Research Opportunity

Research Opportunity

Research Opportunity

Human Communication Studies Caribbean Scholarship Project book launch and film screening

Godfrey Steele, Godfrey.Steele@sta.uwi.edu

NEW HUMAN COMMUNICATION BOOK AND FILM BY PROFESSSOR GODFREY A. STEELE 

You are invited to attend a book launch and film screening event celebrating human communication studies Caribbean scholarship on Thursday 18th August, 2022, at 6:00-8:00 pm at the Centre for Language Learning Auditorium, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. To register and attend virtually please visit:

https://sta-uwi-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-9ryVYpYQQ6pewRjPKgN3Q 

For more on the book, Human Communication Studies Caribbean Scholarship: Research Knowledge and Stories, visit https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/human-communication-studies-caribbean-scholarship-research-knowledge-and-stories

For more on the film Communication Connects, visit:

https://uwispace.sta.uwi.edu/dspace/handle/2139/54273

Human Communication Studies Caribbean Scholarship: Research Knowledge and Stories (HCSCS) reviews the published scholarly literature for 2010-2020 https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/human-communication-studies-caribbean-scholarship-research-knowledge-and-stories. It sets out to identify, summarize, and analyze this scholarly body of work from a non-traditional perspective. It focuses on human communication scholarship about the Anglophone Caribbean. It presents knowledge written by scholars from, beyond and related to the Caribbean. The knowledge created, gathered, and shared by resident, diasporic, non-resident, global scholars with an interest in topics of relevance to the Caribbean contributes to this volume. It complements Communication, Culture, & Conflict (G.A. Steele, 2021) by taking readers behind the scenes to explore, understand, and interrogate the stories about conducting and writing about human communication research experiences https://he.kendallhunt.com/product/communication-culture-and-conflict HCSCS links to my new documentary film.

Communication Connects - Human Communication Scholarship Stories from the Caribbean: A Documentary Film complements the book, Human Communication Studies Caribbean Scholarship: Research Knowledge and Stories (HCSCS) (Steele, 2022). It features thematic interviews with graduates and experienced academics, and overviews, summaries, and commentaries. The film consists of an overview, and three parts each focusing on one of three themes and a closure, credits and terms of use copyright and licensing statements.

 

https://uwispace.sta.uwi.edu/dspace/handle/2139/54273

 

Email: Godfrey.Steele@sta.uwi.edu           

 

Website: https://sta.uwi.edu/fhe/dlcc/professor-godfrey-steele


CSCA 2023 Communication and Technology Interest Group Call for Papers

Ken Lachlan, kenneth.lachlan@uconn.edu

The Communication and Technology Interest Group invites submissions of competitive papers, extended abstracts, and panel proposals for the 2023 CSCA Convention. The purpose of the Communication and Technology Interest Group is to promote dialogue and scholarship on the role of technology in communication. In conjunction with the convention theme, we are seeking innovative and insightful research that explores how we use technology to narrate our identities, as well as the use of technology in perpetuating or rectifying inequalities. We also welcome submissions exploring how technology can inspire communicative breakthroughs as they pertain to all aspects of our field. 

We welcome submissions that deal with a variety of technology platforms/types (e.g., AI, robots, VR, AR, mobile phone, social media). We also welcome a diverse range of topics/contexts concerning technology including but not limited to the following: CMC (Computer-Mediated Communication), HMC (Human-Machine Communication), and technology in diverse communication contexts (e.g., health, interpersonal, organizational, education). All methodological approaches and perspectives are welcome, and we strongly encourage work addressing the uses and effects of communication technology amongst marginalized groups. 

Full Paper 

- Overview: Papers may use any methodological or theoretical perspective. 

- Reference style: APA (7th edition) is preferred. However, as long as it is consistent through the manuscript, other formats are also accepted (e.g., MLA, Chicago.).  

- Paper submissions must include a title and a brief abstract. 

