Research Opportunity

Research Opportunity

Research Opportunity

Call for Panelists: NCA Panel on Climate Anxiety

Laekyn Kelley,


We are interested in soliciting papers to join a panel to be submitted to the Environmental Communication Division of NCA for the 2023 conference on “Climate Anxiety.” The current paper on the panel uses inductive qualitative coding to find themes in survey data around climate concerns in Nevada. We are looking for other contributors working in the area of climate anxiety from a variety of methodologies. We are interested in a variety of topics related to climate anxiety such as youth anxiety, social movement campaigns, sources of/solutions to climate anxiety, and the ways that communities feel or manifest anxiety (for example).

Please email Laekyn Kelley ( with a title, list of authors and their affiliations, and a 75-word abstract.


Institute for Public Relations Student Awards

Brittany Higginbotham,


CISION INSIGHTS FELLOWSHIP - Application Deadline is April 7, 2023

The purpose of the Cision Insights Fellowship is to support and encourage undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in applied public relations research as a career. The winner of the Spring 2023 Fellowship will be awarded $1,200 upon completion of the research project. They will also receive a free ticket and travel to the IPR Annual Distinguished Lecture and Awards Dinner on November 30, 2023, where they will be presented with an award onstage by a Cision team member in front of an audience of communications and public relations leaders and academics. View application requirements details here. For questions or to apply, please email all materials to


2023 ORANGEFIERY BEST MASTER’S THESIS OF THE YEAR AWARD - Application Deadline is May 5, 2023 

This award recognizes and encourages graduate study and scholarship in public relations through an annual award for an outstanding Master’s thesis. The winner of this award receives a $2,000 grant. The winner’s faculty advisor receives a $1,000 cash grant. The winner will also receive a free ticket and travel to the Annual IPR Distinguished Lecture and Awards Dinner on November 30, 2023. For full details on the award and its requirements, click here.


RAGAN RESEARCH AWARD - Application Deadline: May 19, 2023

The purpose of the Ragan Research Award is to offer students an opportunity to conduct secondary research on an important topic in the PR industry. The winner will receive a $1,500 stipend to produce a small research brief (~ five pages) on a suggested topic. The winner’s research paper will be published on the IPR website, Ragan website, and PR Daily. Graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. For questions or to apply, please email


Call for Panelists-NCA 2023-Small Groups in Large Lecture Courses

Nikolaos Linardopoulos,


I am seeking participants for a proposed panel on the integration of small group activities in the large lecture communication courses. The panel aims to address questions such as: pros and cons of incorporating small group activities in large lecture courses, best practices for assessment of small groups as well as the relationship to the learning and program learning objectives. Contributions which account for multiple delivery formats (in-person, hybrid, online, hyflex) would be particularly welcomed. If you are interested in participating, please email Nick Linardopoulos - by Friday March 17th with a 250 word abstract on what you would like to contribute.


Social Norms in Health Communication Scholarship

Health Communication special issue

(New Deadline of June 15, 2023) 

A Call for Papers and Reviewers

Guest Editors

Rajiv N. Rimal, Johns Hopkins University

& Maria Knight Lapinski, Michigan State University 

Research on social norms continues to expand rapidly, fueled in recent years by our desire to understand the roles that social influence processes play in people’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in keeping with the rapid growth in social norms research our field has seen in many other domains that affect people’s health and wellbeing.

In this special issue of Health Communication, we invite scholarship at the intersection of social norms and health. Many other fields of inquiry, in addition to Communication, invest significant scholarly resources to understand, document, and expand our conceptual understanding about how social norms are manifest in society, how they evolve over time, and how they influence people’s attitudes and behaviors. We welcome all perspectives in this special issue, as long as communication processes and human health remain a primary focus of the scholarship, given the focus of the journal, Health Communication, where this work will be published.

We are particularly interested in papers that improve our conceptual understanding of social norms while also promoting health and wellbeing. Listed below are some of the perspectives that would fit well within the scope of the special issue:

- Use of social norms perspectives and concepts in health interventions

- Cultural variations in how social norms are understood, formulated, and acted upon to affect health

- Understanding causal mechanisms in normative influences on health behaviors

- The role of social norms in affecting health equity, health disparities, or social justice

We have received a number of requests for a later deadline for submissions (from March 1), and we are extending the deadline to May 1, 2023.

Manuscript Submission

- Please follow all the Health Communication author guidelines found here.

- Manuscripts are due on or before June 15, 2023. We will begin reviewing manuscripts on a rolling basis, so authors are encouraged to submit early if they can. (Extended Deadline)

- Authors will be asked to revise their manuscript within three weeks after receipt of the reviews. Manuscripts that appear to need more extensive changes than can be done in a three-week period will not proceed to the next round for publication consideration.

To submit your manuscript,

- Visit the journal’s submission site

- Answer “Yes” to the question “Are you submitting your paper for a specific special issue?”

- In the subsequent field asking about the special issue name, write “Social Norms”


Guest Reviewers

We welcome reviewers from a broad range of backgrounds, disciplines, and expertise. We are particularly interested in reviewers whose work lies at the intersection of social norms, communication, and health. We ask reviewers to provide reviews within three weeks. Reviewers will be specifically acknowledged in the special issue. If interested in reviewing, please send an email to Rajiv Rimal ( or Maria Lapinski (




Program Planner

Mark Congdon Jr., PhD  

Sacred Heart University

Fairfield, CT 06825


DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 29, 11:59 PM Pacific

The Disability Issues Caucus (DIC) invites competitive individual papers (not abstracts), paper sessions, panel discussions, and performance session proposals examining disability and communication. This year's convention theme, "Freedom," offers scholars opportunities to come together and to examine and discuss future directions for research, teaching, and the communication discipline itself. As First Vice President and Primary Planner Dr. Marnel Niles Goins: “Human communication plays a critical role in our understanding of what it means to be free. Through Communication, we determine if we ourselves are free and create our personal and collective journeys to become or remain free…As Communication scholars, our voices must continue to address and parse out the nuances of what freedom was, is, and can be. Engaging with the concept of freedom allows us to challenge assumptions of what freedom means and offer solutions for individuals, groups, organizations, and societies to attain freedom.”

