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

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

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