NCA Performance Studies Division Call for Proposals

Submission Deadline Date: Thurs, 3/29/2018 2:59 AM EDT (Wed, 3/28/2018 11:59 PM PDT)

 

The Performance Studies Division of NCA promotes the study, criticism, research, teaching, public awareness, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and cultural principles of performance. Scholars and artists associated with the Division pursue performance as an object of inquiry, a heuristic metaphor for analysis, a method of research, and an artistic medium.

The Performance Studies Division invites submissions of individual papers, proposals for contributed performances, paper sessions, performance sessions, film sessions, and/or panel discussions for the NCA 104th Annual Convention to be held in Salt Lake City, UT from Thursday, November 8 through Sunday, November 11, 2018.

NCA First Vice President and Convention Planner Star Muir notes that the “convention theme, ‘Communication at Play,’ is intentionally and playfully ambiguous. Imaginative, experimental, strategic, creative, and fun, play offers opportunities to discuss important aspects of communication, while also providing rich metaphorical resources for reconsidering the role and function of communication in breaking impasses, challenging cultural practice, providing perspective, and creating identifications through shared delight.” The theme emphasizes play as a key factor in human learning, social interaction, and cultural and creative development. The conference will take place in Salt Lake City, UT, providing a new place and space rich in natural beauty, historical sites, and cultural venues for exploration and discovery, as well as inspiration.

The Performance Studies Division embodies this theme in the many ways communication is “at play” in our discipline beyond the obvious scripting, staging, and criticism of performance: experimentation and innovation, pedagogical methods and training, communication guidelines and strategies for meaning making; and subversion and resistance tools. The collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of our field make this theme one that offers performance studies the opportunity to highlight how our discipline “at play” can inform and complement work done in other fields. Performance studies also has the perspective of being “at play” within communities beyond our academic institutions by engaging audiences from outside the institution and engaging in performance that works in partnership with local community partners to address common issues.

In keeping with our efforts to promote intersectional and cross disciplinary work, please consider if your proposal might be of value in one or more of the following divisions or caucuses: Feminist and Women's Studies Division; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division; American Studies Division; African American Communication & Culture Division; Disabilities Issues Caucus; Critical and Cultural Studies Division; Activism and Social Justice Division; Black Caucus; Women’s Caucus; International and Intercultural Communication Division; and Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division and Caucus. Indicate on your submission where we might cross list or co-sponsor your submission with (an)other division(s) or caucus(es). You are encouraged to indicate relevant connections in your proposal with NCA divisions and caucuses not listed here, as well.

Finally, please consider the special programming sessions as possible places to submit proposals.  Special sessions include: Topic Jam Sessions creating a space for discussion representing different perspectives, methodologies or interest groups around an issue addressing the cultural, social, or economic identity of the United States; Collaboratories on emerging issues, topics that cross multiple areas of the discipline; or preliminary discussions on critical issues and topics; and NCA Cafes, small table public dialogues developed around the theme of “Free Speech in Higher Education."

The Performance Studies Division encourages proposals that address the convention theme. The Division will privilege session/panel proposals that include: breadth of generation (participants across multiple academic generations); breadth of affiliation (across multiple institutions and/or other scholarly and/or activist or performance communities); breadth of method (across paradigmatic, aesthetic, and practical approaches); and breadth of scope (across topics both within and outside established scholarly subjects).

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission <https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/annualconvention/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards_0.pdf> . Submitters needing assistance with the submission process can access "how-to" guides, sample submissions and other useful resources from the Convention Resource Library on the convention web site or attend a "how-to" webinar <www.natcom.org/conventionresources>.

I look forward to seeing your proposals for this 104th convention and theme.

Lisa Flanagan

Associate Professor

Department of Communication Studies

Xavier University of Louisiana

lflanaga@xula.edu

 

Deadline for Submission: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2018, at 11:59 pm Pacific Time

The Division invites six types of submissions, which are detailed below; please read all of the descriptions carefully prior to submission to determine the most appropriate submission category. The categories include:

 

1) Individual Papers (Debut and Competitive): Only completed essays may be submitted as Debut or Competitive papers. The Division will recognize the top Debut Paper and the top Competitive Paper with awards. Participants who would like their work considered for one of these awards, should select Individual Paper as the submission type in NCA Convention Central.  Submissions should include the following:

-The title of the paper

-Author(s)

-A description (abstract) of the paper, not to exceed 100 words

-Keywords

-An uploaded file of the paper.

