Language and Social Interaction Division

Conference Call for Papers

David Boromisza-Habashi, Chair

University of Colorado Boulder

Department of Communication

270 UCB

Boulder, CO 80309-0270


Phone: +1 (303) 735 5076


About the LSI Division

Language and Social Interaction (LSI) research is focused on the study of language use, discourse, and interaction. The LSI Division welcomes submissions about the social uses of language or embodiment in all contexts of human interaction.

Among the research perspectives found within the Division are: discourse analysis, ethnography of communication, conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, semiotics, embodied communication, social constructionism, social psychology of language, as well as other approaches. Theoretical, empirical, critical, and practical works are welcome using qualitative or quantitative methodologies. Most LSI work includes some empirical analysis of situated discourse and language in use.

Those wondering about the fit of their work in the LSI division are invited to consult the following resources:

Submissions to LSI

The LSI Division will consider the following kinds of submissions this year: (1) Papers and Extended Abstracts, (2) Panels, (3) Research Escalator Abstracts, and (4) Posters.

1. Individual Papers and Extended Abstracts

Individual paper authors should submit either a full paper (~25 pages, ~8000 words) or a well-developed extended abstract similar to a conference-presentation length paper (1500-3000 words). All paper submissions (full papers and extended abstracts) will be judged together; however, only full papers will be considered for LSI Top Paper and Top Student Paper Awards. Extended abstracts should at minimum include a rationale/background, description of methods (if appropriate), and at least some initial analysis (as appropriate).

Note: Papers and extended abstracts will typically be programmed as panels (3-5 presentations). However, high-density panels (6+ presentations) and poster sessions (posters) allow us to accept more submissions. Indicate with your submission whether you are willing or not to present your paper in a particular format (particularly where this may make the difference between accepting and not accepting your paper). Do not submit (1) any papers that have already been submitted to other divisions, accepted for publication, or published; or (2) non-blinded papers (which can be desk-rejected). 

2. Panels (Discussion/Roundtable Sessions)

Panels may but need not involve formal paper presentations. For example, they may involve short talks on a single theme, followed by interaction with audience. Panels are also appropriate forums as ‘high-density’ sessions or workshops. Feel free to be creative! Panel proposals should include a title, 150-word abstract, 400-word rationale for the panel, and abstracts from each panelist (or at least a list of participants) if appropriate. Because the LSI Division accepts extended abstracts, proposals describing the use of the panel format in innovative ways (as opposed to simply including four papers on a similar topic) will be ranked higher. Respondents are customary but not required.

Note: panel proposals should

3. Research Escalator Session

The Research Escalator is an opportunity for less experienced researchers (particularly graduate students and early career faculty) to discuss and get feedback from more veteran scholars about a paper-in-progress with the goal of making the paper ready for submission to a conference or journal. Those interested in participating in such a session should submit extended abstracts (see criteria for extended abstracts above) and indicate their interest at the time of submission. If accepted, participants are expected to send the full paper (~8000 words) to the scholar(s) assigned to their paper no later than 6 weeks before the convention. 6-8 participants will present their projects in 2-3 minutes using a PowerPoint template distributed by the LSI Division. Then, submitters meet with their assigned scholars in one-on-one mentorship meetings to discuss their feedback on their manuscripts (audience members are welcome and encouraged to attend these conversations as well). At the end of the session, all regroup, and submitters give a short “recap” of new directions/goals as well as highlight the main points they took away from their mentorship sessions.

Note: Veteran scholars are not required to (1) read full papers that exceed the ~8000-word length limit, and to (2) provide submitters any feedback on their full papers prior to the research escalator session. 

4. Posters

Submitters of individual papers and extended abstracts should indicate whether they are willing to present their work at a poster session. The LSI Division encourages all submitters whose work features a strong visual component (e.g., screenshots from video data, photographs from the field, etc.) to consider presenting posters. (For a useful approach to poster design, see this article: .) 

Note: Any accepted submission to LSI can be designated as a poster presentation. Only full paper submissions will be considered for the LSI Top Poster Award.

Submission Rules

Please read the ICA submission rules carefully for information about preparing your document and de-identifying authors. You may submit more than one submission to LSI, however, only one first-authored paper will be accepted for presentation in this Division.

Travel Grants

At the LSI Division, we do our best to support graduate students, contingent or part-time faculty, and early career faculty between jobs with travel grants. Once your paper is accepted, please immediately send an email to the program planner listed above with a statement of interest. In years when the Division receives large amounts of requests for travel funding we may ask attendees to submit a formal application for travel funding to the Division, and we may not be able to fulfil all requests. You will need to be a member of the LSI Division and attend the business meeting to receive the travel grant.

In addition, conference attendees are also encouraged to apply for ICA Travel Funds. Requests for these funds must be submitted directly to ICA (as opposed to the Division). ICA privileges travel funding applications from students or faculty who travel from United Nations-defined “B” or “C” soft-currency countries, and awards funds on a priority basis.


When you submit your paper, please check the option to volunteer to serve as a reviewer. The Division’s expectation is that all submitters (faculty and ABDs) volunteer to serve in this role. This ensures that we can complete reviews in a rigorous and timely manner, without overburdening reviewers.  


The submission site goes online on September 4. The deadline for paper submissions is 16:00 UTC (12:00 pm Eastern Standard Time) on November 1. On January 15, the ICA office notifies all submitters by e-mail of acceptance, disqualification, or rejection. Acceptance e-mails include mention of who can apply for travel support, a link to the online form for applying for travel support, and mention of the 1 March deadline to apply. Hotel rooms become available on March 2 and 3.


The LSI Division confers top paper awards on papers on the basis of rankings resulting from the review process. Only full length papers will be considered for Division awards. Awardees receive a certificate, the top student paper awardee receives a conference fee waiver and a cash prize.

2020 Convention Theme

The International Communication Association’s 70th annual conference will advance the theme “Open Science.” In the spirit of the convention theme, ICA encourages presentations, panels, and Blue Sky Workshops that cut across research domains and practices, and model looking beyond divisional and sub-disciplinary boundaries and bringing in perspectives from adjacent disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.


You are welcome to contact David Boromisza-Habashi ( with questions regarding this call and the conference submission process.