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Human Communication and Technology Division
2009 NCA Convention Call
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, howardjo@ecu.edu, phone 252-328-530
•Kris Markman, University of Memphis, Department of Communication, 143 Theatre & Communication Bldg, Memphis, TN, 38152-3150, k.markman@memphis.edu, phone 901-678-5458


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