The American Forensic Association (AFA) invites submission of competitive papers, panels, and public debate events related to all types of forensics, oratory, and argumentation in both competitive and public contexts.
The 2011 NCA convention theme “Voice” invites scholars to reflect on how argumentation and forensic practices intersect across the conference theme. Papers, panels and programs submitted to the division may be theoretical, empirical, and/or critical in nature, and the division encourages a variety of methodological approaches.
Papers should be typed, double-spaced, less than 6,000 words, and written to conceal authorship and institutional affiliation. A title page should indicate author(s), affiliations, addresses, e-mails, phone numbers, and word count. Papers should be accompanied by an abstract no longer than 150 words. Panel proposals should include a rationale for the program, abstracts of papers to be featured, and the addresses and telephone numbers of the participants.
Panel proposals referencing/reinforcing the convention theme are highly encouraged. Panels are encouraged to include authors with diverse institutional affiliations, and to include the name  of a Chair and a Respondent who are not one of the presenters. Panel proposals must include a 150-word description of the content and format of the panel, and a brief abstract of each paper or presentation. All submissions will be blind reviewed. One or more panels will be composed  of competitively selected papers if submissions warrant.
All proposals (including competitive papers)  must be submitted online at http://www.natcom.org/ via the All Academic website.
The submission period runs from January 10 to March 16, 2011.
The AFA point of contact for submissions is Scott Harris, Department of Communication Studies:
102 Bailey Hall
1440 Jayhawk Blvd,
Lawrence, KS 66045