Research Opportunity

Research Opportunity

Research Opportunity

Call for Chapter Proposals: Critical Essays on Critical Role

Christopher Stuart,


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We seek proposals for an edited collection entitled How Do We Want To Do This?: Critical Essays on Critical Role We anticipate accepting work from a wide range of fields and perspectives from topics of gender expression to marketing communication on the cultural sensation that is Critical Role. Contributors to the collection will analyze Critical Role as a brand, company, and/or media production.

Critical Role is a creator-owned American web series-turned-brand helmed by famous voice actor Mathew Mercer. The show features a group of professional voice actors—and friends—playing Dungeons & Dragons together. This live-streamed show airing every Thursday night boasts an audience of millions worldwide, even with a runtime averaging around four hours. The show mixes long-form campaigns of over 100 episodes with individual one-shots and short, multi-episode campaigns.

Originally airing on Felicia Day’s hub for all things geek, Geek and Sundry, the show quickly grew into its own company, Critical Role Productions, which not only produces Critical Role, but other creative programming and licensed products that extend from Dungeons & Dragons merchandise to a Kickstarter record-setting animated series, which is set to air on Amazon Prime. They have also produced campaign setting books, board games, and even created their own charity organization, in addition to their many philanthropic partnerships.


Topics of Interest

We invite creative pieces, ethnographies, and short narratives alongside our critical academic pieces. Please see guidelines below for submission details. We envision dividing the volume into the following sections, though we will consider essays on any topic related to Critical Role and its impact.

Proposed Section Titles:

- State of the Role (marketing communication)

- Don’t Forget to Love Each Other (audience, inclusion)

- The Matt Mercer Effect (D&D, DMing, play)

- The World of Exandria (merch, publishing, game design) 

We are interested in interdisciplinary, critical, scholarly essays, critical personal narratives and reflections, and counterstories that touch on a broad range of perspectives, including examinations of:

- The content of Critical Role, its narrative, gameplay and mechanics, and relationship to D&D.

- Critical Role as a company and a brand, its partnerships and collaborations, charity efforts, merchandising, etc.

- Media platforms for Critical Role content (such as Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and and how these spaces shape the content, its circulation, the participation of its fan communities.

- Critical Role’s official social media presence or Critter social media spaces.

- Contributions of the Critical Role fan community—cosplay, fan art, GIFs, personal narratives, and convention events as well as the fanbase’s social media norms and interactions

- How Critical Role as a company and a narrative grapples with representations of race, including within the narrative of Critical Role, the changing mechanics of Dungeons & Dragons, and how such issues are handled by the company and the fan communities.

- Representations of gender, sexuality, and relationships associated with Critical Role as a company, as a narrative, as a group of friends, and within its fan communities.


Submission Guidelines

Please submit abstracts for articles or images, concept art, and detailed outlines for personal narratives of no more than 500 words to woolbrightle [at] alma [dot] edu with the subject heading: Submission for Critical Role Edited Collection.

Abstract/Concept submission: October 25!

Submission Email: woolbrightle [at] alma [dot] edu

If accepted, final submissions may take the form of:

- Cosplays or Photos paired with brief narrative essays up to 300 words

- Personal/Reflective essays and ethnographies of up to 1,500 words

- Critical essays of up to 6,000 words

We will require ownership verification for all images.


- Christopher Stuart,

- Lauren Woolbright,

- T. Passwater,

ECA 2022 Convention - Intercultural Communication Interest Group Call for Submissions 

113th Annual Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Convention at Philadelphia Marriott Old City--Philadelphia, PA 19106

April 7 – 9, 2022

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021, 11:59 PM PST

The Intercultural Communication Interest Group is requesting paper and panel submissions for the 113th Annual ECA Convention. The 2022 ECA convention will be an opportunity for (re)union! If all goes well, the 2022 convention will be our first “in person” ECA after two years of being unable to gather our community together. We seek to make ECA 2022 an occasion of joyous reconnection and opportunity to build new connections among our community members. We also seek to make ECA 2022 a location of reflection, deliberation, and learning as we emerge from the global pandemic and consider how we as Communication educators and scholars will contribute to a post-pandemic world. 

The Intercultural Communication Interest Group is devoted to the study and practice of representing, performing, and negotiating cultural identities in face-to-face interaction and mediated communication in cross-cultural and international contexts. The interest group welcomes submissions from scholars at all stages in their academic career, especially those interested in integrating theory and practice in intercultural communication research. 

