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NCA Convention Call for Vis Com Division

Deadline: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017 at 11:59pm PACIFIC Time

The Visual Communication Division invites submissions for the 103rd Annual National Communication Association Convention in Dallas, TX, Nov. 16-19, 2017.

The theme for the NCA 103rd Annual Convention is Our Legacy, Our Relevance. This theme is intended to help us no only reflect on where we are, where we have been, and where we want to go next but to also imagine the impact we, as communication scholars, want to have on lived communities. Submissions that develop this theme are encouraged, particularly those which explore the ways research in visual communication encourages dialogue about what intellectual, institutional and cultural legacies we honor through our work. I hope you keep this year’s convention theme in mind as you prepare your submission, but any research that addresses the theory and practice of visual communication will be welcomed. The aim of our division is to to explore the theories and practices of visual communication, including the use, manipulation, and display of still and moving images, graphic design, symbols, artifacts, visual perception, visual spaces and material culture.

The Visual Communication Division invites papers, paper sessions, panel discussions, and –  for the second time – performances. Alternate panel formats that emphasize interaction among participants and audience members are especially encouraged.

Individuals may present only one paper in the Visual Communication Division, whether submitted as a paper or as a part of a paper session. Individuals may serve within the division as chairs, respondents, and/or participants on non-traditional panels in addition to presenting a single paper. Single institution panels will not be accepted. This means that institutional diversity among participants is a priority for acceptance.

1. All submissions must be submitted electronically via NCA Convention Central.
2. All submissions submitted to the division will be reviewed in an open competition.
3. Each submission should be made to one unit only.
4. Please identify student submissions of papers by selecting the correct box on the electronic submission form. Student papers will be considered for the Cushman Award for top student paper.

Submitted papers should include:
1. A title;
2. A description of no more than 350 words;
3. An uploaded main text of no more than 25 pages (double-spaced) in length using 12 point type, excluding tables and references;

4. Special requests and AV if applicable.
Special Note: No information identifying the author may appear in the uploaded paper. Submitters will be required to upload a copy of their paper into NCA Convention Central. To ensure blind review, submitters must remove their name from their paper and from the paper properties before uploading the document.
Please indicate whether or not you would be willing to present at SCHOLAR TO SCHOLAR by selecting the Scholar to Scholar box on the submission form.

A paper session consists of a group of presenters who present papers on a specific topic. Submitted paper sessions should include:
1. A title for the session;
2. A session description of no more than 75 words;
3. A rationale for the session of no more than 350 words;
4. Titles, author(s) information, and abstracts for each presentation/paper (350 words maximum for each paper);
5. Chair and respondent;

6. Special requests and AV if applicable.

A panel discussion may include roundtable panels as well as other alternate presentation formats and should include:
1. A title for the panel;
2. A list of presenters and their affiliations;
3. A rationale for the panel discussion of no more than 500 words;
4. A panel description of no more than 75 words;

5. A chair for the panel discussion.
6. Special requests and AV if applicable.
A visual communication performance may be interpreted broadly.  Those submissions which incorporate the conference theme are especially encouraged.  Submissions should include:
1. A title, description (75 words), and rationale (350 words);
2. A list of presenters and their affiliations;
3. Supporting documentation (video or script) if you wish to provide a video, please upload a word document with the URL to where the video can be viewed online. Due to file size limitations do not upload a video to NCA Convention Central
4. Special requests and AV, if applicable;
5. A chair for the performance.
AUDIOVISUAL EQUIPMENT: Requests for specific equipment must be submitted online and meet the same submission deadlines for paper, session, and panel proposals.

The conference will convene Thurs., Nov. 16 through Sun., Nov. 19, 2017 in Dallas, TX. Submitting a paper or panel is a commitment to attend the convention if the work is accepted for presentation.

All submitters are encouraged to review the Professional Standards for Convention Participants prior to submission. Helpful resources such as the standards and live and recorded step-by-step instructions on how to submit are available in the Convention Resource Library (

2016 Vis Com Award Winners

Diane Hope Book of the Year Award: Casey Ryan Kelly

Janis Edwards Article of the Year Award:Elizabeth Kaszynski

Dissertation of the Year: Sandra Ristovska

Top Scholar Paper: Tracy Worrell and Kelly Norris Martin

Top Student Paper: Norma Musih

Currently accepting nominations for Research Excellence Awards

The Visual Communication Division of the National Communication Association is accepting nominations for its annual Visual Communication Research Excellence Awards, to be presented at the Division meeting at the annual NCA convention in Las Vegas. An award for an outstanding Essay or Book Chapter, outstanding Book, and an outstanding Dissertation will be presented this November. Eligible works must have been published (or in the case of a dissertation, completed) between September 2014 and August 2015, and must be authored by a member of the NCA Visual Communication Division. At least one author must be a division member if multiple authors contributed to the work.

Nominated research must directly address issues of concern to the study of visual communication in a critical, historical, cultural, pedagogical, applied, or theoretical sense.

We welcome submissions from various perspectives, including but not limited to rhetorical, media studies, visual literacy, critical cultural studies, ethnographic, and nonverbal communication perspectives. A selected panel of scholars of visual communication will jury the submissions. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Nominees for the essay/chapter or dissertation awards should submit an electronic copy of the submission as well as a letter of recommendation to the committee. Nominees for the book award should mail 3 hard copies of the book and a letter of recommendation to the committee. (Book nominees may send an electronic copy of the recommendation letter, if preferred.) Please send submission materials to Claire Sisco King, chair of the Research Committee. Electronic submissions should be emailed to, and hard copies of books should be mailed to PMB 503, 230 Appleton Place Nashville, TN  37203-5721.

Please direct any queries to

Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2015.