The NCA Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns and the GLBTQ Communication Studies Division

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Here are a few sessions that you do not want to miss!

  • Business Meeting, Friday 12:30-1:45. Marriott Downtown, Liberty Salon A. Caucus on GLBTQ Concerns. The Randy Majors Award will be presented to Dr. Bryan Keith Alexander.
  • Social Hour, Friday 2:00-3:15. Marriott Downtown, Liberty Salon A. Co-Sponsored by Caucus on GLBTQ Concerns and the GLBTQ Division. The Lambda Award will be presented to Dr. Deryl Johnson.
  • Remembering, Honoring, and Celebrating the Life of R. Anthony “Tony” Slagle. Saturday 3:30-4:45. Marriott Downtown, Room 310, Level 3. Co-Sponsored by Caucus on GLBTQ Concerns and the GLBTQ Division.
  • NCA Intercaucus Reception, Saturday 6:30-7:30. Marriott Downtown, Grand Salon F, Level 5. Co-Sponsored by all NCA Caucuses.
  • One Pulse, Many Civic Callings: Meaning-Making and Social Change in a Massacre’s Aftermath. Saturday 7:30-9:00pm. Marriott Downtown, Grand Salon G, Level 5.

The NCA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Communication Studies Division and Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns are pleased to announce annual awards for scholarship pertaining to the study of GLBTQ communication.

We are interested in recognizing scholarship that: 1) advances our field’s understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer communication studies; 2) makes a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship on GLBTQ populations and/or identities; and 3) demonstrates intellectual rigor and mastery of the work’s chosen literature field and methodology. Each award will be evaluated by a panel of three GLBTQ scholars, comprised of the current chairs of the Division and the Caucus and one former winner of the award, appointed by the executive committee of the GLBTQ Division. Guidelines for nomination and submission for each award are outlined below.

Book of the Year Award
The Book of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding scholarly book advancing GLBTQ communication studies. To qualify for the award, the book must have been published in the last two calendar years (2014-2016). Nominations by NCA members as well as self-nominations will be accepted. To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair:
1) A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the book to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the date of release and publishing press.
2) Three copies of the book for consideration. Hard copies and electronic copies/submissions will be accepted
3) One letter of support from a scholar in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the book as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

Monograph of the Year Award
The Monograph of the Year Award recognizes up to three outstanding monographs/scholarly articles advancing GLBTQ communication scholarship. To qualify for the award, the essay must have been published in the last two calendar years (2014-2016). Nominations by NCA members as well as self-nominations will be accepted.
To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair:
1) A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the essay to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the date of release and publishing press.
2) A single copy of the work as a PDF.
3) One letter of support from a scholar in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the book as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

Dissertation of the Year Award
The Dissertation of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding dissertation advancing GLBTQ communication scholarship. To qualify for the award, the dissertation must have been approved and filed within the last two calendar years (2014-2016). Only self-nominations will be accepted.
To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair:
1) A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the dissertation to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the defense and filing dates.
2) One full copy of the dissertation, as well as three copies of the chapter most representative of the claims outlined in the letter of nomination as a PDF.
3) One letter of support from a scholar in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the dissertation as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

Application materials for all awards should be compiled into one PDF, or sent as PDF attachments in one email, and submitted electronically to hobsonkd@jmu.edu, except for submissions of hard copy books, which should be submitted to Kathryn Hobson, School of Communication Studies, James Madison University MSC 2106, 54 Bluestone Drive, Harrison Hall 1257, Harrisonburg, VA 22807, by Friday, July 8th. Please indicate the name of the award in the subject line of the email. Please email Kathryn if you have questions.

Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns
November 11-13, 2016 Philadelphia, PA
The submission deadline is Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.
 
