NCA 107th Annual Convention: Renewal and Transformation
NCA 107th Annual Convention
Call for Participation
“Renewal and Transformation”
November 18-21, 2021
We are living during extraordinary times, necessitating that we face the immense task of navigating numerous pubic and personal crises and their aftermaths. The COVID-19 pandemic, economic strife, political turmoil, and struggles for racial justice challenge us as Communication scholars, teachers, and professionals to consider why our contributions matter more than ever before. We will meet for our Annual Convention in Seattle, a beautiful city known historically for innovation, enterprise, and pursuit of social justice. In accordance with the theme of “Renewal and Transformation,” the convention will focus on how we can engage in the essential tasks of restoration and change.
One meaning of “renewal” is to resume after an interruption, to begin or take up again. The last year has brought upheavals to our personal and professional lives, to our campuses, to our classrooms, and to our communities. Far from the comfort of continuity, we now are living in a time that is fraught with anxiety, but also rich with possibilities. For our 107th Annual Convention, we invite provocative paper and panel submissions that examine questions of regeneration and reconstruction, such as: What is the relevance and value of our scholarship and teaching as we recover from this time of crisis? How can Communication researchers, teachers, and practitioners contribute to rebuilding and restoring our communities? What should be done to replenish and advance our discipline? “Renewal” also refers to the act of making, saying, or doing something again. Our 107th Annual Convention will provide a significant opportunity for us to take stock of our collective commitments to equity, justice, access, and dialogue, and to renew our resolve to enact these principles in our teaching, research, and service.
Yet, renewal is only a first step. We also should seize this moment to consider and create avenues for “transformation,” thorough and dramatic change that alters something’s character, structure, or composition. As we renew our priorities, reinvigorate our hopes, and seek to restore the fabric of public discourse, we have the opportunity at the Annual Convention to engage in dialogues that envision powerful changes that could improve the communities in which we work, live, and serve. We invite submissions that explore how Communication scholarship and teaching can be transformative, especially at this particular point in our history. The theme of “transformation” also challenges us to consider how to orient our disciplinary, academic, and community institutions in new and meaningful ways that honor all voices.
We look forward to your submissions and invite you to engage in these significant and dynamic conversations at our 107th Annual Convention in Seattle. Together, as an academic and professional community, we will explore the ways we can—and must—contribute to the crucial processes of renewal and transformation.
Roseann M. Mandziuk
NCA Second Vice President