This year's convention theme offers DIC members the opportunity to explore multiple areas of the discipline, and we invite provocative paper, panel, performance, and film submissions that examine questions about FREEDOM as they relate to the intersection of communication and disability.

The theme challenges submitters to consider the following questions: 1) How can our teaching and scholarship interrogate the interdependency of dis/able-bodied peoples with what it means to be free and empower people who have been oppressed? 2) How can communication teachers and researchers share the labor of activism and advocacy to enhance our collective freedom? 3) How is communication and disability scholarship enhanced when we think of freedom - Where do we find freedom and how do we get there? Are we free now? Who is free? How do we invite and engage (or normalize) disability in efforts to expand freedom where it has been historically excluded? The theme of the 109th Annual Convention provides an opportunity for DIC members to interrogate these types of questions through scholarship that represents the diversity of our discipline, while also taking stock in our collective commitments to people, liberation, advocacy, and community. 

The DIC is particularly well-positioned to explore these questions and foster these conversations because disability is inherently intersectional. The caucus frequently showcases critical/cultural and interdisciplinary scholarship. We are looking for proposals that focus on intersections of disability, communication, communication ethics, communication pedagogy, and other areas of disability discourses, including culture and identity. We also welcome submissions that examine directions for disability in terms of future research, teaching, and for the transformation of the discipline; and those dedicated to examining how disability and communication can be generative to the advancement of the discipline. The DIC prioritizes critical/cultural scholarship over deficit and rehabilitation approaches to disability.

As in the past, the DIC continues to encourage submissions that support various kinds of connections between divisions, sections, and other caucuses within NCA as well as interdisciplinary research. We are open to jointly sponsoring panels with other NCA units. If you are planning a panel that might be co-sponsored with other units, please contact Mark Congdon Jr. at, and note that each submission should be made to one NCA unit/affiliate only. Units that have expressed interest in collaboration and intersectionality include, but are not limited to:


- Activism and Social Justice Division

- African American Communication & Culture Division

- American Studies Division

- Asian Pacific American Communication Studies Division and Caucus

- Black Caucus

- Communication and Military Division

- Critical and Cultural Studies

- Ethnography Division

- Feminist and Gender Studies Division

- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division

- Honoring PLACE

- Indigenous Caucus

- International and Intercultural Communication Division

- Language and Social Interaction Division

- Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division

- Performance Studies

- Theatre, Film, and Multimedia

- Women's Caucus

While proposals responsive to the convention theme are encouraged, all proposals relevant to the caucus' mission are welcome.

Papers that include data from participants must include concrete reflections on the demographic diversity of the sample (or lack thereof) and must speak in theoretically rich ways about the ways in which sample demographics shape the boundaries of the conclusions being reached, as per criterion of sample representativeness. This embedded reflection must go beyond the limitations sections in the discussion. Papers with data from participants that do not meet this requirement will not be paneled.


  1. All submissions (including individual papers) must be submitted electronically to NCA Convention Central, linked from the NCA Convention website ( No email submissions will be accepted.
  2. Submissions must be in one of the following file formats: Microsoft Word, PDF, or RTF. Individual paper submissions must be submitted as PDFs.
  3. If you wish for a paper to be considered as a student paper, please check the appropriate box on the electronic submission form.
  4. Paper sessions, panel discussions, performance sessions, and film sessions, including individuals representing multiple institutions rather than individuals from only one or two institutions, will be prioritized. Further, a single person should not serve in more than one role (i.e., chair, respondent, author, performer, filmmaker, or presenter) in a submission.
  5. Concerning panel discussions, submissions offering topics that are fruitful for generative discussion within a 75-minute session slot will be prioritized over topics that are too broad for the amount of time allotted. See specific directions for information that will be helpful to include in the panel rationale and description.
  6. For assistance with all stages of the submission process, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, please visit the Convention Library:


Please be sure to review the “NCA Professional Standards for Convention Participants” prior to submission. All submissions must be made online through NCA Convention Central. Convention Central will be available starting Monday, January 9, 2023, and will close Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at 11:59 PM Pacific. No late submissions will be accepted. Be sure to submit early to avoid any potential last-minute problems.



Submitted papers must be complete papers with appropriate references and/or citations and with all references indicating author or institutional identity (including title page) removed from the uploaded document to allow for anonymous peer review. Submissions should include the following content:

  1. A title
  2. A 100-250-word description or abstract of the paper
  3. Less than 10,000 words (excluding notes and references). A max 30-page (including notes and references) double-spaced uploaded copy of the paper.
  4. A check in the appropriate agreement box indicating whether you are willing to have your submission considered for the Scholar-to-Scholar sessions (a high-density format that allows for interaction between scholars and individuals and small groups).



Submitted paper sessions should include:

  1. A title for the session
  2. A chair for the session, their institutional address, and their email address
  3. A list of presenters, their institutional addresses, and their email addresses
  4. Titles and descriptions (350 words maximum) for each paper presentation
  5. A session description (75 words maximum)
  6. A session rationale (250 words maximum)



Submissions for a panel discussion should include:

  1. A title for the panel
  2. A chair for the session, their institutional address, and their email address
  3. A list of presenters, their institutional addresses, and email addresses
  4. A panel rationale (500 words maximum) justifying the significance and theme of the panel as a whole and including an estimate of how the session time will be used.
  5. A panel description (75 words maximum.)



Submissions for a performance proposal should include:

  1. A title for the session
  2. A chair for the session, their institutional address, and their email address
  3. A list of the performer(s)/respondent(s), their institutional addresses, and email addresses
  4. A session description including a statement identifying how the panel will use its time (500 maximum)
  5. Any special requirements for setting, audiovisual requirements, and other production considerations
  6. A performance abstract (75 words maximum)



Submissions for a film session proposal should include:

  1. A title for the session
  2. A chair for the session, their institutional address, and their email address
  3. A list of titles for each film, descriptions of each film and each film maker(s) institutional addresses and email addresses.
  4. Links to each film(s) or film trailer(s). Do not upload film(s) to Convention Central!
  5. A session description including a statement identifying how the panel will use its time (500 maximum)
  6. Any special requirements for setting, audiovisual requirements, and other production considerations
  7. A film session abstract (75 words maximum)



The caucus will provide up to two awards for outstanding competitive papers: one for Top Paper and one for Top Student Paper. If both the top papers are student papers, then they will each receive Top Paper awards. These awards each include a monetary prize. The caucus reserves the right to not provide any award in cases where qualifying entries are of insufficient number or quality.



