Calls for Papers and Participation

2009 NCA Convention Call: Human Communication and Technology Division

Discourses of Stability and Change
Deadline: February 11, 2009

The Human Communication and Technology Division invites papers, panels, and scholar to scholar (poster) sessions that examine the theory and application of communication technologies to relationships, communities, classrooms, and other organizational and social contexts.

The 2009 theme, "Discourses of Stability and Change” asks us to reflect on the multiple discourses at the heart of meaning-making, and how we manage these discourses as a discipline. Our collective communicative experiences are increasingly affecting and are effected by burgeoning media technologies. Consequently, the area of human communication and technology is well-suited to examine the interplay between discourses of stability, continuity, and routine, on the one hand and discourses of change, novelty, and surprise on the other.

Papers: Papers of scholarly work (no more than 25 pages of text) will be competitively evaluated. The Top Papers and Top Student Papers will comprise two panels. The Top Student Paper author(s) will receive an award of $75.

Common Theme Panels: A group of panelists provides information around a specific theme with titled presentations. The contact person from the panel should submit a rationale (no more than 250 words) and brief abstracts (no more than 75 words) for the individual presentations/ papers for evaluation by reviewers.

Round Tables: A group of panelists will discuss a specific topic, as described in an abstract (no more than 75 words) for the convention program. Individual presentations are not titled. A rationale (no more than 250 words) must also be submitted. The same text may be used for the rationale and the abstract but the rationale will be considered when evaluating the panel.

Panels (Common Theme and Round Tables) should include
•A title
•A list of presenters and their affiliations
•Titles and abstracts for each presentation/ paper (if Common Theme Panel)
•An abstract of no more than 75 words for the convention program (if Round Table panel)
•A rationale of no more than 250 words.

Scholar to Scholar: The Scholar to Scholar session provides an interactive and media-rich format for communication and discussion with scholars in the field. We encourage all of our members to consider submitting their papers as Scholar-to-Scholar sessions to take advantage of the opportunities for visual display and a more interactive format. When you submit your paper or panel to the unit, you will be able to check the Scholar to Scholar box on the submission form.

Submission deadline: February 11, 2009

All submissions must be made online through the All Academic site. You will be directed to the All Academic site with prompts to clarify the process. Submissions will be accepted only in these formats: Word, PDF (Adobe Acrobat), and Rich Text. Please remember that if you are using bibliographic management software you must make sure your references are embedded in the text of your document, or else they will be stripped out when you upload your paper to the AllAcademic site. Do NOT compress files before sending. Audio and visual requests should accompany your submission.

Authors are reminded that it is good practice, when submitting abstracts and other information to an online site, to compose in a local editor and cut and paste into the abstract and other fields.

Please note: All First Author or Designated Presenters, Chairs, Respondents, and Individual Participants who have had papers or panel proposals accepted or who are listed for participation in the NCA Annual Convention (in any unit or caucus) must pre-register in order to participate. Any individual who has not pre-registered for the Annual Convention will not appear in any version of the published or posted Convention Program.

Preregistration deadline: Thursday, September 17, 2009.

Questions? Contact the co-planners:

•John Howard, East Carolina University, School of Communication, 102 Joyner East, Greenville, NC 27858,, phone 252-328-530
•Kris Markman, University of Memphis, Department of Communication, 143 Theatre & Communication Bldg, Memphis, TN, 38152-3150,, phone 901-678-5458

Call For Reviewers

The Human Communication and Technology Division of NCA is seeking paper reviewers for the Fall 2009 Convention submissions. The past several years have seen a burgeoning number of submissions come to HCTD and some of the richest research in the field examines the interconnectedness of technology and human communication. This year NCA has also introduced a compressed turnaround time for the submission of reviews by the divisions. Consequently, we wish to generate a large number of reviewers to evaluate the work being submitted to the Division this year. This is an opportunity for you to share your expertise and support the Division and the Discipline. We are seeking reviewers with a variety of theoretical, methodological, and topical backgrounds. We also wish to involve faculty and graduate students in the review process. If you are interested in reviewing please contact either Kris Markman ( or John Howard ( with your methods/theories/topics of interest. And please pass this along to any colleagues who may have an interest in reviewing!

