NCA 103rd Annual Convention

As we lean into the second century of the National Communication Association, this is a time not only to boldly take stock of where we are, where we have been, and where we want to go next, but also to imagine what impact we want to have on lived communities.  So, the theme for the NCA 103rd Annual Convention being held in Dallas will be “Our Legacy, Our Relevance.”  

Taking place in one of the largest and most diverse cities in the United States, this convention offers the opportunity to interrogate one of the foundational aspects of higher education, which is to prepare students to be effective global citizens.  At the convention, we will explore how we—as Communication researchers, teachers, practitioners, and students—meaningfully advance our discipline, while also unpacking the extent to which we translate our work in ways that impact broader publics.  In other words, one of the questions we will ask ourselves is whether we ought to do more of the work of “standing in the gap,” advocating for and connecting our work to everyday communities? Considering a range of issues such as privacy and social media, digital consumerism, global terrorism, healthcare reform, racial profiling and policing, politics of immigration, same-sex marriage, etc., the need to “stand in the gap” has never been greater.

“Our Legacy, Our Relevance” is a theme that is both inward and outward facing.  We urge submissions that spark dialogue about what intellectual, institutional, and cultural legacies we honor through our work, and whether there are other legacies that need to be considered or developed.  Beyond addressing the legacies we continue to sustain or intend to emplace, with this theme, we invite programs and panels that examine the relevance of communication research, teaching, and service. The theme challenges us to look at who we are, who our audiences are, what we do, and why we do it so that we might extend the parameters of our thinking in order to more significantly impact the world around us.   We look forward to you submitting your work and being an important part of the highly energizing, transformative, and dynamic intellectual dialogues to take place during our 103rd Annual Convention!
 

Ronald L. Jackson II
NCA Second Vice President
University of Cincinnati