CAUCUS SUBMISSION CRITERIA
The Caucus on GLBTQ Concerns welcomes submissions of competitively selected individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions that foster political awareness and public advocacy on issues relevant to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Voices from these communities and their allies are particularly valued.
The 2016 convention theme is “Communication’s Civic Callings” and the focus is on promoting social justice and fostering dialogue. Given this theme, the caucus invites submissions that focus on ways communication scholars can promote awareness of GLBTQ issues, and advocate within and on behalf of the GLBTQ community/communities. Submissions should examine ways that communication can be “called upon” to engage with issues relevant to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals and communities.
In addition to the general call, this year, the caucus invites submissions that focus on two additional themes:
1) A limited number of advanced works in progress may be accepted in hopes of engaging in dialogue about these works with senior scholars within the field.
2) In promotion of advancing the voices of the entire community, we are inviting submissions that focus specifically on awareness and advocacy by and/or on behalf of those who identify as bisexual, transgender, queer, and other intersectionalites of gender and/or sexuality.
A focus on these themes is welcome, however all submissions embracing the advocacy and social justice mission of the caucus are invited. Though a limited number of works in progress may be accepted, the expectation is that the majority of presentations will be of completed works. The Caucus on GLBTQ Concerns therefore enthusiastically invites all members of the communication community to submit work that speaks to issues of advocacy and social justice as we embrace our civic calling to advance the mission of the caucus.
All submissions must be made electronically through NCA Convention Central: (https://ww4.aievolution.com/nca1601/). NCA Convention Central opens for submissions on January 18, 2016 and the submission deadline is Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

 

  • All individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions must be submitted electronically to NCA Convention Central. Formats for uploaded files include Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, PDF, and JPG.
  • For Individual Papers, NCA Convention Central will also ask you to indicate whether or not you would like your paper to be considered for Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S). If you check this box during submission, the unit planner may forward your paper to the S2S unit if it includes visual images that may be more appropriate for table display and interactive discussion with “wandering scholars.” Note that NCA will not provide audio-visual equipment for S2S displays. Submitted Panel Discussions, Paper Sessions, and Contributed Performances will not be sent for consideration for S2S.
  • Each submission should be made to only one unit (i.e., division, caucus, affiliate).

 

SUBMITTING AN INDIVIDUAL PAPER
Submitted papers must include:

 

  • A title
  • A 250-500 word description/abstract
  • Author(s) information
  • Keywords
  • An uploaded copy of the paper with no more than 25 double-spaced pages of text, not including references
  • No information identifying the author within the uploaded abstract or text.

 

SUBMITTING A PAPER SESSION
Submitted paper sessions must include:

 

  • A title for the session
  • A very basic session description (75 words max.)
  • A list of chair(s) and respondent(s)
  • Titles and descriptions (150 words max.) along with author(s) for each paper
  • Keywords
  • A session rationale (500 words max) including the session’s relevance to the Caucus

 

SUBMITTING A PANEL DISCUSSION
Submitted panel discussions must include:

 

  • A title for the panel
  • A very basic panel description (75 words max.)
  • A list of presenters
  • A panel rationale (500 words max.) including the panel’s relevance to the Caucus

 

SUBMITTING A CONTRIBUTED PERFORMANCE
Submitted Performances must include:
      1. A title for the performance
      2. The name of the performer(s)
      3. A 250-500 word description of the performance
      4. A working script or draft of the performance (not to exceed 18 minutes when performed)
REQUESTING AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT
If you are considering a request for AV equipment, please read NCA’s Audio-Visual Equipment Policy, available in the Convention Resource Library on the NCA Website. NCA normally approves requests for internet, laptop audio, and LCD projectors, and this request must be made at the time of submission.
RESOURCES AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participation prior to submission. Helpful resources (including the Professional Standards for Convention Participants), such as live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, and definitions of submission types are available in the NCA Convention Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).
 
Questions should be directed to the 2016 Program Planner:
Alice E. Veksler
Vice Chair, Caucus on LGBTQ Concerns
Department of Communication
Christopher Newport University
1 Avenue of the Arts
Newport News, VA 23601

Join us at NCA 2015!

We hope to see you at Caucus and Division events at NCA. Search for all of our panels and programs on the Conventional Central site.

The division business meeting will be Friday at 12:30 in the Rio, Miranda 5.

Join the caucus for a business meeting on Saturday at 2:00pm in the Rio, Miranda 2. Stay for the social hour at 3:30 in the same room.

The NCA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Communication Studies Division and Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns are pleased to announce annual awards for scholarship pertaining to the study of GLBTQ communication. We are interested in recognizing scholarship that: 1) advances our field’s understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer communication studies; 2) makes a significant contribution to contemporary scholarship on GLBTQ populations and/or identities ; and 3) demonstrates intellectual rigor and mastery of the work’s chosen literature field and methodology. Each award will be evaluated by a panel of three GLBTQ scholars, comprised of the current chairs of the Division and the Caucus and one former winner of the award, appointed by the executive committee of the GLBTQ Division. Guidelines for nomination and submission for each award are outlined below.