Papers and panel/program proposals must be submitted electronically by Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST. ECA uses Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. This is the same system used by the National Communication Association so you may be familiar with it. The deadline for submissions remains the same, October 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM PST. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work through this link:

The link can also be found on ECA’s website at Attendee Interactive.The Intercultural Communication Interest Group invites two types of submission with the following specific requirements for each type:


Submission Guidelines for Completed Papers

Papers should be written in accordance with the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). The following fields will be completed for individual submissions: 

- Title

- Description (aka. Abstract) including the Professional Responsibility Statement.

- Student Paper

- Debut Submission

- Special requests

- Audio Visual Form

- Upload final paper or additional documents (file types accepted: Word or PDF).

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals

Please submit panel/program proposals is one MS Word file (.doc or .docx). Proposals should be written according to the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). Include the following items in all panel/program submissions:

- Thematic Title

- Participants (Names & Affiliations) including chair and respondent.

- Estimated Attendance

- Special request 

- Rationale

- Audio Visual Form 

- Upload supporting documents that include titles and abstract for each paper or

presentation, program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program, and Statement of Professionalism (see below).

Please include the following statement with submissions:

In submitting the attached paper/panel, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this paper/panel 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. 


Please send your inquiries to the Intercultural Communication Interest Group Chair, Dr. Angela Putman, at For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website

Communication Administration Interest Group Call for Submissions for the 2022 Annual Convention of the Eastern Communication Association

Ann Bainbridge Frymier,

The Communication Administration Interest Group advances the study and application of communication theory and principles in effective administration and leadership and invites papers and panel submissions related to communication in administration.

Submission Deadline:  October 15, 2021 11:59 (PST)

Submission Guidelines

ECA utilizes Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews and can be accessed on the ECA website. To submit your work, you will be prompted to create an account or login using ECA-specific credentials (do not use login credentials you may have created for any other association, such as NCA).

Individual Papers 

Individual papers are completed papers that present original work. Papers should not exceed 25 double spaced pages and should adhere to APA 7th edition.

Complete paper submission should include the following elements:

  1. The word “Debut” marked on all papers written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
  2. A one-page abstract.
  3. A statement of professional responsibility.
  4. Uploaded final paper or additional documents (submitted as a Word or PDF document). Individual paper submissions should not contain identifying information (author name, university affiliation) in uploaded supporting documents.

If the paper has multiple authors, submitter should indicate who will be presenting at the convention. 

Panel Proposal: Panel submissions can take multiple forms. A panel may consist of 3-4 speakers who present individual papers on a specific topic area, a workshop session led by 2-3 experts on a particular topic with audience involvement and participation, or a round table discussion featuring 3-6 presenters who share a position on a focused topic moderated by a chair with interaction and discussion by participants and audience members.

Complete Panel submissions should include the following elements:

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

You must include the following Statement of Professional Responsibility with all papers, posters, and proposals:  

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that an accepted paper, panel, or poster is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the ECA convention, pay fees, and present the work. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies should take all possible measures to arrange an alternate presenter, and communicate their plans to both the Interest Group Planner and ECA VP.

Presenters are encouraged to present without technology if possible. Please note that a paper or panel should only be submitted to a single interest group.

Contact Ann Bainbridge Frymier at if you have questions, ideas, or need assistance with the submission process. For additional information about the convention, including short courses and other programming, please see the ECA website at

Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 2022

Seeking CSCA panelists for submission for Communication Education on remote learning instructor-student interactions or instructor immediacy

Aimee Miller-Ott,


We are seeking participants for a panel we want to submit to the Central States Communication Association for their 2022 conference. We conducted a study on students’ perceptions of college instructors’ immediacy behaviors through Zoom instruction. We are looking to create a panel that focuses either on immediacy in classroom contexts (in person or online) OR on instruction in Zoom classrooms, not necessarily on immediacy. We will develop the panel topic focus once we see what kind of submissions we receive.

If you have projects that focus on either topic (immediacy in the classroom or Zoom instructor) and are interested in possibly joining the panel, please email me with the title of your project and a short couple sentence description of the project. Once we get, review, and select submissions, we will email those that fit the panel best and ask for the full submission requirements. Please email me at by end of the day on Monday October 4 with your title and brief description, and I will respond by Tuesday October 5, with the deadline of getting me the full submission requirements by Thursday October 7. Please email me if you have any questions.


