International Association for Communication and Sport


Earlier this week, Karen Hartman, Executive Director of the International Association for Communication and Sport, contacted us regarding their upcoming 2020 conference. They will host this conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, this April, during WrestleMania weekend. They are even hoping to have someone from WWE speak at their conference. Now, we are planning our first virtual symposium for that weekend, and they would be willing to allow any PWSA members who attend the conference to not have to present on that day in order to participate in the symposium. When you submit for the conference, let them know you are also a PWSA member.

What follows, then, is their call for this conference (downloadable version below) — please consider submitting, especially if you are also planning on going to WrestleMania. Contact CarrieLynn D. Reinhard ( if you have any questions about the PWSA side of this arrangement.

We invite you to consider presenting at the 2020 Summit on Communication and Sport. The International Association for Communication and Sport (IACS) Summit is the only stand- alone conference 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 2020 conference theme is “Communication and Sport – 2020+” We encourage you to submit papers that confirm, question, or critique the role of communication and sport on the horizon of a new decade. Multiple perspectives are welcome.

Submission Deadline: **12:00 Midnight (US Eastern Time) on Friday, October 25, 2019** 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 15, 2019.

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 2020 Summit have two options: (1) an extended abstract submission; or (2) a panel discussion submission.

Submission Guidelines

All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. Please submit to:

The following paper categories are welcome:

Abstract submissions may not exceed 500 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 250 words explaining the focus and rationale, and a list of all panelists’ institutional or professional affiliation.

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 27th, 2020. 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: There is only 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, mixed methods, 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/rhetorical argument
  • Appropriateness of methodology

Submission Agreement By submitting an abstract or panel to the 2020 Summit on Communication and Sport, you understand that your submission enters you into 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 your work. Please be conscientious that last minute cancellations prevent others from being invited to the Summit to present their work.

List of Topics

  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Research
  • Mixed Methods
  • Rhetorical/Critical

Program Committee

Dr. Ann Pegoraro, Chair IACS

Dr. Evan Frederick, Vice-Chair IACS

Dr. Karen Hartman, Executive Director IACS

Organizing Committee

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


All questions about submissions should be emailed to Dr. Evan Frederick

Website for Additional Information

2019 Inaugural Election Results


February 18, 2019

For More Information, please contact:

Jack Karlis,

The Professional Wrestling Studies Association announces its inaugural Executive Committee and Editorial Board

The Professional Wrestling Studies Association [PWSA] announces its inaugural Executive Committee, under the leadership of President CarrieLynn D. Reinhard.  The PWSA also announces its inaugural Editorial Board for its blog and for its journal.  The Association represents 100 scholars from a multitude of disciplines across the globe.

The PWSA Brings Academics and Fans Together

Reinhard is associate professor of communication arts and sciences at Dominican University, where she researches audience, media reception and fan studies.  “Professional wrestling has been around for over a century, and seems now more popular than ever. From the standard-bearer WWE to the new AEW, professional wrestling touches upon all aspects of our lives and our world.” Reinhard has led the work to build the association since 2017 and discussed that work at length on her podcast, The Pop Culture Lens, She co-edited the book Convergent Wrestling: Participatory Culture, Transmedia Storytelling and Intertextuality in the Squared Circle, from Routledge this March.

The Association connects scholars and fans across continents.  The Board includes a nonacademic member from East Sussex, UK, in scholar Luke Flanagan.  “The creation of the PWSA is an exciting moment. It is recognition of professional wrestling as a topic of enquiry. However, the PWSA is about more than academia. It must be a forum for fans to share their experiences and insights.  The PWSA is a community for everyone to make a contribution to our understanding of and appreciation for professional wrestling.”  Flanagan’s work can be followed on Twitter at

The PWSA Brings Interdisciplinary Work in Professional Wrestling to the World

The PWSA makes scholarship visible via its blog and via an ambitious program of peer-reviewed research.  The PWSA sponsored a special issue of the Popular Culture Studies Journal on Wrestling [see] and looks forward to the first issue of its journal.  Until then, the PWSA Blog is a resource for scholars and fans of the squared circle.


President: CarrieLynn D. Reinhard

Vice President: Jack Karlis

Membership Officer and Treasurer: Lowery Woodall III

Member-at-Large: Melissa Jacobs

Non-Academic Representative: Luke Flanagan

Student Representative: Christopher Olson

Editorial Team

Chief Website/Blog Editor: Dan Mathewson

Chief Journal Editor: Matt Foy

Reviews Editor: Christopher Medjesky

Managing Co-Editors: Aaron Horton, Steven Gonzales

Editorial Board: Eero Laine, Darrin Coe, Christian Long, Robin Hershkowitz, Tyson Platt, David Beard, Cenate Pruitt, John Hooker

About the Professional Wrestling Studies Association

The Professional Wrestling Studies Association unites scholars, professionals, and fans interested in the critical and learned appraisal of professional wrestling.  The PWSA gathers scholars to disseminate knowledge of professional wrestling and the PWSA identifies new research areas within professional wrestling.  Finally, the PWSA encourages experimentation in the teaching of professional wrestling as art form, cultural form, business practice, and social commentary.

To join, please click this link.

PWSA Logo by Mario Alonzo Dozal (Manchester University).