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Idaho State University

The Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion is honored to host the International Association for Communication and Sport (IACS) 12th Summit on Communication and Sport!


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This conference, which will be held in Boise, March 28-31, 2019, will feature Dave Zirin and Shireen Ahmed as the keynote speakers. 

IACS 2019 - Call for Papers & Panels

Summit on Communication and Sport March 28-31, 2019 in Boise, ID. Hosted by Idaho State University.

We invite you to consider presenting at the 2019 Summit on Communication and Sport. IACS Summit is the leading venue for communication researchers interested in exploring sport from diverse critical, methodological, and multi-disciplinary perspectives. The Summit on Communication and Sport welcomes submissions from all methodological and theoretical perspectives.

The 2019 conference theme is “Blazing the Trail Forward” and we encourage you to submit papers that confirm, question, or critique the theme in relation to the role of sport communication in a time of political, global, cultural, economic, and technological change. The terms in the theme, however, are broadly defined and multiple perspectives are welcome.

Submission Details

  • Submission Deadline: 11:59 PM (U.S. Eastern Time) on Monday, October 15, 2018
  • Online Submission System: TBD
  • Evaluation: All submissions will be evaluated through a blind peer review process.
  • Decision Deadline: Author(s) of accepted submissions will receive email notification no later than Friday, December 14, 2018.
  • Author Limits: A maximum of two (2) first-authored submissions from a single author will be considered for presentation.
    First authors will be used for paneling purposes and are required to lead the presentation of the work.
  • Panel Information: Research and panel sessions are one hour and fifteen minutes long. Research sessions will be constructed to allow for at least 15 minutes of discussion following the presentations.

Scholars interested in submitting to the 2019 Summit have two options: (1) an extended abstract submission; or (2) a panel discussion submission.

  • Abstract submissions may not exceed 1000 words (excluding references) in length and should be prepared for blind review (clear of any identifying information about the author(s).
  • Panel discussions must focus on an interactive discussion format, with a clearly defined theme. Submissions must include a title, a description of up to 500 words explaining the focus and rationale, and a list of all panelists' institutional or professional affiliations.

Top Student Paper

  • IACS will recognize the Top Student Paper submitted to the Summit. For award consideration, a full-length manuscript must be submitted to the review committee by Thursday, February 28th, 2019. Students may submit an abstract of their work at the October deadline (and this is highly encouraged) though this will not be a requirement. Recognition of Top Student Paper will be determined by blind review of the submission.

Review Information

  • NEW FOR 2019: We will be going back to one extended abstract submission - there will not be separate review criteria for works-in-progress and completed papers. All should be submitted as extended abstracts, and will be judged using the same criteria.
  • Reviewers will be selected from self-nomination through the submission process. Reviewers must have at minimum a completed Master’s degree in a field associated with the focus of IACS. Reviewers must identify their area of reviewing expertise (quantitative methodology, qualitative methodology, rhetorical/critical).
  • All research submissions will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
    • Clarity of thesis; definition of problem
    • Theoretical perspective
    • Background; review of the literature
    • Research questions/hypotheses or qualitative argument
    • Defense of methodology

Submission Agreement: By submitting an abstract or panel to the 2019 Summit on Communication and Sport, you understand that your submission enters you in to an obligation to attend the Summit. At least one author listed on the paper must attend the Summit. If you cannot be there to present, it is your responsibility to secure one of your other authors to present you work. Please be conscientious that last minute cancellations prevent others from being invited to the Summit to present their work.

Contact Information

  • For conference events inquiries, please contact Dr. Karen Hartman ( or Dr. Ann Pegoraro (
  • For conference submission inquiries, please contact Dr. Ann Pegoraro.