BEA Research Committee Special Call for Strategic Communication Research

Michel M Haigh,


The BEA Research Committee invites submission of original, non-published research papers to be considered for presentation at the BEA Conference April 19-20 (virtual) or April 23-26 in Las Vegas. 

The BEA Research Committee is looking for research that addresses topics relevant to the field of advertising, public relations, and strategic communication. Examples include but are not limited to: advertising and media effects; analysis of ads; cross-cultural, international and/or global advertising; the economic, social, and political impact of advertising; new media technology; social media; public relations; crisis communications; and other topics related to the area of strategic communication.

All research papers must be uploaded through the online server to the BEA Research Committee special call link by December 15, 2021. 

  1. Submit the paper via the BEA website link to the BEA Research Committee special call. Files should be Word or a PDF. A PDF is strongly encouraged. No identifying information should be included on the paper or in file properties.
  2. The paper should be uploaded to the server no later than 11:59 PM (Central Daylight Time).
  3. An abstract of no more than 75 words will also be required.
  4. Completely fill out the online submission form with author(s) name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address. The title should be printed on the first page of the text and on running heads on each page of text, as well as on the title page. Do NOT include author’s name on running heads or title page
  5. Papers uploaded with author’s identifying information will not be considered for review and will be automatically disqualified
  6. Papers are accepted for peer review on the understanding that they are not already under review for other conferences and that they have been submitted to only ONE BEA group for evaluation. Papers accepted should not have been presented to other conferences or published in scholarly or trade journals prior to presentation at the conference.
  7. Papers submitted with both faculty and student authors will be considered faculty papers and are not eligible for student competitions.
  8. At least one author of an accepted paper must attend the conference to present the paper.
  9. The papers submitted should use APA style (double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font). They should not exceed 30 pages (not including title/abstract)
  10. Papers should include an introductory section, a literature review, method section, results section, and a discussion section.


Please contact with any questions. Submissions may be uploaded at:

PCA/ACA LGBTQ+ Studies Call for Proposals: Papers, Panels, Special Sessions (roundtables, screenings, etc.) 

Bruce Drushel,




For information on PCA/ACA, please go to

For conference information, please go to


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Queer Studies area provides a positive and welcoming environment for the sharing of scholarship and related discussion of topics addressing the intersection of LGBTQ+ identities and popular culture, defined broadly. We are considering proposals for sessions organized around a theme, special panels, and individual papers.  Sessions are scheduled in 1½ hour slots, typically with four papers or speakers per standard session.  Presentations should not exceed 15 minutes.  As always, proposals addressing any topic at the intersection of culture and queerness are welcome. This year, we are especially eager to receive proposals concerning LGBTQ+ people and the COVID19 pandemic, the politics of trans* identities, and updates on LGBTQ+ visibility and representation in media and the press.


Should you or any of your colleagues be interested in submitting a proposal or have any questions, please contact:

Bruce E. Drushel, Ph.D.

Professor & Chair

Department of Media, Journalism & Film

Miami University

Oxford OH  45056

(513) 529-3526 


To submit your panel or presentation, go to and follow the instructions for creating an account and making your submission.  ALL submissions must be made through the conference submission site.  For individual papers, please submit a title and 100-word abstract.  For themed paper sessions, each presenter must enter her/his own presentation and the chair should contact Professor Drushel to assemble them into a panel.  You should also contact Professor Drushel for help in submitting roundtable discussions.

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Rhetoric of Health and Medicine: "Queer and Trans Health Justice: Interventions, Perspectives, and Questions”

Cathryn Molloy,


We have a hot-off-the-presses CFP for a Special Issue of Rhetoric of Health and Medicine, "Queer and Trans Health Justice: Interventions, Perspectives, and Questions.”

This special issue will be co-edited by McKinley Green, Wilfredo Flores, and Fernando Sánchez.

Call for Papers: Popular Culture Association Annual Conference: Film Area

Fabrizio Cilento,

The Film Area explores key concepts that structure discussions of film’s relationship to modernism and modernity, the persistence of genres, the nature of film authorship, stars and stardom, screenwriting, transmedia and multimedia adaptations, the implications of the cinematic gaze, as well as legal, aesthetic, and anthropological ramifications of digital images. While we are interested in specific notions related to film studies, we also work at the intersection between history, sexuality, race, religion, and politics to adequately contextualize the visual contents. In addition, we welcome submissions related to industry studies as it pertains to practices, opportunities, and challenges of both business and craft, as well as representation on the page, onscreen, and behind the camera.

