September 29 – 30, 2023

Slippery Rock University of PA

By many accounts, we are at the brink of civil war. We live in a time where division and hostility are at a historical peak. Social media platforms and media in general have become the scapegoat, accused of fueling hatred and monetizing conflict and division. How can communication scholars and educators rethink our communication and media practices to envision sustainable communities?

The Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA) invites paper and panel submissions exploring the role of communication in building and sustaining communities. All research methodologies and philosophical perspectives are welcome. Papers addressing other topics, thinkers, and theories of communication are also welcome.

Conference Theme: Sustaining Communities

Proposed Salon Scholar: TBA

Conference Location: Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA

Conference Dates: Friday, September 29 and Saturday, September 30, 2023

Hotel Room Blocks: The Fairfield Inn & Suites (discounted rate of $169/room)

Call Deadline: June 7, 2023

Review Deadline: June 21, 2023

Program First Draft Deadline: Jul 10, 2023


  • Dr. Fadoua Loudiy, Pennsylvania Communication Association Vice President,
  • Dr. Janie Harden Fritz, Pennsylvania Communication Association Executive Director