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Author Topic: AFA submissions for 2019 NCA annual conference  (Read 74 times)
kelly young
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« on: January 02, 2019, 09:26:36 PM »

Dear colleagues,

The American Forensic Association (AFA) is now seeking submissions for the upcoming 2019 National Communication Association (NCA) convention. The convention will take place November 14-17, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. The AFA is an association of educators committed to supporting forensic pedagogy. The AFA is interested in promoting and supporting research that enhances the theory and practice of argumentation, advocacy, and competitive debate and public speaking competition.

The AFA encourages submissions that reinforce the convention theme of “Communication for Survival.” NCA First Vice President Kent Ono provides several examples of how scholars could approach the theme:

“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, change society for the better, and provide peace of mind. As scholars, teachers, students, leaders, and community members, I hope I can count on you to consider the ways communication can help people and the planet to survive. I imagine that convention attendees will be discussing 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.”

For more information, see the convention call at

The AFA encourages submissions that explore these themes for forensics professionals and forensics education. The AFA specifically encourages submissions that explore how forensics practice trains students to challenges cultural practices that threaten individual or collective survival or promotes or operates as individual or collective survival strategies.

The AFA will accept the following submission types: individual papers, panel discussions, and paper sessions. All submissions must be made via NCA Convention Central. For a definition of submission types, please refer to the step-by-step "How to Submit" instructions provided in the Convention Resource Library ( on the NCA Convention website. Individual papers, panel discussions, and paper sessions submitted to the division may be theoretical, empirical and/or critical in nature. The AFA encourages a diversity of methodological approaches.

We encourage panel discussion proposals that include authors with diverse institutional affiliations, and to include the name of a Chair and a Respondent who are not one of the presenters.

Individual Papers: Individual papers should be less than 6,000 words and written to conceal authorship and institutional affiliation. Instructions on how to prepare an unidentifiable copy can be found in the Convention Resource Library. Papers should be accompanied by a description of no more than 150 words. Proposals must include author, description, keywords, and AV requests (if any) in the electronic submission form.

Panel Discussions: Panel discussion proposals must include a panel title, a 150-word rationale of the content and format of the panel, a brief description of the panel discussion, and panelist contact information. A Chair is required for a panel discussion. We encourage panel discussion proposals that include participants with diverse institutional affiliations. Proposals must specify if any AV capabilities are required.

Paper sessions: Paper sessions should include a session title, a rationale for the session, an overall description of the session, titles and abstracts of papers to be featured, and participant contact information. Sessions should include participants with different institutional affiliations. Proposals also should include the name of a Chair and, if included, a Respondent who is not one of the presenters. Proposals must specify if any AV capabilities are required.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission, located in the Convention Resource Library ( Helpful resources, including step-by-step instructions on how to submit are also included in the Convention Resource Library. The AFA point of contact is Kelly Young, Wayne State University, kelly.young [at], 313.577.2953.

The deadline to submit is Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
« Last Edit: January 02, 2019, 09:31:00 PM by kelly young » Logged

American Forensic Association Vice President,
Director of Forensics/Associate Professor/Area Head (Com Studies),
Department of Communication
Wayne State University
kelly.young [at]
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