- Length: Limited to 30 double-spaced pages including everything (e.g., references, abstract, tables, figures). 

- Graduate students should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page.  

- If the paper will be a graduate student debut, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page.

- To be considered a graduate student debut paper, the following should be met: 

- the author must be a graduate student 

- the paper must have single authorship, and  

- the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA.  

- If you would like your paper to be considered for the Inclusive Scholarship Award, type “INCLUSIVE SCHOLARSHIP” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page.  

- To be considered as an exemplar of inclusive scholarship, the paper must demonstrate academic rigor in the examination of communication and historically marginalized communities/populations.  

- Important: The names of authors and all identifying information should be removed from the paper (Be sure to remove the name on “properties.”). Papers with identifying information will be returned to the submitters.  

Extended Abstract 

- Overview: Extended abstract may use any methodological or theoretical perspective. 

- Extended abstracts may be suitable for “research in progress” that may or may not include a brief report of results. 

- Reference style: APA (7th edition) is preferred. However, as long as it is consistent through the manuscript, other formats are also accepted (e.g., MLA, Chicago.).  

- Paper submissions must include a title and a brief abstract. 

- Length: Limited to 10 double-spaced pages including everything (e.g., references, abstract, tables, figures). 

- Important: The names of authors and all identifying information should be removed from the paper (Be sure to remove the name on “properties.”). Papers with identifying information will be returned to the submitters.  

 

Panel Proposal

- Two types of panels are welcomed: a) paper panel and b) discussion panel  

- Paper Panels are those including completed papers encompassing a specific topic. 

- Discussion Panels are those including 4-5 panelists who provide a brief opening statement concerning a topic and then engage in discussion.

- Submission materials 

- Discussion and paper panel submissions must include the following: (a) title, (b) description (75 words or less), (c) rationale (75 words or less), and (d) a complete list of participants along with their institutional affiliations, contact information (address, e-mail, and telephone), and if they are CSCA members.  

- Paper panels should also include titles and brief abstracts (100 words or less) for each paper.  

- Note: Submitters will be able to fill in the above information in the submission system directly without submitting a word document. 

- There will be strong preference given to proposals that include panelists from multiple institutions.  

Submission Logistics

- All technology requests must be made at the time of submission. 

- Deadline: October 7, 2022 (11:59 PM in CDT). 

- All submissions must be made via the CSCA online system. You will find a link to the AI submission system at: https://www.csca-net.org/aws/CSCA/pt/sp/callforpapers 

- We encourage all submitters and potential presenters to create a profile on the CSCA convention webpage. This will make the submission process easier.   

Please direct questions concerning the call to Dr. Ken Lachlan (Kenneth.lachlan@uconn.edu), Chair and Planner for Communication and Technology Interest Group, CSCA 2023.


ECA 2023: Interpersonal Communication Interest Group Call for Submissions

Erin Brummett, ebrummet@bloomu.edu

"Harboring Innovation"

Baltimore, MD

March 29 - April 2, 2023

The Interpersonal Communication Interest Group invites paper and panel submissions for ECA's114th Annual Convention. The 2023 convention theme is “Harboring Innovation”, and we look forward to an in-person convention that offers us the opportunity to reflect on this theme and focus on innovations in our teaching and scholarship as well as innovating the discipline. In her call for papers, Jennifer Waldeck (First Vice President) asks “interest groups and members to develop programming for the convention that focuses on how we have innovated and how we need to innovate to remain relevant, cutting-edge, and unique.”  

Paper and panel/program submissions must be received by 11:59pm (PST) on October 16, 2022. 

ECA utilizes Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. An email will be sent to all ECA members with a link to the submission site in the coming weeks (NOTE: This link is also available on the ECA website – www.ecasite.org). To submit your work, you will be prompted to login using ECA-specific credentials or prompted to create a new account (NOTE: Your login credentials are unique to ECA – you may not use credentials you may have created for other associations, such as NCA, that uses Attendee Interactive). 

