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ECA - 2020 Convention - Call for Papers ... Communication Law and Ethics Interest Group




The Communication Law and Ethics Interest Group of the Eastern Communication Association invites the submission of competitive papers, thematic program or panel proposals, and innovative programming alternatives (e.g., roundtables, symposia, debates, open forums, and community programs) for the 111th annual convention of the ECA. 

The 2020 convention’s theme, “Harboring Innovation” will be a deliberation on the ways in which our discipline must innovate to ensure that we continue to make an important impact at all levels of society. This speaks to our own division’s role in shaping how innovations can and should develop. If law is what we have to do and ethics is what we should do, then there is no better place to start. Our division will be central in establishing the rules- both legal and ethical- that will guide us through the rapid evolution of our times.

We invite all works that concern the ethical, social justice, policy and legal issues in the field of communication. We invite work from students, faculty and professionals. We also invite work from varying types of approaches including ethical, legal, critical, empirical and theoretical. 

In keeping with this theme, we are specifically seeking papers, thematic panels, and other program content that explore the ethical, social justice, policy and legal issues concerning emerging technology (e.g. artificial intelligence, automation, bots, biometrics, haptic technology, internet of things, virtual reality, etc.). 

General information about the 2020 Call for Papers can be found at http:

Submissions to the Communication Law and Ethics Interest Group must adhere to the following guidelines:

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, 2020 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 any additional information regarding this CFP, please contact the

Communication Law and Ethics Program Planner: 

Jason Zenor 
Department of Communication

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