Participants are encouraged to keep equipment requests to a minimum. Requests for specific equipment must be submitted online, at the same time as the proposal.



Convention presentations must be accessible to as wide an audience as possible and should include at minimum the following (or the appropriate equivalent): large print copies of papers (17 point font or larger), oral delivery that will accommodate ASL interpretation, and audio description of visual images


The NCA Convention website ( has a wealth of information about how to submit proposals to NCA Convention Central. All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants before submission. Helpful resources, including live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit, are available in the Convention Resource Library.


If you need assistance in this process, seek information beyond what is available in the Convention Resource Library, or require accommodations to provide you with access to the submission process, please contact Mark Congdon Jr. at

International and Intercultural Communication Division

Wei Sun,

Submission Deadline Dates:  Mon, 1/9 2023 12:00 AM EASTERN - Thu, 3/30 2023 3:00 AM EASTERN


The International and Intercultural Communication Division (IICD) of the National Communication Association invites scholarly submissions that examine, question, and/or critique communication in and across cultural, intercultural, and international contexts. Four kinds of submissions will be considered this year: (1) individual papers, (2) paper sessions, (3) panel discussions, and (4) performance sessions.

The National Communication Association’s 109th Annual Convention theme is "Freedom” and it will be held from November 16-19, 2023 in the National Harbor, MD, located in Washington, DC area. The convention theme encourages scholars, teachers, practitioners, and performers in the field of international and intercultural communication to share new ideas, pursue new lines of inquiry, engage diverse theoretical and methodological approaches, foster interdisciplinary collaborations, and produce transformative scholarship through the theme of "Freedom." First Vice President Marnel Niles Goins invites us to explore and address the following questions, "Human communication plays a critical role in our understanding of what it means to be free. Through Communication, we determine if we ourselves are free and create our personal and collective journeys to become or remain free. While the idea of freedom has been discussed for centuries and across cultures, central questions remain: What does it mean to be free? Is freedom, simply, the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved? Where do we find freedom and how do we get there? Are we free now? Has freedom been reached in the past? Is freedom a goal of the future? Who is free? The NCA 109th Annual Convention theme challenges participants to interrogate these types of questions through scholarship that represents the diversity of our discipline."

Submitters should consider: How do intercultural scholars engage the question of freedom? How do international and intercultural communication scholars explore questions of international and local freedom? How do we think about intercultural communication in the current political climate and state? What are the new trends within international and intercultural communication? How do we move forward with international and intercultural communication while thinking about social justice? How is intercultural communication responding to racial justice movements, anti-Blackness, indigeneity, and hate crimes against Asian communities? How is technology influencing culture and politics? How do we develop critical intercultural ethics in the face of global pandemics and health crises? How do we respond to the call for global vaccine equity in the face of disparities and the rise of nationalism?

Members are encouraged to bridge the legacy of intercultural communication with action, advocacy, and praxis. For this reason, the division seeks submissions that challenge traditional notions of intercultural communication in the context of FREEDOM. Some intersectional intercultural communication topics to consider, including but are not limited to: Critical Health Communication; Risk and Crisis Communication; Critical Organizational Communication; Environmental Justice; Food Justice; Civic Engagement and Advocacy; Global and Transnational Communication; Critical Pedagogy and Education; Ethnomusicology and Culture; Queer and Trans Intercultural Studies; Intersectionality; Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Race and Ethnic Studies; Ableism and Crip Studies; Digital Cultures and Political Economy; Algorithmic Cultures; Games, Gaming, and Gamification; Privacy and Surveillance; Political Economy of Transmigration; Human Rights; Colonialism; Decoloniality; Indigeneity and Intersectionality in a Global Perspective; Refugees, Diasporas, and Displaced Persons; International Disputes, Borders and Borderlands; Security, Occupation, and Militarization.

 All submissions should be the author’s original work, not previously presented at this or other conferences, and not previously published. Submissions must be formatted as a PDF or Microsoft Word document to NCA’s Convention Central (


The division welcomes all theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches.

Working with other divisions to co-sponsor sessions, the IICD is interested in innovative and interdisciplinary scholarship. Please indicate in your submission if your proposal aligns with one or more of the NCA divisions and caucuses, such as—but not limited to-- the Activism and Social Justice Division; African American Communication & Culture Division; American Studies Division; Applied Communication Division; Asian/Pacific American Communication Studies Division & Caucus; Black Caucus; Caucus on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns; Communication and Aging Division; Communication and Military Division; Communication and Sport Division; Critical and Cultural Studies Division; Disability Issues Caucus; Ethnography Division; Family Communication Division; Feminist and Gender Studies Division; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Communication Studies Division; Group Communication Division; Health Communication Division; Indigenous Caucus; Interpersonal Communication Division; La Raza Caucus; Latino/Latina Communication Studies Division; Mass Communication Division; Nonverbal Communication Division; Organizational Communication Division; Performance Studies; Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division; and Women’s Caucus. IICD is also interested in submissions that engage the 2023 convention location, the National Harbor, located in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) area in meaningful ways.


Categories:  The following are the specific requirements for each submission category 

1-Individual Papers: Please complete the required electronic submission fields including your paper’s title, description (100-word limit), author(s), and keywords. Indicate whether your submission is a student paper (which means that all authors on the paper are students) and if you want to be considered for the National Communication Association’s Scholar to Scholar (S2S) Poster Session.

Upload your paper, limited to 25 double-spaced pages of text (title page, appendices, references, and tables are not counted within the 25-page limit). Longer papers must be edited to meet the 25-page limit. Only complete papers will be considered for this category. Uploaded paper documents should not contain identifying information (i.e., do not include author name or university affiliation). Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable conference paper submission are available here (

Student and student debut papers should be clearly marked in the upper right corner of the uploaded document to be eligible for top student honors in the division as well as the Donald P. Cushman Award for top student paper in NCA. To be eligible for either award, ALL authors must be students.

Only one paper per author will be accepted, with one additional co-authored paper permitted for the division; if two solo-authored papers are submitted, the highest ranked will be accepted. The same paper may not be submitted to more than one NCA division.

