Author Topic: American Forensic Association call for submissions for 2020 NCA in Indianapolis  (Read 179 times)

kelly young

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The American Forensic Association (AFA) is now seeking submissions for the upcoming 2020 National Communication Association (NCA) convention. The convention will take place November 19-22 in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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 at the Crossroads.” According to NCA First Vice President, David McMahan, the theme was selected in part because Indiana is known as The Crossroads of America because of its central location. It was also selected to provide special opportunities to come together and to examine and discuss future directions for research, teaching, and the Communication discipline itself.


Crossroads symbolize connection and convergence of scholarship. This convention will provide opportunities to explore multiple areas of the discipline and to examine points of overlap. Submissions dedicated to bringing together separate areas of study and submissions dedicated to the integration of ideas in our discipline are encouraged.


Crossroads symbolize choice and direction for research and teaching. Such choice and direction entails considering where our research and teaching should be heading. It sometimes means determining that existing routes are insufficient and that new paths must be blazed. Submissions dedicated to examining future directions for research and teaching are encouraged.


Crossroads symbolize choice and direction for the discipline. Now more than ever, the discipline is positioned at a place of transformation. This convention will provide opportunities for you to be part of important conversations and activities guiding this development. Submissions dedicated to examining future directions for the discipline and dedicated to engagement toward such advancements are encouraged.


For more information, see the convention call at www.natcom.org/convention


The AFA encourages submissions that explore these themes for forensics professionals and forensics education.


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 (https://www.natcom.org/convention-events/convention-resources/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. Participants should not have more than one role on a panel.


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 (https://www.natcom.org/sites/default/files/annual-convention/NCA_Convention_Resources_Convention_Standards_0.pdf). 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] wayne.edu.


The deadline to submit is March 25, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.



American Forensic Association Vice President,
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication
Wayne State University
313-577-2953
kelly.young [at] wayne.edu
www.wsuforensics.org

kelly young

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Bumping to note the NCA deadline of March 25, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

AFA would love any debate/individual events submissions.

Kelly
American Forensic Association Vice President,
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Communication
Wayne State University
313-577-2953
kelly.young [at] wayne.edu
www.wsuforensics.org