Pop Culture Field Study at San Diego's Comic-Con International

If you have students interested in popular culture, marketing, or the media industries, please encourage them to visit for information about a field study program at next summer's Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA.
The one-week program (July 22-26, 2009) engages students as participant-observers of Comic-Con International, studying the intersection between mass marketing and fan cultural practices through ethnographic research. Comic-Con is the perfect backdrop to delve into this crossroad as hundreds of vendors and over 100,000 fans gather there to exchange symbolic meaning—and  currency! And while Comic-Con features comic books, manga, and graphic novels, students interested in all manner of popular culture can find something of interest to study at the Con, including anime, sci-fi, gaming, film, television, and much, much more. You can see more information about the Con itself at
Students will also have the rather unique opportunity to make a public presentation of their observations and tentative conclusions at the end of the week as a part of the Comic Arts Conference ( held in conjunction with Comic-Con. The field study is sponsored by Wittenberg University and taught by Matthew J. Smith, Associate Professor of Communication who can be reached at

Call For Papers: Electronic Journal of Communication (EJC)

Special Issue: Communication Pedagogy in the Age of Social Media

Over the course of the last few years, social media technologies such as blogs, microblogs, digital videos, podcasts, wikis, and social networks, have seen a dramatic increase in adoption rates. To date, Internet users have uploaded roughly 80 million videos to YouTube and launched approximately 133 million blogs worldwide. Because of their ability to connect people and to facilitate the exchange of information and web content, social media technologies not only provide a powerful new way to interact with one another, but they also present exciting new pedagogical opportunities.

Earlier this year, the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative released the 2008 Horizon Report, which seeks to identify new technologies capable of affecting the way we teach and learn. Among the critical challenges outlined by this year's report is the need for universities to equip students with new media literacy skills and to develop curricula that “address not only traditional capabilities like developing an argument over the course of a long paper”, but also “how to create meaningful content with today's tools.” (The New Media Consortium, 2008, p. 6).

Considering that these tools center around the ideas of collaboration, participation, and conversation, they should hold special interest to communication researchers and educators alike. As a result, this special issue seeks to examine the pedagogical applications of social media technologies, especially with regard to the communication classroom. Examples of best practices in social media adoption in all areas of communication education are welcome, as are case studies or empirical research analyzing the effectiveness and/or effects of incorporating social media technologies into the communication classroom. Research examining the role these technologies play in the social construction of a collective knowledge pool would also fit within the scope of this special issue.

The special issue is scheduled for publication in the first half of 2010. Deadline for completed manuscripts is April 1, 2009. Submissions should be electronic (.doc or .rtf format) and must conform to the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed. Place author's contact information in an email to the editor only, not on the title page of the submission.

Issue Editors: Corinne Weisgerber, Ph.D. and Shannan H. Butler, Ph.D., St. Edward's University

Send inquiries and submissions to: or

Call for Proposals: Cases on Online Discussion and Interaction: Experiences and Outcomes

Editor: Leonard Shedletsky, Professor, Communication, University of Southern Maine, USA, and Joan E. Aitken, Professor, Communication Arts, Park University, USA

Proposals Submission Deadline: 3/31/2009 Full Chapters Due: 6/15/2009

A close look at online communication takes us headlong into a heated battleground of strongly held beliefs in relation to people talking to one another, face-to-face, versus online discussion. Some individuals maintain that the traditional, face-to-face environment is one of debate, interaction, and immediacy between human beings, and that online communication is a cold and inhuman landscape. Others hold that the online discussion forum extends the opportunity to interact, depth of content, and sense of self-involvement, which surpasses face-to-face discussion.

As human communication on the Internet includes more and more channels associated with ordinary, face-to-face communication, for example, sound and sight, there are now many specific and varied examples of how people are using online discussion. These examples or cases give us the specifics needed to make sense out of how research and theory are being applied—or not applied—in current practices. What is the evolving nature of online discussion today? Can we begin to understand what is likely to make for better and worse online discussions?

