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Title: Call for Papers--WSCA 2014 Forensics Scholarship
Post by: nrussell on July 09, 2013, 11:25:33 PM

As the interest group planner for the Western Forensics Association (WFA) at the 2014 Western States Communication Association (WSCA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, I'd like to invite and encourage you to submit papers, panels, or innovative public debates. The deadline is September 1, 2013, so you've got a bit of time to put together your paper or proposal.

As if WSCA weren't enough, don't forget that the WFA Tournament, which features Parli, BP/Worlds, IEs, and LD, runs in conjunction with the conference. This means you can "triple dip" for professional development, scholarship, and the "biggest little tournaments" (to borrow from the mantra of our 2013 host) in the U.S.

Please see below for the division's Call for Papers.

Thanks, and see you in Anaheim!

All my best,
Nicholas A. Russell
Director of Forensics
Department of Communication Studies
California State University, Long Beach

Western Forensics Association
Western States Communication Association
2014 Call for Papers

The Western Forensics Association (WFA) invites submission of paper sessions, discussion panels, and individual papers for the 2014 Western States Communication Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA. The theme for the 2014 conference is “Transfer.” In line with this theme, we invite submissions that demonstrate the various dynamics of “transfer” at work in forensics and argumentation: “transferring” from two-year to four-year schools, forensics tournaments as “sites of transfer,” where knowledge moves from body to body and transforms along the way, “transference” of Communication Studies scholarship to forensics pedagogy and practice, and the “transfer” of forensics skills to everyday and “real life” settings. Given that our conference will be in Southern California, which is home to one of the largest concentrations of community colleges in the country, we are particularly keen to use this conference as a point of transfer itself—one that allows us to share and transfer forensic participation, pedagogy, and practice from two-year to four-year schools, and back again. However, those submitting should not feel constrained by the theme. We invite submissions on any subject that advances the understanding of argumentation theory, argumentation practice, and forensic pedagogy.
Thank you for your continued support of the Western Forensics Association. We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim in 2014.
Submission Information:
1. Submissions must be RECEIVED no later than September 1, 2013. Please submit all materials electronically to the Western Forensics Association interest group planner at
2. Each email submission should include two MS Word or PDF attachments:
(a) the first document should contain a title page that includes the paper’s title, names of all authors, affiliation(s), email address(es), and audio visual requests. Please indicate on this page if your essay is a debut or student submission.
(b) the second document should contain the text of the paper session, discussion panel, or individual paper. Please limit competitive papers to 30 pages of texts and discussion panels/paper sessions to 5 pages of text. This document should be free of any information that identifies the author(s).
3. Please do not submit papers, paper sessions, or discussion sessions to the WFA division that will also be submitted to other WSCA divisions.
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If you have any questions about this call or the submission process, please contact the Western Forensics Association interest group planner, Nicholas Russell (