The Interpersonal Communication Interest Group invites two types of submissions: 

Completed papers that report original research, provide an extensive literature review, or showcase some other form of scholarship are encouraged. Papers should be no more than 25 double-spaced pages (excluding title page, abstract, references, and appendices) and submitted in PDF format. Please comply with the APA 7th edition guidelines. 

Paper submissions must include the following elements: 

  1. Include a title and an abstract. The abstract should appear on the second page of the document.
  2. Indicate “Student Paper” if the work is authored solely by graduate or undergraduate students.
  3. Indicate “Debut” if a paper is written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
  4. At the bottom of the cover page, please include the following statement of professional responsibility:In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this panel or paper if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees. 
  5. Remove any identifying information (author name, university affiliation) in the document that is uploaded to Attendee Interactive.
  6. Save and submit in PDF format through Attendee Interactive.

**If the paper has multiple authors, please indicate who will be presenting at the convention. 

Panel/Program Proposals – Submission Guidelines: In addition to traditional panel submissions in which three to four speakers present individual papers on a specific topic area, consider submitting panels that are unique in composition and format. For instance, you might consider proposing a workshop session led by two or three experts on a particular topic with audience involvement and participation. You might also consider submitting a round table discussion featuring 5-8 presenters who share their positions on a focused topic moderated by a chair.  

Submissions of panel/program proposals must include the following elements saved in a PDF file: 

  1. A thematic title for the program. 
  2. Contact information for a chair and a respondent (if applicable). Chairs should not also be designated as respondents.
  3. Names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all participants.
  4. A program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program.
  5. A detailed rationale for the program/panel.
  6. Titles and abstracts for each speaker’s contribution (if applicable).
  7. A statement of professional responsibility:

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this panel or paper if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees. 

**Submitters are encouraged to create panels/programs comprised of individuals from different institutions. Chairs and respondents should typically not also serve as panelists.  

Additional Guidelines: Presenters are encouraged to present without technology. Please note that a paper or panel should be submitted to only one interest group for consideration. Please contact Erin Brummett at ebrummet@bloomu.edu if you have questions about the submission process. For additional information about the convention, including short courses and other programming, please see the ECA website available at www.ecasite.org. 

Convention acceptance notifications will be sent in January 2023. 


CSCA 2023: Health Communication Interest Group Call for Papers and Panels

Dee Priddis, Dee.Priddis@mtsu.edu

Call for Papers & Panels 

Health Communication Interest Group

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)

Annual Convention—St. Louis, MO

March 29-April 2, 2023

You are invited to submit competitive papers, panel discussions, and performance sessions for our 92nd Annual Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. Members are encouraged to reflect on the theme of Intersection, Transitions, and Silenced Voices. Our lives are full of intersections and transitions. We story these experiences in the form of prose, poetry, performance, photography, and film, as well as through print, sound bites, digital pixels, canvas, and fabrics. While some stories are visible, others are in the peripheries or silenced altogether. Our annual conference provides us an opportunity to empowering these silenced voices and historically marginalized bodies. The Health Communication Interest Group invites submissions of competitive papers and panels to be considered for programming at the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) convention, March 29 – April 2, 2023, in St. Louis, Missouri. Our interest group focuses on helping researchers, practitioners, and the general public better grasp, appreciate, use, and articulate health communication research, practice, and teaching. Health communication scholars also monitor and evaluate the efficacy of community-based, communication-driven, and health-related applications. The interest group is dedicated to engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration to develop curricular innovations centering on health communication. Thus, scholarship, community outreach, and pedagogy comprise our mission.

We welcome submissions on all topics which advance our mission, especially those that address the conference theme, Intersections, Transitions, and Silenced Voices.We strongly encourage submissions that address contemporary health opportunities and threats, invite cross-unit participation and collaboration, and create new opportunities and experiences for conference attendees. We enthusiastically encourage submissions from students and panel submissions that include panelists from multiple institutions. The Health Communication Division offers three awards: top paper, top student paper, and top panel. 

