2020 Annual Conference

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Navigating Privilege

Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender 43rd Annual Conference
Sept. 30-Oct. 4, 2020
Norfolk, Virginia

Sponsored by Ball State University and Christopher Newport University

Submissions open March 1, 2020 and close June 15.

We are proceeding under the expectation that we will hold the 2020 OSCLG Conference Sept. 30 – Oct. 4 in Norfolk, Virginia and we encourage you to submit your work for consideration by June 1, 2020.  At the time of the conference, if the situation at your institution or the world prohibits attendance, OSCLG will work with you on alternatives.


Conference CFP:

To navigate means to direct, aim, or plan a route. For almost half a decade, OSCLG has challenged gender scholars and the communication discipline to invite new, more fluid ways of knowing and being. For this year’s conference we are interested in how communication helps us navigate and challenge the intersections of vulnerability and privilege, of precarity and security, of pain and joy, of critique and celebration. We invite proposals that illuminate how marginalized communities navigate within spaces and places that privilege particular bodies more than others. How can we as an academic community that crosses disciplinary boundaries direct attention to the meaning of privilege? In what ways do language and communication provide opportunities for disrupting privilege? How do communication and language confine us within particular privileges of intersectional gender norms? What tools do communication and language provide to navigate the margins of privilege? What privileges have historically bound our discipline? How can scholarship, pedagogy, and mentorship provide safe pathways through precarious institutional terrains?

OSCLG is faced with a unique opportunity to showcase the rich scholarship and activism about gender and its intersections within the communication discipline, which is reckoning with its own systemic oppression that has historically privileged binaristic, masculine, Western ways of knowing (and working), heteronormativity, whiteness, and able-bodiedness, among other markers of privilege. We strongly encourage proposals rooted in citational politics that cross these normative boundaries. Academia is a privileged space, yet increasingly under threat. How do we channel this privilege in our scholarship? In our classrooms? Language about gender by public officials and others with privilege is overwhelmingly divisive and binary. How can we turn that privilege on its head to explore empowering possibilities that privilege affords? We look forward to navigating these topics with you in the seaport city of Norfolk, Virginia, in a place where navigation is central.

We invite submissions of papers, extended abstracts, panel sessions, roundtable discussion, and performances that address any aspect of communication, language, and gender, and especially those based in advocacy, activism, and social justice around issues of privilege, vulnerability, immigration, citizenship, non-binary communitites, and de-centering whiteness and other privileged identities. We ask that individuals not exceed being included on more than two submissions. All submissions are due June 15, 2020, with decisions about acceptance expected by July 15. Submissions can be made at www.osclg.org. Please send any submission questions via email to Kathy Denker at kjdenker@bsu.edu or Danielle Stern at danielle.stern@cnu.edu.

Please look for an additional call for the Undergraduate Portion of the OSCLG conference. Michaela D. E. Meyer is coordinating the inaugural OSCLG Undergraduate Research Conference. Please contact her via email at mmeyer@cnu.edu with any questions.


Hotel: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside

777 Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510 (757) 622-6664

Guest room rate: $159 per night plus taxes/fees
Please book by Sept. 2, 2020 to secure your room at the conference block rate.

Rates include: Membership, Conference, Journal Subscription, and Color Purple Donation (for non-student registrations)

Early bird deadline is Sept. 1, 2020

Early-bird Student Rate: $165

Early-bird Rate: $230

Early-bird Lifetime Member Rate: $200

Regular registration dates are Sept. 2-25, 2020

Regular Student Rate: $215

Regular Rate: $280

Regular Lifetime Rate: $250

On-site registration dates are Sept. 30-Oct. 4

On-site Student Rate: $265

On-site Rate: $320

On-site Lifetime Rate: $300

Day pass rate: $100

Undergraduate rate information available on the Undergraduate Call For Papers.

OSCLG instituted The Color Purple Award, a travel grant program to assist students who contribute to our goal to enhance racial and ethnic diversity of people and ideas at our conference and in our organization. Please look for submission information for the 2020 award on the OSCLG website. The CPA deadline is August 17.