Please note that for Paper Sessions and Panel Discussions, each person should only serve in one role within each submission. For example, one person should not be a panelist and a chair (or performer and a respondent), etc.

2-Paper Sessions: Submissions must include (a) a session title (b) a general description of the paper session as a whole, (c) a session chair, (d) a respondent, (e) title, abstract/description, and author information for each individual paper, and (f) rationale for the paper session that justifies its importance and relevance to the Division.

3-Panel Discussions: Submissions must include (a) a panel title, (b) a panel description, (c) a session chair, (d) the name of each presenter, and (e) a rationale outlining the importance of the submission and its relevance to the Division. Panel discussion submissions should provide sufficient information to judge their quality

4-Performance Sessions: Submissions must include: (a) a title for the performance session, (b) a general description of the overall performance session, (c) a session chair, (d) title, description, and performer(s) for each performance, and (e) a rationale outlining the importance of the submission and its relevance to the Division. Performance session submission should provide sufficient information to judge their quality

Submissions open January 9th & close March 30th at 3 am EST Time. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central ( Emailed or mailed submissions will not be accepted. The NCA Convention Resource Library can be accessed at ( For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step “How to Submit” instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library(

All submissions must list any A/V requirements at the time of submission. Proposals for GIFTS (Great Ideas for Teaching Students), pre-conferences, Research in Progress Roundtables, and short courses should be submitted directly to program planners for those areas. No submission should consist of members from only one institution. Check your email address listed in NCA Conventional Central before and/or after submission as all correspondence is digital. All submitters are encouraged to review the NCA Professional Standards for Convention. Participants should review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission at (, as well as the Code of Professional Ethics for the Communication Scholar/Teacher (

Contact: If you have any questions about submitting your scholarship to the International and Intercultural Communication Division, please contact the unit planner and vice chair, Dr. Wei Sun (Howard University) at


NCA Session/Panel on Abortion, Repro Rights, Bodily Autonomy in the Post-Roe Era

Mia Briceño,

On June 24, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned its landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion. I would like to convene a Paper Session or Panel Discussion that focuses on discourses of and/or communicating abortion, reproductive rights, and/or bodily autonomy in the post-Roe era at the November 2023 convention of the National Communication Association (NCA) – fittingly themed “Freedom” – in National Harbor, MD.


If you have studied any of these topics or are interested in doing so, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to by Monday, March 20, 2023 (the deadline for submissions is March 29). I hope to construct a session/panel that demonstrates and celebrates the diversity of methodological perspectives that compose our discipline. The proposal will be submitted to the Feminist and Gender Studies Division of NCA. 


ICA Pre-conference: New Open Access Book: Larry Gross’s Creativity: Process and Personality

Dave Park, is a scholar-led, nonprofit, no-fee open access publisher in the media, film, and communication studies fields. We are excited to announce the publication of Larry Gross’s undergraduate thesis: Creativity: Process and Personality.

Before arriving in the field of communication, Larry Gross was a psychology student at Brandeis University; Creativity: Process and Personality was Gross’s undergraduate thesis at Brandeis, completed in 1964. This edition is the initial publication of that undergraduate thesis, with a new preface by Gross himself. Creativity: Process and Personality finds Gross exploring the nature of creativity by interviewing some of the era’s most noteworthy experts in psychology, including Herbert Simon, Milton Rokeach, Abraham Maslow, David McClelland, Jerome Bruner, and B. F. Skinner. The result of Gross’s interviews is a nuanced and multi-perspectival set of interlocking chapters, each of which probes the psychological, social, and cultural aspects of creativity. Creativity: Process and Personality remains a provocative consideration of how creativity takes form, while also operating as a revealing snapshot of mid-twentieth century psychological thought.


The book is available online and as a free download in PDF and ePub. A paperback version is also available. 

Creativity: Process and Personality appears in the Public Domain series. Scholars interested in proposing volumes in this or other series are encouraged to reach out with a query. 

You can learn more about, including our operations and OA principles, on our site.

The press is a member of the Open Book Collective and the ScholarLed consortium, and also publishes the History of Media Studies journal. Please contact us at

Elevating Research Practices: Longitudinal Research in Communication Education

Kyle Rudick,


Extant research in Communication Education is dominated by cross-sectional research design (Myers, 2017; Myers et al., 2014). Although cross-sectional research offers many benefits, there has been less incentive or space or opportunities for longitudinal research. Therefore, this special issue in Communication Education will only include longitudinal forms of scholarship.

The issue's conceptualization of "longitudinal" is broad and includes research designs such as social science cohort/trend designs; longitudinal content analyses; ethnography of communication or critical ethnography; participant action research; rhetorical analyses of historical collections, speeches, or public artifacts; or creative/ performative works. Whatever form the scholarship takes, it must have a temporal component that is necessary to the design and theorized explicitly.

We recognize that longitudinal scholarship is a large commitment of time and resources; therefore, we will begin this process by accepting proposals for the research project. Proposals should be no more than three (3) doubled spaced pages (excluding references and cover sheet with author information). The abstract should contain:

  1. A rationale for the importance of study's area of investigation.
  2. An explanation for what longitudinal method will be used and why.
  3. An outline of the project's timeline.


The proposal will be due April 15th, 2023 at 

Upon acceptance of the abstract, the author or author team will have until April 15th, 2025 to complete their project. They agree to have two check-ins before that time with Communication Education's editorial team to ensure the progress and quality of the work. Those check-ins will be based on the proposed timeline in the proposal. Pending final acceptance, the projects will be slated for publication in the final issue of the Volume 75, 2026 year. 

Call for Panelists: NCA 2023: Mediated Environmental Communication and Online Freedom

Zixiao Yang,;; 

The recent train derailment in Ohio has generated a lot of buzz on social media, and once again the issue of human-caused environmental problems has been thrown into the limelight. We are creating a panel session for NCA 2023 that presents research on mediated environmental communication and online freedom. Specifically, we welcome various methodologies (e.g., content analysis, experimental design, survey, interview, focus group, computational methods) and invite research that investigates environmental communication or climate change communication in CMC settings. For example, studies could focus on how individuals’ climate change discourse is affected by the online environment (e.g., anonymity). Do these online environments facilitate or hinder the free discussion of environmental issues? How do people respond online when human-caused disasters occur? This panel will explore how to effectively access the freedom of online discussion in the context of environmental communication to better mobilize individuals or groups to make pro-environmental changes.

