Research and Creative Activity Symposium (RCAS)

RCAS 2021

The Research and Creative Activity Symposium (RCAS) Committee at Alabama State University's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) dedicates itself to hosting a space for the exchange of ideas, research and creativity.

This year, in response to the unprecedented social challenges of the COVID pandemic and the threat that on-site gathering poses to us all, the RCAS Committee will support great work and innovative scholars through online avenues of communication.

True to the CLASS ethos of creative exploration, intellectual development, and social outreach, we push forward to develop ASU's online presence with the 2021 RCAS Virtual Conference.


The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Alabama State University has hosted an annual symposium where research and creative work come together to suggest new ideas and possibilities. Until 2020, the symposium took place on the ASU campus. That spring, the RCAS was set to open a regional conference with scholars from Alabama joining colleagues from neighboring states. The loss we felt when COVID cancelled the gathering prompted us to redesign our format so that safety and social distancing would not hinder this meeting of minds.

The RCAS is still dedicated to opening a forum for the rich variety of work scholars and creatives do in the liberal arts and social sciences. To that end, we look forward to this year’s asynchronous virtual symposium, 2020: The Good and Bad.


2021 RCAS Committee

Dr. Ivon Alcime, Chair

Mr. Michael Bean

Dr. John Craig

Dr. Lynne Schneider



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. Twenty-twenty 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 topics 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, Relationships


Important Deadlines

  • Proposal Submissions: March 15, 2021
  • Proposal Acceptances: April 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.


Buzz: Short Works

Presentations: Long Works

Student Works




We are excited to host the RCAS as a cyber-journal project this year and we look forward to working with you.

Dr. Ivon Alcime, Chair

Mr. Michael Bean

Dr. John Craig

Dr. Lynne Schneider