Competitive Papers:

- A Competitive Paper must be submitted electronically using the online system located on the CSCA website: https://www.csca-net.org/aws/CSCA/pt/sp/home_page.

- Papers must include a title page and brief abstract (150 words or less). Author names and any identifying information must be removed from papers prior to submission.

- Graduate and undergraduate students should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. If the paper will be a student debut, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” on the upper right- hand corner of the title page. To be considered a student debut paper, (1) the author must be a graduate or undergraduate student, (2) the paper must have single authorship, and (3) the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA. Please note whether the author is an undergraduate or graduate student.

- If you would like your paper to be considered for the Inclusive Scholarship Award, type “INCLUSIVE SCHOLARSHIP” in the upper right-hand corner of the title page. To be considered as an exemplar of inclusive scholarship, the paper must demonstrate academic rigor in the examination of communication and historically marginalized communities/populations.

- Only completed papers conforming to current APA standards will be accepted.

- Papers may not exceed 25 pages, excluding title, abstract, references, and appendices. Papers exceeding the maximum page limit will not be considered for review.

- Individuals may submit no more than one lead-authored paper.

Discussion and Paper Panels:

- Discussion and paper panels must be submitted electronically using the online system located on the CSCA website: https://www.csca-net.org/aws/CSCA/pt/sp/home_page.

- Panel submissions must include the following: (a) title, (b) description (75 words or less), (c) rationale (75 words or less), and (d) a complete list of participants along with their institutional affiliations, contact information, and CSCA membership status. Panels should also include titles and brief abstracts (150 words or less) for each paper or explanation of each participant’s purpose/perspective.

All papers and panel proposals must be submitted electronically using Microsoft Word. Documents sent using any other format will be returned to the sender. All technology requests must be made at the time of submission. 

Deadline for submissions: October 7, 2022, 11:59 PM CST Send submissions electronically through our online system via the CSCA website. https://www.csca-net.org/aws/CSCA/pt/sp/home_page. For further clarification, please contact the HCIG program planner, Dee Priddis, at deanne.priddis@mtsu.edu. For questions about the general call or the 2023 conference, contact Ahmet Atay, 2023 primary program planner, aatay@wooster.edu.

 


CSCA Undergraduate Education and Administration Section Call for Papers and Panel

Aimee Lau, aimee.lau@wlc.edu

Central States Communication Association (CSCA)  

Annual Convention-St. Louis, MO 

March 29-April 2, 2023

 

The Undergraduate Education & Administration (UE&A) Section invites submissions of competitive papers, panels, roundtable discussions, and innovative programming for the 2023 CSCA convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The purpose of the Undergraduate Education & Administration Section is to promote collaboration and highlight efforts of teachers, scholars, and administrators interested in academic institutions serving students at the undergraduate level. The section is open to all CSCA members interested in  undergraduate programs. Membership in our section does not count as one of your three interest groups.

Any topics related to issues facing undergraduate institutions are welcome. We are especially looking for papers and panels that support the conference theme of Intersection, Transitions, and Silenced Voices and that seek to re-engage the communication discipline at the undergraduate level. We welcome panels and papers that integrate both education and administration, panels that address concerns of undergraduate institutions in higher education, and ways in which this section can best serve our CSCA constituents. As noted by the conference planner, this conference provides us with an opportunity to listen to the stories of others and to provide a forum for marginalized and silenced voices. Submissions that foreground the voices of marginalized groups and underrepresented scholars are especially welcomed. 

Papers:  Only completed papers will be accepted. Papers must include a title and a brief abstract. Author name(s) and identifying information must be removed from the paper prior to submission.