Currently, the panel consists of one paper that focuses on climate change discourse on Twitter. We would love to have three or four additional papers that showcase this focus. If you have a research study that would be an apt fit for this panel, submit a 75-word (maximum) abstract of your paper by Monday, March 24 to Zixiao Yang, Ph.D. student, at 

Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Symposium 2023 CFP

Dan Kenzie,


I am pleased to announce that the biennial Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Symposium will be held September 15-16, 2023 at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Minneapolis, MN. Please see the symposium website for the call for proposals and submission link (due April 16), which also appear later in this message:


My fellow co-chairs (Molly Kessler and Colleen Derkatch) and I welcome any questions or accessibility feedback at


Here is the full CFP, with a link to the submission form at the end:


Call for Proposals

2023 Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Symposium

Theme: Sustaining a Dwelling Place for RHM

September 15th & 16th, 2023

Minneapolis, MN



The Rhetoric of Health and Medicine (RHM) Symposium is a mix of open-call papers and invited participants, which results in a diverse gathering of folks from graduate students to senior faculty from a variety of disciplines and fields. The RHM Symposium seeks to bring together humanities and social scientific research traditions in a rhetorically focused way to allow scholars to build new interdisciplinary theories, methodologies, and insights that can impact our understanding of health, medicine, illness, healing, and wellness.



The first issue of the journal Rhetoric of Health & Medicine began with an introduction by founding editors Lisa Melonçon and J. Blake Scott (2018) called “Manifesting a Scholarly Dwelling Place in RHM.” In it, Melonçon and Scott narrate how scholars working in rhetoric of health and medicine coalesced into a community to create a fruitful dwelling place–a place to stop a moment, develop their character, and engage others in discourse–for both rhetoricians of health and medicine and outside stakeholders. On the fifth anniversary of the RHM journal’s founding, as we prepare for the first in-person symposium since 2017, we have an opportunity to take stock of RHM as a dwelling place and intentionally envision its future.


The expansiveness of the terms “rhetoric,” “health,” and “medicine” calls us to affirm RHM’s emergence as a field of inquiry and scholarly community, and to ensure it continues to be welcoming for both members of this community and those with varied disciplinary identities whose work with health or medicine resonates with rhetoric in any of its many forms. We are also called to act on our commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusion as we maintain and nourish our dwelling places, recognizing that true sustainability necessitates both affirming a group identity and recognizing who those boundaries can exclude. Finally, we are called to envision how RHM scholars and our community partners and allies can work together to redress pressing issues in health and medicine through purposeful listening, public scholarship, and interdisciplinary engagement. Accordingly, we can embrace rhetorical dwelling as a “skill for attuning to spatial and temporal contingencies of constantly changing phenomena,” (Teston, p. 57) including economic, political, and environmental factors as well as precarious and radically diverse bodyminds (Clare, 2017; Price, 2014; Schalk, 2018).

We hope you'll help us make this symposium a place where we can collaborate, deliberate, and learn together

Inclusivity and Accessibility

We understand access as an “ongoing, iterative process” (Meloncon, 2018) that involves careful planning and nimble adaptation to the unexpected (Haas & Eble, 2018). With your help, we are committed to making the symposium an inclusive and accessible space from proposal submission to day-of events. As this will be our first in-person symposium since 2017, we are currently developing an accessibility action plan that will allow us to respond to the needs of all attendees, and we are incorporating several new kinds of sessions (see below).

We also invite feedback and recommendations at any time at

To learn more about how we have prioritized access and inclusion in the past, read the Accessibility Action Plan for our 2021 virtual symposium.

Proposal Details

A hallmark of the RHM Symposium has been its orientation toward dialogue among attendees. We are excited to maintain this tradition through a mix of session styles this year, and we anticipate this year’s symposium to include a combination of short presentations, workshops, and the works-in-progress sessions.

To submit a proposal, please complete the RHM Symposium 2023 Submission Form. The form will ask for the following information:

- Contact information: name, affiliation, email, position

- Title of your project/proposal

- Keywords that describe your professional identity, research area, and/or proposal

- Proposal of up to 500 words, not including citations.

- Proposal type: see more details below.


As part of the proposal submission process, you will be invited to designate what kind of session you’d like your project to be considered for, including:

- Works-in-progress for working groups

- Lightning talk (5-7 minutes)

- Panel (75 minutes)

- Workshop (90 minutes)

Session Type Descriptions

- Work-in-progress: Participants accepted for the work-in-progress session will be placed into small working groups with three to five other participants. Members of these groups will exchange drafts and provide feedback on each other’s works-in-progress (drafts of articles, dissertation chapters, grant proposals, book chapters, etc.). Proposals for works-in-progress should describe the project and indicate the genre of the work-in-progress (e.g., article draft, grant proposal, dissertation chapter).

- Lightning talk: Participants accepted for lightning talks will be organized into panels  with short (5-7 minute) presentations followed by a facilitated discussion. Proposals for lightning talks should describe the project being presented and articulate what kinds of questions or discussion prompts the talk would offer.

- Panel: Accepted panels will feature 3-5 presentations of 10-15 minutes on the speakers’ current research. Panel proposals should provide a panel overview and brief descriptions of each presentation.

- Workshop: Accepted workshops will guide symposium attendees through hands-on activities or guided discussions with specific themes and goals. Proposals for workshop facilitation should articulate the purpose of the workshop, how the workshop will be interactive for attendees, and what practical takeaways attendees will leave with.

NOTE: Only works-in-progress submissions will be considered for our Top Paper award and the Barbara Heifferon Graduate Student Fellowship for top graduate student submissions. All works-in-progress submissions are automatically considered.

Important Dates

April 16, 2023: Proposals due

May, 2023: Decisions released

September 1, 2023: Drafts of works-in-progress due

September 15 & 16, 2023: RHM Symposium

Submit your proposal by completing the 2023 RHM Symposium Submission form. You can complete the form multiple times if you are submitting to participate in multiple ways (e.g., for works-in-progress and lightning talk).

Have a question? Contact us!

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More details about the 2023 RHM Symposium can be found online at



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Meloncon, L., & Scott, J. B. (2018). Manifesting a scholarly dwelling place in RHM. Rhetoric of Health & Medicine, 1(1), i-x.

