2018 NCA Convention

NCA 104th Annual Convention 
Nov 8-11, 2018
Salt Lake City, UT
Submission Deadline Dates: Mon, 1/15 2018 12:00 AM – Thu, 3/29 2018 3:00 AM EDT


Language and Social Interaction Division

NCA 104th Annual Convention Division Call

The Language and Social Interaction (LSI) Division promotes research and teaching on language and discourse processes in social interaction. The LSI Division invites submissions of individual papers, paper sessions, and panel discussions for the 104thAnnual Convention of the National Communication Association (NCA) to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah November 8-11, 2018. This year’s convention will engage with the theme “Communication at Play.” This theme invites panels, proposals, performances, and submissions that ” 1) examine the nature of play and its role within communication frameworks and interactions, or 2) exhibit playfulness in shaping the experience of scholars coming together to address issues of common concern. Playing with process, with language, with culture, and with fellow scholars, teachers, and professionals—all are ‘fair game.’ ” Submissions that address the convention’s theme from the LSI perspective are welcome.

Submissions to the LSI division may be empirical, theoretical, methodological, or exploratory in nature but should take an approach that is grounded in at least one of the following traditions: applied linguistics, conversation analysis, discourse analysis, ethnography of communication, ethnomethodology, membership categorization analysis, narrative analysis, pragmatics, social psychology of language, social semiotics, sociolinguistics, or speech act theory. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. The submissions are accepted starting January 15, 2018 until the deadline of March 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

Individual Papers: An individual paper is a paper submitted by an author or authors that is not part of a preconceived paper session. Both complete papers (no longer than 25 pages in length, double spaced, excluding references) and extended abstracts will be considered. Extended abstracts should provide a rationale for the study, state the main analytic point(s) or argument(s) of the paper, and include a brief analysis of at least one data extract. Recognition for the top three individual papers will be given, including awards for top paper and top student paper. Only full papers will be considered for the awards. Please complete the required electronic submission fields including title, description, author(s), and keywords. Upload a copy of your paper or abstract. All identifying author information (names, institutions, hidden document properties) should be removed from your paper document before uploading.  Please indicate whether your paper submission should be considered a student-authored paper and if you would like to be considered for presentation in Scholar to Scholar on the electronic submission form.

Paper Sessions: A paper session is a preconceived and complete session of papers surrounding a topic, in which each presenter (3-5) presents her or his paper. Paper sessions are submitted and reviewed for consideration. Paper session submissions should include: 1) a session title; 2) an overall session description; 3) chair(s) and respondent(s) (if applicable); 4) titles, author(s), and abstracts for each paper; 5) a rationale for the value of the session.

Panel Discussions: A panel discussion is a preconceived and complete session of presenters discussing a topic or issue. Panel discussions should include: 1) a panel title; 2) an overall panel description; 3) participant contact information; 4) a rationale for the value of the panel.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources, including step-by-step instructions on how to submit, definitions of different submission types, and how to prepare a blind submission, are available in the NCA Convention Resource Library at www.natcom.org/conventionresources. All submissions must be made online through NCA Convention Central, and must list any A/V requirements at the time of submission. Check your email address listed in NCA Convention Central before or after submission, as all correspondence goes there.

Further information about the LSI division can be found at our website: www.nca-lsi.org. For questions about this call, please contact the Vice-Chair of the LSI division:

Mardi Kidwell

Department of Communication

University of New Hampshire

20 College Road

Durham, NH  03824


E-mail: mkidwell@unh.edu