Graduate students should type “STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. If the paper will be a graduate student debut, please type “DEBUT STUDENT” on the upper right-hand corner of the title page. To be considered a graduate student debut paper, (1) the author must be a graduate student, (2) the paper must have single authorship, and (3) the paper must be the author’s first paper to be presented at CSCA. Indicate if author(s) are CSCA members. Author’s name and identifying information must be removed from the paper prior to submission.

Panels:  We welcome Debut Panels, Paper Panels, and Discussion Panels. We especially favor panels that represent diverse institutions and diverse types of educational institutions and educators/administrators. No one person should serve more than one role on a panel (e.g., a chair should not be a paper presenter or discussant on the same panel). Spotlight panels highlighting particularly unique or successful undergraduate programming would also be welcome. All panel submissions must include the following: (a) panel title, (b) overall panel description (75 words or less), (c) rationale for the panel (75 words or less), and (d) a complete list of participants along with their institutional affiliations, contact information (address, e-mail, and telephone), and whether they are CSCA members. “Paper” panels should also include titles and brief abstracts (100 words or less) for each paper.

Technology requests must be made at the time of submission. CSCA will not provide laptops. 

All submissions must be sent electronically through the online system via the CSCA website. Submissions must be received by 11:59pm CDT on Friday, October 7, 2022. Information about the technology policy, and submission details can be found at https://www.csca-net.org (under the convention tab).


Call for Papers: Popular Culture Studies Journal Special Issue: Mental Health Issues in Fandom

CarrieLynn D. Reinhard, FandomCFP@gmail.com 

Guest Editors:

- Ben Abelson (Mercy College)

- Allison R. Levin (Webster University)

Before the concretization of fan studies as an academic discipline, fans would routinely be labeled and treated as “fanatics” — people with excessive love for something or someone that could lead them to engage in maladaptive, even dangerous, behavior. Over time the term mental health disorders developed to mean a condition that affects a person’s behavioral, and emotional well-being. As both fanaticism and mental health are framed as being all about how people think, feel, and behave, public discourse framed fandom as a mental health issue. Along with being problematic due to class, racial, gender and other issues, this positioning meant that fandom was not well understood until the recent couple decades.

Now, scholars return to this idea of mental health and fandom, but for the purposes of understanding how being a fan relates to their own mental health. This special issue explores what fans learn about mental health from their fandoms and how their fandoms can impact their own mental health, for better or worse. Discussing these issues and intersections will further our understanding of the complex ways in which fandom weaves into people’s lives.

Fans experience and express issues with mental health in various ways. The essays intended for this issue demonstrate the importance of neither deriding nor lauding fans and fandom. Instead, they engage with fans to understand how their fandom operates as another component of their lives, which can have positive and negative impacts on their mental health. Such examinations can further reduce any lingering stigma associated with fandom as well as highlight true areas of concern that fans and their communities would benefit from better understanding.

We are looking for theoretical or empirical articles that consider the mental health issues experienced by fans, within fan communities, and/or related to fandom.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

- Prevalence of mental health issues within fan communities

- How fans negotiate mental health issues

- How fandoms/media cause mental health issues in fans

- Using fandom as a therapeutic tool 

- Representation of fans’ mental health issues and how media depictions of mental health affect fans

- Fan activity as therapy

- What causes mental health issues within fans, fan communities, fandoms

- How fandoms act as therapy/coping mechanisms

- How fans learn about mental health issues

- How fans talk about mental health issues

- Negative aspects of mental health issues in fandom 

- Positive aspects of mental health issues in fandom

We’re especially interested in articles by science communicators and collaborations between scientists and humanities/pop culture scholars, concerning, for example, how scientists/physicians use pop culture to teach or talk to patients about mental health.

- Abstracts Due: July 15, 2022

Abstracts should be 250 to 500 words and present the intention of the research, the research’s original contribution, and how it relates to popular culture.

Please send abstracts to FandomCFP@gmail.com with “Mental Health Issues In Fandom” in the subject line.

