2021 Annual Conference


Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender

44th Annual Conference

Oct. 6-10, 2021

Norfolk, Virginia

Sponsored by Ball State University and Christopher Newport University


Submissions open March 1, 2020 and close June 1.


Christopher Newport University and Ball State University are co-sponsors in planning the 2021 OSCLG conference, which will convene at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel Oct. 6-10. The conference will feature interdisciplinary scholarship, performances, and activism around the theme of Witnessing. Topics may include but are not limited to the following: how do communication theories and methodologies invite us to witness and observe humans and humanity; in what ways do intersectional ways of knowing bear witness to vulnerability; how does the interdisciplinary nature of our work move beyond witnessing trauma and suffering to intervene in oppression, and moreover to invite healing and reconciliation.

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. We ask that individuals not exceed being included on more than two submissions. All submissions are due June 1, 2021, with decisions about acceptance expected by July 15. Submissions can be made at www.osclg.org beginning March 1. Please send any submission questions via email to Kathy Denker at kjdenker@bsu.edu or Danielle Stern at danielle.stern@cnu.edu.

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, 2021 to secure your room at the conference block rate.