Proposals should include an abstract of ca. 2,500 characters, 3-5 updated bibliographic sources, and a brief biography (500 characters). A timeline with conference dates and deadlines is available on the Popular Culture Association website:

Contact information: Fabrizio Cilento ( and Anna Weinstein (

Call for Panelists: CSCA Panel on Expanding Health Dialogues

Tucker Robinson,


In recent years (but especially since the COVID-19 pandemic began) we've seen an increase in dialogues about a variety of health and health-related topics, especially those deemed as "taboo" or "controversial". I'd like to keep this momentum going by organizing a discussion panel for the Health Communication interest group at CSCA in which we discuss the health topics that have taken center stage in recent times, and what topics warrant further examination and dialogue (especially from a scholarly perspective), so that we can connect where we're at with where we could/should be going.

If you're interested in participating, please send me ( your contact information along with two or three potential health topics you'd like to discuss during the panel (at least one specific health topic that's received a lot of attention in recent times, and at least one specific health topic that should receive more attention) no later than Friday, October 1st.


Call for Papers: The Oxford Handbook of Black Horror Film

Robin R. Means Coleman,

The Oxford Handbook of Black Horror Film 

Edited by Drs. Robin R. Means Coleman & Novotny Lawrence


Since the release of Jordan Peele’s Academy Award-winning horror hit, Get Out (2017), interest in Black horror films has erupted. This renewed intrigue in the stories of Black life, history, and culture, or ‘Blackness’ has taken two forms. First, the history and politics of race has been centered in the genre. Second, Black horror has become an increasingly visible topic in mainstream discourses with scholars, critics, and fans contending that Black horror is seeing its “renaissance.”

However, in the U.S., critical attention to Blackness in horror has primarily focused on the U.S. and western world; this, despite the fact that Blacks and Black stories have featured prominently in the genre-- as actors, screenwriters, directors, producers—globally and across cultures. We invite contributions that explore Global Black horror cinema, across media platforms (e.g., theatrical releases, streaming services, etc.), by interrogating Blackness and the ways in which it manifests in films across the diaspora and around the world. Ours is an ambitious goal: to present a collection that leaves no continent unexamined.


This project is under contract with Oxford University Press.

We invite interested contributors to propose essays by submitting 250-word abstracts, along with 3 keywords. Example questions/themes include:

- How are taxonomies of race presented? Who is considered ‘Black?’ How is Blackness constructed in the culture(s) in which it is produced and/or distributed?

- How is ‘horror’ defined and represented globally and/or culturally? What textual role does Blackness play in horror?



- Transgression: Excess, disrupting temporalities, disrupting corporeality, appropriation, colorism, arriving at Blackness through blindcasting

- Liberation: Reflecting on responses to oppression 

- Sound: Examining the use of scores and soundtracks in Black horror films.

- Adaptation: Transformation of stories from one source to the Black horror film 


To receive full consideration, please submit abstracts to by October 1, 2021. For those accepted into the collection, first drafts of essays will be due on January 14, 2022. Upon publication, contributors to the collection will receive a modest honorarium for their work.


Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman is Northwestern University’s Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and the Ida B. Wells and Ferdinand Barnett Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Dr. Coleman is widely published, to include her book, Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (2011, Routledge) Dr. Coleman’s (co-executive producer) documentary film, Horror Noire, made its international premiere in 2019 to critical acclaim. To-date, Horror Noire has won the 2020 Rondo Hatton Award for Best Documentary and the 2019 FearNyc Trailblazer Award.


Dr. Novotny Lawrence is an Associate Professor at Iowa State University where he holds a joint appointment between the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication and the English Department. He is widely published and his research primarily centers on African American cinematic and mediated experiences. Dr. Lawrence is the author of Blaxploitation Films of the 1970s: Blackness and Genre (Routledge, 2007), the editor of Documenting the Black Experience (McFarland, 2014), and the co-editor of Beyond Blaxploitation (Wayne State University Press, 2016).


