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NCA Convention Central Opens January 14

January 9, 2019

Submissions for NCA’s 105th Annual Convention open on Monday, January 14. The convention will be held November 14-17, 2019, in Baltimore, MD. Baltimore, also known as the “Monumental City,” is near the early hunting grounds of the Susquehannocks and mere miles from both NCA’s headquarters and the United States Capitol. The largest city in Maryland, Baltimore is a city rich with abundant cultural opportunities, educational resources, and a thriving urban space.

The convention theme, “Communication for Survival,” is designed to help inspire us to think about the ways communication improves lives, helps people build relationships, sustain communities, changes society for the better, and provides peace of mind. Convention attendees might discuss change: the Black Lives Matter movement; the #metoo movement; international relations; apocalyptic rhetoric; driving while black or brown; homo sacer; the prison industrial complex; terrorism; economic crisis; natural and man-made disasters; gun violence; health care; and/or utilitarian and pragmatic approaches to communication. Additionally, the theme might inspire engagement with and innovation of current theoretical scholarship (e.g., social movement theory, theories of social change, neoliberalism, racial microaggressions, biopolitics and necropolitics, racial battle fatigue, queer futurity, integrated communication, negotiation, etc.). The theme is meant to challenge our community to think about the many ways in which communication can help improve our lives and our communities.

Learn more about this year’s convention at natcom.org/convention and complete your submission by March 27.