- Acceptances: August 1, 2022 

- First Drafts: October 1, 2022

- Peer Review: November-December, 2022

- Final Drafts: February 2023

- Published: April 2023

Submission Guidelines:

Authors interested in contributing to the special issue should submit an approximately 500-word abstract explaining the proposed article or text. This abstract should include the article’s title and the author’s full name and contact information. In addition, all potential authors should include with their abstract a 100-word author bio to be included upon acceptance and publication.

Essays should range between 15-25 pages of double-spaced text in 12-pt. Times New Roman font, including all images, endnotes, and Works Cited pages. Please note that the 15-page minimum should be 15 pages of written article material. Less than 15 pages of written material will be rejected, and the author asked to develop the article further.

In accordance with the PCSJ style guide, essays should also be written in clear US English in the active voice and third person, in a style accessible to the broadest possible audience. Authors should be sensitive to the social implications of language and choose wording free of discriminatory overtones.

For documentation, the PCSJ follows the Modern Language Association style, which calls for a Works Cited list, with parenthetical author/page references in the text. This approach reduces the number of notes, which provide further references or explanation.

For punctuation, capitalization, hyphenation, and other matters of style, follow the MLA Handbook and the MLA Style Manual. The most current edition of the guide will be the requested edition for use. The Purdue Online Writing Lab provides updated information on this formatting style:

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/mla_style/mla_formatting_ and_style_guide/mla_formatting_and_style_guide.html

It is essential for authors to check, correct, and bring manuscripts up to date before final submission. Authors should verify facts, names of people, places, dates, and source information, and double-check all direct quotations and entries in the Works Cited list. As noted above, manuscripts not in MLA style will be returned without review.

Before final submission, the author will be responsible for obtaining letters of permission for illustrations and for quotations that go beyond “fair use,” as defined by current copyright law. 


Call for Papers, Abstracts, and Panel Proposals: Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association Annual Conference: Indian/South-Asian Popular Culture

Sumitra Srinivasan, sumitra.srinivasan@utoledo.edu

Friday-Sunday, 14-16 October 2022 

DePaul University, Chicago, IL 

Address: DePaul Center, 1 E. Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: (312) 362-8000 

This is our first year of having our conference at a University instead of a hotel; therefore, conference participants will be responsible for securing their own lodging.

Possible topics within the area include but are not limited to:

- Mediated Representations 

- Globalization

- Communication Hierarchies

- Diaspora

- Postcolonialism

- Local/national/global/glocal Impacts

- Multi-cultural Flows

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Sumitra Srinivasan at sumitra.srinivasan@utoledo.edu.

Submit paper, abstract, or panel proposals (including the title of the presentation) to the appropriate Area on the Submissions website at:https://form.jotform.com/220165367462152

Individuals may only submit one paper, and please do not submit the same paper to more than one Area. 

Due date for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2022. 

Please include your name, affiliation, and e-mail address of each author/participant. A preliminary version of the schedule will be posted on our website around August 2022. The final version will be distributed in hard copy at the conference. 

Special Notes Regarding Proposal Submissions:

  1. AV equipment will be provided. The Association does not provide laptops, cords, or speakers.
  2. If necessary, indicate and submit potential scheduling conflicts along with your proposal.
  3. If you wish your presentation to be listed as MACA (rather than MPCA), please include this request with your proposal.

Please plan to attend the entire conference. Panels will run at the following approximate times:

- Friday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

- Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

- Sunday: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Special events may include game night on Thursday evening, featured speakers and awards ceremony on Friday evening, and a keynote speaker on Saturday evening. These events will be free for conference registrants. Area Chairs are strongly encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting.