Call for Submissions: ECA Rhetoric & Public Address Interest Group

Abbe Depretis,


2022 Eastern Communication Association Annual Convention 

April 7 to 9, 2022

Philadelphia, PA

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2021, 11:59 PM (EST)


The Rhetoric & Public Address Interest Group invites submissions in preparation of the annual ECA Convention. The deadline for electronic submissions is October 15, 2021. The convention theme “Reunion” encourages us to look at rhetoric in ways that promote connecting, reconnecting, and finding common ground with others following five years of political turbulence and division and the COVID pandemic. We encourage submitters to consider papers, thematic panels, and other programs that explore related issues and questions, and how these topics and questions intersect with critical issues related to rhetoric and public address, as well as the potential and limits of rhetoric to foster (re)union within the current national and international political climate.

All submissions should be uploaded to and processed through Attendee Interactive. Link available through:

Competitive Papers

Submissions of completed papers should be no more than 25 pages, excluding title page, abstract, references, and appendices. Submissions should include:

- Title: To appear on the title page of the paper as well as entered separately into Attendee Interactive 

- A one-page abstract: This will be entered into Attendee Interactive separate from the manuscript. You may also want to include it immediately following the title page in your paper.

- Statement of Professional Responsibility: Please include on title page for your paper to be considered.

- Special Requests/Requests for AV: Please enter this information into Attendee Interactive rather than note any special requests on your manuscript. Due to cost, AV will be limited.

- Final paper with all identifying information removed for blind review.

- Indicate any special designations (debut and/or student) both on the title page of the manuscript and in Attendee Interactive.

- If a paper has multiple authors, please indicate who will be presenting at the conference.


Program/Panel Proposal

All program/panel submissions should be uploaded to Attendee Interactive and include the following:

- A thematic title for the program/panel.

- The name of the Chair and Respondent (if any). Please do not have chairs act as respondents.

- Names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all participants.

- The program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program.

- A detailed rationale for the program/panel.

- Special Requests/Requests for AV: Please enter this information into Attendee Interactive rather than note any special requests on your description or rationale. Due to cost, AV will be limited.

- Statement of Professional Responsibility: Please include with the program rationale.


Please contact the Rhetoric & Public Address Interest Group Program Planner, via e-mail, for further information: 

- Abbe Depretis, Carnegie Mellon University,

- David Seitz, Penn State Mont Alto,

Special Issue: "Gender and Human-Machine Communication"

Autumn Edwards,



- Leopoldina Fortunati (, Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics, University of Udine, Udine, Italy

- Autumn Edwards (, School of Communication, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States of America


Description: The reproductive sphere, historically the place of domestic appliances and classic media (television and radio), is now populated by various types of machines, from computers to mobile phones to social robots to virtual and voice-based assistants. Domestic work, especially in its immaterial aspects (affection, emotion, sex, information, care and support, communication, education, entertainment), is increasingly machinized, while its material aspects remain far from being robustly supported by technologies.

What is the social and political meaning of this massive penetration of hard technology in the immaterial reproduction sphere and of the relatively limited penetration in the material reproduction sphere? How do the role of women, the gendered division and organization of household labor, the weight of the reproductive sphere in respect to capital systems, and the destiny of individuals change? We argue, for example, that the process of separation of individuals from each other has reached its apex with the diffusion of HMC, since, here, each individual is separated from human others and talks instead to machines that respond to them. What are the implications of this process?

The scholarship on gender and HMC so far has focused not only on gender-linked attitudes and behaviors towards robots, chatbots, and virtual assistants but also on how machines are gendered. Both of these approaches are interesting and deserve further development to understand their implications for women’s empowerment in society and gender equity more broadly. Therefore, we also welcome scholarship on HMC that centers: 

- Gendered stereotyping and interaction processes

- The representation of human gender identity groups (Who do our communicative machines represent, and how? For whom are they designed? Who do they benefit and burden? Who is included or excluded in their industry development processes?)

- Gender-linked bias in computational and algorithmic systems 

- The social construction of gender and implications for human gender relations


Contributions are invited for a special issue in Volume 4 of Human-Machine Communication devoted to capture and discuss these recent developments in gender and HMC at theoretical, methodological, and empirical levels:

For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Leopoldina Fortunati ( or Dr. Autumn Edwards (



- Human-Machine Communication

- Gender

- Sex

- Domestic and Reproductive Labor

- Algorithmic and Design Bias

- Gender Equity and Equality

- Machine Representation and Portrayal

- Gender and Robots/AI

Deadline: Submissions are due January 15, 2022, and the publication will be in June 2022. All manuscripts should be submitted via the journal's online submission system:

 With the remark, "Special Issue" in the cover letter. In the online submission system, there will be a drop-down menu under Document Type. Please choose "Special Issue Submission." For formatting and length specifications, please see the journal's Instructions for Authors:


