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ECA - 2020 Convention - Reminder Call for Papers ... Voices of Diversity Interest Group

Eastern Communication Association (ECA)Voices of Diversity Call for Paper, Panels, and Innovative Submissions

The Voices of Diversity Interest Group invites submissions for the 2020 Eastern Communication Association (ECA) Annual Conference. The conferences will be held in Baltimore, Maryland from April 1st – 5th, 2020 at The Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor. 

Hotel Information:

Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor
300 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
PHONE: 410-528-1234

Single/Double Occupancy: $189.00

Conference Theme: Harboring Innovation

In the spirit of communicative innovations and the work required to kindle new insights to impact our lives and our relationships, communities and world, the Voices of Diversity Interest Group of ECA invites you to submit your communication related work enveloping the concept of “Harboring Innovations.” With so many powerful events surrounding diversity, inclusivity, and social change, particularly those in Baltimore itself, our voices as communication scholars become more imperative in our actions, relationships, cultures, and communities.

As we well know, it is not only our own voices that matter. Are you innovatively addressing issues of inclusivity, diversity, identity, social activism, muted voices, unjust power structures, and/or collaborative efforts to move toward positive change in our discipline? Are you working towards innovative ideas and adding to a revolution of positive attitudes and perspectives in your scholarship, teaching, and community? Is your work offering voice to others? If you answered yes to these questions, we welcome you to submit your works of innovation to our interest group.

The purpose of the Voices of Diversity Interest Group is to explore the various theories and practices that pertain to the research, teaching, and study of communication within, between, and among diverse communities. We attend to especially to these communities when they are affected and/or marginalized culturally, economically, institutionally, politically, psychologically, and socially because of age, class, disabilities, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion and/or sexual orientation. The Voices of Diversity Interest Group seeks to facilitate dissemination and discussion of such theories and practices within the field of communication studies. With this mission and the questions above in mind, the Voices of Diversity Interest Group welcomes scholarship and conversations closely aligned with the conference theme and our interest group mission. 

The Voices of Diversity Interest Group invites completed papers, panels, round table discussions, symposiums, and community programs across communication contexts that explore the pivotal role exchanging ideas plays in creating, maintaining, and changing what we communicate and how we communicate it. We encourage scholarship that embodies innovative ideas and perspectives within the communication discipline. Submissions that provide an opportunity for voices of various scholars, community members, audience members and the public to engage one another are strongly encouraged. All submissions will be reviewed and evaluated through an anonymous, peer-review process.

From the Programmer of the Conference:

Our Baltimore Inner Harbor convention and the “Harboring Innovation” theme provide us with the opportunity to consider the lessons the city has to offer communication scholars.

In what ways does our scholarship and teaching keep the field at the forefront to impact public, private, and mediated messages on our relationships, organizations, communities, and the environment? What disruptions are communication scholars, practitioners, and teachers offering and responding to with innovative theories, questions, methods, data analysis techniques, and practices? What opportunities exist for us to innovate with our research, service, pedagogy, and practice? What are you doing that is unique? How are you leading the way? How are you responding to your environment to ensure that your work and our field are addressing the practical communication concerns of society that exist today and that might arise tomorrow?

Our “Harboring Innovation” 2020 conference will provide a venue to showcase how we are innovating, and to deliberate the ways in which we must innovate to ensure that the communication discipline continues to make an important impact at all levels of society.

Keynote Speaker:
We are extremely fortunate that Dr. Andrew Hayes, Professor of Psychology and Communication, The Ohio State University, will deliver our keynote, “From Graduate School to Retirement:  Creating, Managing, and Refreshing a Meaningful Academic Career.” 

Research Workshops:  
In addition, Dr. Hayes will facilitate two half-day research workshops: “Integrating Mediation and Moderation Analysis: Fundamentals using PROCESS” and “Mediation Analysis with Distinguishable Dyadic Data.”   We also have Dr. Heather Stuckey, Associate Professor of Medicine, Humanities, and Public Health Sciences at the Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, who will conduct a workshop on “Best Practices for Qualitative Communication Research.”   

Deadline for Submission:
The deadline for submissions for most interest groups and special programming is October 15, 2020.

Exceptions to the October 15 deadline:
Undergraduate Scholars Conference (including posters) and Graduate Poster submissions are due on December 13, 2020.

All submissions should be uploaded and processed through Attendee Interactive at the following site:

Individual submissions of complete papers should include the following elements:
1. A detachable title page with the title of the paper and the author’s affiliation, mailing
address, telephone number, and email address.**
2. The word “Debut” marked on all papers written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
3. A one-page abstract on the second page.
4. A statement of professional responsibility on the second page.
5. If the paper has multiple authors, submitter should indicate who will be presenting at the convention. 

Submission of program/panel proposals should include the following elements:

  1. A thematic title for the program.
  2. Names of the chair and respondents (if any). Chairs should not also be designated as respondents.
    3. Names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and institutional affiliations of all participants.
    4. Titles and abstracts for each paper or presentation.
    5. A program copy (no more than a 75-word description) as it should appear in the final program.
    6. A detailed rationale for the program/panel.
    7. A statement of professional responsibility.

Statement of Professional Responsibility:
The following statement MUST be included with every submission of a paper or panel in order for it to be eligible for review. If it is not attached with a submitted document, the chair is responsible for obtaining a completed copy of this form prior to the paper/panel being officially programmed for presentation at the convention.

In submitting the attached paper or proposal, I/We recognize that this submission is considered a professional responsibility. I/We agree to present this panel or paper 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.

Convention Acceptance Notification: January 2020

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the conference. If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I will answer them to the best of my ability of find someone who can. 

Take care,

Daniel S. Strasser
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Studies

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