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ECA 110th Convention -Argumentation & Forensic Interest Group Call for Papers



Eastern Communication Association110th Annual ECA Convention

April 10-14, 2019

Omni Providence Hotel, Providence, RI

The Argumentation & Forensics Interest Group is requesting paper and panel submissions for the 110th Annual ECA Convention in Providence, RI. The convention theme, Creating Our Future, is centered on the idea we can use our resources to create better education, successful relationships, and efficient communication. Particularly, this interest group seeks submissions that explore ways to provide better education in argumentation and forensics. The field of argumentation has recently experienced something of a renaissance. We are interested in submissions that present the fruits of that renaissance and point to the future. Forensics (defined to include various genres of debate) is alive and well but fragmented in the ECA region into disparate groups that do not always pursue the same goals or teach the same practices. We are interested in submissions that either salute the variety or attempt to establish common ground. We hope that such submissions might point to the forensics future. 

Papers and panel/program proposals must be submitted electronically by Monday, October 15, 2018

ECA will now be using Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. This is the same system used by the National Communication Association so you may be familiar with it. The deadline for submissions remains the same, October 15, 2018 at 11:59 PM. You will be prompted to create a new User ID and Password to submit your work. An email will be sent to the membership in the next couple of months to announce when Attendee Interactive will be open for submission. Additional information, including a link to the submission page, will be sent to ECA members on the day the submission website opens. 

The Interest Group invites two types of submission and the specific requirements for each type follows. 

Submission Guidelines for Completed Papers 

Papers should be written in accordance with the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). The following fields will be completed for individual submissions: 

  • Title
  • Description (aka. Abstract) including the Professional Responsibility Statement.
  • Student Paper
  • Debut Submission
  • Special requests
  • Audio Visual Form
  • Upload final paper or additional documents (file types accepted: Word or PDF).

Submission Guidelines for Panel/Program Proposals  

Please submit panel/program proposals is one MS Word file (.doc or .docx). Proposals should be written according to the University of Chicago Manual of Style or APA 6th edition (whichever is appropriate). Include the following items in all panel/program submissions: 

  • Thematic Title
  • Participants (Names & Affiliations) including chair and respondent.
  • Estimated Attendance
  • Special requests
  • Rationale
  • Audio Visual Form
  • Upload supporting documents that include titles and abstract for each paper or presentation, program copy (no more than a  75-word description) as it should appear in the final program, and Statement of Professionalism (see below).

Include the following statement with submissions. 

In submitting the attached paper/panel, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this paper/panel if it is accepted and programmed. I/We further recognize that all who attend and present at ECA’s annual meeting must register and pay required fees.  

For additional information about the upcoming convention, please visit ECA’s website All questions or concerns related to the Argumentation & Forensics Interest Group can be directed to:  

Ted Sheckels, Department of Communication Studies, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA 23005. E-mail =; phone = 804-752-7288. This unit is limited in the number of sessions it programs, so prior consultation with the planer about session ideas might be useful in coordinating the efforts of people who might be separately pursuing the same general idea.

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