Call for Papers: Suicide and Popular Culture

Mike Alvarez,

According to the World Health Organization, more than 700,000 people die by suicide every year; one in 100 global deaths is by suicide. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 45,000 deaths by suicide (14.2 per 100,000) for the year 2020, representing a 30 percent increase over a 20-year period. Suicide is the eleventh leading cause of death in the U.S., and among persons between the ages of 10 to 34, it is the second leading cause. Women are more likely than men to attempt suicide, but men are three to four times more likely than women to die by suicide. In short, suicide is an intractable public and global health issue that has shown few signs of abating. The growing salience of suicide in popular culture is unsurprising in light of these worrisome trends.

Representations of suicide and suicidality abound in popular culture. More recent examples include young adult literature like Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why and Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places, on which the Netflix original series and movie, respectively, were based; narrative videogames like Life is Strange, The Suicide of Rachel Foster, and Indigo Prophecy; Charles Forsman’s graphic novel, I Am Not Okay with This (also the basis of a Netflix series); the ABC TV series, A Million Little Things; Eric Steel’s documentary film, The Bridge; and media coverage of and tributes to celebrity suicides like Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain, Mindy McCready, and Chester Bennington. As many of these representations illustrate, suicide is not reducible to a singular cause, but lies at the juncture of myriad intersecting forces. Pop culture is a generative site for probing, and interrogating, societal assumptions about suicide, and its intersections with pressing social issues like (dis)ability, marginality, stigma, and self-determination. In service of visibilizing suicide and its attendant concerns, we are seeking abstract submissions for an edited volume titled, Suicide and Popular Culture. The anthology seeks to explore the history, ethics, aesthetics, and cultural meanings of representing suicide in various media forms, including but not limited to film, television, music, memoir, young adult literature, genre fiction, theatrical productions, dance, visual and sequential art, video games, newsmedia, and social media.

We welcome submissions from scholars of communication, popular culture, film studies, media and cultural studies, media sociology, medical humanities, and other adjacent disciplines. We welcome a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, but we are particularly interested in perspectives that critique or provide alternatives to the medical (i.e. biopsychiatric) model of suicide. We are especially open to alternative and grass-roots perspectives that respect the experiential knowledge and embodied wisdom of survivors of suicide attempts and people who are suicidal.In addition to analyses of media content, we also look forward to research on media industries and audiences as they relate to the production and reception of texts about suicide. Ultimately, it is our hope that the collection will not only humanize suicide and challenge the stigma attached to it, but also, push against the reduction of suicide to psychopathology -- by situating suicide within its various social, cultural, relational, historical, and political contexts.

Possible topics include: 

- Suicide’s representational history in moving image media

- The right-to-die movement in popular culture

- The cinematic language of suicide

- Nationalism and narratives of self-sacrifice

- Queer sexualities and suicidality

- The Werther effect/Papageno effect in the digital age

- The narrativization of surviving attempted suicide 

- The pedagogical potential of suicide texts

- Music, musicians, and suicide contagion

- News coverage of celebrity suicides

- Suicide as spectacle/spectatorship of suicide 

- Suicide in dystopian and post-apocalyptic imaginings

- Artistic responses to COVID-19 suicides

- And much more

Please submit an extended abstract (750-1000 words) and brief bio (125-150 words) in one PDF or Word file to the lead editor, Dr. Mike Alvarez,, by Friday, October 15. In your abstract, please indicate the status of your proposed chapter. Preference will be given to research that is already underway. Note that acceptance of the abstract does not guarantee acceptance or inclusion of the completed chapter, which is expected to be 6000-8000 words.

At this stage, we have interest from a publisher and will submit the full proposal once abstracts have been collated. We will contact authors by November 15 to confirm whether their chapter has been selected, and we will keep authors informed throughout the process. For planning purposes, below is our projected timetable:

- Friday, Oct. 15: Submission of abstracts

- Monday, Nov. 15: Notification of acceptance

- Monday, Feb. 28: Contributors submit complete draft

- Tuesday, May 31: Editors provide feedback on chapters

- Friday, July 29: Contributors submit revised chapter

- Friday, Sept. 30: Editors submit anthology to publisher

About the Editors: Dr. Mike Alvarez is Postdoctoral Diversity and Innovation Scholar at the University of New Hampshire. He is author of The Paradox of Suicide and Creativity: Authentications of Human Existence (Lexington, 2020), and lead author of the upcoming book, A Plague for Our Time: Dying and Death in the Age of COVID-19 (McFarland). He has also completed a memoir, The Color of Dusk, which explores intergenerational trauma, mental health, and suicidality in Filipino diasporic communities. Dr. Alvarez serves on the National Communication Association’s Mental Health Task Force.