Book of the Year Award

The Book of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding scholarly book advancing GLBTQ communication studies. To qualify for the award, the book must have been published in the last two calendar years (2013 or 2014). Nominations by NCA members as well as self-nominations will be accepted.

To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair:

1) A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the book to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the date of release and publishing press.

2) Three copies of the book for consideration.

3) Additional letters of support (no more than 5) from scholars in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the book as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

Monograph of the Year Award

The Monograph of the Year Award recognizes up to three outstanding monographs/scholarly articles advancing GLBTQ communication scholarship. To qualify for the award, the essay must have been published in the last two calendar years (2013 or 2014). Nominations by NCA members as well as self-nominations will be accepted.

To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair. Electronic copies/submissions in PDF format will be accepted and are encouraged:

1) A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the essay to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the date of release and publishing press.

2) Three copies of the published essay for consideration (or a single electronic PDF copy if the nomination is an electronic submission).

3) Additional letters of support (no more than 5) from scholars in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the essay as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

Dissertation of the Year Award

The Dissertation of the Year Award recognizes one outstanding dissertation advancing GLBTQ communication scholarship. To qualify for the award, the dissertation must have been approved and filed within the last two calendar years (2013 or 2014). Only self-nominations will be accepted.

To apply for this award, please send a packet with the following items to the awards committee chair. Electronic copies/submissions in PDF format will be accepted and are encouraged:

1) A letter of nomination detailing the merit of the dissertation to be considered for the award. This should also provide publication information including the defense and filing dates.

2) One full copy of the dissertation, as well as three copies of the chapter most representative of the claims outlined in the letter of nomination (a single electronic PDF copy of both items will be accepted).

3) Additional letters of support (no more than 3) from scholars in the field of communication speaking on the intellectual and academic merit of the dissertation as it relates to GLBTQ communication scholarship.

Application materials for all awards are due by FRIDAY, July 3rd. Submissions should be directed to Bernadette Marie Calafell, Communication Studies, University of Denver, 2000 E. Asbury Ave., Sturm 200, Denver, CO 80208. Electronic submission can be emailed to Bernadette.Calafell@du.edu and please indicate the name of the award in the subject line of the email.

Bernadette Marie Calafell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies
University of Denver
2000 E. Asbury, Sturm 200
Denver, Colorado 80208
303-871-4322

Caucus Award Call

NCA Caucus on GLBTQ Concerns: 2015 Call for Award Nominations

Michael Tew, Eastern Michigan University

Every year at the annual NCA convention, the Caucus recognizes outstanding scholars and organizations that contribute to the LGBTQ community with two prestigious awards. General description of the awards and the nomination process are detailed below.

The Randy Majors Award

The Caucus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns solicits nominations for the Randy Majors Memorial Award. This award specifically recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender scholarship in communication studies. Each year the Caucus presents the award to one individual at the National Communication Association annual convention.

The award is named for Randy Majors, who was fundamental in creating the Caucus. The award is funded through the donations of Caucus members and most significantly through the generosity of Jeff Ringer, who donated the proceeds of his edited book, Queer Words, Queer Images.

Nominations are accepted from any NCA member except current officers of the Caucus who comprise the selection committee. Current officers in the Caucus may not be nominated. Any NCA member is eligible, regardless of sexual identity. If you are not familiar with NCA members, you might check the NCA directory and/or the NCA home page links at http://www.natcom.org.

To be considered, all nominations must include a/an:

·         Primary letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s qualifications, with specific focus on how this person contributes to LGBTQ communication scholarship.

·         Current curriculum vitae for the nominee.

·         One representative sample publication of the nominee’s scholarly work.

·         Additional letters of support (OPTIONAL: up to 5).

Nominators should submit the above materials in a.pdf file by August 1, 2015 to mtew@emich.edu. Questions about the award or the submission process can be directed to the Chair of the Caucus.

The Lambda Award

The Caucus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns solicits nominations for the Lambda Award for outstanding contributions to the LGBTQ academic community. The Caucus created the Lambda Award to honor significant contributions to the promotion of LGBTQ rights by means other than the production of scholarship. This might include extensive service to the LGBTQ community, successful teaching of LGBTQ issues, or successful advising of LGBTQ students. Each year the Caucus presents the award to one individual/organization at the National Communication Association annual convention. The Caucus is particularly interested in nominations for organizations local to the NCA Host location, in this case Las Vegas or Nevada.

