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ECA - 2020 Convention - Call for Papers ... Theory and Methodology Interest Group

Theory and Methodology Interest Group

Eastern Communication Association111th Annual ECA Convention
April 1-5, 2020
Hyatt Regency Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

The Theory and Methodology Interest Group is requesting paper and panel submissions for the 111th Annual ECA Convention in Baltimore, MD. The convention theme, Harboring Innovation, stresses the call to innovate, or to make changes in something established, especially by introducing new ideas, methods, or activities. Furthermore, innovation creates transformation, inspires revolution, and/or instigates metamorphosis.

Consistent with the theme of this conference, this year Theory and Methodology will be especially looking for submissions that attest the continued relevance of communication theory in applied settings. Preferential slotting will be given to papers and panels that articulate the close relationships of theory to professional career development in fields such as marketing, branding, and public relations and those that offer ways to contemporize communication theories.

ECA, similar to the National Communication Association, uses Attendee Interactive to manage submissions and reviews. Please follow this link, to submit your work.

Papers and panel/program proposals must be submitted electronically by Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. 

The Interest Group invites two types of submission; specific requirements are indicated below: 

1) 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: 

  • A detachable title page with the title of the paper and the author’s affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
  • The word “Debut” marked on all papers written by authors who have not presented previously at a regional or national convention.
  • A one-page abstract on the second page.
  • A statement of professional responsibility on the second page.
  • Upload final paper or additional documents (file types accepted: Word or PDF).

If the paper has multiple authors, submitter should indicate who will be presenting at the convention.

2) 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: 

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

Statement of Professional Responsibility 

The following statement MUST be included with every submission of a paper or a 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/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 Theory and Methodology Interest Group can be directed to:  

Matthew P. Mancino, Indiana University South Bend

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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