2020: The Good and Bad

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2021
full name / name of organization: 
RCAS/Alabama State University
contact email: 


RCAS 2021 Symposium Call for Papers

Symposium Theme: 

2020: The Good and The Bad

Proposal Submission form: https://forms.gle/w5EymAMv7Sr2kM8X7

The Alabama State University College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences invites proposals for the 2021 Research and Creative Activity Virtual Symposium, 2020: The Good and the Bad. The virtual project format addresses the needs for both safety and community. 2020 impacted us profoundly. Through the topics and the medium, this year’s RCA Virtual Symposium seeks to explore and honor that breadth and depth of our 2020 experience.

The 2021 RCA Virtual Symposium will consist of a curated selection of video presentations, including conference papers and creative performances such as research papers, stories, poems, workshops, dance and music recitals, and other relevant contributions.

Suggested topic areas for 2020: The Good and Bad:

  • Politics
  • Economy
  • Health and Fitness
  • Education 
  • Technology 
  • Social Media
  • Education 
  • Entertainment (e.g., music, dance, television, and films)
  • [Interdisciplinary] Responses to change, challenge, stress, crisis
  • Social Issues ( e.g., drugs, domestic violence, depression, crime, and poverty)
  • Environmentalism (e.g., reduced pollution from quarantines; increased fires, hurricanes, typhoons, mudslides, and droughts from global warming)
  • Journalism
  • Demographic shifts and impacts
  • COVID and the Black Lives Matter movement, impact/influence on people of color
  • Work, Leisure, Sleep (impact on, changes, etc.)
  • Psychology

Important Deadlines

  • Proposal Submissions: April 15, 2021
  • Proposal Acceptances: May 15, 2021
  • Participant Video Submissions: August 15, 2021
  • Virtual Symposium Opening: November 15, 2021

Proposal Submission form:  https://forms.gle/w5EymAMv7Sr2kM8X7

Address questions to us at: rcas@alasu.edu. We look forward to working with you.

Guidelines for Proposal:

  • 300-500 words, a clear, succinct description of your work, its purpose and audience. 
  • Include your title, topic, and content medium (dance, song, a reading of research or creative work, short film/animation, etc.)
  • Describe the focus of your piece. Explain your thesis (where applicable), its raison d’etre, mood, approach, structure, mission, methodology, shape and direction, etc..