**Call for Papers: WSCA Forensics and Argumentation Interest Group – Due September 1, 2019**

Please consider submitting panel sessions and papers to the WSCA Forensics & Argumentation Interest Group!

Call for Papers: WSCA Forensics and Argumentation Interest Group – Due September 1, 2019

The Western Forensics and Argumentation Association (WFAA) invites submission of paper sessions, discussion panels, and individual papers for the 2020 Western States Communication Association Annual Conference in Denver, CO. The theme for the 2020 conference is “Communication, Agitation, and Justice.”

The interest group is especially seeking essay submissions concerning argumentation theory and criticism. While argumentation-focused essays are being sought, WFAA is also seeking submissions that focus on competitive forensics practice and pedagogy. Due to the integral role argumentation plays in efforts to agitate and advocate for social justice, we will give special consideration to papers that articulate augmentation scholarship to the themes identified by the 2020 WSCA conference.

However, contributions that focus on topics outside the conference theme will be given consideration. We are particularly keen to use this conference as a space for collaboration between two-year and four-year institutions. However, those submitting should not feel constrained by this effort. We invite submissions on any subject that advances the understanding of argumentation theory, argumentation practice, and forensic pedagogy.

Thank you for your continued support of the Western Forensics and Argumentation Association. We look forward to seeing you in Denver in 2020.

Submission Information:

This year WSCA will accept submissions using an online submission platform. For submission instructions please visit https://www.westcomm.org/page/CFP2020.

  1. Submissions must be RECEIVED no later than September 1, 2019. Please submit all materials electronically to the Western Forensics and Argumentation Association interest group via the online platform.

(a) the submission should include the paper’s title and audio-visual requests. Please indicate if your essay is a debut or student submission.

(b) Please limit competitive papers to 30 pages of text, including references, and discussion panels/paper sessions to 5 pages of text. This document should be free of any information that identifies the author(s).

  1. If you have any questions email the WFAA program planner Ashley Givens, at: ashley.givens@slcc.edu.

  2. Please do not submit papers, paper sessions, or discussion sessions to the WFAA division that will also be submitted to other WSCA divisions.


In an effort to encourage more submissions to the WFAA section of the Western States Conference, we will award 4 awards for top papers. Awards will be offered to the following submissions:

  1. Top Paper in Argumentation Studies: $100

  2. Top Paper in Forensics Practice & Pedagogy: $50

  3. Top Student Paper in Argumentation Studies: $25

  4. Top Student paper in Forensics Practice & Pedagogy: $25

If you have any questions about this call or the submission process, please contact the Western Forensics and Argumentation Association interest group planner, Ashley Givens (ashley.givens@slcc.edu).

Please consider submitting by Sept. 1.