Call for Proposals: Graduate Symposium on Communication

Graduate Symposium on Communication

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

“Communication in the 21st Century: Obstacles and Opportunities”

Friday, April 16, 2010


The School of Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communication at James Madison University welcomes proposals from graduate students in any discipline for a one-day symposium.

The symposium will explore all facets of communication; from the way it is taught in the classroom to the way it shapes our society. Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • applications of communication theories to 21st-century communication practice
  • communication and new media
  • communication and media convergence
  • visual communication
  • multi-modal and multimedia communication (visual, verbal, and audio)
  • 21st-century theory and practice of web communication
  • intercultural communication in a globalized world
  • 21st-century technical and scientific communication: issues, problems, perspectives.

Formats for presentations will include 15-minute panel papers, research posters, and multimedia displays. A website providing more information about the symposium and serving as a repository for abstracts and presentations will be available by the beginning of November (a URL will be provided in subsequent calls).

The keynote speaker for the symposium is Dr. James Dubinsky, Director of the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships at Virginia Tech and the former director of their professional writing program. He is the president of the Association for Business Communication and the editor of the volume Teaching Technical Communication.

Proposals for presentations must be submitted electronically as an attachment in .doc or .rtf format by Monday, December 7 to Please indicate which type of format presentation your proposal addresses.