Dr. Wren Bareiss is Associate Professor of Communication at the University of South Carolina Upstate, where he developed the Health Communication minor. He is editor of Communicating With, About, and Through Self-Harm: Scarred Discourse (Lexington, 2020), and Founder and CEO of Four Paths Communication, which offers assistance with writing and presentation skills to professionals in the health and science fields. Dr. Bareiss also serves on NCA’s Mental Health Task Force and is editor-in-chief of Qualitative Research in Medicine & Healthcare.

Dr. Jolane Flanigan is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Rocky Mountain College. She studies language and the play between dominant, marginal, and resistance discourses. She is also a licensed mental health counselor who focuses on both neurological differences, such as autism and sensory processing abilities, and lived experiences, such as trauma and depression. Her current work combines her training as a communication scholar and experience as a counselor.

Call for Papers: ECA 2022 Convention: Applied Communication Interest Group

Kati Sudnick, 

The Applied Communication Interest Group of the Eastern Communication Association is now accepting submissions for the 2022 conference. The 2022 convention theme is “(Re)union,” marking our first in person ECA after two years of being unable to physically gather. Toward that end, First Vice President Dr. Pamela J. Lannutti invites ECA interest groups and members to develop programming for the 2022 convention that focuses on “(Re)union” in a variety of ways, including:

- Reuniting colleagues who have similar research and teaching interests 

- Reuniting colleagues who have made significant contributions through their collaborative work

- Reuniting colleagues who have shared mentorship experiences 

- Building new unions within ECA to move our discipline forward

- Building new unions between ECA and the larger communities in which our members live and work

- Creating opportunities to connect around shared research and teaching interests

- Opportunities for reflection on the effects of the global pandemic on our teaching, research, and professional development and how to move forward

- Deliberation on how communication scholars and educators contribute to a post-pandemic world

This interest group invites submissions of papers, panels, and roundtable/program proposals that focus on how communication theory, research, and practice contribute to addressing pragmatic, social issues to harbor a better future. The Applied Communication Interest Group is committed to help the general public solve socially relevant problems and to test the usefulness of communication theory in "real-world" settings. Research should highlight the connection between theory and practice by demonstrating theoretical applications and the usefulness for potential users to understand and implement recommendations will be accepted.


The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2021 11:59 (ET).

All submissions should be uploaded and processed through Attendee Interactive.

Submission website:


Submission Guidelines for Completed Papers

Papers should be written in accordance with APA 7th edition. The following fields will be completed for individual submissions:

  1. A detached title page with the title of the paper and the author's affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
  2. The word “Debut” marked on all papers written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national conference.
  3. A one-page abstract on the second page.
  4. A statement of professional responsibility on the second page.


If the paper has multiple authors, the submitter should indicate who will be presenting at the convention.

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals


Proposals should be written according to APA 7th edition. Include the following items in all panel/program submissions:

  1. A thematic title for the panel.
  2. Names of the chair and respondents (if any).
  3. Names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all panelists. 
  4. Titles and abstracts for each paper. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words.
  5. A program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final ECA 2022 program.
  6. A detailed rationale for the program/panel. Rationales should not exceed 1000 words.
  7. A statement of professional responsibility.


Statement of Professional Responsibility

The following statement MUST be included with every submission of a paper or panel in order to be eligible for review: In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that an accepted paper, panel, or poster is considered a professional responsibility. If this submission is accepted and programmed, I/We agree to register for the ECA convention, pay fees, and present the work. I/We understand that presenters with last minute emergencies should take all possible measures to arrange an alternate presenter, and communicate their plans to both the Interest Group Planner and ECA VP. 


Convention Acceptance Notifications: January 2022.

