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ICA 2018 Conference Call for Submissions

Posted By Eve Ng, Saturday, September 2, 2017
Updated: Friday, September 1, 2017

ICA 2018 Conference Call for Submissions

Deadline: November 1, 2017, 16:00 UTC

(Note that 16:00 UTC corresponds to a time several hours earlier than 4:00pm in the U.S.)


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies Interest Group welcomes submissions from scholars, activists and communication professionals of any sexual/romantic orientation whose work addresses the lives of LGBTQ persons and/or applies queer theory to various topics. We encourage a diversity of methods and theoretical approaches.

We are particularly interested in the analysis and critique of gender and sexual systems, discourses, and representations, particularly those that animate, inform, and impinge upon the lives and understandings of LGBTQ persons. This is a transdisciplinary perspective because such systems and discourses occur across institutional, community, domestic, and intimate contexts; are closely connected to other social, cultural, and political practices (such as nationalism, education, or popular entertainment); and play a critical role in the formation and communication of individual and group identity. As mentioned, we are also interested in work that uses queer theory and queerness as a method of analyzing social relations, communication, and systems of power. We encourage work that engages LGBTQ issues as part of collaborative research and/or community projects aimed toward broader efforts in social justice.                                                       


The Interest Group welcomes quality research in these areas, using any methodological approach. We only accept EXTENDED ABSTRACTS and PANEL PROPOSALS - please ** do not submit full papers **, as they will be rejected. (For an example of an extended abstract, please contact group co-chair Eve Ng at evecng@hotmail.com.)

Extended abstracts should be between 1,500-3,000 words, including notes and references. We welcome both completed research and works in progress, but you must clearly indicate if a proposal is a work in progress in the title, and what material you expect to add by the time of the conference. An extended abstract must clearly include Background (information on your topic, plus a discussion of relevant literature), Theory (including theoretical concepts or key theorists), Method (data collection and analysis approaches), and Findings (can be preliminary, expected findings, or potential implications of findings). Submissions will be judged on: Theoretical/Conceptual Framework; Relevance/Adequacy of Literature Review; Methodological Soundness; Development of Overall Argument; Relevance of Topic/Discussion to LGBTQ Studies Interest Group.

Panel proposals should include a minimum of five participants. We also welcome high-density panels, which have six or more participants. Provide a 400-word abstract describing the panel overall, a 200-word abstract for each participant’s contribution, and a 400-word rationale that explains a coherent logic for having these papers presented together. A panel will only be scheduled if, in sum, it presents more a compelling presentation than combining individual submissions in the same amount of available time. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: Theoretical/Conceptual Framework; Innovativeness of Panel; Cohesiveness of Panel; Relevance of Topic/Discussion to LGBTQ Studies Interest Group. If your panel is of particular relevance to the conference theme (“Interventions”), you may consider submitting it to the theme coordinators as a theme session instead.


We will not consider previously published or in-press submissions, or submissions from or including current LGBTQ Studies Interest Group Co-chairs. No proposal may be submitted simultaneously to any other ICA Division or Interest Group. You can submit no more than two different proposals to the LGBTQ Studies Interest Group.


Based on feedback from the review process, we may confer top paper awards for two papers, typically a top faculty and top student paper. Also, when available, we may offer travel awards based on the criteria of our financial donors. These typically are focused on students and scholars from non-Tier-1 countries. In order to be considered for any award, the recipient must be a member of the Interest Group. We will call for travel award applications in early 2018.


It is highly recommended that persons submitting proposals also offer their service as reviewers, which provides a great opportunity to access cutting-edge research in the field. As additional incentive, ICA will once again have a High Quality Reviewer Award, which comes with a free conference registration!  (The winner will be selected from reviewers nominated by each ICA group/division.)

Whether you are an author or not of a submission for the next ICA conference, you are welcome to review. Graduate students are also eligible to serve as reviewers, as are non-ICA members, although we encourage you to join or renew your membership! We generally assign no more than 2 or 3 submissions to review. To review, register yourself in the ICA submission site at the time of submission or contact the Co-chairs to express interest. Remember to list your specific areas of expertise in subject matter and method.

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