MEMBERSHIP DUES & REGISTRATION FEES: Membership renewal forms for the 2022 calendar year and 2022 conference registration forms will be available on the website in the coming weeks. All participants must register for the conference. Registration is $100 for undergraduate students with ID, $150 for reduced rate members (graduate students with ID, retirees, and unemployed), and $180 for regular members. There will be a $15 late fee for registration on-site or postmarked after September 15, 2022. (This fee is waived for residents of countries other than the USA or Canada.) Payment on-site will be by cash, check, or via credit card on Square. To preregister, send a check anytime to Malynnda Johnson, 200 North Seventh Street Terre Haute, Indiana, USA 47809. Make check payable to Midwest Popular Culture Association. A registration-membership form may be printed from our website at: http://www.mpcaaca.org

Day passes will be available for guests of the conference who are not presenting a paper.

Attendees are financially responsible for all costs related to their participation in the conference, e.g., transportation, lodging, meals, registration, membership, etc. Graduate students are invited to apply for competitively awarded travel grants from MPCA/MACA. Details on these grants are available here:

http://mpcaaca.org/conference/travel-grants/

Cancellation Policy: If you submit a proposal (or if you accept an invitation to appear on a panel), you are promising to attend the conference if your proposal is accepted, and you are promising to pay the conference registration fee, the Association membership fee, and a late fee of $15 if applicable. If your proposal is accepted and you do not attend the conference, it is expected that you will:

  1. Notify all members of your panel, your Area Chair, and the MPCA/MACA Executive Secretary (Malynnda Johnson) of your cancellation
  2. Provide such notification as early as possible
  3. Arrange to have your paper distributed at the panel
  4. Arrange for somebody else to carry out any other duties you may have
  5. Pay your membership and registration fees (plus late fee if applicable

 

If conditions 1-5 are met, you may file a written request, after the conference, for a refund of half your registration fee. For co-authored papers, all authors are welcome and encouraged to attend, but only one author is required to attend. 

COVID-19: The Midwest Popular Culture Association continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely. At this point, we intend for the conference to go ahead as planned in-person in October of 2022. Please note that the deadline for registration is September 15 of 2022. In the event that the conference is moved into a virtual setting, postponed, or canceled, we will notify you and provide you with information as to how the organization will respond as soon as possible. Please check the MPCA website or follow MPCA on Twitter or Facebook for the latest information.


 


 

 


Call for Submissions: 10th Annual Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop

Tia C. M. Tyree, ttyree@howard.edu

Howard University

October 6, 2022

Understanding the Human Experience Impacted by Social Media

We mark the first decade of the Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop at Howard University by reflecting on the effects and impact of the Internet revolution, what McLuhan called in the 1960s the “extension of man.” Fifty years later, this extension has created a post-human virtual interaction that has unearthed both the negative and positive aspects of social media on our lives. Race, racialism and racism manifest themselves in cyberspace through several lenses most notably by hate, mendacity and death threats. Technology and social media scholar danah boyd recently pointed out that even as more information is available online than ever before, forces are pushing for the erasure of history or undoing scientific knowledge, making agnotology a tool of oppression that threatens the political and social gains of African Americans and other racialized minorities.

Yet, social media, too, provide avenues for individuals to share, create and connect in ways that have never been available in the history of mankind. The purpose of this year’s conference is to highlight both the “good and the bad,” “ugly and beautiful” or “evil and nice” sides of social media. In our 10th year, it is the most opportune time to bring critical voices to the conference to debate, again, what truly is happening in our digital space.

Topics to be covered include, but not limited to, the following:

- Digital platforms and educational curriculum challenges

- African Americans and hate speech in social media

- Cyberbullying

- Race and racism in cyberspace

- Disinformation on the Internet

- The Dark Web and its impact on individuals

- All Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter on digital media

- Gender Relations 

- Facebook Groups and sharing experiences

- Being heard on social media

- Getting connected on social media

- Creative spaces on social media 

- Metaverse

 - Race and Epistemologies of Ignorance

 

The following categories are welcome: papers, panel proposals, posters as well as audio, video and interactive presentations. All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference.

To submit, visit: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=smtcw21

To see the full call, visit: https://bit.ly/36Z3ork

To learn more about the conference, visit the official website at: https://socialmediatechnologyconference.com/