VACAS 2018: The Power of Communication

VACAS 2018: Submission Deadline Extended
Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences
Call for Papers, Panels, and Programs
April 6-7, 2018
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia
**SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 5, 2018**
Submissions: vacas@gmu.edu
Full CFP and website: vacas.gmu.edu

VACAS 2018 represents a great opportunity for undergraduate students, graduate students, and communication faculty—especially those based in Virginia—to share their latest work in the field of communication. We encourage submissions across the whole range of the communication field, including, but not limited to: media studies, journalism, political communication and campaigns, public relations, communication theory and rhetorical criticism, critical/cultural studies, science and environmental communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal/small group communication, health and risk communication, and communication education/pedagogy. We welcome submissions from faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students, and papers or posters can present completed work or work-in-progress.

Undergraduate students (and their faculty advisors) are especially encouraged to submit their work. In short, we envision VACAS 2018 as a positive and supportive venue for undergraduate students to present their exemplary work in communication research and critical analysis.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should be sent to vacas@gmu.edu. All submissions are reviewed by VACAS division or section chairs. However, as spelled out below, the process for submitting work differs for faculty/graduate students and undergraduate students.

(1) Proposals from Faculty/Graduate Students:

(a) Individual paper submissions -- Please email a 250-300 word abstract of your paper (or completed paper) to vacas@gmu.edu. Deadline: February 5, 2018.

(b) Panel submissions – Please submit a 400-500 word proposal for your panel which includes (1) A title; (2) A list of panelists and their institutional affiliations, including panel chair and (optional) respondent;  (3) Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation; (4) A rationale of no more than 250 words that states the relevance of the topic for your unit and how panelists will make the topic interactive for the audience (handouts, links to websites, paper distribution, etc.). Panel submissions should be emailed to vacas@gmu.edu. Deadline: February 5, 2018.

Note: Issue-based discussion panels, or roundtables, are welcome as well. We view faculty/graduate student panels as a particularly good venue for discussing pressing issues or challenges facing communication students, graduate students, and faculty in Virginia and beyond.

(2) Undergraduate Student Proposals:

(a) Panel submissions (submitted by faculty sponsor) -- Faculty members are encouraged to submit panels showcasing their students’ papers, analyses, or research. Undergraduate panels can also provide a venue for discussing and reflecting on students’ experiences within the professional fields of communication (including in internships or co-curricular activities).

To submit a proposal for an undergraduate panel, the faculty sponsor should submit a 400-500 word proposal for the panel which includes (1) A title; (2) A list of panelists and their institutional affiliations, including panel chair and (optional) respondent;  (3) Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation; (4) A rationale of no more than 250 words that states the relevance of the topic for our unit and how panelists will make the topic interactive for the audience (handouts, links to websites, paper distribution, etc.). Panel submissions should be emailed to vacas@gmu.edu. Deadline: February 5, 2018.

(b) Individual poster presentations (submitted by individual undergraduate students)—Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit a 250-300 word abstract describing their plan for a poster presentation on their research.  Poster presentation abstracts should be emailed to vacas@gmu.edu. Abstracts are due by February 5, 2018. The finished poster must then be submitted to the section or division chair by March 15, 2018. Those undergraduate students who are unable to finish their poster by March 15th will be invited to discuss their research at an undergraduate “works-in-progress” roundtable session where they will receive guidance and feedback from VACAS faculty members.

Questions? Contact Timothy Gibson (George Mason University) at tgibson1@gmu.edu.