper session title.

- Session description of no more than 75 words.

- A rationale of no more than 250 words for the session. This statement should include an overall rationale for the significance of the session (including, when appropriate, a brief overview of relevant scholarship).

- A session chair must be included and should be identified along with their affiliation. If the session will include a respondent, also identify this person and their affiliation.

- The title and abstract for each paper to be presented along with each author’s affiliation.

Note: If the session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization please, include that information in the special requests box. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

Panel Discussions

Panel discussion formats encourage interaction among panelists and with audience members around a central topic of interest to the Feminist and Women Studies Division. No papers are presented during a panel discussion. Review of panel discussions is not blind.

Panel discussions must include:

- Panel discussion title.

- Session description of no more than 75 words.

- A rationale of no more than 250 words for the panel. This statement should include an overall rationale for the significance of the panel (including, when appropriate, a brief overview of relevant scholarship and rationale for the appropriateness of the participants for the topic).

- The session chair must be identified along with their affiliation.

- Include each participant’s name and affiliation.

Note: If the session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization please, include that information in the special requests box. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

Performance Sessions

The performance session format encourages multiple performances that engage a central topic of interest to the Feminist and Women Studies Division. Review of performance sessions is not blind.

Performance sessions must include:

- Performance session title.

- Session description of no more than 75 words.

- A rationale of no more than 250 words for the session. This statement should include an overall rationale for the significance of the session (including, when appropriate, a brief overview of relevant scholarship).

- A session chair must be included and should be identified along with their affiliation. If the session will include a respondent, also identify this person and their affiliation.

- The title, description, and brief abstract for each performance should be included along with each performer’s name and affiliation.

Notes: If the session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization please, include that information in the special requests box. AV requests must be made at the time of submission.

Film Sessions

The film session format encourages multiple shorter films/videos that engage a central topic of interest to the Feminist and Women Studies Division. Review of film sessions is not blind.

Film sessions must include:

- Film session title.

- Session description of no more than 75 words.

- A rationale of no more than 250 words for the session. This statement should include an overall rationale for the significance of the session (including, when appropriate, a brief overview of relevant scholarship).

- A session chair must be included and should be identified along with their affiliation. If the session will include a respondent, also identify this person and their affiliation.

- The title, description, and running time for each movie/video to be presented along with each filmmaker’s affiliation

- Upload a word document that contains a link to the films and/or film trailers. Do not upload film(s) to Convention Central.

- AV requests must be made at the time of submission. Each participant is responsible for providing the technology for presenting their individual film/video.

Notes: If the session is a good candidate for co-sponsorship with another division, caucus, or affiliate organization please, include that information in the special requests box.