For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website:

All questions or concerns related to the Applied Communication Interest Group can be directed to

Kati Sudnick, PhD, University of North Carolina Wilmington,


Call for Papers: In Media Res: Monstrosity in Video Games, Ethnic and Folk Music in Film and Media, Mortuary Media, and Media Boycotts

Sara Ghazi Asadollahi,


We are currently accepting proposals for Spring 2022! Please visit our Current Calls webpage for a complete list of topics. Calls with upcoming deadlines are listed below. In Media Res is also accepting proposals on the topic of Monstrosity in Video Games. The deadline for proposals is Monday, September 20, 2021. Here is the CFP:

In Media Res is also accepting proposals on the topic of Ethnic Folk Music in Film and Media. The deadline for proposals is Monday, October 4. Here is the CFP: 

In Media Res is also accepting proposals on the topic of Mortuary Media. The deadline for proposals is Monday, October 11, 2021. Here is the CFP:

In Media Res is also accepting proposals on the topic of Media Boycotts. The deadline for proposals is Monday, October 18, 2021. 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 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, an image, or a slideshow that will be accompanied by a 300 to 350-word response to/contextualization of your clip, image, or slideshow. In addition to your piece, you will be expected to engage the other pieces presented that week to encourage discussion and further flesh out the individual topic in relation to the week’s theme.



Call for Papers: International Association for Communication and Sport 2022 Summit on Communication and Sport

Evan Frederick,

 The International Association for Communication and Sport (IACS) invites you to submit your work for a presentation or panel discussion for the 2022 Summit on Communication and Sport. The IACS Summit is the only stand-alone conference for communication researchers interested in exploring sport from diverse critical, methodological, theoretical, and multi-disciplinary perspectives. The Summit welcomes submissions from all methodological and theoretical perspectives. This year’s Summit will be hosted by Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, USA, with special events taking place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, October 15, 2021. The submission site is: 

- Evaluation: All submissions will be evaluated through an anonymous peer review process. 

- Decision Deadline: Author(s) will receive email notification regarding the outcome of their submission on approximately Friday, December 10, 2021. 

 - Author Limits: A maximum of two (2) submissions in total (papers, panels, or one of each) from a single author will be considered for presentation, regardless of author order. 

- Session Information: Research and panel sessions are one hour and fifteen minutes long. Research sessions will be constructed to allow for at least 15 minutes of discussion following the presentations. 

- Scholars interested in submitting to the 2022 Summit have two options: an extended abstract submission; or a panel discussion submission. 


Submission Guidelines: All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. The following paper categories are welcome:

- Abstract submissions may not exceed 500 words (excluding references) in length and should be prepared for anonymous peer review (clear of any identifying information about the author(s). 

- Panel discussions must focus on a clearly defined theme suitable for an interactive discussion format. Submissions must include a title, a description of up to 250 words explaining the focus and rationale, and a list of all panelists' institutional or professional affiliation. 

- Top Student Paper: IACS will recognize the Top Student Paper submitted to the Summit. For award consideration, a full-length manuscript must be submitted to the review committee by Friday, January 28, 2022. Students must submit an abstract of their work at the October deadline. Recognition of Top Student Paper will be determined by anonymous peer review of the submission. Papers for consideration must be solely authored by the student(s). 

- Review Information: There is only one extended abstract submission - there will not be separate review criteria for works-in-progress and completed papers. All should be submitted as extended abstracts and will be judged using the same criteria. 

- Reviewers will be selected from self-nomination through the submission process. Reviewers must have, at minimum, a completed master’s degree, and have knowledge in the academic disciplines of communication and sport. Reviewers must identify their area of reviewing expertise (quantitative methodology, qualitative methodology, mixed methods, rhetorical/critical).

- All research submissions will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  1. Clarity of thesis; definition of problem
  2. Theoretical perspective
  3. Background; review of the literature
  4. Research questions/hypotheses and/or rhetorical argument
  5. Appropriateness of methodology

- Submission Agreement: By submitting an abstract or panel to the 2022 Summit on Communication and Sport, you understand that your submission enters you into an obligation to attend the Summit. At least one author listed on the paper must attend the Summit. If you cannot be there to present, it is your responsibility to secure one of your other authors to present your work. Please be conscientious that last-minute cancellations prevent others from being invited to the Summit to present their work.

- COVID-19: The IACS Board of Directors, Program Committee, and organizing team at Rowan University will continue to monitor safety guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited opportunities for virtual presentations will be provided to international travelers unable to attend due to travel restrictions or presenters unable to travel for medical reasons. Should global travel be restricted due to COVID-19, the conference will pivot to an online platform, similar to what was used in 2021. 


For conference events inquiries, please contact Dr. Karen Hartman,

All questions about submissions should be emailed to Dr. Evan Frederick,