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CFP for Using Feminism as Propaganda - In Media Res

Mychal Reiff-Shanks,


We are currently accepting proposals! Please visit our Current Calls webpage for a complete list of topics. Calls with upcoming deadlines are listed below: 

Want to be a Theme Week Coordinator? - Deadline: Rolling

In Media Res is also accepting proposals on the topic of Using Feminism as Propaganda: The deadline for proposals is Monday, March 13, 2023. Here is the CFP:

Proposals may be brief (one paragraph), but do be sure to describe the topic and key question(s) to be explored. If interested, please contact In Media Res ( with topic proposals or for more information about the theme. Be sure to include the name of the theme week you would like to be involved in within the subject line of the email. Academics, journalists, critics, media professionals, and fans are all welcome to submit proposals. The actual piece will include either a 30-second to 3-minute clip or a slideshow that will be accompanied by a 300 to 350-word response to/contextualization of your clip, image, or slideshow. About In Media Res


Call for NCA paper panel, Revisiting the Rhetoric of Nationalism

Kelly Jakes,


Title: Revisiting the Rhetoric of Nationalism 

Panel Organizers: Kelly Jakes, College of Charleston; Jennifer Keohane, University of Baltimore


Brief Description:

Nationalism has become a dirty word in Western academe. Since the end of WWII, researchers in fields as disparate as Communication, History, and Political Science have been united in their opposition, pointing to nationalism’s role as justification for civil wars, ethnic cleansings, and genocides. Not only is the power it wields dangerous, it is arbitrary and capricious. As Benedict Anderson famously wrote, nations are “imagined communities,” a view supported in Patrick J. Geary’s more recent examination of the historical record. Dismantling common claims to shared origins (language, territory, and distinct culture), Geary argues that ethnicity itself is a fiction, albeit a tenacious one: “A creation of the human will, it is impervious to mere rational disproof” (40). 

However, some scholars have disrupted the consensus, suggesting that we have reduced nationalism to a straw man. For historians Robert Wiebe and Jerry Muller, nationalism is neither arbitrarily constructed nor innately violent. Rather, it arose according to a particular set of historical circumstances and in response to real human needs. And while Wiebe recognizes it as a form of division based on the metaphor of kinship, he argues that it is distinct from other dividers such as race, religion, and the state. Only by recognizing the ways that nationalism acts in complementary and competing ways with these dividers, both historians suggest, can we reckon with its consequences.

As scholars invested in developing critical theories of citizenship and national belonging, rhetoricians are uniquely positioned to engage this debate. We invite panelists whose research contributes to the theory of nationalism, whether parallel with or divergent from the dominant view. If, as Wiebe and Muller write, we are living in an imperfect world that will likely always be divided, is nationalism and nationalist rhetoric a particularly odious form of division? Is nationalism distinct from other forms of classification like race, religion, and the state? Or, is nationalism inherently violent? How can rhetorical critics intervene in debates over the nature and influence of nationalism?

If interested, please submit a brief bio and 250-word abstract by Monday, March 20. We envision submitting this panel proposal to the Rhetoric and Communication Theory Division, but will make the final determination based on the submissions. All correspondence to

Book Announcement: The Evolution of Pragmatism in India: Ambedkar, Dewey, and the Rhetoric of Reconstruction (Chicago, 2023)

Scott R Stroud,


Bhimrao Ambedkar’s story is one of the powers of reconstruction through rhetoric, of public address in India, and of the struggle against caste oppression in the world’s largest democracy. This book explores how the Indian reformer Bhimrao Ambedkar reimagined John Dewey’s pragmatism.

The Evolution of Pragmatism in India delivers a comprehensive exploration of the influence of John Dewey’s pragmatism on Bhimrao Ambedkar, architect of the Republic of India’s constitution. It traces Ambedkar’s development in Dewey’s Columbia University classes in 1913–1916 through his final years in 1950s India when he rewrote the story of Buddhism. Stroud examines pragmatism’s influence not only on the philosophical ideas underpinning Ambedkar’s fight against caste oppression but also how his persuasive techniques drew on pragmatism’s commitment to reconstruction and meliorism. At the same time, Stroud is careful to point out the ways that Ambedkar pushed back against Dewey’s paradigm and developed his own approach to challenges in India. The result is a nuanced study of one of the most important figures in Indian history.

“Ambedkar was one of the greatest legal and political thinkers of the twentieth century, but his thought is barely known in the United States. With wide-ranging research and insightful philosophical probing, Stroud shows that Ambedkar, using Dewey’s works as a fulcrum, created a distinctive form of Buddhist pragmatism, committed to meliorist social dialogue, non-anger, and the flexible pursuit of social democracy. A major achievement.”—Martha C. Nussbaum, University of Chicago

“Stroud’s in-depth exploration of the influence of Dewey’s pragmatism on Ambedkar’s thought not only allows us to comprehend the positions that Ambedkar took but also, equally, to appreciate the compromises he made in his policy engagement for Dalit empowerment from 1919 to 1956.”—Sukhadeo Thorat, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies

“In this meticulously researched book, Stroud positions Ambedkar’s engagement with Dewey’s thought as a defining moment in the global history of American pragmatism. The Evolution of Pragmatism in India is a major contribution to Ambedkar studies, which enlarges our methodological repertoire for approaching this foundational thinker of caste inequality.”—Anupama Rao, Columbia University.

“In this carefully researched and skillfully presented work, Stroud examines Ambedkar’s adoption of a revivified Buddhism and Dewey’s pragmatism as tools for his struggle against the Hindu caste system. By expanding our understanding of the global potentials of pragmatism, Stroud has made a major contribution to East-West scholarship.” —Larry A. Hickman, Center for Dewey Studies

Book Announcement: Romanticism, Rhetoric and the Search for the Sublime (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

Craig Smith,


I am pleased to announce the publication of the Second Edition of Romanticism, Rhetoric and the Search for the Sublime (Cambridge Scholars Publishing), which includes new and updated material. For example, Florence Price, the first Black woman recognized as a symphonic composer, is examined for her contribution to Romantic music in this century. The Romantics were the first serious environmentalists, and the book infuses their rhetorical theory with contemporary theories to produce a neo-Romantic theory for our own efforts to save the planet.

