NCA 100th Annual Convention
NCA Submission Central is now open for submissions.
The deadline for submissions is March 26, 2014 at 11:59pm Pacific.
In 2014, we mark the centennial year of the
National Communication Association. What we think of as NCA’s origin story
(although not the exclusive origin
story told among communication scholars) was the creation of the National
Association of Academic Teachers of Public Speaking at a meeting of a handful
of college teachers in Chicago, in 1914. Hence, the site of this year’s
convention and also its theme: The
Presence of Our Past(s): NCA at 100.
The centennial is a time to celebrate the
resilience of our place in the intellectual world. It is also a prompt for us
to reexamine, to seriously engage with what we take to be “the past(s)” of both
the Association and the now vast intellectual field comprising Communication
Studies. So, in addition to the convention’s annual array of provocative
scholarship, this special moment calls for us to reflect together on the study,
teaching, and practices of communication over the past 100 years.
Why celebrate and reexamine backward? And why
think of “the past” in the plural? This
special anniversary is a time to study how our history has wrought our present
and to provoke an assessment of how well (or not) past achievements and
attachments have contributed to the formation and fulfillment of current
aspirations. The centennial is an opportunity for us to think and rethink the
group’s sources of identity as well to acknowledge that unity is not always or
even often a corollary of robust collective identity. NCA’s centennial year invites
us to celebrate our affiliation, to examine what binds us together as an
“association,” and to consider the interests that distribute us among enclaves
like “divisions,” “sections,” and “caucuses.”
What questions might we consider beyond our
differential origin stories? What conditions have given rise to the evolution
or devolution of particular theories, concepts, and research practices over the
past century? How have our intellectual interests been prompted by political or
economic conditions, by social unrest, by new or once-new technologies, by our
field’s increasing diversity, and by other institutional or cultural forces?
How can we think through our past(s) not just as old ideas giving rise or
giving way to new ones, but also how old ideas sometimes lurk in the shadows
only to reemerge again in different guises? In what different ways can we write
our pasts, in terms of the crucial importance of intellectual relationships and
coalitions, contested issues, collaborations, conflicts, or even gossip and
feuds? In thinking thus, might we even be led to a different level of
abstraction to pose useful questions about what a disciplinary history is or
should be, with such an inquiry also perhaps calling into question our
understanding of disciplinarity itself, particularly in relation to
There are so many questions about our rich
past(s), and this moment seems the propitious one to raise those questions and
seek answers—multiple answers—to them. Please join your colleagues where it all
started a hundred years ago, in Chicago. Let’s contemplate our history and make
a bit of our own!
NCA Second Vice President
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
- Deadline for 2014 Submissions is March 26, 2014
January 13, 2014The deadline for submissions for the NCA 100th Annual Convention is March 26, 2014 at 11 59pm Pacific. Please visit NCA Submission Central to view calls for submissions and to submit your proposal.
- Submissions are Open for 2014
January 13, 2014NCA Submission Central is now open for submissions for the NCA 100th Annual Convention. Visit NCA Submission Central to view all calls for submissions and to begin your submission.