-Requests for A/V equipment

NOTES:

-To submit a Debut Paper, authors may not have presented a paper previously at NCA. Participants must include the words DEBUT PAPER on the first page of the uploaded file.

-To submit a Competitive Paper, participants must include the words COMPETITIVE PAPER on the first page of the uploaded file.

-The uploaded manuscript should be prepared for anonymous peer review and the manuscript must not have been presented at another conference.

-Performance scripts may be considered as Debut or Competitive Paper submission only if they are accompanied by and contextualized through a discussion of the conceptual, theoretical, and/or methodological issues evoked, enacted, critiqued, and/or investigated by the performance. Participants wishing to have scripts considered as Debut or Competitive submissions should submit them as Individual Papers and include the appropriate category on the first page of the uploaded file.

 

2) Contributed Performances: The Division invites submission of completed performance scripts and sample video clips to be considered for inclusion on a "Contributed Performances" session. The contributed performance session is designed for short solo (7 to 9 minute) or multiple participant (10 to 15 minute) performances. Submitters should select Individual Performance as the submission type in NCA Convention Central and follow the instructions below:

-The title of the performance

-Performer(s)

-A description (abstract) of the performance, not to exceed 100 words

-Keywords

-Uploaded files(s) of script with link to video (upload limits at convention central are not likely to support direct video upload).

-Requests for A/V equipment

NOTES:

-Upload the performance script and the link to video sample to NCA Convention Central. Clips may be no longer than three minutes. The most complete submissions (i.e., script and link to sample clip) will be given preference during review.

-Other types of performance panels (e.g., multiple performances addressing a unified subject or theme, one person, or full-cast shows) should be submitted as a Performance Session (see below).

 

3) Paper Sessions: Participants wishing to submit a collection of papers addressing a common theme should submit the collection as a Paper Session. Select Paper Session in NCA Convention Central as the submission type for this format. Proposals should include the following:

-A title for the session

-A session chair (and respondent, if desired)

-Titles, author(s), and descriptions (abstracts) of all papers (abstracts should not exceed 100 words.)

-A description of the entire session for the online convention program (not to exceed 75 words)

-A rationale for the session (not to exceed 250 words)

-Requests for A/V equipment

 

4) Performance Sessions: If you have a group of performances around a theme or a longer form solo performance, please submit as a Performance Session. Select Performance Session in NCA Convention Central as the submission type for this format. Proposals should include the following:

-A title for the session

-A session chair (and respondent, if desired)

-Title(s), performer(s), and description(s) (abstract) of the performance(s) (abstracts should not exceed 100 words)

-A description of the overall session for the online convention program (not to exceed 75 words)

-A rationale for the session (not to exceed 250 words)

-Requests for A/V equipment

-Link to video excerpt(s) (if available)

-Performance script(s) (if available)

 

5) Film Sessions: If you have a group of films/multimedia works around a theme, please submit as a Film Session. Select Film Session in NCA Convention Central as the submission type for this format. Proposals should include the following:

-A title for the session

-A session chair (and respondent, if desired)

-Title(s), creator(s), and description(s) (abstract) of the film(s)/multimedia work(s) (abstracts should not exceed 100 words)

-A description of the overall session for the online convention program (not to exceed 75 words)

-A rationale for the session (not to exceed 250 words)

-Requests for A/V equipment

-Link to video excerpt(s) (if available)

-Script(s) (if available)

 

6) Panel Discussions: Panel discussions are preconceived complete sessions in which participants address a single significant issue or topic. No papers are presented during a panel discussion. Rather, the participants offer position statements, performances, and/or engage in a discussion addressing the topic. Select Panel Discussion in NCA Convention Central as the submission type for this format. Proposals should include the following:

-A title for the session

-A session chair (and respondent, if desired)

-A list of participants and their affiliations

-A description of the session for the online convention program (not to exceed 75 words)

-A rationale for the session (not to exceed 250 words)

-Requests for A/V equipment

In all categories, be as specific as possible about A/V equipment requirements.

 

For additional information or clarifications, contact Lisa Flanagan at <lflanaga@xula.edu>.