Call for NCA Paper Panelists about the Ongoing Influence of COVID-19 on Career Experiences

Patricia E. Gettings,


Call for Panelists: NCA 2023 Exploring the Ongoing Influence of COVID-19 on Work and Career Experiences

The COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly (re)shaped the work-lives of people across the globe -- and continues to do so. The goal of this paper panel is to integrate research that explores the nature of these career changes as a way to identify strategies for better understanding and addressing them. For instance, nearly half of Gen Z employees indicated the pandemic made it more difficult for them to pursue their career or educational goals, in large part because they did not have the opportunity to fully develop many “in-person” skills such as speaking in front of large audiences or networking (Gartner, 2022). Similarly, many Americans started new jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and these “COVID hires” experienced interviewing and organizational onboarding processes unlike those ever seen before (e.g., Ployhart et al., 2021). What might individuals, mentors, and/or employers do to assist these Gen Z employees or COVID hires or others in similarly unique situations? How can these potentially challenging experiences be re-cast as opportunities?


We are seeking data-driven papers that describe recent research exploring how the pandemic influenced and/or continues to influence work/career experiences, and offering practical applications for individuals/organizations/society. 

If you are interested in participating and plan to attend NCA, please email the title of your paper, a short description of your research (any length is fine but the final version must be less than 350 words) and author(s) name and affiliation to Patricia Gettings, by Thursday, March 16. Thank you!

Call for Editor to Launch First Ladies E-Journal

Elizabeth J. Natalle, 

During 2023, the First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE) will appoint an inaugural editor to launch an e-journal that reflects the research and education mission of the organization. This is a unique opportunity to influence and shape a new journal in a field where nothing else like it exists. FLARE was launched in June 2021, and has members from many different areas of communication.

Initially, the journal will be published once a year and will reflect original scholarship on the lives and legacies of American first ladies. The inaugural editor will work with FLARE’s Board to: create a strategic vision for a new journal in this field; establish an editorial board; establish review and publication policies. The editor will oversee the submission, review and editing of manuscripts; liaise with the web manager to publish the journal on the FLARE website; and work with the communication committee to promote the journal through FLARE digital channels. The editor can expect to make a two to three-year commitment as FLARE works toward making the journal the premier site for the publication of first ladies scholarship.

The editor must be a member of FLARE at the time of appointment and must maintain membership in FLARE throughout the term. The journal editor will report to the Board. It is expected that the editor will attend FLARE events as appropriate and actively participate in the cultivation of the journal. Additionally, the editor must follow FLARE by-laws, uphold the integrity of the organization, and foster diversity and inclusion in the editorial focus and the journal’s contributors.

As per FLARE’s 501(c)(3) non-profit status, the editor will not receive compensation.  However, as a result of service, the editor will gain further prominence in the field and within FLARE, and further valuable experience in editing and publishing.

The selection of an editor will be based on the following considerations:

  1. Established research profile in first ladies scholarship.
  2. Editorial experience relevant to academic review and publication of a journal.
  3. Knowledge of word processing, document collaboration, and e-publishing.
  4. Ability to work with authors from a wide range of backgrounds and perspectives.
  5. Access to a graduate assistant, student interns, or other immediate staff support.
  6. Ability to meet deadlines and make timely decisions.
  7. Vision of excellence for the development of the journal.
  8. Be a member of FLARE in good standing.


Application Process: 

Submit a letter of application that addresses: the commitment to serve, the skills and vision the applicant brings to the creation and launch of an e-journal as per the selection criteria, and a statement of perspective on plans for content in relation to FLARE’s mission. Include a curriculum vita with the letter of application. If relevant to the applicant’s situation, submit a letter of support from your supervisor and indicate the level and type of support provided by the institution.

The application deadline will remain open until FLARE receives a suitable candidate for appointment to the position; however, applications received by April 15, 2023, will be given priority consideration.  The FLARE Board will review all applications and make a recommendation to the FLARE Executive Council for final approval.

Direct inquiries and send electronic (Word files) application letter, CV, and any supporting materials to:

Dr. Elizabeth J. Natalle

FLARE e-Journal Search Committee Chair


Call for NCA 2023 Panelists on Transracial Adoption

CLS Sandoval,


I am putting together a panel about the challenges and joys of transracial adoptions, and the communicative, cultural, and ethical implications of these adoptions. I am interested particularly in scholars who are a part of the adoption triad (birth parents, adoptees, and adoptive parents), though I am happy to include anyone who has lived experience of research experience with adoption, particularly transracial adoption. Hopefully, we can have a rich and varied discussion in terms of standpoint and methodology. I look forward to hearing from you!


If you are interested in being a part of this discussion panel, please submit your name, affiliation, and a description what you would like to contribute in 150-300 words to, by Wednesday March 15. 


Call for NCA 2023 panelists on sexual liberation

Lauren Sachi Fukushima,

We are seeking to create a discussion panel for the Feminist and Gender Division with creative and critical contributions on aspects of sex work, porn, sexuality, and “intimate justice.” These include topics on intersections of power, agency, representation, and voice, including (but not limited to) race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, technology, nationality, and transnationalism. This panel seeks to hold discussions around challenging existing theoretical paradigms that have excluded the voices of marginalized experiences, especially those that intersect with gender and sexuality in transnational contexts. Please send your ideas/discussion topics (75-150 words) on areas of inquiry/expertise to: Nereyda Valdez (she/her)  & Lauren S. Fukushima (she/her/they/them)


Call for Book Chapters – Relics of Modernity: Theorizing Rhetorics and Performances of Ruins

Andrew F. Wood,

I am gathering a collection of essays about the rhetorical and performative potential of ruins as therapeutic responses to the excesses and challenges of modernity. These modern ruins may conjure feelings of melancholy, connotations of failure. Their moldy floors, waterlogged walls, shattered windows, and sagging roofs do not make for traditional tourist snapshots. Even so, modern ruins possess a potential to inspire awe, an awareness of the tenuous nature of modern confidence, a reverence for the passing of things. In these sites, one may encounter oddly sublime traces and fragments of the contemporary age 

While modern ruins may be defined in many ways, we will approach this topic using the terminology of Michael R. Greenberg, Frank J. Popper, and Bernadette M. West who articulate a domain of TOADS: temporary, obsolete, abandoned, and derelict spaces. These sites include economic ghost towns, industrial accident-sites, wartime vestiges, and similarly fraught environments within and outside of the United States. Chapters will be selected and collaboratively edited to ensure that themes and conceptual frameworks will stretch across the entirety of the book. Accordingly, authors are invited to consider the following questions as they envision their chapters:


  1. Why are a large and expanding number of tourists and travelers motivated to visit places denoted by their associations with decay and death?
  2. How may these places be used for social, cultural, and artistic purposes?
  3. What meanings about the excesses and limitations of contemporary life may be drawn from modern ruins?