The Lambda Award takes it name from the Greek letter lambda, which Romans later adopted to mean “the light of knowledge shed into the darkness of ignorance.” In the early 1970s, New York City’s Gay Activists Alliance selected the Greek letter lambda as its emblem. Since then, it functions as a symbol of the fight to secure equal rights for LGBT individuals.

Nominations are accepted from any NCA member except current officers of the Caucus who comprise the selection committee. Current officers in the Caucus may not be nominated. Any person or organization is eligible, regardless of sexual identity or political affiliation.

To be considered, all nominations must include a/an:

·         Primary letter of nomination detailing the nominee’s qualifications, with specific focus on how this person contributes to the promotion of LGBTQ rights.

·         Representative documentation of the nominee’s contributions.

·         Additional letters of support (OPTIONAL: up to 5).

Nominators should submit the above materials in a .pdf file by August 1, 2015 to mtew@emich.edu. Questions about the award or the submission process can be directed to the Chair of the Caucus.

Michael Tew  mtew@emich.edu

Chair, Caucus on GLBTQ Concerns

General Call for GLBTQ Communication Studies Division

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division invites submissions for NCA’s 101st Annual Convention. The theme for the convention is “Embracing Opportunities” (sub theme: “What happens in Vegas shouldn’t stay in Vegas”), which encourages collaborative work amongst divisions and caucuses, examines intersections of identities, as well as utilizes a variety of theoretical lenses and methodological approaches. These themes give the GLBTQ Division a chance to examine how people relate through differences, engage in social change across identity lines, and work to forge bonds of solidarity between people of various community affiliations. Although most of our submissions are centered in the communicative practices and/or representations of sexual and gender minorities, the division is also interested in papers, performances, sessions, and panels that take an intersectional approach to GLBTQ studies, including those that address race, class, disability, trans and cisgender identities, body size, country of origin, language and the plethora of other identities that intersect with queerness to inform queer lives.
As part of the 101st convention some question or themes these papers, panels, and performances might explore are: What opportunities for social change exist within GLBTQ scholarship, both locally and globally? What opportunities exist for engaging in solidarity with other relevant social movements? In what ways are GLBTQ opportunities limited by privilege and oppression? What role does Las Vegas (or other contexts) play in conversations of queer labor? How do we take what we discuss at the convention into our home communities? The division welcomes all methodological and theoretical perspectives in individual papers, paper sessions, panels, and performance sessions conversant across the other units of our organization. Please consider co-sponsoring panels with other divisions and/or caucuses. Please note: Applicants can submit one and only one paper or performance to this Division in which he/she/they are the primary author of the work.
Submissions will be open from Monday, January 19, 2015 to Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time at the NCA Convention Central Website <https://ww4.aievolution.com/nca1501&gt; .

Competitive Submissions Guidelines

Individual paper submissions should:

include a title and a description of no more than 300 words;
identify all authors(s);
list three keywords;
upload a copy of the paper, not to exceed 30 pages (12 point font), including notes, references, figures, and/or tables;
not identify the author(s) anywhere in the description or the uploaded essay (student papers should be designated as “student authored” in the electronic submission process); and,
indicate whether or not the author(s) would be willing to present in the Scholar to Scholar (S2S) sessions by checking the appropriate agreement box.

Paper session proposals should:

provide a title for the session;
craft a session description for the convention program (less than 75 words);
enter a session chair (required) and respondent (optional);
include the title, description (less than 500 words), and author(s) for each paper presentation;
list three keywords; and,
provide a rationale for the session (less than 1000 words).

Panel discussion proposals or performance centered panels should:

provide a title for the panel discussion;
craft a session description for the convention program (less than 75 words);
enter a list of presenters and a session chair (required); and,
provide a rationale for the panel or performance, including each discussant’s qualifications to address the proposed topics (less than 1000 words).

Performance session proposals should:

provide a title for the session;
craft a session description for the convention program (less than 75 words);
enter a session chair (required) and respondent (optional);
include the title, description (less than 500 words), and performer(s) for each performance; and,
provide a rationale for the session (less than 1000 words).