The Overall Objective of the Book
Cases on Online Discussion and Interaction: Experiences and Outcomes will attempt to help us better understand how people communicate through online discussion, what its strengths and weaknesses are, what we can do to facilitate better discussions, how communication is evolving, and how we can think about online discussions as we take part in them, lead, moderate or facilitate them, and find new applications in social and work contexts. After reading the case studies, the reader should have a good idea of what is likely to facilitate discussion online, what is likely to encourage collaborative meaning-making, which is appropriately productive, supportive, engaged, and what is likely to foster critical thinking. We wish to draw together in one book, chapters dealing with an array of research methods, communication contexts, and philosophical perspectives. The cases will observe online discussion in education, business conferences, support groups, social networking, and public and private discussions of all kinds. Often, authors will find it useful to compare the online discussion to the more traditional face-to-face discussion. Hence, this book is going to be useful in helping us better understand the traditional face-to-face discussion, too. Either one-on-one or group discussion analysis can provide insight regarding where we are and where we need to go.

Target Audience
The prospective audience is the academic audience and the practical world of users from business, politics, medicine, information technology, entertainment, short message services, telephony, social networking, and imagined communities. The readers will be people who want to understand how online connectivity works, either to add to the research and theory or to enhance effectiveness of online discussion.



II. PROCESSES. [Contributed chapters, potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following]:

  • Autonomy
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Community
  • Discourse analysis
  • Feedback
  • Immediacy
  • Interaction, interactivity, transaction
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Motivation
  • Online or blended college course
  • Outcomes
  • Participation
  • Self-expression
  • Social networking
  • Socratic Method
  • Software and technology development
  • Support
  • Transactional distance

III. COMMUNICATION MODES. [Contributed chapters, potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following]:

  • Blog
  • Business or organizational context
  • College course environments
  • Email
  • Entertainment sites
  • Gaming
  • Imagined communities
  • Interactive software
  • Interactive webpages
  • Obama campaign or presidency
  • Political involvement
  • Short message service (texting)
  • Support group
  • Telephony
  • Webpages
  • Wikis

IV. CONTEXTS. [Contributed chapters, potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following]:

  • Business contexts
  • Educational contexts
  • International or intercultural contexts
  • One-on-one contexts
  • Political systems
  • Social networking
  • Social or religious change

V. IMPLICATIONS, Consequences and Conclusions. [Contributed chapters, potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following]:

  • Future implications for business, education, politics
  • Influences on global economy
  • Innovative combinations of face to face and online discussion
  • Predictive innovations

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to electronically submit a 5-7 page manuscript proposal, which clearly explains the purpose and central ideas of their proposed case chapter. Prospective authors are welcome to submit a conference paper, which has potential for revision to a case chapter. For primary consideration, proposals need to be submitted on or before March 31, 2009. Potential authors can also submit a draft of a full case chapter by June 15, 2009.

Each case study chapter will be a detailed account of an individual, group, organization, or system, though we do not want to count out experimental research. The detailed example may include personal perspectives of the author or quotes from people involved. We do not wish to limit the structure of chapters to one model only, but one way to organize the chapters is as follows:

  • Background of the case, and relevant research and theoretical issues.
  • Technology Use, advancements, and people described in the case.
  • Case Description of technology concerns, technology components, management and organizational concerns.
  • Current Challenges facing the organization and the current status of the aforementioned challenges and problems.
  • References.
  • Additional Readings.
  • Questions for Discussion.

All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global, (Formerly Idea Group Inc.),, publisher of the Information Science Reference (formerly "Idea Group Reference") and Medical Information Science Reference imprints. Inquires and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to the contact editor Dr. Leonard Shedletsky.

Important Dates:
March 31, 2009: Proposal Submission Deadline
April 15, 2009: Notification of Acceptance
June 15, 2009: Full Chapter Submission
July 30, 2009: Review Result Returned
September 30, 2009: Final Chapter Submission

APA Style Manual

The Length of the Case Chapter
The length of the proposed chapter will vary according to content, but typically about 8,000 words including an abstract, references and an additional reading list.