This edited volume is geared for adoption in courses dedicated to Cultural Geography, Landscape Studies, Public Memory, Rhetoric, Urban Studies, and Tourism.


Please send a proposal (400 to 600 words) to by March 31, 2023.

Thereafter, authors will be invited to submit chapter drafts (7,000-9,000 words - APA (seventh edition) format) by October 1, 2023.


Call for Papers - Special Issue of Communication Studies - “Communication Research on Coping Strategies during Global Crises”

Rukhsana Ahmed, 

Submission Deadline: August 15, 2023


Special Issue Editors: Rukhsana Ahmed, University at Albany, State University of New York, & Parul Jain, Ohio University

The recent environmental, social, political, natural, health-related, and other crises have wreaked havoc on populations across the globe. Food shortages and insecurities, refugee crises and global migration, earthquakes (e.g., recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria), droughts (e.g., in Africa and Western U.S.), floods (e.g., in Pakistan), geopolitical instability, terrorism and insurgency (e.g., in Afghanistan and Yemen), war in Ukraine, rise in new and unknown diseases across the world, and social inequalities have created dire and stressful conditions for people in these situations. 

In this Communication Studies special issue Call for Papers, we seek submissions that contribute to our understanding of coping strategies in natural, political, and social crises. Given these crises situations and subsequent influences span the boundaries of multiple disciplines, we welcome submissions that are multi- and interdisciplinary in nature. We welcome theoretical and methodological diversity in approaching this topic. Research from multiple perspectives, especially international and global contexts, including the Global South, are especially welcome.

This special issue focuses on the role of communication in coping with a wide range of crises, considering (but not limited to) the following suggested contexts:

- Mass communication

- Interpersonal communication

- Digital and social media

- Campaigns and intervention

- Communication theory

- Health communication

- Organizational communication


Important Deadlines:

Submission Due: August 15, 2023

Notification of Acceptance and Revision Request: December 15, 2023

Revised Manuscript Due: March 15, 2024


Submission Guidelines:

All submissions will go through a blind peer review process.

Submissions must be submitted to the Communication Studies online portal here, indicating it is for the special issue on “Communication Research on Coping Strategies during Global Crises.”

All submitted manuscripts should conform to the guidelines of Communication Studies (

Manuscripts should be 6500-9000 words including references, tables, and figures. APA 7 style is required.


Call for Participants: Intersectionality of Queer and Vegan Identities

Kristen Okamoto,

We are seeking focus group participants to share their experiences living within a body marked as Queer and Vegan. Participants must be at least 18 and identify as both Queer and Vegan. Focus groups will last no longer than one hour and will take place with 3-4 other participants.

If interested in participating, please contact Dr. Kristen Okamoto at Thanks in advance for your consideration. 

Lighthearted Philosophers’ Society 2023 Conference Call for Submissions

Liz Sills,


Location: Whitefish, Montana

Dates: November 10-11, 2023

The Lighthearted Philosophers’ Society (LPS) is an organization for philosophy of humor and for humorous philosophy. We strive to create a venue for professional philosophy that is welcoming, engaging, and most importantly funny. Please join us in our merry ruminations!

Our conference attracts scholars from all over the nation and across the world. We are interested in philosophy of humor and humorous philosophy from any philosophical tradition. We’d especially enjoy papers on philosophical questions about humor. We also feature an undergraduate option, for which undergraduate students are welcome to send work in any of the submission categories listed below.

Submission Requirements:

All materials should be prepared for blind review; contact information, affiliation, whetheryou would like to volunteer as a heckler (see below), etc. should be included on a separate cover sheet. We will accept submissions in the following forms:

  1. Full paper submissions: Please prepare papers with limited time for presentation in mind (2,500-3,000 words is preferable).
  2. Panel proposal: Panel description should be 350-500 words and should specify what each panelist will contribute.
  3. Individual Short Performances: Submissions should include a 350-500 word rationale describing the theoretical contribution of the performance piece as well as a 350-500 word abstract describing the nature of the performance itself. Please include any audiovisual requests in the abstract.
  1. Abstract submissions: Abstracts should be 350-500 words, and should beaccompanied by a references/work cited page. Please note that we give preference to full papers.

Please note: All undergraduate work should be clearly marked “UNDERGRADUATE” via a running header on all pages of the submitted document so that it can be reviewed separately.

Hecklers (commentators) will accompany each accepted submission. If you are

interested in volunteering to comment and are not submitting a paper, please email the conference organizer with your areas of specialization, contact information, and affiliation, and indicate that you would like to volunteer as a heckler. Otherwise, if you would be interested in providing a commentary, please indicate this on your submission cover sheet.


Selected papers will be considered for the Joseph S. Ellin Memorial Essay Prize ($100)

Selected hecklers will be considered for the Richard C. Richards Almost Memorial Prize ($50)

Selected undergraduate work will be considered for the Eugenio E. Zaldivar Award ($75) 

Submission Deadline is June 15th, 2023. Those selected will be notified by July 15th, 2023.


Please submit your papers electronically to: Questions can be directed to the same address. 

The LPS is dedicated to providing a conference experience free of harassment and all judgment, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, skin color, age, religion (or lack thereof) or language, be it in person or online. As a group of humor scholars, the Lighthearted Philosophers Association appreciates the need to occasionally “work blue.” This code of conduct is not meant to censure all instances of potentially offensive language. We recognize that research into offensive humor, and aesthetics in general, can ask us to focus on works, concepts and statements that would be inappropriate in other contexts.

However, this should not be used as an excuse to abdicate our responsibility to provide a safe, supportive and open-minded atmosphere at any and all LPS events. We invite you to come to LPS in a spirit of curiosity, friendliness, open-mindedness, and respect.