ALL AV (audio/visual) requests must be made at the time of submission.
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 Library
Each submission should be made to one unit only.
If you have any questions about the submission process, please contact the unit planner, Kathryn Hobson at hobson.kathryn.du@gmail.com

NCA 2015 Call for Submissions

Caucus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns

November 19-22, 2015 Las Vegas, NV

2015 PROGRAM PLANNER

Brett Billman (St. Ambrose University)

Vice Chair, Caucus on GLBTQ Concerns

CAUCUS SUBMISSION CRITERIA

The Caucus on GLBTQ Concerns welcomes submissions of individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions that foster political awareness and public advocacy on issues relevant to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Voices from these communities and their allies are particularly valued.

The 2015 convention theme is “Embracing Opportunities.” With this theme in mind, submitters are encouraged to think creatively about how their scholarship and pedagogical practices create and embrace political and advocacy opportunities for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities. Combining the convention’s theme of “Embracing Opportunities” with the GLBTQ caucus’s mission of fostering political awareness and advocating for issues relevant to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer communities provide the framework to inspire us to envision “what we can do” and “what can be” as we interact with our students, establish ourselves as scholars, and partner with those in our communities.

The Caucus on GLBTQ Concerns invites submissions related to the theme of “Embracing Opportunities” that encourage us to tackle tough topics and engage in meaningful dialogues about issues that matter to us and to others who share our world. Consider how our intellectual traditions and practices serve (or not serve) disciplinary and community interests; how social, political, economic, and intellectual conditions affect GLBTQ scholarship, theorizing, and advocacy; how organizational, institutional, and cultural forces can lay foundations for, facilitate, and/or prevent the inclusion of GLBTQ voices in academic contexts as well as contexts outside the academy; how obstacles faced by historically underrepresented groups in the field have/have not been identified and/or negotiated.

In addition to the general call, the Caucus also encourages panel discussion submissions relating to: GLBTQ advocacy; relationships between advocates, activists and academics; examination of persistent heteronormativity in the discipline and NCA; critical consideration of diversity and intersectionality in the caucus, discipline, and public advocacy; and interrogation of the theory/advocacy binary. If you have a panel idea but are not sure about finding other participants, feel free to contact the program planner for assistance.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 11:59 PST

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions must be submitted electronically to NCA Convention Central. Formats for uploaded files include Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF, RTF, and JPG. More information is available on the NCA Convention Website at http://www.natcom.org/convention.
For Individual Papers, NCA Convention Central will ask you to indicate if your submission is a student paper.
For Individual Papers, NCA Convention Central will also ask you to indicate whether or not you would like you paper to be considered for Scholar-to-Scholar (S2S). If you check this box during submission, the unit planner may forward your paper to the S2S unit if it includes visual images that may be more appropriate for table display and interactive discussion with “wandering scholars.” Note that NCA will not provide audio-visual equipment for S2S displays. Submitted Panel Discussions, Paper Sessions, and Contributed Performances will not be sent for consideration for S2S.
Each submission should be made to only one unit (i.e., division, caucus, affiliate).

SUBMITTING AN INDIVIDUAL PAPER

Submitted papers must include:

A title
A 250-500 word description
An uploaded copy of the paper with no more than 25 double-spaced pages of text, not including references
No information identifying the author within the uploaded abstract or text.

SUBMITTING A PAPER SESSION

Submitted paper sessions must include:

A title for the session
A very basic session description (75 words max.)
A list of chair(s) and respondent(s)
Titles and descriptions (150 words max.) along with author(s) for each paper
A session rationale (500 words max) including the session’s relevance to the Caucus

SUBMITTING A PANEL DISCUSSION

Submitted panel discussions must include:

A title for the panel
A very basic panel description (75 words max.)
A list of presenters
A panel rationale (500 words max.) including the panel’s relevance to the Caucus

SUBMITTING A CONTRIBUTED PERFORMANCE

(use the Individual Paper Option)

Submitted Performances must include:

1. A title for the performance

2. The name of the performer(s)

3. A 250-500 word description of the performance

4. A working script or draft of the performance (not to exceed 18 minutes when performed)

REQUESTING AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT

If you are considering a request for AV equipment, please read NCA’s Audio-Visual Equipment Policy, available in the Convention Resource Library on the NCA Website. NCA normally approves requests for internet, laptop audio, and LCD projectors, and this request must be made at the time of submission.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participation prior to submission. Helpful resources (including the Professional Standards for Convention Participants), such as live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the NCA Convention Library (www.natcom.org/conventionresources).

Brett Billman

Communication Department

St. Ambrose University

518 W. Locust St.

Davenport, IA 52803