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Dr. Leonard Shedletsky
98 Bedford Street
Department of Communication & Media Studies
University of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine USA
Tel.: 207.780.5437
Fax: 207-780-5311

Call For Submissions: Symbolic Interaction (Special issue on internet research)

Symbolic Interaction, a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the University of California Press, invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to the application of symbolic interactionism to internet research.

Erving Goffman's concept of "the presentation of self" has become foundational to much scholarly understanding of online identity in chat, email, game environments, blogs, and social networks. Yet other aspects of the rich tradition of symbolic interaction -- including other concepts developed by Goffman -- have been largely ignored by internet researchers.

For this special issue, we welcome a broad range of approaches to studying computer-mediated interactions between individuals and within communities online, that utilize other lines of thought by Goffman, or the works of George H. Mead, Charles Cooley, Herbert Blumer, James Carey, Carl Couch, Norman Denzin or other theorists in the interactionist tradition. Definitions of the social situation, negotiation of meanings, social processes, framing, and other interactionist principles are possible theoretical foundations.

Qualitative studies will be privileged in the evaluation of submissions, as well as those reflecting recent theoretical developments in symbolic interaction theory. Topics may include online communities, virtual environments, games, social networking sites and any other forms of computer-mediated communication.

Papers that are supplemented by online materials are encouraged, and space will be made available on the journal's website ( for authors to place links, examples, illustrations, or further discussion of the published texts.

Please send submissions electronically to Deadline
for submissions is August 1, 2009.

Call for Papers: TPRC presents the 37th Research Conference on Communication, Information, and Internet Policy

Hosted by the Center for Technology and the Law George Mason University Law School Arlington , Virginia

Friday, September 25, 2009 through Sunday, September 27, 2009

TPRC is an annual conference on communication, information and internet policy that convenes international and interdisciplinary practitioners and researchers from academia, industry, government, and nonprofit organizations together with policymakers. The purpose of the conference is to acquaint policymakers with the best of recent research and to familiarize researchers with the knowledge requirements of policymakers and industry. The conference agenda will consist of papers selected from reviewed, submitted abstracts, student papers and posters, and selected panel submissions.

TPRC is now soliciting abstracts of papers, panel proposals, student papers and posters for presentation at the 2009 conference. Proposals should be based on current theoretical or empirical research relevant to communication and information policy, and may be from any disciplinary perspective. TPRC seeks submissions of disciplinary, comparative, multidisciplinary or interdisciplinary excellence. Subject areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to the following:

Network Competition, Policy and Management Next Generation all-IP Networks: Policy, Regulatory, Architectural and Societal Issues Spectrum Policy Societal Issues: Universality and Affordable Access ICTs for Development and Growth Broadband Policy The Transformation and Future of Media in an Age of User- and Community-Produced Content The Transformation and Future of Intellectual Property and Digital Rights Privacy, Security, Identity and Trust Internet Governance and Institutional Strategies for Information Policy International and Jurisdictional Issues The Mobile Phone and its Impacts Other Emerging Topics are highly encouraged

Click here to see the full Call for Papers.

Submissions are due by March 31, 2009. Abstracts, panel proposals and poster submissions must be submitted electronically at . Abstracts are not to exceed 500 words. For posters and paper abstracts, please identify the methods, central ideas, and outcomes (obtained or expected) of the research. Responses will be made by May 15, 2009. Selected papers will be due to TPRC on August 15th and authors are expected to present the accepted submission.

Students are encouraged to submit papers for the student paper competition (see Student Papers CFP). Full Student papers must be submitted by April 30, 2009. Poster sessions will be available to enable the display of current student work.

We also welcome theme and industry-specific but not vendor-specific panel proposals. These should include the Panel topic, a brief abstract, the name of the Panel Moderator and an initial list of proposed panelists. The Panel proposals should be submitted by March 31, 2009.