Communication at Play in The Urban Environment

Urban Communication Foundation

Submission Deadline Dates:  Mon, 1/15 2018 12:00 AM – Thu, 3/29 2018 3:00 AM EDT

Urban Communication Foundation


NOVEMBER 8 -11, 2018
Communication at Play in The Urban Environment

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 28, 2018 at 11:59 PM Pacific
Program Planners: Peter Haratonik,
Erik Garrett,

The Urban Communication Foundation promotes research that enhances our understanding of communication patterns in the urban environment and encourages collaboration between communication scholars, urban planners and policy makers. We support diverse research strategies, recognize noteworthy scholarship in this area and invite participation from all scholars and practitioners studying the various forms of urban communication.

We encourage submissions that connect to the conference theme, “Communication at Play” in relation to the urban environment  We invite individual papers, paper sessions and panel discussions that links communication scholarship to our understanding of the urban environment.  We welcome theoretical and applied research and panels that explore how our work as communication scholars can have an impact on social and public policy in urban centers. We actively seek new opportunities  to disseminate our work  We are intentionally ”eclectic” and open to new and alternative approaches.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  •         The communication of cultural and social differences in the city (e.g. gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexuality)
  • Negotiations, divides, conflicts in urban contexts (e.g. political, religious, economic, ethnic)
  • Identity politics and intercultural communication in the city
  • Political, countercultural, and social movements in the urban environment
  • Power and urban space (e.g. urban regeneration, segregation, gentrification)
  • Aesthetic, semiotic, rhetorical and discursive dimensions of urban spaces and places
  • Visual, material, aural, sensorial, and multimodal aspects of urban space
  • Urban space and the communication of memory, heritage, tradition
  • Spaces of production, consumption and/or citizenship
  • The relationship between urban, suburban, and rural spaces
  • Representing and communicating the city (e.g. tourism and travel media, city and place branding, cinematic and televised urban spaces)
  • Urban media ecologies
  • Media and technology usage in cities and their role in the experience of urban space (e.g. geo-location, new public and private spaces, augmented reality)
  • The presence of media and technology in the urban environment (e.g. new forms of architecture, security/surveillance technologies, screens, mobile media and communication devices)
  • The relationship between cities and the media, cultural, and creative industries (e.g. strategies of attraction of media companies into cities, impacts on communities and urban landscapes, connectivity and infrastructure, the local/global nexus)

Submission Method and Deadline
Online submission will be accepted through the NCA Convention Central website beginning January . The link is available on the NCA Convention website:

Types of Submissions 
Interested colleagues are encouraged to submit individual papers, paper sessions, and/or panel discussion proposals that address the convention theme as it relates to urban communication. (Conformity with the NCA convention theme is not a requirement for submission). UCF has limited program times but will consider the following three types of submissions: individual papers, paper sessions (common theme paper presentations); and panel discussions (common topic roundtable discussion).

  • Individual Papers: All paper submissions should include an uploaded file between 20 and 25 pages (double-spaced) in length, including references and tables, and have (a) a title; (b) a 250–500-word description; and (c) no personal identification of the author in the abstract or throughout the paper upload. Please remove all personal identification before uploading the document online.  If your submission is a student paper, please be sure to indicate this.
  • Paper Sessions are composed of a group of authors with papers to present centered upon a common theme. Paper Session proposals must include (a) a session title and description describing the session’s overall focus; (b) indicate the session chair and respondent; (c) the title of each paper on the session and author information; (d) an abstract of no more than 75 words for each paper; and (e) a rationale of no more than 250 words for the session.
  • Panel Discussions are composed of a group of panelists who discuss a specific topic. Submitters may use the exact same text for both the description and rationale if they do not wish to create a separate rationale (reviewers will use the rationale when evaluating this type of panel). Complete panel discussion proposals in this format will therefore include (a) a panel title describing the panel’s overall focus; (b) a list of all presenters, with their affiliations; (c) an description of no more than 250 words; and (d) a rationale of no more than 250 words.

All panel discussion or paper session proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: (a) solid organization and preparation, with clear indication of the focus and rationale of the panel; (b) clear, strong integration/coherence among the topics of the individual papers or presentations; and (c) relation to UCF mission. All submitters are also asked to consider creative collaborations and co-sponsorship with other units.

NCA Policy: Audio/Visual Equipment
NCA policy entails providing reasonable A/V support of presentations at its annual convention. However, equipment requests must be kept to a minimum because of their high cost. Submitters must therefore adhere to the following guidelines:

  • A/V equipment requests MUST be made at the same time as the paper or panel’s submission, and will be screened by the program planner.
  • NCA will normally approve requests for the following equipment: laptop audio, Internet connection and LCD projectors.
  • NCA will NOT normally approve requests for equipment such as laptops, transparency projectors, VCR or DVD players, camcorders, satellite links, or teleconference/webinar equipment.

Individuals may, of course, elect to rent equipment for/at the convention at their own expense.

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