NCA Annual Convention

NCA 108th Annual Convention: Honoring PLACE: People, Liberation, Advocacy, Community, and Environment

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November 17 - 20, 2022
New Orleans, LA



NCA 108th Annual Convention
“Honoring PLACE: People, Liberation, Advocacy, Community, and Environment”
November 17-20, 2022
New Orleans, Louisiana

Walid Afifi

The NCA 108th Annual Convention is right around the corner. Current registration numbers suggest that approximately 4,000 of us will be coming together for Honoring PLACE: People, Liberation, Advocacy, Community, and Environment in New Orleans. The virtual portion of the convention kicked off October 6 with our first-ever pre-convention virtual series. The six-part series concludes November 10 with Dr. Amber Johnson’s presentation "If We Want to Heal, We Must Tell the Truth: Truth, Reconciliation and Racial Justice in the Midst of Ahistorical Narratives."

For those of you who cannot attend the convention in person but are registered for the virtual attendee option, you can still participate in nine hybrid sessions offered during the convention. They include two must-join sessions on Thursday, November 17th, the first, "The Accessible Panel Project," starts at 12:30 p.m. CT, with the goal of modeling a maximally accessible panel. The second, “Publishing Race Scholarship in Communication Studies." begins at 2:00 p.m. CT.

On Friday, November 18, there is a powerful set of sessions and events that focus on the Black experience in New Orleans:

2 p.m. CT; Honoring PLACE: Revisiting the Train Tracks Where Plessy v. Ferguson Began and Plessy AND Ferguson Celebrated People, Liberation, Advocacy, and Community,” with descendants of Plessy and Ferguson joining Communication scholars in discussion. This will also be live-streamed.

3:30 p.m. CT: “Spitting Fire: Honoring PLACE through Spoken Word Poetry,” includes poet scholars and celebrated Black local poets performing poetry linked to the convention theme.

5:00 p.m. CT: Ronald L. Jackson II, University of Cincinnati, will present the Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture, “Antiracism and the Complexity of Woke Politics."

Following the Carroll C. Arnold Lecture is the sold-out dinner event at Dooky Chase, the legendary New Orleans restaurant that was at the center of the Civil Rights Movement. Finally, a free shuttle will leave from the Sheraton hotel, in a loop starting at 7:15 p.m., to take convention attendees to the center of New Orleans Jazz, Frenchmen St., where several world-class jazz bands will be playing across multiple venues.

On Saturday, November 19th, at 3:30 p.m. CT, we are fortunate to be joined by Dr. Beverly Wright, founder and executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in New Orleans. Dr. Wright, a preeminent environmental justice scholar, will discuss “The Color of Place: Influences on Democracy, Environmental, and Climate Change” in another not-to-miss session.

The NCA Presidential Address and Awards Presentation, sponsored by Routledge, Taylor & Francis, will take place at 5:00 p.m. CT. There, NCA President Roseann Mandziuk, Texas State University, will address “Enacting Conscience and Communicating Presence: Crafting NCA's Future.” Please be sure to attend and celebrate your colleagues outstanding achievements in research, teaching, and service.

Finally, every night of the convention, from 8:00-9:00 p.m. CT, there will be an alcohol-free event hosted in the Iris/Muses room, 8th floor of the Sheraton. Thanks to Narissra M. Punyanunt-Carter, Texas Tech University, for organizing these activities. Additional details can be found later in this newsletter.

I hope the many opportunities to join  enriching scholarly conversations and invigorating social spaces help you feel connected to PLACE.


Walid Afifi
NCA First Vice President